The long race day is over, and drivers are probably still recovering after being strapped in their cars for over five hours of racing, Now it’s time for us to take a look at who gained and lost the most during Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Spring race, the Coca Cola 600.
3. Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon’s bad season just keeps getting worse. At Charlotte Gordon seemed like he could make a late run with a fast car until lap 327 when Mark Martin hit Aric Almirola. Gordon’s bad luck continued as he was caught up in the crash, ending his night. He finished in the 35th position. Gordon went from 12th to 15th in the points. Without a win – his chances of making the Chase seem less and less likely.
2. Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski makes No.2 on our list after getting wrecked after racing hard with both Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick and finishing 36th. Keselowski, last year’s Sprint Cup Champion went from 7th to 10th in the point standings.
1. Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch dusted everyone in Saturday’s Nationwide race at Charlotte, and it seemed he probably had the car to beat on Sunday as well. Instead Busch was the suspect of a series of unfortunate events. He was one of the drivers that was affected by FOX’s cable falling onto the track, damaging the right side of his car, and although NASCAR gave him time to fix the car – his engine later blew leading to 38th place finish. Busch went from 8th to 11th in the point standings.
3. Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin missed six weeks due to a back injury. Hamlin finished 4th and moved from 27th to 24th in the points. Hamlin still needs a win to ensure a chance of making the Chase, but for this week, moving up 3 spots in the points earns you a spot on our winners column.
2. Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch is 18th in the points, he didn’t gain or lose any ground after Charlotte – but he did finish third. It seems like the No.78 Furniture Row team has been so close the last few weeks, fans and the like are waiting for the week that he finally breaks through and wins it. A win would greatly improve his Chase bid.
1. Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick won the Coca Cola 600, making it his 2nd win of the 2013 season. He went from 10th to 7th in the point standings. Harvick is having a good season, especially after confirmation that he is leaving Richard Childress to join Stewart Haas Racing in 2014.