- Kyle Busch wins at Kansas: #18-Kyle Busch won the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Kansas and 37th career win. Busch lead 69 of the 267 laps. He ties Tony Stewart for the winningest driver at Joe Gibbs Racing with 33.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #21-Blaney, #3-Dillon, #31-Newman, #47-Allmendinger, #24-Elliott, and #2-Keselowski.
Pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. dominated most of the race, leading 172 laps. However he had to make two green flag pit stops late, after a lug nut got hung behind a wheel. He finished 14th.
There were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 141.909mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-7-2016)
- Race Fast Facts – Kansas Speedway:
Kyle Busch won the 6th Annual Go Bowling 400, his 37th victory in 401 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 17 races at Kansas Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 21 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
Kurt Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 21 races at Kansas Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 4 points over Kyle Busch.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-7-2016)
- 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
[after Kansas, race 11 of 36]
1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 390
2) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 386, -4
3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 367, -23
4) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 353, -37
5) #41-Busch, 350, -40
6) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 332, -58
7) #22-Logano, 320, -70
8) #3-Dillon, 307, -83
9) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 305, -85
10) #78-Truex Jr., 303, -87
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).
- 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
[after Kansas, race 11 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
Set by most wins, then by points standing
1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 2nd in driver points
2) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 3rd
3) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 4th
4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 6th
5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
6) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 13th
no wins, in by drivers points standings
7) #41-Busch, 350
8) #22-Logano, 320
9) #3-Dillon, 307
10) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 305
11) #78-Truex, Jr., 303
12) #24-Elliott, 303
13) #1-McMurray, 276
14) #20-Kenseth, 269
15) #47-Allmendinger, 265
16) #21-Blaney, 255
- Kenseth and Logano talk after Talladega: #20-Matt Kenseth said he and #22-Joey Logano talked this week and buried their differences about last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Asked Friday if he could share anything from his conversation with Logano, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said, "Nah, if we wanted that we would have made it a conference call." The pair has issues stretching back to two incidents last season, and Kenseth had blamed Logano for pushing him below the yellow line at Talladega on Sunday and ultimately into a position to become involved in a crash that sent Kenseth’s car airborne and toward an infield catchfence and retaining wall.(USA Today)(5-7-2016)
- Dave Blaney injured at Eldora: Former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, father of Sprint Cup rookie Ryan Blaney, was transported to an Ohio hospital Friday night after crashing during qualifying at Eldora Speedway, a track spokesperson told NBC Sports. Blaney was competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the half-mile dirt track owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Blaney hit the Turn 1 wall and flipped multiple times. The car landed in Turn 2. He was taken by ground to a local hospital and was awake and alert, according to a track spokesperson. A LifeFlight helicopter was on site but wasn’t needed to transport Blaney to a local hospital. Blaney’s daughter, Emma, provided an update Friday night on Twitter: "Thank you for all the prayers. My dad is one tough guy. He is a little sore but going to be okay… probably already watching dirtvision".(NBC Sports)(5-7-2016)
- Goodyear tire testing continues: While the NASCAR race schedule is in full swing and the weather throughout the country has become milder, Goodyear’s testing program has kicked into full gear. The exclusive tire supplier to NASCAR’s three national series is coming off back-to-back weeks with tests at Pocono Raceway (April 19-20) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (April 26-27). With the advent of NASCAR’s 2016 lower downforce rules package, Goodyear has gone to the test lab and the track to come up with a tire that gives more mechanical grip to enhance the racing. Based on the test at Pocono, the tire set-up will fall into a similar pattern that Goodyear has enacted at many tracks already run this season with more grip, specifically on the left-side of the car. It also fell into line with Indianapolis, as it has in the past. Drivers testing Pocono were #2-Brad Keselowski, #42-Kyle Larson, #31-Ryan Newman and #78-Martin Truex Jr. After wet weather concerns leading up to the Indianapolis test, the session yielded plenty of on-track time and a consensus on the existing tire set-up. "Based on feedback from the drivers at Indianapolis, they felt that our control tire set-up – that was the same combination of tires we ran there last year – provided the right amount of grip with the lower downforce package," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. "Indianapolis provides its own, unique challenges with the grooved surface, being relatively flat and the high speeds. We had a great test there with a lot of input from the drivers that will help us make the right choice for the race." Drivers testing Indianapolis were #43-Aric Almirola, #19-Carl Edwards, #24-Chase Elliott and #14-Tony Stewart.
After these two successful sessions, the testing schedule continues next week (May 10-11) on the newly re-paved surface of Watkins Glen International. Organizations scheduled to participate are Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Stewart Haas Racing.
Watkins Glen is followed by tests at Michigan International Speedway on May 17 (Furniture Row Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 31-June 1 (Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing).(Goodyear Racing)(5-7-2016)
- Keselowski talks about changes to All-Star Race: #2-Brad Keselowski spoke to the media Friday at Kansas:
You’re either getting a lot of credit or later the blame for the all-star race format just announced. What was your thinking going into that?
"Someone reached out to me and asked me from the Charlotte Motor Speedway what we could do to make the race the best possible, and I put a little bit of thought into it. I know another group of drivers did as well and we all kind of pitched in some ideas. I don’t know, I don’t think that I was all the ideas, but maybe the one that seems to catch everyone’s attention. I just wanted to see the race something that I would want to watch if I was a fan, and something that I would want to be proud of if I was the driver that won it. A lot of times we get caught up with trying to maybe make one group happy and we forget that this sport is more than one group. So for this particular format, example, the idea was how do we make the drivers feel like they earned it and the fans feel like they saw a great race. I feel really good about it. I think what you’re gonna see in the All-Star Race is gonna be the modern day format of excellence for that type of race because a lot of things have changed. It’s not 1990 anymore. It’s not 1992 anymore. I think we’ve seen aerodynamics come in the sport and really make it so much more difficult to pass than ever before, and the format is meant to combat that challenge. There is probably an argument to be made that it’s a little bit gimmicky, and that’s fair, but it’s the All-Star Race and I feel like the All-Star Race gets a free pass on gimmicks to some extent, and it should be a short, fun, amazing race. I’m feeling pretty optimistic that it’s gonna be the best race of the year."What will make a driver have to earn it?
"You’re gonna win the race one of two way, most likely and one of those two ways is you’re either gonna drive through the field in 13 laps, which in my belief is earning it. Whenever you have to pass 12 or 13 cars over the course of 13 laps that’s a lot of passing, and I think that’s gonna require perfection from a driver making all the right moves and understanding every little idiosyncrasy of the race track and his competitors, and vice versa. If a guy that’s 11th or 12th, or whatever that number ends up being, gets the lead and runs away with it, he’s gonna have to drive his butt off because he’s gonna have such a natural disadvantage with the scenarios that play out that I think it’s gonna be extremely difficult for him. Either way, no matter who wins, you’re gonna have to fight hard, whereas I think when we looked at the last few years’ scenario it was pretty simply – win the restart into turn one and you win the race. I didn’t feel like that was an earn it scenario."(Ford Racing)(5-7-2016)
- Marcus Smith confirms interest in Carolina Panthers: Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Charlotte Motor Speedway general manager Marcus Smith, during a Wednesday interview with the Observer, affirmed what his father said last month: The Smiths would be interested in eventually purchasing the Carolina Panthers. Bruton Smith, a billionaire track owner and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, told Motorsport.com last month that his sons want him to buy the NFL franchise when it becomes available. The younger Smith said there’s definitely interest. "It’s just one of those things where it’s not even on the market," Marcus Smith said Wednesday. "Would we be interested? Yeah. It would be an incredible opportunity and such a neat opportunity and property for anybody to be able to shepherd into the future. We’re in the sports entertainment world now and we love what we do, and (I) think it’d be fun to do more of it."(Charlotte Observer)
- Kansas Race Notes & Facts:
ï¿½ There have been 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
ï¿½ Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with six: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014) and Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015).
ï¿½ Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NSCS; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories, Ford with six, Toyota and Dodge each have two.
ï¿½ There has been two NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272) and fall of 2015 (267/269).
ï¿½ Only one of the 20 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007 – Completed 210 of the scheduled 267 laps.
ï¿½ Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway was the (10/10/2004) race won by Joe Nemechek with a MOV of 0.081 second.
- Bid make for Rockingham Speedway: The highest of the two bids made for Rockingham Speedway Thursday morning came from the company that owns the lien. James M. Hash, a Raleigh attorney representing BK Rock Holdings, placed a $3 million credit bid during a public auction at the Richmond County Judicial Center. According to court documents, Billy R. Silas is the manager of the Florida-based limited liability company that purchased the promissory note from Farmers and Merchants Bank on Nov. 17, 2015. An initial bid of $100,000 was made at 11:12 a.m., then, after no other offers were made, Hash stepped up to announce his client’s bid. If it turns out to be the prevailing bid, then BK Rock Holdings would own the property and net proceeds from the sale would be credited toward the debt, he said. Documents show the original loan taken out when former driver Andy Hillenburg bought the track in 2008 was for $4.2 million at 6.875 percent interest. The loan was set up to be paid with 59 monthly payments of $32,497.85 starting Nov. 16, 2008 and being paid in full by Oct. 16, 2013. A letter sent to Hillenburg – as well as Bryan and Kim Silas, who are listed as member/managers of Rockingham Raceway Park, LLC – by Hash on Feb. 17, shows the total owed on the October note as $4,305,593.92 and that of a July 2008 note as $617,827.44. The amounts include principle and accrued interest, but not attorneys’ fees and costs.
Per statute, the clock started ticking on a 10-day period for an upset bid once the bid was filed with the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office. "Any person may submit an upset bid," Hash said. "It makes no difference whether the person attended today’s sale." An upset bid – which must exceed the sale price by a minimum of five percent – must be filed with the clerk’s office, with the bidder making a deposit of at least five percent, he said. As it currently stands, an upset bid of $3.15 million with a $157,500 deposit must be made by May 16.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(5-7-2016)