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The Chase
After 3 of 10 races
1. Matt Kenseth…2,149
2. Jimmie Johnson…-8
3. Kyle Busch…-12
4. Kevin Harvick…-39
5. Jeff Gordon…-39
6. Greg Biffle…-41
7. Ryan Newman…-48
8. Clint Bowyer…-51
9. Kurt Busch…-55
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.…-57
11. Carl Edwards…-65
12. Joey Logano…-66
13. Kasey Kahne…-78

Kyle Busch out to change luck

– Just about everything that could go wrong at Kansas Speedway has for Kyle Busch.

During the April race weekend, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing wrecked in practice. He crashed out of the Truck Series race the next day. Then he spun twice more in the Sprint Cup race, finishing 38th after a hard crash ended his afternoon.

Things haven’t been a whole lot better this weekend, either. Busch hit the wall hard in the opening minute of practice on Saturday and again will be in a backup car for today’s race.

If there’s ever a time to figure things, it’s right now. Busch is off to a strong start in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, sitting third in the points. He’s within striking distance of leader Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, two drivers who have fared much better in the heartland.

Busch has strung together three straight top-five finishes, and after testing Goodyear’s new tire at Kansas this summer, he’s confident he can turn around his fortunes.

“It’s not that you might not like a track or might not like a race or something like that,” Busch said. “It’s just a matter of trying to figure it out. Once you kind of get it figured out or get the right situations kind of lined up, you can have a shot.”

Kevin Harvick, who is tied with Jeff Gordon for fourth in points, ended a 254-race pole drought and will lead the field to the green flag. He’ll start alongside Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Johnson will start in the second row next to defending series champion Brad Keselowski, who is trying to play spoiler after failing to make the Chase.

Busch has taken the green flag in 12 Cup races at Kansas and has yet to win. It’s the only track where he has never finished in the top 5, his best run a seventh place in 2006.

Busch has crashed out of the last two races at the 1 1/2 -mile tri-oval, the first two races at Kansas since a re-grade and repave significantly altered the way it drives.

“I thought we were running decent there last fall. Actually, I was leading and I spun myself out while I was leading,” Busch said this week.

“So, hopefully, we have a good car like that this time around and I don’t make a mistake like that.”

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