There is no way around it. At some point during a 10-race stretch, the pattern of the norm is going to be disrupted. And with five races in the books for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, there's a small shake-up towards the top of the standings with an even bigger one brewing.
While Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson salvaged their days to finish within the top ten and avoid disaster, the bigger winner on at Kansas Speedway was overwhelmingly Kevin Harvick.
Harvick won a pole position for the first time since 2006 and proved that the qualifying run was no fluke, going on to win. As a result, Harvick is now third in the standings, 25 points out the lead. Harvick moved into third as a result of his win coupled with Kyle Busch's day ending early with an accident.
If you're a Harvick fan, you have to feel good about the next handful of races. Harvick won this past May at Charlotte, and that is where the series heads next. He has also won at Talladega, picking up a victory in 2010.
As for Kyle Busch, he now faces an uphill climb, fifth in the standings. With 35 points between himself and the lead, Busch needs to run "lights out" the rest of the way and hope that the frontrunners experience trouble.