Hollywood Casino 400 Race Report

Hollywood Casino 400 Race Report

Date:  Oct. 16, 2016
Event:  Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 31 of 36)
Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:  Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet)

SHR Finish:
Kevin Harvick (Started 11th, Finished 1st / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Kurt Busch (Started 15th, Finished 13th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Tony Stewart (Started 14th, Finished 16th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 19th, Finished 18th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)

SHR Points:
Kevin Harvick (2nd with 1 win, Advances to Round of 8)
Kurt Busch (6th with 3,062 points; 17 points ahead of 9th in Round of 12)
Tony Stewart (13th with 2,131 points)
Danica Patrick (23rd with 600 points)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City by winning the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was the 36th points-paying Sprint Cup victory for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s sixth this season.

Harvick led three times for 74 laps around the 1.5-mile oval to earn his 35th career Sprint Cup win, his fourth of the season and his second in 22 career Sprint Cup starts at Kansas.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 13th.

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 16th.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 18th.

Carl Edwards finished 1.183 seconds behind Harvick in the runner-up spot, while Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five. Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, AJ Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were eight caution periods for 38 laps with three drivers failing to finish the 267-lap race around the 1.5-mile oval.

As the fifth race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kansas served as the second race in the Round of 12. The original, 16-driver Chase field was whittled down to 12 following the Oct. 2 race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The next cutoff race comes Oct. 23 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, whereupon the Chase field shrinks to eight for the Round of 8. Another three races will be run in that round, where after the Nov. 13 race at Phoenix International Raceway, only four drivers will advance to the final, winner-take-all Championship 4 round Nov. 20 in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Busch and Harvick continue to represent SHR in the Chase. Harvick leaves Kansas in second place in the Chase and is locked into the Round of 8 thanks to his victory at Kansas. Busch leaves Kansas sixth in the Chase standings with a 17-point margin over ninth place.

With one race remaining before the Round of 8 begins, the top-12 drivers competing for the title rank as follows:

  1. Jimmie Johnson (3,082 points) 1 win
  2. Kevin Harvick (3,048 points) 1 win
  3. Matt Kenseth (3,074 points) +29 points
  4. Kyle Busch (3,072 points) +27 points
  5. Carl Edwards (3,069 points) +24 points
  6. Kurt Busch (3,062 points) +17 points
  7. Martin  Truex Jr. (3,058 points) +13 points
  8. Joey Logano (3,045 points) +0 points
  9. Austin Dillon (3,045 points) -0 points
  10. Denny Hamlin (3,039 points) -6 points
  11. Brad Keselowski (3,038 points) -7 points
  12. Chase Elliott (3,020 points) -25 points

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Oct. 23 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.