The defending World Series champion Red Sox have clinched a playoff berth. Greg Biffle has won both Chase for the Championship races — with teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards second and third, respectively, in last weekend's race at Dover. Edwards leads the Sprint Cup standings heading to Sunday's third playoff race at Kansas City, Kan. Biffle is just 10 points back. It's shaping into an interesting fall for all the principals of Roush Fenway Racing: Jack Roush and Red Sox team owner John Henry, who bought a majority stake in Roush's two-time Sprint Cup champion empire last year. How the Red Sox and racers compare:
Red Sox — 8,634 (through Thursday)
Roush — 110
Red Sox — 7
Roush — 2 Memorable moment
Red Sox — Carlton Fisk waving a home run ball fair against the Reds in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Roush — Kurt Busch wishing his loose wheel onto the track for a beneficial caution at Homestead in 2004. Best feud
Red Sox — Yankees.
Roush — Each other. Or deposed champ Kurt Busch if everyone is getting along. Busch, briefly
Kyle Busch began the Chase for the Championship with 80 bonus points, but is last of 12 drivers, 210 points behind leader Carl Edwards. Busch finished 34th at Loudon, N.H., and blew an engine en route to a last-place finish at Dover. He was rather succinct about it on Friday at Kansas Speedway.
What happened last weekend at Dover and how do you feel about your place the Chase?
We blew up and now we're behind. Do you believe the theory that you have to lose before you win?
I've been in the Chase. This is my third year now. So, technically I've already lost two. I've been in this series — I think this is my fourth year — so I've lost it three times. So, I think I've lost enough. Have you ever been as disappointed as you were last week in your career?
2006 was pretty close. (He began the Chase third and finished 10th). Does he get Danica's cell number?
Brad Keselowski will attempt to qualify for two Sprint Cup races this season in a fifth entry for Hendrick Motorsports. The 24-year-old currently races for Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Nationwide Series team.
Keselowski will attempt to qualify for races Oct. 11 at Concord, N.C., and Nov. 2 at Texas. He's third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings with two victories, one pole position, 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
The car will be sponsored by GoDaddy.com, making him the NASCAR counterpart of IRL driver Danica Patrick.