Hollywood Casino 400 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IOctober 21, 2012

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 21:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Zest Ford, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 21, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Hollywood Casino resulted in a Matt Kenseth’s fire continuing to burn.

On Sunday, Kenseth led 78 of the 267 laps en route to his third victory of the NASCAR season—two of which have come in the past three races. His success couldn’t have come at a better time either. After being seemingly out of the race for the Sprint Cup crown, his hot streak has him back in the hunt.

Kenseth still has plenty of work to do, though, as he sits at ninth in the standings. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson—who sat at first and second place prior to the race—held on to their respective spots in Kansas, as Keselowski finished eighth and Johnson ninth.

Countless cautions—14 to be exact—heavily influenced the outcome of the event. The eye-opening figure was a Sprint Cup season high and race record.

The Associated Press reported that Keselowski talked about the race’s result following its conclusion. He said (via ESPN):

You know, everybody has been asking all season long where the cautions have been. Well, they flew to Kansas and they've been hanging out here because there was caution after caution. I'm glad to have survived the carnage and brought back a decent car. Whew! Just a tough day.

Keselowski, who never led on the afternoon, now holds a seven-point Sprint Cup lead over Johnson, who led a whopping 44 laps. Johnson was in prime position to leapfrog him in the standings, but a nasty crash ruined the day’s potential.

Here are Sunday’s results and updated Chase standings.


Hollywood Casino 400 Results

Check out the full results here.

Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford
2 Martin Truex, Jr. 56 Toyota
3 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet
4 Kasy Kahne 5 Chevrolet
5 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet
6 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota
7 Regan Smith 88 Chevrolet
8 Brad Keseloski 2 Dodge
9 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet
10 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet
11 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet
12 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford
13 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota
14 Carl Edwards 99 Ford
15 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet
16 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet
17 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota
18 Landon Cassill 83 Toyota
19 Joey Logano 20 Toyota
20 David Ragan 34 Ford


Chase for the Cup Standings

Rank Driver Trailing
1 Brad Keselowski ---
2 Jimmie Johnson -7
3 Denny Hamlin -20
4 Clint Bowyer -25
5 Kasey Kahne
6 Martin Truex, Jr.
7 Tony Stewart -47
8 Jeff Gordon -51
9 Matt Kenseth
10 Kevin Harvick
11 Greg Biffle
12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -122


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.