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Hollywood Casino 400 2013 Leaderboard: Results and Updated Sprint Cup Standings

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 06:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Ethan GrantAnalyst IOctober 6, 2013

Kevin Harvick took home the checkered flag at the 2013 Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. He led 138 laps and moved into third place in the Sprint Cup Standings with the win. 

NASCAR's official Twitter account had this post as Harvick crossed the finish line. 

Here's a fun fact surrounding Harvick's win, courtesy NASCAR Stats on Twitter:

Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five. Jimmy Johnson (sixth) and Matt Kenseth (11th) were unable to make a late push to seal a victory, but they will remain one-two in the Chase standings heading into the Bank of America 500.    

Here's a look at the final results, per NASCAR. Click the link to see the full results.

Harvick, Gordon, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among the drivers whose performance gave way to a move up the leaderboard. Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman all lost ground. Here's a look at the updated Sprint Cup standings, per NASCAR:

 

How It Happened

Cautions Rule in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 06:  Smoke from a fire in turn causes a caution during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Any time there are double-digit leaders and cautions in a NASCAR race, you know it's been a wild day. That's exactly the way things shook out in Kansas City. 

As noted by the NASCAR Twitter account, the various caution flags that were waved on Sunday were no joke:

According to Jayski.com, the 15 cautions during Sunday's race were a new record for the track in Kansas:

In fitting fashion, a late caution allowed Harvick to gather himself for a strong finish. ESPN's NASCAR account had this post as the restart occurred with 19 laps to go:

The numerous stops and starts made the action drag on a little bit longer than expected, but fans in attendance certainly got their money's worth. 

 

Big Names Struggle to Contend

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 29:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot 'Let's Do This' Toyota, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September
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2012 Hollywood Casino champion Kenseth and Johnson were the favorites to win this year in Kansas City, but each was lucky to finish in the top 11 at the end of the day.

NASCAR on ESPN had comments from both drivers after the race:

Luckily, neither driver lost ground in the Chase standings. Kenseth will enter the Bank of America 500 with a three-point lead over five-time champion Johnson, a situation that bodes well for another exciting finish to the NASCAR playoff system. 

 

Keselowski Runs Out of Gas, Loses Lead

Brad Keselowski led the second-most laps of the day behind Harvick with 52, but a late judgement error concerning his fuel level wound up costing him a top-10 finish.

NASCAR Stats had the tweet as Keselowski's gaffe allowed Harvick to move back to the front of the pack:

Keselowski would finish a distant 17th, and despite not being in contention for the Chase, he blew a chance to play spoiler with the miscalculation. 

 

Gordon Keeps Pace Despite Leading Zero Laps

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 06:  Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Sherwin Williams Ford, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 6, 2013 in Ka
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Jeff Gordon finished third despite leading zero laps on the afternoon, sneakily moving his way into fourth place in the points standings in the process. 

He will head to North Carolina just seven points behind Sunday's winner, Harvick, and 32 points behind Kenseth for the top spot. 

According to Jeff Gordon Online, he also moved past the late Dale Earnhardt for fourth place on NASCAR's all-time top-10 finishes list:

Not winning the race has to be disappointing for No. 24, but he now has some momentum and the Sprint Cup trophy is very much up for grabs. 

 

Harvick Surges to Key Win

Oct 6, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; Kevin Harvick (29) wins the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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What Harvick did on Sunday was quite impressive. 

Despite the chaos of multiple cautions and the threat of disaster at every turn, he managed to lead for over half the race and did so with a car that was running great all afternoon. 

NASCAR.com's David Caraviello fully expected Harvick to deliver, and that's exactly what he did:

Now third in the Chase standings, the 37-year-old has a chance to record the best finish of his career this season and appears to have confidence for the final few weeks of the season. 

 

What's Next?

The Chase continues in Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend, as the Bank of America 500 will do its best to help sort out the way things will finish during this year's NASCAR playoffs. 

Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are the last three winners in Concord. Jimmie Johnson has three wins at the event, the last of which came in 2009. 

 

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