NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Event finished
08 Feb
-
17 Feb
Event finished
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Event finished
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Event finished
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Event finished
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
46 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
54 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
61 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
68 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
75 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
82 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
89 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
96 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
103 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
109 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
117 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
138 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
145 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
152 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
158 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
166 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
172 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
179 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
187 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
194 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
201 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
208 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
215 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
222 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
229 days

Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 at Kansas as trouble befalls title rivals

shares
comments
Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 at Kansas as trouble befalls title rivals
By:
Oct 22, 2017, 8:22 PM

Kyle Busch got lucky in the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday.

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Busch had the lead at Kansas Speedway when Kyle Larson’s engine blew with four laps remaining in the segment to earn his 14th stage win of the season. 

"Easy now, don't count your chickens before they hatch," Busch said. "We've got a long way to go here."

Kevin Harvick was second followed by Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Erik Jones. Playoff contenders Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished 11th and 23rd, respectively. Larson was scored 38th. 

Truex led the field to green and had extended his lead by more than a half-second over Harvick on the first lap. Blaney moved up to 37th for the start and gained two spots on the first lap. After five laps, Truex’s lead was .927-seconds over Harvick. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Erik Jones rounded out the top 10. Blaney advanced to 26th then passed Stenhouse for 25th. 

After the first 10 laps, Truex extended his lead to a second-and-a-half over Harvick. Blaney passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 22nd, then Paul Menard for 21st on Lap 12.

Truex lapped BJ McLeod on Lap 13. Halfway to the competition caution Truex held  1.7-second lead over Harvick. Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Hamlin, McMurray, Suarez, Bowyer, Larson and Johnson rounded out the top 10.

On Lap 17, Kurt Busch came down pit road after hitting the wall. The crew changed tires dropped to 39th, one lap down. By Lap 20, Blaney had advanced to 17th and gained another position over the next lap.

Five laps before the competition caution, Truex’s lead was 3.7-seconds over Kyle Busch, who took over second from Harvick. Kenseth remained fourth followed by Larson, Hamlin, McMurray, Johnson, Bowyer and Suarez. On Lap 28, Erik Jones passed Suarez for 10th. 

Truex extended his advantage to 4.326-seconds over Busch when the yellow flew on Lap 30. Harvick ran third followed by Kenseth, Larson, McMurray, Hamlin, Johnson, Bowyer, Jones, Austin Dillon, Suarez, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Earnhardt Jr., Blaney, Ryan Newman, Buescher and McDowell. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., entered the pits 27th on Lap 32.

Truex retained the lead out of the pits and selected the inside line when the race returned to green on Lap 36. Kyle Busch, Harvick, Kenseth, Hamlin, Larson, Bowyer, McMurray, Jones, Johnson, Suarez, Keselowski, Elliott, Earnhardt and Blaney rounded out the top 15. Stenhouse restarted 26th. 

Truex's penalty

Truex received a restart violation penalty from NASCAR for dipping below the white line on the restart. 

“That’s not a F-ing rule, man,” Truex protested as the team told him to come to pit road. “Pass-thru, 10-4.”

Truex pitted on Lap 39 and dropped to 31st. Busch took the lead with Harvick in tow. Larson, Kenseth, Bowyer, McMurray, Hamlin, Jones, Johnson, Elliott rounded out the top 10.

Brett Moffitt triggered the second caution on Lap 47 after hitting the Turn 2 wall. Kyle Busch’s lead was a half-second over Harvick. Larson, Kenseth, Bowyer, McMurray, Hamlin, Jones, Johnson, Elliott, Keselowski, Blaney, Newman, Earnhardt and Buescher rounded out the top 15. Truex ran 30th.

The leaders pitted on Lap 48, but Keselowski, Blaney, Newman, Earnhardt, Buescher and Truex remained on the track. Kyle Busch was the first car off of pit road and lined up seventh followed by Harvick, Kahne, Kenseth, Hamlin, Larson, Jones, Bowyer, McMurray, Johnson and Elliott. Stenhouse dropped to 28th. 

Keselowski took the outside lane on the Lap 51 restart. Earnhardt went high and dropped to 11th. Blaney took the lead followed by Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Busch passed Keselowski for second on the next lap. Harvick ran fourth followed by Newman, Hamlin, Kahne, Truex, Larson and Earnhardt. Busch regained the lead coming to the line on Lap 55. 

After five laps, Busch’s lead was .514-seconds over Harvick. Larson passed Blaney for third on Lap 58. Hamlin held fourth followed by Keselowski, Newman, Johnson, Kahne, Elliott, Truex, McMurrray, Earnhardt, Suarez and Bowyer. Kenseth dropped to 16th. 

With 20 laps to decide the stage, Busch extended his lead to .570-seconds over Harvick. Larson, Blaney, Hamlin, Keselowski, Johnson, Elliott, Kahne and Newman rounded out the top 10.

Larson's race goes up in smoke

Larson slowed on Lap 64 and he came to pit road on the next lap. Busch continued to lead followed by Harvick. Hamlin passed Blaney for third followed by Johnson, McMurray, Elliott, Keselowski, Truex and Kahne.

The No. 42 team restarted the car and Larson returned to the track on Lap 68 on 37th, three laps down. Busch held a .605-second advantage over Harvick with 10 laps to decide the stage. Hamlin, Blaney, Johnson, McMurray, Elliott, Truex, Keselowski and Kenseth rounded out the top 10. Kenseth passed Keselowski for ninth on the next lap. Jones advanced into the top 10 on Lap 73. 

Busch held a .731-second lead over Harvick with five laps to go in the stage final. With four laps remaining, Larson’s engine blew coming out of Turn 4 to trigger the third caution. 

“I don’t know what to say,” Chad Johnston said. 

Next article
Furniture Row Racing loses crewman to heart attack

Previous article

Furniture Row Racing loses crewman to heart attack

Next article

Engine failure ends Kyle Larson's title run

Engine failure ends Kyle Larson's title run
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas II
Location Kansas Speedway
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Lee Spencer