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But this race was a tale of survival and for Matt Kenseth, he did just that by rallying back with a taped up race car to win the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
- A tip of the hat to Jimmie Johnson and the entire #48 team. Johnson spun out while in the back on lap 136 and backed into the outside wall. I really thought that it was a trip to the garage for sure, but the team with instructions from the crew chief fixed the car
- Children at Play: Twice I saw a set a drivers going at it.
First with Danica Patrick vs. Landon Cassill. There was no respect here whatsoever. Both drivers were having issues with each other today and it started really with a door bang by Cassill and ended with Danica Patrick trying to wreck Cassill, but instead wrecked herself and her Texas car while Landon Cassill would finish 18th. Patrick needs to find a better way to handle this, otherwise she's not going to have a fun Cup Series career.
Second with Kyle Busch vs. Ryan Newman. I don't know, from what I saw on the race broadcast (which might not be the whole story), Newman looked like he was driving very aggressively especially a half a lap before and the two came together and wrecked out of the race. To me, Newman races everybody very hard and doesn't give much room. He's know for it. If you don't believe me, ask several drivers starting with Joey Logano. Anyway, it sounded like Kyle Busch might be making a delivery to Newman before the year is out...
Like I said, Children at Play.
- In the championship hunt, we now have between 4-5 drivers still in the hunt with 4 races to go as Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson each surviving by not losing any points with top 10 finishes, while Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer gained just a little bit. This should be a fun one to watch.
Chase Points after Kansas: #2-Brad Keselowski (2250pts), #48-Jimmie Johnson (-7), #11-Denny Hamlin (-20), #15-Clint Bowyer (-25), #5-Kasey Kahne (-30), #56-Martin Truex Jr. (-43), #14- Tony Stewart (-47), #24-Jeff Gordon (-51), #17-Matt Kenseth (-55), #29-Kevin Harvick (-59), #16-Greg Biffle (-62), #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-122) (out of two races with concussion)
- And everyone should know sometime around Wednesday whether or not Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be cleared by doctors to race at Martinsville according to Rick Hendrick. I will say one thing, this is really up to Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family and of course his doctors whether or not he races not only at Martinsville, but again in 2012. I look forward to see Dale Jr. back in the #88 when its time and not a bit sooner.
Now I'm looking forward to next Sunday and racing at Martinsville. Damn that should be a good one especially after the tempers from earlier today at Kansas.