KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The third race of the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway produced what some are calling a surprise winner. But Greg Biffle's victory in the Price Chopper 400 shouldn't be that much of a shocker. Remember this is a guy who won the first two races of the Chase in 2008 and also drove to victory lane at Kansas back in 2007. Everything added up for the Roush Fenway racing driver on Sunday who notched his second win of the 2010 season.
Here's a look at how all twelve Chase drivers fared Sunday in the Sunflower State:
1st - Greg Biffle
Came into the weekend one of the bottom four in the standings and leaves Kansas nearly cutting his deficit in half. Maybe more importantly with the plethora of mid-sized tracks left on the Chase schedule, Sunday's performance should give Biffle confidence moving ahead.
2nd - Jimmie Johnson
He has turned on the Chase switch again and followed up his Dover victory with a second place finish Sunday, taking a mediocre car to a solid run and oh by the way the top of the standings by eight points.
3rd - Kevin Harvick
Like Johnson, Harvick didn't have a great car but made the best of things. It was, however, another week when Harvick was none too pleased with the performance of his pit crew, which cost him several spots on Sunday.
4th - Tony Stewart
Overcame his dismal start to the Chase with a much-needed top five finish to at least keep a flickering flame of hope alive for a third championship.
5th - Jeff Gordon
Had an important third place qualifying run that got Gordon off to a good start. Fell back and had some pit road and strategy miscommunication to overcome but a fifth place not a bad way to leave Kansas.
6th - Carl Edwards
Thought he had a tremendous shot at ending his nearly two year winless streak at his home track. Was strong most of the day but didn't have a winning car.
7th - Matt Kenseth
A typical quiet day for the 2003 champion who hung around the top ten most of the afternoon and notched a respectable top ten.
12th - Denny Hamlin
Said escaping Dover with a top ten was key last week but thought he'd have more Sunday at Kansas. Was never a factor and his 12th place finish let the point lead slip out of his hands to Johnson.
13th - Kurt Busch
Another driver who was looking forward to a mid-sized track after experiencing success on similar speedways earlier in the year. Busch struggled with handling Sunday and was rewarded with an unlucky 13th place finish.
15th - Clint Bowyer
The controversy of the week seems to have taken its toll on Bowyer who was as far back as 33rd at one point Sunday. He did rally and salvage a top fifteen but admitted before the weekend his title hopes were all but squashed.
18th - Jeff Burton
A runnerup finish at Dover last week seemed like an eternity ago after a lackluster run Sunday in Kansas.
21st - Kyle Busch
His dust-up with Clint Bowyer might be the turning point in the story of what cost Busch a championship in 2010.