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Kyle Busch Comes On Late To Beat Kenseth In XFINITY Race In Kansas

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 17 2015
Kyle Busch won Saturday's XFINITY Series in Kansas. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Kyle Busch won Saturday’s XFINITY Series in Kansas. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Kyle Busch once called Kansas Speedway his worst track. That assertion, it must be pointed out, came on a Sunday. On Saturday’s the 1.5-mile oval has been quite pleasant for the Las Vegas native.

It was again on this Saturday as Busch survived a early-race speeding penalty and then a fender smashing run-in with debris to win the Kansas Lottery 300.

The victory was Busch’s 75 in the series and his third at Kansas, where he has had seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts.

And it came in thrilling fashion as he battled bumper to bumper with Sprint Cup teammate Matt Kenseth over the final 25 laps of regulation and then during a green-white-checkered overtime.

Kenseth, who surrendered the lead to Busch with 16 laps to, go finished second.

But it was the final restart in regulation that pushed Busch to victory. Forced to restart seventh because of pit lane work to fix damage to the right front of his car caused by the debris, Busch blew into second place in less than a lap.

Of the damage to his car, Busch said, “I was nervous a little bit at how big the hole was and if we could get it repaired and how good the repair would have been. Obviously ‘Heavy Duty’ did a great job there at putting it back together for me and getting a good patch on there.”

The moves Busch put on those around him on that restart had leader Kenseth asking his team over the radio; what the heck? Did he jump the start?

Nope. Just drove like crazy.

“The inside lane got a good restart,” Busch said, “all of us were bumping each other and pushing and we all stayed in line thankfully and the outside lane was kind of spinning tires or whatever and kind of bogging up, falling back a little bit. As soon as I saw just enough of a gap, I kind of shot the middle there getting into turn one to the outside and I was able to pass the 88 (Kevin Harvick) and then the 18 (Daniel Suarez) down the backstretch and then set my sights on the 20 (Matt Kenseth).”

Busch crept up on Kenseth, stayed on him and made the winning pass.

“My tongue was hanging out man, I can’t imagine what Matt felt like,” Busch said of his battle with Kenseth. “He was driving way harder than I was. When you have two really good race cars like that, you just better bring them home without tearing something up. He raced me really, really hard on the straightaways and through the corner my car was really good in the middle part of the race track and Matt, I could see him and he was trying to move around, he just couldn’t really find anything that would tighten up his car enough to be able to put the gas down and I had plenty of that.”

Kenseth sounded frustrated by his second-place finish. Even if it was to his teammate.

“I thought most of the day we had the best car and at the end there we got too loose there at the end. Kyle even though he put himself in the back twice, he figured out how to make it happen again,” he said. “That was kind of aggravating. It was a good day for us. I think we’ve ran five races this year and that was our fourth second (place) in a row. It’s good, but it’s also aggravating – I would have liked to go out of the season with a win for sure. We just couldn’t hold off Kyle and got too free. I tried everything, held him off longer than I thought I could, just couldn’t make it happen.”

Joey Logano finished third, Ty Dillon fourth and Regan Smith fifth.

“We were really bad,” Logano said. “I don’t think there’s any way to put it any better than that.  We were a seventh or eighth-place car and that was it.  We never had any speed, so taking a third-place out of today is what we’ve got to do.  That’s good for the owner’s championship.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Kansas Lottery 300

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Saturday, October 17, 2015

  1. (4) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 204, $80362.
  2. (1) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 204, $74147.
  3. (10) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 204, $51553.
  4. (5) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 204, $46468.
  5. (3) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 204, $40735.
  6. (2) Chris Buescher, Ford, 204, $39801.
  7. (12) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 204, $35943.
  8. (15) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 204, $33833.
  9. (6) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 204, $33734.
  10. (8) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 204, $32818.
  11. (14) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 204, $31338.
  12. (18) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 204, $30784.
  13. (16) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 204, $30230.
  14. (23) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 204, $29716.
  15. (7) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 204, $23577.
  16. (9) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 204, $23041.
  17. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 204, $28953.
  18. (20) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 203, $28491.
  19. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 203, $28280.
  20. (13) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 203, $28568.
  21. (19) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 203, $27957.
  22. (22) David Starr, Toyota, 203, $27841.
  23. (11) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 203, $27705.
  24. (30) Mason Mingus(i), Chevrolet, 201, $27595.
  25. (25) Blake Koch, Toyota, 200, $27608.
  26. (31) Eric McClure, Toyota, 198, $27347.
  27. (34) Harrison Rhodes #, Dodge, 195, $27237.
  28. (36) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Engine, 187, $27115.
  29. (40) Jennifer Jo Cobb(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 138, $20964.
  30. (24) Cale Conley #, Toyota, Accident, 113, $27153.
  31. (33) Korbin Forrister(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 103, $26697.
  32. (26) Michael Self, Chevrolet, Engine, 95, $26586.
  33. (29) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, Handling, 79, $26470.
  34. (39) Ryan Ellis(i), Chevrolet, Fuel Pressure, 53, $20358.
  35. (35) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Fuel Pressure, 51, $20221.
  36. (28) TJ Bell(i), Toyota, Electrical, 30, $24040.
  37. (38) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 25, $17040.
  38. (37) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Engine, 20, $22040.
  39. (32) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Engine, 14, $21040.
  40. (27) Jeff Green, Toyota, Suspension, 3, $14040.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  121.455 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 31 Mins, 10 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.607 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 42 laps.

Lead Changes:  7 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   M. Kenseth(i) 1-117; K. Busch(i) 118-151; M. Kenseth(i) 152-175; K. Busch(i) 176; M. Kenseth(i) 177-181; K. Busch(i) 182; M. Kenseth(i) 183-184; K. Busch(i) 185-204.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Kenseth(i) 4 times for 148 laps; K. Busch(i) 4 times for 56 laps.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 1,093; C. Elliott – 1,066; R. Smith – 1,060; T. Dillon – 1,057; D. Wallace Jr. # – 976; E. Sadler – 974; D. Suarez # – 962; B. Gaughan – 927; B. Scott – 922; R. Reed – 825.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 17 2015
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