Kansas Speedway Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Tyler Ankrum came into the Kansas Speedway doubleheader inside the top-10 in points, but now will leave well outside of the playoff picture after two demoralizing races, including Saturday’s E.P.T. 200. In yesterday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200, Ankrum went to the garage to repair the brakes and finished 22 laps behind race winner Austin Hill. However, Ankrum’s No. 26 Liuna Chevrolet Silverado still showed strong pace that matched the front running trucks once he got back to the 1.5-mile circuit. Fast forward to today’s 134-lapRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer New high school graduate Derek Kraus put on his best overall performance of his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series campaign, finishing fifth in Friday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Kansas Speedway. The Wisconsin racer had to miss his Stratford High School graduation ceremony to compete in the Kansas doubleheader as he entered the first of two 134-lap races outside the top-10 in points after eight races. “I feel like tonight we had a really good run, and it was a special night, forRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service As the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series leader for seven straight weeks, Austin Hill was all but assured of making the Playoffs. On Friday night he made it official, winning the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Kansas Speedway to pick up his first victory of the season and lock up a Playoff spot. After swapping the top spot with Brett Moffitt following the final restart on Lap 88, Hill grabbed the lead for good on Lap 96 of 134 and heldRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer William Byron may have wound up 10th after what looked like a banner night was in store, but Thursday’s Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway played a big role on the top-16 playoff grid. Going into the 267-lap race, Byron was only a mere two points behind his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for the 16th and final playoff spot and was ahead of 18th place points man Tyler Reddick by 12 points. However, things looked different on top of the No. 24 Axalta pitRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service In what could be a sneak preview of the Championship 4 race later this year, Denny Hamlin outdueled Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. to win the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts Thursday night at Kansas Speedway. After a wild restart on Lap 246, Hamlin passed Harvick for the lead on Lap 255 of 267 and held off a late charge from Keselowski to score his NASCAR Cup Series-best fifth victory of the season, his third at KansasRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Kevin Harvick and the entire Stewart-Haas Racing squad turned a rather mediocre race by their standards into a respectable outing after finishing fourth in Thursday’s Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway, extending his top-five streak to six consecutive races. For much of the race, Harvick’s No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang couldn’t match the tremendous pace from Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske drivers. It showed with a seventh and eighth place result during the first two stages. The final stage is when HarvickRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor In the fall of 2015, the term “quintessential NASCAR” was coined by then NASCAR CEO Brian France with the genesis of the phrase coming after a late race incident between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Both drivers found themselves in contention as the race played out, with Logano running in the top-five for the majority of the race and Kenseth leading 153 laps on the day. A restart with 20 laps to go placed the two drivers onRead More
Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Thursday the next installment of events in its return to racing, featuring races at Pocono Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NASCAR returned to racing on May 17 at Darlington Raceway with a NASCAR Cup Series race that was won by Kevin Harvick. Since then, NASCAR has also raced twice at Charlotte Motor Speedway and then at Bristol Motor Speedway, and had previously announced races up through the weekend ofRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Twelve drivers entered Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas still in the running for the championship, but by the time the checkered flag flew, four of them were on the outside looking in as their hopes for a title were erased. Starting the day, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Clint Bowyer were the four drivers in the danger zone, sitting 18 points or more below the cut-off line, with all of them in a virtual must-win situation. Among the four, only Elliott wasRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A Kansas City Miracle bestowed Chase Elliott in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway as a runner-up effort and massive circumstances advanced him into the Round of 8 by just three points. For much of the afternoon, crew chief Alan Gustafson urged the popular racer to win after two gut wrenching Round of 12 races at Dover and Talladega end his races. Elliott said he was trying his best to score his fourth win of the season but it didn’t worked out but understood thatRead More