Things change fast in NASCAR.
A week ago, it looked like Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch were going to run off and hide from the field in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup. But after a crazy race last Sunday at Kansas Speedway, that hardly seems as certain. Especially not if Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick have anything to say about it.
Gordon has finished in the top four in the last two races and has put his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole for tonight's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon has moved from the No. 13 Chase seed to fourth in points in just four races, the biggest leap of any driver. Gordon now is 32 points behind leader Kenseth and seven back of third-place Harvick.
For his part, Harvick looks as strong or even a little stronger than Gordon. Harvick won last week at Kansas and qualified second in Charlotte, with a lap that was just 0.015 seconds slower than Gordon's. In yesterday's first practice, Gordon was third f...