(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend in the sixth stop in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Points leader Brad Keselowski finished eleventh last week at Charlotte and is ahead of Jimmie Johnson by seven points entering Sunday.
“Every week is just another opportunity to get ourselves that much closer to having a real shot at the championship,” Keselowski said. “We’ve had a great start and we need to keep it going, and I feel confident we can do that especially here at Kansas.”
Denny Hamlin, who is third in points, 15 behind Keselowski, crashed while testing his car on Thursday, but will be ready to go come Sunday.
“Obviously the severity of it, and the speeds we were running, it was a wise thing to do anyway,” Hamlin said of his dizziness after the crash. “Just bell-rung, typical hard hit, ring-your-bell kind of thing. You get jarred around, you feel a little out of it at first. Everything came back OK.”
Clint Bowyer won last weekend’s race at Charlotte, and is hoping to continue the momentum at his home track.
“Coming off of the win, obviously rolling into your hometown is a lot of fun,” said Bowyer, who is fourth in the standings.
Kasey Kahne rounds out the top five in points standings.
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