Chase contender Kyle Busch knows it’s going to take some wins

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More information Chase standings
Pos. DriverChase winsSeason winsPtsLast week
1. Matt Kenseth272,1491
2. Jimmie Johnson152,1413
3. Kyle Busch042,1372
4. Jeff Gordon002,1108
5. Kevin Harvick022,1105
6. Greg Biffle012,1084
7. Ryan Newman012,1019
8 Clint Bowyer002,09810
9. Kurt Busch002,0946
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr.002,09211
11 Carl Edwards022,0847
12. Joey Logano012,08312
13. Kasey Kahne022,07113
Results, schedule
ChicagoMatt Kenseth
New HampshireMatt Kenseth
DoverJimmie Johnson
DateSiteTime, TV
TodayKansas1 p.m., ESPN
Saturday Charlotte6:30 p.m., WFAA/8
Oct. 20Talladega1 p.m., ESPN
Oct. 27Martinsville12:30 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 3TMS2 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 10Phoenix2 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 17Homestead-Miami2 p.m., ESPN

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Three races into the Chase, three drivers have separated themselves. Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. The only one without a victory is Busch. Don’t think he doesn’t know it. “We’re going to have to win some races,” he said. “There is no doubt that’s what it’s going to take. And I’ve said that from the beginning.” Busch is 12 points behind the leader Kenseth and four points behind second-place Johnson. “It’s going to be a knock-out, drag-out. That’s for sure,” Busch said. “Whether those guys finish second, third or further back, us winning races is what’s going to get us most points.”

Stock up

The No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. can find plenty of speed, as last week’s pole position showed, and Earnhardt can handle it. Despite a couple of pit-lane problems, he rocketed to a second-place finish at Dover.

Stock down

Carl Edwards had momentum through three Chase races, standing fourth going into Dover. But a bad rear hub, with him already a lap down, left him with a 35th-place finish and dropped him to 11th, a whopping 65 points behind.


Gain, but no gain: Kevin Harvick moved from sixth to fourth after last week’s sixth-place finish at Dover. But he did not gain any points on leader Matt Kenseth.

Hollow second: Dale Earnhardt Jr. had one of his best Chase races ever, but it bumped him only one spot in the standings, from 10th to nine.

Kansas comfort: Matt Kenseth won the fall race at Kansas last year and the spring race this year. He’s led in nine of the past 11 races.

27Points between the “Big Three” — Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch — and the rest of the field. It’s more than half a race’s worth of points.

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