Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After Kansas 400

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 11, 2014

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Saturday's Kansas 400 featured an exhilarating finish, as Jeff Gordon edged out Kevin Harvick to notch his first win of the season.

The finish shook up the season Sprint Cup standings in a big way. After the race, here's how things stand:

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Standings
1Jeff Gordon394
2Matt Kenseth379
3Kyle Busch373
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.368
5Carl Edwards367
6Joey Logano346
7Jimmie Johnson340
8Ryan Newman332
9Greg Biffle328
10Brian Vickers327

Full season standings can be found on NASCAR.com.

Harvick had the pole and led the field into Turn 1 of the race. Gordon began back in 13th, but it didn't take him long to get rolling, as he moved into the top 10 by the 10th lap.

With 119 laps led—the most of any driver by a long shotHarvick held his position nicely throughout the majority of the race; however, in the end, Gordon was simply too strong.

Passing Harvick with just eight laps remaining, Gordon took a lead he would not relinquish.

Kentucky Speedway's Twitter account noted some comments from Harvick after the race:

It was a two-car race in the end, with Harvick and Gordon jockeying for position. Gordon notched a close victory, defeating Harvick by just 0.112 seconds. Third-place finisher Kasey Kahne finished a full 10.851 seconds behind them.

Gordon's victory came with a record-setting feat, as he was the first three-time winner at Kansas Speedway, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star: 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his solid showings this season with a fifth-place finish, and Danica Patrick notched her career-best finish in seventh place.

Tom Jensen of Fox Sports tweeted Danica's accomplishment:

Here's a look at the top 10 finishers from Saturday night:

NASCAR Kansas 400 Results
PositionDriverLaps LedPoints
1Jeff Gordon9394
2Kevin Harvick119302
3Kasey Kahne22294
4Joey Logano63346
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.9368
6Carl Edwards6367
7Danica Patrick0213
8Aric Almirola0278
9Jimmie Johnson24340
10Matt Kenseth1379

Full race results can be found on NASCAR.com.

Next on the slate is the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Sprint Showdown and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race take place on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 followed by the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 25.

Here's a look at the upcoming schedule:

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
Fri., May 167 p.m.Sprint ShowdownCharlotte Motor Speedway
Sat., May 179 p.m.All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway
Sun., May 256 p.m.Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sun., June 11 p.m.FedEx 400Dover International Speedway
Sun., June 81 p.m.Pocono 400Pocono Raceway

The full schedule can be viewed at NASCAR.com.

Gordon will look to keep his hot hand alive as plenty of other drivers continue to nip at his heels. With a good deal of races left on this year's schedule, this is a long way from over.

After all, Gordon is chasing a big racing milestone, according to a tweet from The NASCAR Country:

We'll see how long it takes him to get there.


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