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
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
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 takes the checkered flag to win the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Joey Gase gets loose into the wall, spinning into John Wes Townley during the Kansas Lottery 300 in Kansas .
The top finishers, championship contenders and Danica Patrick comment on the race in Kansas .
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See who will participate in the 29th race of the Nationwide Series season Entry No. Driver Owner Crew chief Vehicle Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet All Day Parts 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Snuff 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 5 5 Kevin Harvick(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet Morton Buildings 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Blake Koch Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota Supportmilitary.org 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota OneMain Financial 11 14 Eric McClure Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimatel Reynolds Wrap 12 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 13 17 Tanner Berryhill Adrian Berryhill Daniel Stillman 14 Dodge NationalCashLenders.com 14 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota TriStar Motorsports 15 20 Matt Kenseth(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota Resers 16 22 Ryan Blaney(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Discount Tire 17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 18 25 John Wes Townley(i) Tony Townley Mike Ford 14 Toyota No. 25 Zaxby's Toyota 19 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 20 29 Milka Duno Robby Benton Keith Hinkein 14 Toyota CanTV 21 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet TBD 22 33 Paul Menard(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet Tide / Menards 23 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 24 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 25 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target 26 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 27 44 David Starr Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Niece 28 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 29 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com/Allsouthelectric.com 30 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 31 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 32 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 33 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Roush Performance Parts 34 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet South Point 35 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 36 172 John Jackson James Carter Richard Garcia 14 Chevrolet Crash Claims R US 37 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge Mike Harmon Racing 38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Ford Rick Ware Racing 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd Kevyn Rebolledo 14 Chevrolet Courtney Construction 40 190 Martin Roy Michelle Gosselin Mario Gosselin 14 Chevrolet TBD 41 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Gregg Mixon 13 Dodge JGL Racing 42 98 Corey LaJoie(i) Fred Biagi Jon Hanson 14 Ford TBD 43 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Ruud (i) equals ineligible for driver championship points
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