Martin Truex Jr. earned an emotional win on an emotional night Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Trevor Bayne completed the first 10 finishers. Saturday was also the second time this year he's led more than 80 laps, only to watch someone else surpass him at the end. Busch slipped to fifth in the final round, and Harvick fell to eighth. However, it was Kyle Busch who was the leader of the last 18 laps and the victor of the first stage.
Martin Truex Jr. qualified third, followed by last week's Talladega victor, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. And although Blaney had three subsequent restarts to try and regain the top spot, he was unable to mount a challenge to Truex.
The leaders pitted with Blaney regaining the lead off of pit road.
Martin Truex led a race-high 104 laps to earn his second victory of the season on a night when Aric Almirola was taken to a local hospital after a fiery crash. A part from the 22 Joey Logano auto broke and collected Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola into a hard wreck. Aric Almirola, who restarted 22nd, slid through the oil and into the melee.
The race resumed after a red flag of 27 minutes. Logano and Patrick were not injured in the accident...
Almirola was placed on a backboard and taken to the infield care center, then was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for observation.
Truex proceeded to check out on the field, but Jones' third spin without contact on the night brought out a caution with nine laps left.
The closing laps tested Truex's resolve. Busch radioed he was "wrecking loose".
After opting not to pit, Truex's Furniture Row Racing teammate, Erik Jones, led the field back to the green flag alongside Blaney. "The 18 (Busch) and 4 (Harvick) were really fast".
Jimmie Johnson has been pretty impressive at Kansas in his career. Shortly after the second yellow, Ty Dillon spun in turn two and was able to keep going.
The three-time Kansas victor starts back in 29th after failing to make a qualifying attempt, but he has three Top 5s in his last four starts here, and his 8.9 average finish at the track is tops in the series. Truex held on and extended his lead over Keselowski by 1.1-second at the finish.
"They're all so special, honestly".
If Suarez, in the No. 19 Toyota formerly driven by Columbia native Carl Edwards, wins the race, his sponsor, Stanley Black and Decker, will donate $1 million to Children's Miracle Network through the Ace Hardware Foundation.
"I think every team pushes the limits and finds them every weekend when you roll through tech like that", said Logano, who started on the outside of the front row alongside Blaney. "You know, those moments, you know what you need to do". I'm just so happy for everybody on this team and all my guys. "I know that we've been in position to win a lot of races". "That's for sure. You know for years and years even before I was with this team, for whatever reason, we always ran good here and never could close the deal. I've had a couple of the greatest years of my career with this team and I just can't wait to show up at every racetrack". "NASCAR does everything it can to make it safe for everybody but these things happen". It's just incredible. Awesome day, awesome weekend.
There were 21 lead changes among nine drivers.
A slow finish shuffled Blaney, 23, back, but he had a solid night in a race slowed by 15 cautions.