RICHMOND, VA (NASCAR.com) -- As far as the Chase was concerned, nothing changed during Kevin Harvick's victory in Saturday night's Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway -- but what happened between the green flag and the checkered flag was astounding.
For the record, Harvick won his fourth race of the season and the 18th of his career as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin secured the Chase spots they held provisionally entering the race -- but not without considerable angst in the process.
Harvick beat Gordon out of the pits after a stop under caution on Lap 385 of 400 and drove away from the four-time champion. Carl Edwards passed Gordon for the second spot and challenged Harvick for the win, but Edwards ran out of time.
With four victories each, Harvick and Kyle Busch are the top seeds for this year's Chase.
Gordon ran third, followed by David Ragan and Kurt Busch. Kyle Busch, Stewart, Ryan Newman, Hamlin and Mark Martin completed the top 10.
Here are the seeds for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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