Kevin Harvick didn’t simply have his hands full with the rest of the Sprint Cup field Sunday. He also was trying to tame a squirrely surface at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
He handled both better than anybody else.
Harvick pulled away from Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon on a late restart to win a wreck-filled race over the recently repaved track, keeping his No. 29 Chevrolet out of trouble all afternoon and making a big move in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
“It was an interesting weekend, to say the least,” said Harvick, who moved into third in points behind leaders Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. “Everybody was battling the tires and the track, and I think it was like driving on a razor blade.”
Harvick was chased across the line by Busch and Gordon. Joey Logano finished fourth, Carl Edwards was fifth, and Johnson finished sixth despite a hiccup with his engine on the final lap that cost him a spot on the track.
Kenseth held onto his lead in the Chase with an 11th-place finish. Johnson narrowed the gap to three points, while Harvick closed to within 25 points heading to Charlotte.
Kyle Busch was the big loser after crashing out of his third straight Sprint Cup race at Kansas. He dropped from third in points to fifth, 35 out of first place.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea, to close in on his fourth straight Formula One championship.
The German finished 4.2 seconds ahead of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen, who was just ahead of teammate Romain Grosjean.
Vettel now leads the drivers’ championship by 77 points with only five races remaining and looks increasingly certain to win the title.
Will Power held off new IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon to win the second race of the Grand Prix of Houston. The race ended when Dario Franchitti’s car went airborne into the fence on the final lap.
Franchitti was taken to a hospital, but team owner Chip Ganassi said he was alert and complaining only of a sore ankle and back.
John Force raced to his second straight Funny Car victory, at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., to open a 65-point lead with two events left in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel to also extend his points lead, Jeg Coughlin won in Pro Stock to take the season lead and points leader Matt Smith topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field.