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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kevin Harvick was the foremost survivor of a treacherous race at Kansas Speedway, winning Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 from the pole position.

The Richard Childress Racing driver scored his third Sprint Cup victory of the season, taking the lead from teammate Jeff Burton after the second-to-last restart and fending off Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards.

The 22nd win of Harvick's career moved him up to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, 25 points behind leader Matt Kenseth.

Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson finished sixth after an apparent engine problem in his No. 48 Chevrolet in the final two laps cost him a top five.

He still moved three points behind Kenseth through four events in the 10-race playoff.

Kenseth (11th) finished outside the top 10 for the first time during the Chase as he fought the handling of his No. 20 Toyota throughout the event.

"It was a struggle all day," he said. "I've been so incredibly spoiled this year, I haven't had to drive a car like that in a long time. It was so incredibly treacherous. I was ready to crash pretty much throughout the race."

The race featured 15 caution flags – breaking the record of 14 set in last fall's race as prerace predictions of nonstop calamity amid treacherous conditions were realized in the debut of a new tire that seemed to lack right-side grip.

It took only one corner for the first yellow flag to fly for Danica Patrick, who lost control of her No. 10 Chevrolet in the first corner. The incident also collected Kyle Busch, beginning a long day for a driver who entered third in the championship hunt.

Busch's No. 18 Toyota was involved in two more cautions, and the last one dealt a serious blow to the Joe Gibbs Racing driver's title hopes.

Busch, who had dropped deep in the field after getting bumped into a spin down the frontstretch by Juan Pablo Montoya 13 laps earlier, wrecked in Turn 2 on a Lap 200 restart while trying to force his way between Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers.

The impact left the front end of Busch's Toyota crumpled, marking the third consecutive Kansas race he failed to finish because of a crash. Busch finished 34thand fell two spots to fifth in the standings, 35 points behind Kenseth.

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267 laps, 138.4 rating, 48 points.

2. (19) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267, 101.3, 42.

3. (14) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 105.8, 41.

4. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 267, 118.7, 41.

5. (9) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267, 102.6, 39.

6. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 116.2, 39.

7. (8) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 267, 114.3, 37.

8. (6) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 120.8, 37.

9. (25) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 267, 77.5, 35.

10. (20) Aric Almirola, Ford, 267, 82.1, 34.

11. (7) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267, 105.2, 34.

12. (16) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 267, 78.5, 33.

13. (26) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, 71.4, 31.

14. (22) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 267, 81, 30.

15. (15) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, 82.6, 29.

16. (24) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, 84.7, 28.

17. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267, 89.2, 28.

18. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 267, 90.8, 26.

19. (13) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 267, 73.1, 25.

20. (28) A J Allmendinger, Toyota, 267, 62.5, 24.

21. (37) Casey Mears, Ford, 267, 58.6, 24.

22. (23) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 267, 63.4, 22.

23. (10) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, 83.7, 21.

24. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 267, 50.2, 20.

25. (41) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 267, 51.4, 19.

26. (36) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 267, 52.7, 19.

27. (33) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 267, 47.1, 18.

28. (35) Timmy Hill, Ford, 267, 43.9, 16.

29. (42) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 267, 40.9, 0.

30. (2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 266, 70.8, 14.

31. (30) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 260, 32.8, 0.

32. (11) Brian Vickers, Toyota, accident, 242, 76.4, 0.

33. (43) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 235, 36.6, 0.

34. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, accident, 199, 54.6, 11.

35. (17) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 188, 57.3, 9.

36. (32) David Ragan, Ford, accident, 168, 48.5, 9.

37. (27) David Reutimann, Toyota, 157, 31, 7.

38. (31) Michael McDowell, Ford, vibration, 144, 34.5, 6.

39. (21) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, accident, 135, 55.1, 0.

40. (38) Josh Wise, Ford, vibration, 108, 29.4, 0.

41. (39) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, engine, 107, 29.9, 0.

42. (40) Reed Sorenson, Ford, vibration, 103, 32.2, 0.

43. (29) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, accident, 0, 29.3, 1.

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Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 114.884 mph.

Time of Race: 3 hours, 29 minutes, 10 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 1.140 seconds.

Caution Flags: 15 for 71 laps.

Lead Changes: 24 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-44; C.Mears 45; K.Harvick 46-79; J.Johnson 80; K.Harvick 81; J.Johnson 82-86; D.Earnhardt Jr. 87-88; T.Kvapil 89; D.Earnhardt Jr. 90-91; M.Kenseth 92-112; D.Earnhardt Jr. 113; D.Ragan 114-115; D.Earnhardt Jr. 116-120; J.Logano 121-139; K.Harvick 140-144; Ky.Busch 145; K.Harvick 146-156; J.Logano 157-170; B.Keselowski 171-198; K.Harvick 199; B.Keselowski 200-223; K.Harvick 224-229; J.Yeley 230; J.Burton 231; K.Harvick 232-267.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Harvick, 8 times for 138 laps; B.Keselowski, 2 times for 52 laps; J.Logano, 2 times for 33 laps; M.Kenseth, 1 time for 21 laps; D.Earnhardt Jr., 4 times for 10 laps; J.Johnson, 2 times for 6 laps; D.Ragan, 1 time for 2 laps; J.Burton, 1 time for 1 lap; C.Mears, 1 time for 1 lap; T.Kvapil, 1 time for 1 lap; J.Yeley, 1 time for 1 lap; Ky.Busch, 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: 1. M.Kenseth, 2,183; 2. J.Johnson, 2,180; 3. K.Harvick, 2,158; 4. J.Gordon, 2,151; 5. Ky.Busch, 2,148; 6. G.Biffle, 2,139; 7. Ku.Busch, 2,136; 8. D.Earnhardt Jr., 2,129; 9. C.Bowyer, 2,128; 10. J.Logano, 2,124; 11. C.Edwards, 2,123; 12. R.Newman, 2,110.

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