Race to Chase update: Kahne enhances his chances


Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono was the 21st of 26 regular season races before NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kasey Kahne’s second win of 2013 moved him into eighth in points. While it didn’t solidify his status, the second win could prove crucial from a Wild Card standpoint if the No. 5 Farmers’ Insurance Chevrolet drops outside of the top 10. Ryan Newman is now within nine points of Martin Truex Jr. for the second Wild Card position; Kurt Busch’s top five also helped him.

Here’s where things sit as of now:

1. Jimmie Johnson, 772 points, 4 wins
2. Clint Bowyer, 695, 0
3. Carl Edwards, 688, 1
4. Kevin Harvick, 675, 2
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 656, 0
6. Kyle Busch, 646, 2
7. Matt Kenseth, 638, 4
8. Kasey Kahne, 612, 2
9. Jeff Gordon, 602, 0
10. Greg Biffle, 599, 1
11. Tony Stewart, -5 behind Biffle, 1 win
12. Brad Keselowski, -7, 0
13. Kurt Busch, -11, 0
14. Martin Truex Jr., -15, 1
15. Ryan Newman, -24, 1
16. Jamie McMurray, -33, 0
17. Joey Logano, -38, 0
18. Aric Almirola, -45, 0
19. Paul Menard, -67, 0
20. Jeff Burton, -92, 0

Despite a tire issue, Johnson increased his lead over Bowyer to 77 points. A couple changes from last week’s Race to Chase update in terms of “lock status” are below.

VIRTUAL LOCKS: Johnson, Bowyer, Edwards, Harvick, Kenseth
ALMOST LOCKS: Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kahne
GOOD FOR NOW: Gordon, Biffle, Stewart, Truex

IN RANGE: Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Newman
VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED: Logano, Almirola, Menard, Burton

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.