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Kansas: Checkered flags, black flags

There were successes and challenges from the weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway.


Kyle Busch

Not a bad way to celebrate your birthday. Busch swept the weekend at Kansas scoring Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series victory before following things up with his first Cup win of the season Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Harvick

His best finish of the season came Sunday with a runner-up performance behind Busch. It was the second straight second place Kansas finish for Harvick after he trailed Joey Logano across the start-finish line last October.

Matt DiBenedetto

He has finished top 10 in the last three races of the season, and DiBenedetto’s fourth-place effort on Sunday was the Wood Brothers Racing driver’s second consecutive top-10 run.

Martin Truex Jr.

A sixth-place finish for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver on Sunday. Truex Jr. has finished top 10 in eight of the last nine Kansas races and has top-10 finishes in the last eight 1.5-mile races.

Chris Buescher

A shout out to the Roush Fenway Racing driver who scored his second top-10 finish of the season after his team rolled the dice on stretching his fuel run late in Sunday’s race.


Kyle Larson

He by far had the dominant car but Larson was a victim of the rash of yellow flags and restarts at the end of the race. He led 132 laps and now has won only three of the 15 races he has led at least 100 laps.

Ryan Blaney

He was not happy with the way the race ended in the flurry of caution flags and restarts especially after Blaney made contact with Larson. The Team Penske driver showed his displeasure with Larson when he made some intentional contact with his car on the cool-down lap.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Led laps late in the second stage by not pitting when the leaders did, but the strategy did not work out. To add insult to injury, Stenhouse was involved in a late-race accident and wound up finishing 34th.

Christopher Bell

Another victim of a late-race accident as Bell lost control of his Toyota racing inside a tight pack after a restart. He was credited with a 28th-place finish.

Aric Almirola

Nothing is going right for Almirola this year. A series of problems sent him down pit road repeatedly late in the race, and Almirola was never a factor Sunday, finishing 29th.