Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Kevin Harvick proved he is not leaving Richard Childress Racing yet, maybe not without a title. Harvick found his way through a wreck filled race in Kansas last weekend to move within striking distance of point leader Matt Kenseth with just six races remaining.
Harvick started the weekend by winning his first pole in seven years and parlayed that to a victory and being just 25 points away from championship leader Kenseth who finished 11th on the day. Jimmie Johnson is now just three points behind, after a sixth place finish, despite his engine starting to sputter on the final lap.
Kyle Busch continued to have troubles in Kansas, unlike Dorthy, he will be glad when he is not in Kansas anymore. Busch had multiple spins and finally wrecked the car finishing 34th on the day. He also fell to 5th in the points standings, almost a full race out at 35 points back.
The theme of the day was cautions. There were 15 cautions in the race, breaking the record of 14 set in last year’s race. The first came on lap one when Danica Patrick into the wall and finished dead last.
*** Next year plans ***
Michael Waltrip has announced that his team is allowing drivers to explore all options as they are in a tough spot with sponsorship next season. They plan to announce a gameplan soon.
Jeff Burton, who appeared out of a ride for next season, has hinted that he is near a Sprint Cup deal.