Kyle Busch earns 75th XFINITY Series win at Kansas
RELATED: Complete results KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Overcoming obstacles in the XFINITY Series is commonplace for Kyle Busch . In Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway , Busch brushed aside a pit road speeding penalty, a hole in the nose of his No. 54 Toyota, a pit stop that dropped him to seventh for the penultimate restart, an unwelcome green-white-checkered-flag restart and a teammate who had the fastest car for much of the afternoon. The end result was Busch's 75th XFINITY Series victory, extending his own record. Busch won for third time at Kansas and for the fifth time in 20 starts this season. The race also saw Chris Buescher add one point to his series lead over Chase Elliott . Though both drivers had issues -- Elliott a wreck during qualifying that sent him to a backup car and the back of the field; and Buescher a pit road speeding penalty -- Buescher won a drag race to the stripe to come home sixth to Elliott's seventh and leads the standings by 27 points over the defending champion. But the final 43 laps of the event were vintage Kyle Busch . Restarting seventh on Lap 157 after the seventh caution of the afternoon, Busch surged into second place in a single lap. For the next 28 circuits he harried teammate and eventual runner-up Matt Kenseth before clearing his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate through Turn 4 on Lap 185. Busch survived a green-white-checkered after Joey Gase 's engine blew and oiled the 1.5-mile track with five laps left. Picking the outside lane, Busch cleared Kenseth entering the first turn and pulled away to win by .607 seconds. "I wasn't sure we had enough for that 20 car (Kenseth) today, but there at the end of the race, the track was cooling down and certainly getting freer and it looked like Kenseth just was too loose," Busch said. "And I was able to really get the gas down and drive real hard and had a good car to stick through the corner. "This Monster Energy Camry was awesome, (crew chief) Chris Gayle and the guys did a fantastic job for me in getting me a really good piece there at the end to be able to battle with Matt, and it's cool to end up in Victory Lane any day… I wasn't sure how I was going to get the pass done, but fortunately, finally there I was able to do it." Kenseth suffered a loose handling condition late in the race and couldn't keep Busch behind him. "It's frustrating to get beat again," said Kenseth, who has finished second in each of his last four XFINITY Series starts. "We were out front in Chicago and had the better car, but second is the (next) best place to finish, I guess. "Kind of aggravating when you get beat, but we were too free at the end. I didn't give Wheels (crew chief Mike Wheeler) good enough information on the tires. I did everything I could to hold off Kyle except for wrecking. Just couldn’t do it." Joey Logano finished third, followed by fourth-place Ty Dillon and fifth-place Regan Smith . Busch would like nothing better than to duplicate his victory in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas (2:15 p.m. ET on NBC). After a 20th-place finish last Sunday at Charlotte in the first race of the Chase’s Contender Round, Busch could earn a spot in the Eliminator 8 Round with the ninth XFINITY / Sprint Cup weekend sweep of his career (including his three-series sweep at Bristol in 2010).
GoBowling.com to sponsor Kansas spring race
RELATED: Buy tickets for the race KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Jan. 13, 2016) -- Kansas Speedway and GoBowling.com announced a partnership today for the May 7 GoBowling.com 400 , Kansas Speedway 's annual May NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "We're excited to announce our partnership with GoBowling.com for our May Sprint Cup Series night race," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. "I'm thrilled to be able to work with such a family-friendly brand at Kansas Speedway because NASCAR racing appeals to fans of all ages. I know this will be a great partnership with GoBowling.com and I can't wait to see their activation not only at Kansas Speedway but at bowling centers around the country." "Bowling is the number one participation game in the U.S. and NASCAR is one of the most popular fan-based sports making this a natural partnership," said Strike Ten Entertainment President John G. Harbuck. "We have very similar demographics so the exposure we get from this sponsorship -- both in the Midwest and nationally -- will allow us to promote bowling to current and potential bowlers, especially families and young bowlers. "We will use the race as a platform to remind people what a great game bowling is for all ages and drive them to our website where they can find bowling centers near them as well as connect with us via social media," he added. As part of the agreement, GoBowling.com has naming rights to the race that will be featured on a nationally-televised broadcast and other news media. In addition, GoBowling.com will have extensive signage throughout Kansas Speedway and the rights to execute on-site and online promotional activations including regional and national consumer promotions such as bowling leagues, prize promotions and other branding initiatives. GoBowling.com is the go-to website to learn more about the great sport of bowling including information about 3,000+ bowling centers throughout the country. Fans can learn about their local bowling centers, take advantage of promotional offers, watch bowling video tips and more. RELATED: See the full 2016 schedule "Bowling proprietors across America are proud of our relationship with Kansas Speedway ," said Tom Martino, Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) President. "After race fans enjoy a great race, we look forward to having them visit their local bowling center." Kansas Speedway tickets for all events in 2016 will be on sale soon. Kansas Speedway 's May 6-7, 2016 race weekend will include the Toyota Tundra 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the GoBowling.com 400 . In October, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns with the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 16. The Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will take center stage on Oct. 15, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship race will run on Oct. 14. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages. Fans can follow Kansas Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kansasspeedway or follow us on Twitter ( @kansasspeedway ).
Kyle Busch breaks through at Kansas
Sixth series win of the year for 'Rowdy' RELATED: Complete race results " Updated series standings KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Busch won the lottery on Saturday afternoon -- the Kansas Lottery 300 , to be precise. But it must have seemed like a huge jackpot for the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, who won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway for the first time since 2007. "Whoo! We won at Kansas ," Busch radioed as he crossed the start/finish line, with as much relief as elation in his voice. It took Busch 19 laps after a restart on Lap 161 to catch and pass runner-up Kevin Harvick . On Lap 180, Busch ducked down to the apron near the start/finish line and powered past Harvick into the lead. From that point, Busch pulled away for his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and the 69th of his career, extending his own series record. The Kansas drought broken, Busch was already thinking about Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 , the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Contender Round. Never having scored a top-five in a Cup race at Kansas , Busch will start seventh Sunday. "You learn enough here -- there was a bit of moving around today and trying to run bottom and trying to run top and seeing where the different lines were in traffic and stuff like that," Busch said. "I feel like our Cup car is OK. If we can get out of here with a top-10 day tomorrow that would be pretty good. "Great effort by (crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and all the guys on this 54 car -- it was really awesome again today and should have won at Chicago just like we did here today. Missed out there, but we just keep doing things right, and you end up in Victory Lane, so you have to have it all match up for you." Harvick had winning chances because his crew chief, Ernie Cope, played a contrarian pit strategy to perfection and got some help from a timely caution. Harvick was the only lead-lap driver to bring his car to pit road under the seventh caution on Lap 91, and that put him in position to wait out a cycle of green-flag stops with roughly 60 laps left. With all other lead-lap cars pitting between Laps 136 and 141, Harvick was the only car on the lead lap when Dakoda Armstrong 's spin brought out the eighth caution. Busch, who was leading before the cycle of stops began, got the free pass as the highest scored lapped car, and the rest of the lead-lappers took wave-arounds after Harvick pitted for fuel. Harvick led the field to green on Lap 153 but couldn't keep Busch at bay on longer runs. "They gave us a good opportunity with strategy there, (but) the 54 was quite a bit better as we got going into the run," Harvick said. "We could hold him off for a short run, but in the end his car would maintain speed, and ours would slow down. "We just got beat there today, but that happens." The race dealt a crushing blow to Regan Smith 's championship hopes. Smith spun and backed into the wall during qualifying earlier in the day and was forced to start from the rear of the field in a backup car. On Lap 140, the sway bar arm on Smith's No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet broke, and lost seven laps getting it fixed. Smith finished 22nd and is now 38 points behind teammate Chase Elliott in the series standings. Ty Dillon, third in the championship battle, ran fifth Saturday and is 40 points behind Elliott, who finished 10th, with four races left in the season. "Any time you have to roll a backup car out two hours before a race, you have to expect anything to happen," said Smith, who just re-signed for another year with JR Motorsports’ Nationwide program. "My guys did a great job of getting the car ready to where we could get to the grid with it, much less be competitive for the first stage of the race. "We fought with it. It's kind of what we anticipated for the day and at this point -- obviously disappointed. It's been a long year." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Full schedule for Kansas
Get all the on-track times for the weekend's NASCAR action RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR KANSAS / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series head to Kansas Speedway. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5: RACE-DAY RUNDOWN 12 p.m.: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting ( Watch live ) 1 p.m.: ESPN on air 1:19 p.m: Intro Honorary Starter: Chris McGivern, Vice President of Human Resources, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway 1:19:30 p.m.: Intro Miss Sprint Cup: Kim Coon 1:20 p.m.: Drivers Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards 1:50 p.m.: Black Daggers Skydivers jump 2:02 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Kansas Army National Guard [accompanied on on stage by: Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 5312, from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located at Fort Campbell, KY] 2:02:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Reverend Tom Curran, President of Rockhurst University 2:02:45 p.m.: Intro National Anthem 2:03 p.m.: National Anthem: Stephanie Ramos, KMBC and KCWE Morning News Anchor & U.S. ARMY Reserve Captain 2:04:30 p.m.: Fly-by TOT: 10 RVs from the KC Flight Team 2:09:30 p.m.: "Drivers, start Your Engines" introduced by: Bob Sheldon, Vice President & General Manager, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway VIDEO of Ned Yost, Manager, Kansas City Royals 2:18 p.m.: Start of the Hollywood Casino 400 (267 laps, 400 miles) ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles), ESPN ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 5:30 p.m.: Post-NSCS race SPECIAL EVENTS ( Watch live ) -- Noon: Driver's meeting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3: ON TRACK -- noon-12:50 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, FOX Sports 1 CANCELED -- 1-2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4-5:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, ESPN2 ( Get results ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: Regan Smith -- 11:30 a.m.: Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalist announcement -- 11:45 a.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- Noon: Clint Bowyer -- 12:15 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 2:30 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 6:30 p.m.: Post-NSCS qualifying GARAGECAM PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1 ( Watch live ) -- 12:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GarageCam -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series GarageCam SPECIAL EVENTS ( Watch live ) -- 11:15 a.m.: Miss Sprint Cup's live chat with Joey Logano SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4: ON TRACK -- 11-11:50 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 2-2:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), ESPN ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 6:15 p.m.: Post-NNS race MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Busch wins in G-W-C finish at Kansas
Kyle Busch controls the restart on a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway and he goes on to win the Kansas Lottery 300 .
Post-Race Reactions: Kansas Lottery 300
The top finishers, championship contenders and Danica Patrick comment on the race in Kansas .
Sprint Cup, Nationwide Kansas practice recaps
Sprint Cup Series lays first rubber on track after rainy morning; Nationwide Series has practices combined RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE " RESULTS Ryan Blaney topped the leaderboard in the lone Nationwide Series practice session, putting the No. 22 Team Penske Ford in the first position with a lap of 180.048 mph. Rookies Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon were close behind but couldn't top the 180 mph mark, taking second and third with laps of 179.880 and 179.456, respectively. Buescher ran the most laps of the session with 55, but scored his best lap in the Roush Fenway Racing Ford on his 27th turn around the track. Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne completed the top five. Busch took the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for a spin earlier in the session, but kept it out of the wall, preventing any major damage. After some adjustments in the garage, Busch was able to move his ride up towards the top of the leaderboard. Dakoda Armstrong also faced issues handling his No. 43, spinning in Turns 2 and 3 to bring out a caution flag during practice, ending the session in 23rd. Points leader Chase Elliott 's best effort of 178.743 mph put his No. 9 Chevrolet in the 13th position on the leaderboard. His closest competition for the series title, teammate Regan Smith , was just behind in 16th place with a lap of 178.171 mph. After the first scheduled practice was canceled due to rain Friday morning, the second session -- originally slated to run from 3 to 4:20 p.m. ET -- was extended to a 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET practice. Qualifying is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, with coverage on FOX Sports 2. The Kansas Lottery 300 will follow at 3:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on ESPN. SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE 1 " RESULTS After a rainy morning at Kansas Speedway , the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series went out on schedule to lay rubber onto the clean track. Chase contender Jeff Gordon topped the leaderboard with a fastest lap of 196.257 mph, followed by Kevin Harvick , whose lap of 196.178 mph showed the No. 4 will once again be one of the fastest cars on the track. Gordon and Harvick are both defending winners at the track, with Gordon winning the May race at Kansas Speedway and Harvick winning the fall race last year. Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola , who were both eliminated from the Chase after last weekend's race at Dover International Speedway , practiced as though they were still in contention, both placing inside the top 10, with Biffle's lap of 195.730 mph placing him third on the leaderboard. Almirola ended the session in ninth. Kyle Larson was fourth-fastest, with fellow rookie Austin Dillon in rounding out the top five. Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Ryan Newman were the only drivers among the remaining Chase competitors to place in the top 10, finishing seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively. Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski , both winners in the Challenger Round of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, were 12th-fastest and 18th-fastest, respectively. Among the other Chase contenders, Jimmie Johnson was 14th-fastest, Carl Edwards was 21st-fastest and Kyle Busch 25th-fastest, with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver at the bottom of the leaderboard among the post-season players. Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Busch wins at Kansas
Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag to win the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Gase, Townley wreck in Kansas
Joey Gase gets loose into the wall, spinning into John Wes Townley during the Kansas Lottery 300 in Kansas .
Entry list for Nationwide Series race at Kansas
Get an early glimpse at the Nationwide Series' Kansas Lottery 300 field