The good news for Kyle Busch? He had his best finish of the Chase in Sunday's
race at Kansas. The bad news? Thanks to a fuel-pressure problem, that finish
was 28th. The winningest driver in the regular season is now 311 points out of
first—and effectively out of the title hunt.
What team has been the biggest disappointment in the Chase? Joe Gibbs Racing.
After taking nine of the 26 regular-season checkered flags, JGR drivers are
winless in the Chase and stacked up at the bottom of the standings, with Denny
Hamlin 10th, Tony Stewart 11th and Busch 12th.
At Kansas, Jeff Gordon had his best race since late June, finishing fourth and
climbing from eighth to sixth in the points. Gordon is in prime position to
make a move; he has 18 wins at the next three tracks on the schedule—Talladega,
Charlotte and Martinsville.