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Chicagoland winners and losers

NASCAR America explains why Team Hendrick is among the winners from the Camping World 400, and why Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin are among the losers.


Alex Bowman — Saying he was tired of finishing second after three runner-ups this season, Bowman fought back after Kyle Larson took the lead from him late and scored his first career Cup victory.

Kyle Larson — It wasn’t the victory he was seeking but his runner-up finish was his best result of the season and his first top five since Dover in May. The result was that he climbed from 15th to 13th in the points.

Hendrick Motorsports — Led by Alex Bowman’s win, the organization placed three of its four cars in the top 10 — Jimmie Johnson was fourth and William Byron was eighth. Chase Elliott finished 11th.

Team Penske — The organization didn’t get a victory but placed all three of its cars in the top six with Joey Logano third, Brad Keselowski fifth and Ryan Blaney sixth.

Cole Custer — His Xfinity win Saturday was his fourth of the season, tying him with Christopher Bell for most in the series this year.


Clint Bowyer — Can it get any worse for him lately? Maybe it’s better to not ask. He finished 37th in the 38-car field Sunday, marking the second time in the last three races he’s finished 35th or worse. After his fifth-place finish at Pocono, Bowyer was 10th in the standings. Now, he’s 16th, in the final transfer spot to the playoffs, with nine races left.

Ryan Newman — He entered the race in the 16th and final playoff spot but a 17th-place finish and lack of stage points dropped him 20 points out of a playoff spot.

Kevin Harvick — He led a race-high 132 laps, marking the fourth time this year he’s led 45 or more laps, but still remains winless this year.He overcame a cut tire to get back into the lead but got into the wall on Lap 172 and fought the car’s handling the rest of the way to finish 14th. Another fast car without the results to show for it.

Christopher Bell — His third-finish was wiped out after the race when his car failed inspection and was disqualified.