Martin Truex Jr. wins at Kansas

Truex Jr. celebrates his second win of 2017

Martin Truex Jr. had the fastest car at the right time as he stormed to victory at the GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.

12 months after dominating the same race, but ultimately having to pit with the loose wheel, this year he came through to the lead after outduelling Ryan Blaney, who until the final 20 laps had the car to beat.

A re-start with 40 laps to run saw Truex Jr. come from ninth place to challenge for the victory in the cool of the night.

Even two late cautions couldn’t stop the Toyota driver from taking his second win of the season and ninth of his career. On the pit box was Australian engineer Peter Craik, who has been part of all of Truex’s race wins as part of Furniture Row Racing.

“They’re all so special,” said Truex.

“These races are so hard to win. On any of those restarts, we could have gotten beat or something could have happened. You just never know. I’m just so happy for everybody on this team and all my guys.

“I knew if I could get out front on those restarts, I’d be fine. If I came out third, it would take me a long time to get good enough to pass those guys. I knew I had to go. I knew I had to make it happen. It was pretty awesome tonight.”

Brad Keselowski swooped by a battling Blaney and Kevin Harvick on the final lap for a runner-up finish. Harvick finished third, with Blaney in fourth and Kyle Busch taking fifth.

The biggest incident of the night occurred when Joey Logano had a brake explosion and his car got loose and took-out Danica Patrick hard into the fence. Then Aric Almirola slammed into the wreck at high-speed with the result being sparks and flames.

“Something broke on my car, I don’t know what it was,” said Logano.

“I tried to back it off but you’re going 215 (mph) and it’s hard to check up. The car just took a bit step sideways into the corner and I hooked Danica (Patrick).

“That’s the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone. It’s unfortunate for everyone. Let’s hope that Aric is alright.”

Although he was awake and alert, Almirola had to be cut from the wreck of his car and was air-lifted to hospital for further tests.

Kyle Busch won Stage 1, his second stage win of the season. Blaney, who started from the pole, emerged from an eventful Stage 2 that included four cautions for his third stage win of 2017.

The Monster Energy Series heads into All-Star mode next week with the non-championship event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Big wreck involving Logano, Patrick and Almirola

RESULTS: GoBowling 400 – Kansas Speedway

Pos. # Driver Make Laps Laps Led
1 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 104
2 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 267  0
3 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 267 10
4 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 267 83
5 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 267 59
6 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267  0
7 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 267  0
8 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267  0
9 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 267 3
10 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 267 1
11 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 267  0
12 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 267  0
13 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 267  0
14 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 267  0
15 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267  0
16 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 267  0
17 38  David Ragan Ford 267  0
18 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 267  0
19 41  Kurt Busch Ford 267 3
20 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 2
21 34  Landon Cassill Ford 267  0
22 77  Erik Jones Toyota 267 2
23 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 267  0
24 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267  0
25 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 267  0
26 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 266  0
27 83  Corey Lajoie Toyota 265  0
28 51  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 259  0
29 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 258  0
30 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 257  0
31 66  Carl Long Chevrolet 256  0
32 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 243  0
33 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 243  0
34 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 231  0
35 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 202  0
36 10  Danica Patrick Ford 199  0
37 22  Joey Logano Ford 199  0
38 43  Aric Almirola Ford 199  0
39 55  Derrike Cope Chevrolet 179  0
40 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 154 0
STANDINGS
 
Pos
Driver
Pts
Gap
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
428
Leader
1
11
5
7
1
2
Martin Truex Jr.
374
-54
2
11
3
7
0
3
Brad Keselowski
367
-61
2
11
7
9
1
4
Chase Elliott
353
-75
0
11
3
6
1
5
Joey Logano
318
-110
1
11
6
8
1
6
Jamie McMurray
318
-110
0
11
1
7
0
7
Kevin Harvick
309
-119
0
11
4
6
2
8
Jimmie Johnson
305
-123
2
11
2
4
0
9
Clint Bowyer
289
-139
0
11
2
5
0
10
Kyle Busch
277
-151
0
11
4
5
0
11
Denny Hamlin
267
-161
0
11
1
4
0
12
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
250
-178
1
11
3
5
1
13
Ryan Blaney
240
-188
0
11
2
4
1
14
Ryan Newman
237
-191
1
11
1
3
0
15
Kurt Busch
227
-201
1
11
1
5
0
16
Trevor Bayne
223
-205
0
11
0
2
0
17
Kasey Kahne
214
-214
0
11
2
3
0
18
Matt Kenseth
205
-223
0
11
2
4
1
19
Erik Jones
200
-228
0
11
0
1
0
20
Aric Almirola
187
-241
0
11
2
3
0
21
Daniel Suarez
187
-241
0
11
0
3
0
22
Ty Dillon
181
-247
0
11
0
0
0
23
Austin Dillon
172
-256
0
11
1
1
0
24
Paul Menard
171
-257
0
11
1
2
0
25
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
156
-272
0
11
1
1
0
26
Chris Buescher
136
-292
0
11
0
0
0
27
Cole Whitt
125
-303
0
11
0
0
0
28
David Ragan
124
-304
0
11
0
1
0
29
AJ Allmendinger
123
-305
0
11
1
2
0
30
Matt DiBenedetto
118
-310
0
11
0
1
0
31
Danica Patrick
114
-314
0
11
0
0
0
32
Michael McDowell
113
-315
0
11
0
0
0
33
Landon Cassill
112
-316
0
11
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
67
-361
0
11
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
48
-380
0
10
0
0
0
36
Jeffrey Earnhardt
45
-383
0
11
0
0
0
37
Reed Sorenson
44
-384
0
10
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-399
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
15
-413
0
7
0
0
0
40
D.J. Kennington
1
-427
0
1
0
0
0
41
Cody Ware
1
-427
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-428
0
2
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-428
0
2
0
0
0
44
Joey Gase
0
-428
0
2
0
0
0
45
JJ Yeley
0
-428
0
1
0
0
0
46
Timmy Hill
0
-428
0
8
0
0
0
47
Carl Long
0
-428
0
1
0
0
0

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