Unofficial Sprint Cup points standings after Kansas: Kevin Harvick widens lead over Truex

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Consistency is what led Kevin Harvick to his first career Sprint Cup championship last season.

And it’s that same kind of consistency that keeps Harvick not only atop the Sprint Cup standings but extends his lead.

Harvick, who finished second in Saturday night’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, increased his lead over second-ranked Martin Truex Jr. from 40 to 46 points.

Race winner Jimmie Johnson remained in third place.

The biggest gainer on the evening was Jeff Gordon, who jumped four spots to ninth.

The driver who lost the most positions was Denny Hamlin, who fell five spots to 15th.

Here are the unofficial Sprint Cup standings after Saturday’s race:

Driver (wins) …. points …. Gain/Loss in standings

1 Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 437 points … no change

2 Martin Truex Jr. … 391 points … no change

3 Jimmie Johnson (3 wins) … 389 points .. no change

4 Joey Logano (1 win) … 375 points … no change

5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1 win) … 360 points … no change

6 Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 343 points … no change

7 Matt Kenseth (1 win) … 331 points … gained 1 spot

8 Jamie McMurray … 328 points … lost 1 spot

9 Jeff Gordon … 317 points … gained 4 spots

10 Kasey Kahne … 313 points … lost 1 spot

11 Aric Almirola … 312 points … gained 1 spot

12 Paul Menard … 306 points … lost 1 spot

13 Ryan Newman … 305 points … gained 1 spot

14 Kurt Busch (1 win) … 292 points … gained 1 spot

15 Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 284 points … lost 5 spots

16 Clint Bowyer … 272 points … gained 1 spot

17 Danica Patrick … 270 points … lost 1 spot

18 Carl Edwards … 265 points … no change

19 AJ Allmendinger … 259 points … no change

20 Casey Mears … 242 points … gained 1 spot

21 Greg Biffle … 242 points … gained 1 spot

22 Kyle Larson … 237 points … gained 2 spots

23 David Ragan … 235 points … lost 3 spots

24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 227 points … lost 1 spot

25 Austin Dillon … 225 points … no change

26 David Gilliland … 212 points … no change

27 Sam Hornish Jr. … 210 points … gained 1 spot

28 Justin Allgaier … 207 points … lost 1 spot

29 Trevor Bayne … 190 points … no change

30 Tony Stewart … 179 points … no change

31 Cole Whitt … 177 points … no change

32 Brett Moffitt … 161 points … no change

33 Michael Annett … 137 points … gained 1 spot

34 Alex Bowman … 132 points … lost 1 spot

35 Josh Wise … 116 points … no change

36 Matt DiBenedetto … 109 points … no change

37 Michael McDowell … 87 points … no change

38 Jeb Burton … 53 points … no change

39 Alex Kennedy … 40 points … no change

40 Bobby Labonte … 38 points … no change

41 Brian Vickers … 32 points … no change

42 Michael Waltrip … 26 points … no change

43 Reed Sorenson … 22 points … no change

44 Mike Wallace … 8 points … no change

45 Ron Hornaday Jr. … 2 points … no change

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Today’s Las Vegas Cup race: Start time, lineup and more

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One down and only 35 to go.

With the Daytona 500 now in the record books, the NASCAR Cup Series moves on to its second race of the season – and the start of the three-race western swing.

Can Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin make it back-to-back wins to start the 2020 season?

How about defending Cup Series champ Kyle Busch, looking for his second career Cup win in his hometown? What about older brother Kurt Busch, still searching for his first career hometown Cup triumph?

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic “Miracle” hockey team will give the command to start engines at 3:37 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:46 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage opens at 11:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m. The invocation will be given by Motor Racing Outreach chaplain Billy Mauldin at 3:30 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed by Carnell Johnson at 3:31 p.m., followed by a flyover by four F-16 “Vipers” from the 57th Wing Adversary Tactics Group from Nellis Air Force Base at 3:32 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and can also be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The Wunderground.com forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 68 degrees and a 0% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano won this race last year, followed by teammate Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Martin Truex Jr. won last September’s playoff race, followed by Kevin Harvick and Keselowski.

TO THE REAR: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell will start from the rear after L1 level infractions in qualifying inspection. Garrett Smithley will also start from the rear due to three inspections failures.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

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Rain postpones Las Vegas Xfinity race to 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday

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Rain has forced the conclusion of today’s Xfinity Series race in Las Vegas to be postponed until Sunday after the Cup Series race at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will resume on FS2.

The race had been red flagged since late Saturday afternoon, with the race paused on Lap 51 of 200, only six laps after Chase Briscoe won Stage 1.

The top 10 is currently scored as:

  1. Joe Graf Jr. (stayed out of pits)
  2. Chase Briscoe
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Brandon Jones
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Justin Haley
  9. Harrison Burton
  10. Brett Moffitt

Kevin Harvick, Gander RV CEO put up $100K bounty to beat Kyle Busch in trucks

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Kevin Harvick and Gander RV & Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis issued a bounty poster in tweet form Saturday.

WANTED: A full-time Cup Series driver to beat Kyle Busch in any of his remaining four Truck Series starts this year (without wrecking him).

REWARD: $50,000 each from Harvick and Lemonis.

The bounty comes the night after Busch won his seventh consecutive Truck Series race, which includes all five starts he made in 2019.

Saturday’s race was his first of five in the trucks this season. He’ll be back in the series March 14 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 27 at Texas Motor Speedway and May 30 at Kansas Speedway.

Busch won at Atlanta and Texas last year.

Busch himself didn’t seem too impressed with the bounty when told about it in the media center.

So what is in it for Busch?

If no full-time Cup driver is able to beat Busch in those four races, the bounty will be given to the Bundle of Joy Fund, the organization founded by Kyle and Samantha Busch that helps couples who require fertility treatments to conceive.

Lemonis wasn’t done there. Later Saturday night, he put another proposition out into the Twitterverse. If Fox Sports moved any of the races to prime time, he’d increase the purse among the top-five finishers to $250,000.

Needless to say, the original bounty got the attention of a few drivers, including Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin.

Disclaimer on the following tweet by Hamlin: As noted above, none of Busch’s remaining four truck races are at Richmond Raceway. But…..Richmond is the site of the first Triple Truck Challenge race on April 18.

Richmond’s track president, Dennis Bickmeier chimed in with his thoughts.

Las Vegas Xfinity race under red flag for rain on Lap 51

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Today’s Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is under its second rain delay and its first since the start of race.

The race was paused by a red flag on Lap 51, shortly after the end of Stage 1.

The race is official after the end of Stage 2 on Lap 90.

Joe Graf Jr is listed as the leader after he stayed out during pit stops.

The top five is completed by Stage 1 winner Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain and Brandon Jones.

The green flag for the race was originally scheduled for 4:16 p.m. ET. The finally waved at 5:48 p.m. ET.

The rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for Cup and Xfinity. The field was set by last year’s owner’s points.

If the race resumes tonight, coverage will be on FS2.

Check back for more.