Kyle Busch scores first Kansas win

That's win number #3 of the season so far for Kyle Busch

That’s win number #3 of the season so far for Kyle Busch

Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch has put his Kansas hoodoo behind him with victory in the GoBowling 400.

The win may have been the third of the season, but after a succession of DNFs at Kansas, this one was a welcomed one for the Toyota driver.

With the win, Busch now needs victories at just Pocono and Charlotte to have won at every active track in the circuit. Those tracks are coming up over the next few weeks.

Busch was in the mix throughout the race, but when the chance came to take the lead from Martin Truex Jr., he never looked back.

“This is pretty big – man, there’s been a lot of rough days here at Kansas, that’s for sure,” Busch said.”

“A lot of good ones too, but I just can’t say enough about this team and everyone on this M&M’s Camry. This thing was awesome tonight. At the beginning and middle part of the race we weren’t great, but Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the guys, they just kept working on it.”

Truex Jr. was the car to beat, but after dominated with 172 laps out front, a loose wheel forced an unscheduled stop and he went a lap down and eventually finished 14th.

Despite starting back in 26th, Kevin Harvick had a great race to finish in the runner-up spot.

On a good night for the Busch family, Kurt Busch was third followed by Matt Kenseth and Ryan Blaney.

The big incident of the evening came when Denny Hamlin collided with Kyle Larson (35th) on Lap 241. The Team Penske pair of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were also were involved in the crash. Both Logano and Hamlin immediately wheeled their entries to the garage.

 

RESULTS: GoBowling 400 – Kansas Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 6 267 69 Running 44 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26 267 0 Running 39 0
3 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 4 267 0 Running 38 0
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 2 267 3 Running 38 1
5 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 7 267 0 Running 36 0
6 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 17 267 0 Running 35 0
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 8 267 0 Running 34 0
8 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 29 267 0 Running 33 0
9 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 13 267 0 Running 32 0
10 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 5 267 3 Running 32 1
11 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 12 267 0 Running 30 0
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 16 267 12 Running 30 1
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 9 267 0 Running 28 0
14 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 1 267 172 Running 29 2
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 22 267 0 Running 26 0
16 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27 267 0 Running 25 0
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 15 267 0 Running 24 0
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 19 265 0 Running 23 0
19 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 33 265 0 Running 22 0
20 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 23 265 2 Running 22 1
21 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 31 265 0 Running 20 0
22 44 Brian Scott Ford 28 265 0 Running 19 0
23 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 32 265 1 Running 19 1
24 34 Chris Buescher Ford 25 265 0 Running 17 0
25 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 10 264 0 Running 16 0
26 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21 264 0 Running 15 0
27 16 Greg Biffle Ford 20 264 0 Running 14 0
28 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 30 264 0 Running 13 0
29 23 David Ragan Toyota 34 264 1 Running 13 1
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 24 264 1 Running 12 1
31 38 Landon Cassill Ford 35 264 0 Running 10 0
32 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 39 260 0 Running 9 0
33 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 257 0 Running 8 0
34 32 Joey Gase Ford 38 257 0 Running 0 0
35 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 18 252 0 Accident 6 0
36 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 36 245 0 Suspension 5 0
37 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 3 240 0 Accident 4 0
38 22 Joey Logano Ford 14 240 3 Accident 4 1
39 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 37 212 0 Running 2 0
40 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 11 129 0 Engine 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 390 Leader 11 1 5 9 0
2 Kyle Busch 386 -4 11 3 9 9 1
3 Carl Edwards 367 -23 11 2 5 8 1
4 Jimmie Johnson 353 -37 11 2 5 6 0
5 Kurt Busch 350 -40 11 0 3 9 0
6 Brad Keselowski 332 -58 11 2 3 6 0
7 Joey Logano 320 -70 11 0 3 6 2
8 Austin Dillon 307 -83 11 0 3 6 0
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr 305 -85 11 0 4 5 2
10 Martin Truex Jr 303 -87 11 0 1 4 0
11 Chase Elliott 303 -87 11 0 3 7 1
12 Jamie McMurray 276 -114 11 0 1 2 0
13 Denny Hamlin 273 -117 11 1 3 4 2
14 Matt Kenseth 269 -121 11 0 1 3 2
15 AJ Allmendinger 265 -125 11 0 1 3 0
16 Ryan Blaney 255 -135 11 0 1 4 1
17 Ryan Newman 253 -137 11 0 0 3 1
18 Kasey Kahne 249 -141 11 0 1 3 1
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 246 -144 11 0 1 2 1
20 Trevor Bayne 244 -146 11 0 1 2 0
21 Kyle Larson 203 -187 11 0 1 2 2
22 Aric Almirola 203 -187 11 0 0 0 2
23 Paul Menard 202 -188 11 0 0 1 3
24 Greg Biffle 202 -188 11 0 0 0 2
25 Danica Patrick 188 -202 11 0 0 0 3
26 Clint Bowyer 182 -208 11 0 0 2 1
27 Landon Cassill 180 -210 11 0 0 0 0
28 Casey Mears 169 -221 11 0 0 0 0
29 Brian Scott 161 -229 11 0 0 0 0
30 Regan Smith 146 -244 11 0 0 1 1
31 Matt DiBenedetto 140 -250 11 0 0 1 2
32 David Ragan 137 -253 11 0 0 0 2
33 Michael McDowell 133 -257 10 0 0 0 0
34 Chris Buescher 118 -272 11 0 0 0 2
35 Michael Annett 99 -291 11 0 0 0 1
36 Cole Whitt 88 -302 9 0 0 0 2
37 Tony Stewart 87 -303 3 0 0 1 0
38 Brian Vickers 86 -304 5 0 0 1 1
39 Michael Waltrip 42 -348 2 0 0 0 0
40 Josh Wise 39 -351 9 0 0 0 3
41 Jeffrey Earnhardt 36 -354 6 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 34 -356 2 0 0 0 0
43 David Gilliland 24 -366 1 0 0 0 0
44 Reed Sorenson 19 -371 5 0 0 0 1
45 Robert Richardson 3 -387 1 0 0 0 1
46 Ty Dillon 0 -390 5 0 0 0 0
47 Joey Gase 0 -390 3 0 0 0 0
48 Ryan Ellis 0 -390 1 0 0 0 0

 

 

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