Martin Truex Jr. had the dominant vehicle on long runs Saturday night at Kansas Speedway during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400, but the race finished with a nerve-testing series of short runs.
"It's always good to get a nice beer shower, 5-hour Energy and whatever else they're throwing on us, here", Truex said.
"The last two years have just been - it's just every weekend has had that feeling", Truex said. "That's where this team deserves to be, and that's where they hopefully will stay". "We had a really good night. There were times there it looked like we weren't going to have a shot at it".
"To have the craziest thing happen that you could ever imagine - an eight-second lead just gone".
"We caught a couple breaks, there, on those restarts and made the a lot of them", Keselowski said.
"A lot of us took a hard hit", Logano said. We worked our way through it. The debris that was scattered across the track caused a red flag, stopping the race for almost 30 minutes.
The biggest incident was a three-car wreck involving Aric Almirola, Danica Patrick and Joey Logano.
But with all the jubilation of the victory, Truex was also reflective about the race accident that injured Aric Almirola.
The accident started when Joey Logano had something break in the right front of his auto, turning him into Danica Patrick, who then slammed the wall.
Suarez, the only Mexican-born driver in the series, visited the University of Kansas Hospital and presented gifts to children Thursday when Stanley donated $100,000 to CMN hospitals. I hope Aric is all right. "Something broke in our auto". "NASCAR does everything it can to make it safe for everybody but these things happen. You know, those moments, you know what you need to do". He was one of 11 drivers failed to make qualifying attempts Friday after a backlog of cars scrambled to make their way through the inspection line at Kansas Speedway. He restarted third and had the lead again within a lap. We got a lot of fans from Colorado here today.
"The No. 78 got us on that restart somehow", Blaney said. "I was super loose there on the last re-start and the 78 got me spinning my tires a little bit". It kind of stinks.
Beginning in the second stage, Blaney, who started on the pole, took control of the race leading 83 laps in total.
STAGE 2: Blaney captured his third stage win of the season, tying Harvick for the second-most of the season behind Truex's five. Truex took the lead for good on the last re-start with two laps to go.
Kyle Busch remained at the point followed by Truex, Blaney, Larson and Harvick. But Truex kept coming back on re-starts. Keselowski, Harvick and Blaney went three-wide with Keselowski on the high side, and he made the move stick. He maintained his lead until the restart following Dillon's caution.
Patrick and Logano were running just outside the top 10 with 67 laps to go. Debris from the No. 48 vehicle forced NASCAR to call the sixth caution on Lap 101.
The race had 21 lead changes among nine drivers and there were 15 cautions for 61 laps. However, Keselowski drove thru too many pit boxes and had to serve a pass-thru penalty. The race returned to green on Lap 105 with Busch and Truex out front. The yellow flag waved for Corey LaJoie, right after their stops. "It was vibrating really bad". He has had a pair of fourth-place finishes at Daytona and Talladega this year, and he won an Xfinity Series race May 6 at Talladega.
The pole victor was Ryan Blaney (28.481/189.600).
STAGE 1: Kyle Busch, victor of last year's Go Bowling 400, won Stage 1 taking the lead from Truex on the 63rd of 80 laps.
Martin Truex Jr. finally ended his string of rotten luck at Kansas Speedway. Neither driver has won in 2017.
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