IN THE DRAFT: Harvick gets back into Chase

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Just when I thought things were beginning to settle down and the Chase was down to three teams, things got crazy. Oh yeah, it still appears to be between three, but one of the three has changed. Kyle Busch has been replaced by one of his best friends, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle is not too happy about it.

Kansas has never been too kind to Busch and this past weekend was no different. Goodyear changed tires and the track had been repaved. It created havoc for most of the teams and especially Kyle. He never found the handle and then he was forced to change his transmission in order to try and help things out.

They had a new transmission flown in and just did get the car onto the starting grid in time to race. As the race progressed his luck appeared to be changing until Juan Pablo Montoya decided to get some last taps in before going back to IndyCar. Although that tap was not what actually costs Kyle, it was the beginning of the end and later Busch ended up into the wall and he was relegated to a 34th place finish. He now stands in fourth place, but 25 points back, and unless Jimmie Johnson or Kenseth have some trouble it will be hard for Kyle to get those points back.

As for Harvick, he had a great weekend. This was the first time in years he started from the pole and won the race. Somehow he found the handle on a slick track and won a race he sorely needed so he could back into the Chase. I don’t care for Harvick, but he does come prepared to race every week. It will be interesting to see how he fits in at Stewart Haas next year.

Two more quick notes from Kansas. There was a story across Yahoo that stated Danica Patrick had not been very successful in her rookie season. Duh? I could have told them that! She didn’t complete a lap at Kansas and finished last . She picked up one point. Good job, Danica.

And this was the first time I could remember a caution for smoke in turn one that didn’t involve Montoya. Of course that was turn two in Daytona, but nonetheless it was strange. I never heard what started the fire but there was enough smoke to merit one of the record 14 cautions. The fire was blazing and the smoke was rolling.

Lastly, I will admit I have not watched much of the Chase races this year. I have had other things to do on Sunday afternoon thus far but I will watch the race this Saturday night from Charlotte. It is time for my annual golf trip and we will be somewhere in Myrtle Beach watching. This will be our 31st GGO and as we have gotten older more than likely I will be watching from the condo. That sounds about as exciting as the race itself. But we are playing 36 holes on Sunday so we will need our rest and watching a race is as good as taking Sominex. See you after Charlotte and Myrtle Beach.