Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch is looking forward to uttering the famous line from The Wizard of Oz: “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Once again, Busch and his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry couldn’t figure out Kansas Speedway, site of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. The Chase contender was involved in three accidents, including a first-lap wreck involving Danica Patrick, Cole Whitt and David Reutimann; the final incident, on Lap 200, ended the agony for Busch, who dropped from third to fifth in the Chase standings, 35 points behind points leader Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, was able to retain his points lead, but saw it dwindle to just three points over second-place Jimmie Johnson. Kenseth finished 11th in the race, while Johnson finished sixth; race winner Kevin Harvick moved up to third place, 25 behind Kenseth, while Jeff Gordon, who finished third, moved up to fourth, 32 points back.
Denny Hamlin finished 23rd in the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota.
Kurt Busch finished second, while Joey Logano and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
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