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Kansas Checkered and Black Flags

Kansas Race Recap and Results

Pete Pistone distributes this week’s checkered and black flags following the weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway.

Checkered Flags

Brad Keselowski
A big win for Keselowski taking his third checkered flag of the year and 30th career victory. But Keselowski remembering long-time truck series team owner Mike Mittler in Victory Lane added to the accomplishment.

Alex Bowman
He was understandably disappointed after again being denied of a first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. But Bowman’s been impressive to say the least of late as evident by his third straight second-place finish.

Tyler Reddick
Pretty impressive outing for the current Xfinity Series champion in one of Reddick’s limited Cup Series rides for Richard Childress Racing. He was consistently near the front of the field all night on Saturday and came out of Kansas with a top-10 finish.

Digital Ally 400
Hands down that was the best 1.5-mile race of the season and perhaps at any track in 2019. A perfect storm of the new rules package, track conditions and scenarios playing out during the race created what will be remembered by most as a Kansas Speedway classic.

Ross Chastain
He doesn’t like being referred to as a underdog but Chastain’s story is still very much in the David vs. Goliath category. Yes he took advantage of Stewart Friesen’s frustration when he ran out fuel but Chastain was in the picture to win all night long and did so in Friday’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race.

Black Flags

Kevin Harvick
He had the field covered no matter the impact of the rules package with a rocket ship of a racecar. But Harvick had a challenge late, forced to pit when he thought he had a tire going down and he was suddenly out of contention for the win and left Kansas with a 13th-place finish.

Kyle Busch
He raced his Toyota toward the lead and looked like he would be a factor. But Busch was penalized for driving through too many pit stalls during a stop, a mistake compounded by radio comments accusing NASCAR of retaliation after Busch’s critical rules package comments earlier in the week. He was quickly reminded by crew chief Adam Stevens he did in fact break the rules on pit road.

Ryan Blaney
Not sure what’s going on around the Blaney camp these days but it has not been good. Another rough outing for the Team Penske driver who made contact with the wall as one of the many challenges he endured on his way to a 32nd place finish.

Scoring Problems
It took nine laps to get things going late in Saturday night’s race after Ryan Newman lost a tire on pit road. Several of those laps were while waiting to get drivers back in their correct spots before the restart. It’s the second time such a problem has occurred this year with a similar problem breaking out in Bristol. It’s something that has to get cleaned up immediately.

Stewart Friesen
If something is going to keep Friesen out of Victory Lane is will happen. He looked well on his way to winning Friday night’s Truck Series race but a miscommunication led to running out of fuel in the closing laps. Bad luck and self-induced mistakes have added up to Friesen still sporting a zero in the win column.

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