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
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
Joey Gase gets loose into the wall, spinning into John Wes Townley during the Kansas Lottery 300 in Kansas .
Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag to win the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
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
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First Hispanic woman to start U.S. national series race backs into wall at Kansas RELATED: NASCAR celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month MORE: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today After becoming the first Hispanic female driver to run a NASCAR national series race in the United States, Milka Duno spun and backed into the wall in Turn 2 on the third lap of the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. She retired from the race in 40th place. "What I think is that I was in the outside line, and I lost a little downforce on the back and then I lost it into the wall," said a disappointed Duno, who said she tentatively hopes to return for the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "It was so bad because even with just a few laps, I was having a good race and passing cars outside. I was feeling a little more confident, I think, and then I lost the car." Duno, who hails from Caracas, Venezuela, qualified 34th and is the 18th different female driver to make a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Driving the No. 29 RAB Racing Toyota Camry for car owner Robby Benton, her third attempt was the charm. The 42-year-old had previously attempted to make the field at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and last weekend at Dover International Speedway . A former IndyCar and ARCA Racing Series driver, Duno has eight major sportscar race wins in the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex GRAND-AM Series and a runner-up result in the 24 Hours at Daytona, the highest finish ever by a woman. In 2007, she became the first Hispanic woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Mara Reyes became the first Hispanic female driver in a national series race when she ran the 2005 Nationwide race in Mexico City. Reyes started 39th and finished 35th in the inaugural race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Two women ran Saturday's Nationwide event as Jennifer Jo Cobb made the race as well. It will be Cobb's season debut in the series. She has five previous series starts at Kansas , posting a best finish of 22nd in 2012. Pre race @kansasspeedway w @milkaduno - she is a sweet soul. pic.twitter.com/gCWOnaL260 — Jennifer Jo Cobb (@JenJoCobb) October 4, 2014 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
Crash-filled NNS race a sign of things to come, driver says RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Larson 's day came to an early end in a flurry of caution periods in the first half of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. After a handful of spins and crashes, Larson hinted that the amount of carnage could repeat itself in Sunday's main event at Kansas Speedway . Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet broke loose off Turn 2 in the 89th of 200 laps in the Kansas Lottery 300 , collecting the No. 60 Ford of Chris Buescher to bring out the seventh yellow flag of the day. Larson, not running for Nationwide Series points, called it quits in the garage with a severely damaged car, then expressed some concern for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the fourth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. "I think these tracks have a lot of grip, but then you get in dirty air and lose all downforce and cars drive way differently," Larson said. "It'll be even worse in the Cup race tomorrow, but our Target Chevy's really good over there. ... Just dirty air is worse in the Cup cars, I feel like." Drivers have fought for as much grip as possible in preliminary on-track activity before Sunday's opener of the Chase's three-race Contender Round, but even the best of the best have lost it. Jimmie Johnson spun without making contact in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying, and Kurt Busch was forced to a backup car after veering into the frontstretch's infield grass in Saturday's final Sprint Cup practice. Saturday afternoon presented more damage, with Larson and Buescher catching some of the worst. Buescher returned to the race dozens of laps down after his Roush Fenway Racing team replaced much of the car's sheered-off right side. Larson said nothing broke to force his car into a slide, but that the sudden change in handling caught him by surprise. "Really weird because I had been really tight all of yesterday and all race long. I hadn't been loose once and that was the only time I'd been loose and it caught me off guard. Wasn't expecting to get loose and I did." 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
Regan Smith still second in standings, but farther back after Kansas RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A day that began on a difficult note didn't get any better for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Regan Smith , and as a result the JR Motorsports driver lost ground to teammate Chase Elliott in the battle for the series championship. Smith crashed in qualifying Saturday morning, the team rolled out a backup car and then issues throughout the Kansas Lottery 300 left the 31-year-old 22nd at the finish, eight laps down to race-winner Kyle Busch . With Elliott finishing 10th, Smith saw what had been a 26-point gap grow to 38 with just four races remaining. "It really started yesterday," Smith said of his team's struggles at the 1.5-mile track. "We just didn't have the speed we wanted so we kind of changed a lot of stuff to go out and qualify this morning." Smith said the car was "really loose" in the first qualifying session, and then in the second "I backed into the wall." "Anytime you do that," he added, "you've got to roll (out) a backup car two hours before the race (and) you really have to expect anything to happen." Smith made steady progress in the early stages of the race, taking advantage of numerous cautions to drop on to pit road and allow his team to make adjustments. By Lap 53, he was running inside the top 15. But as the race headed into its final 50 laps, a broken sway arm brought him to pit road for extended repairs. "My guys did a great job, just getting the car … to where we could get to the grid with it, much less being competitive there for the first stages of the race," Smith said. "It was kind of what we anticipated for the day. "Disappointing, you know, it's obviously disappointing." Although he extended his points lead, Elliott, one of seven Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders in the field, wasn't pleased with his result, either. "We really struggled, and there's no excuse for that so we just had a bad day today," the 18-year-old said. "Regardless of what the points situation looks like, this was not the performance we were hoping for today. I'm bummed about it." Kevin Harvick trailed Busch across the line, followed by Ryan Blaney and Paul Menard . Fifth-place rookie Ty Dillon was the highest finishing series regular. While Smith trails Elliott by 38, Dillon managed to close to within two of Smith (1,030-1,028) for the No. 2 spot. Brian Scott , who finished ninth, is fourth (-57) while Elliott Sadler , seventh on the day, is fifth (-60). "I thought we were going to be a little farther inside the top 10 there towards the end of the race and got to racing with those guys and just kind of made a mistake and got us put back," Elliott said. "So we'll try to be better for Charlotte and move on." 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