Drivers take practice runs at Kansas Speedway

Race car drivers have been in Kansas City, Kansas, Monday and Tuesday to take practice runs for the Hollywood Casino 400 race.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be Oct. 21 at the Kansas Speedway.

Chase Eliot and Jamie McMurray came in with the two fastest times for Monday, followed by Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano.

Two drivers commented on the practices.

“Having lap time here is good,” said Kyle Busch, who secured his spot in the second round of the playoffs with a win this past weekend at Richmond Raceway. “There aren’t that many similar tracks in the playoffs anymore, they are all their own animal … people talk about the mile and a half tracks being similar but they are all so different and they keep getting more different with one another with the aging. It’s getting pretty crazy setting up our cars for a race weekend.”

With Talladega Superspeedway the week before the Hollywood Casino 400, the drivers know that winning at Kansas Speedway is crucial for their playoff hopes and building on 2019. But for one driver, a win would be a chance to visit Gatorade Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway again.

“It’s been way too long since I won here and it would be great to win the Hollywood Casino 400,” said Ty Dillon, who won his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Kansas Speedway. “This place is great and I don’t know what they’ve been doing to the track surface, but it’s really good and is providing great racing. You never know what is going to happen at Kansas Speedway.”

All Kansas Speedway tickets are currently on sale by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.

Statistics from the first day of practice:
Chase Elliott, 28.958 time, 186.477 speed;
Jamie McMurray, 29.387 time, 183.755 speed;
Kyle Busch, 29.448 time; 183.374 speed;
Martin Truex Jr., 29.496 time; 183.076 speed;
Joey Logano, 29.518 time; 182.939 speed;
Paul Menard, 29.555 time, 182.710 speed;
Kurt Busch, 29.639 time, 182.192 speed;
Matt Kenseth, 29.646 time, 182.149 speed;
Cole Custer, 29.691 time, 181.873 speed;
Chris Buescher, 29.750 time, 181.513 speed;
Ty Dillon, 29.804 time, 181.184 speed;
Austin Dillon, 29.974 time, 180.156 speed;
Drew Herring, 30.073 time, 179.563 speed;
Justin Allgaier, 30.597 time, 176.488 speed;
David Ragan, 30.718 time, 175.793 speed.

– Information from Kelly Hale, director of public relations, Kansas Speedway

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Democrats file complaint with FEC over TV ad

Window on the West
Opinion column

by Mary Rupert

Today, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission by Kansas 3rd District Democratic Chair Andy Sandler, for the Kansas Democratic Party.

The complaint alleged that there was illegal coordination between the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican Super PAC, and the Kansas Republican Party in a television ad that supported Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., the incumbent.

According to a news release from a Kansas Democratic Party spokesman, the Congressional Leadership PAC (political action committee), a GOP Super PAC, is prohibited from coordinating with candidates or party committees. The Democrats’ complaint says the appearance of an officer of the Kansas Republican Party in a CLF-funded ad shows involvement of the party in key decisions about the ad and constitutes illegal coordination.

The 3rd District campaign this year between Rep. Yoder and Democratic challenger Sharice Davids has been marked by a large number of television ads with an influx of national funding. An officer of the Kansas Republican Party, Alana Zimmer-Roethle, spoke and was identified in a recent ad as a concerned mother, and was not named as a party official in the ad. She is the state party’s secretary, and also was appointed to the Kansas Lottery Commission by former Gov. Sam Brownback.

“CLF thus made an illegal in-kind contribution to the Kansas Republican Party, and the Kansas Republican Party received an illegal, excess contribution,” the Democrats’ complaint to the FEC alleged.

The complaint requested the FEC to investigate the matter, to enjoin them from further violations and to fine them.

Why have the ads gone negative so early in the campaign? It’s because the contest is so close, and it’s perceived at the national level as a possible upset.

Andy Sandler, who filed the complaint, said he is thrilled about the Democrats’ campaign this year.

In the six years he has been working in the 3rd District, he has never seen such enthusiasm as he has out of the Davids’ campaign, Sandler said.

“She has really caught fire very, very quickly,” he said.

According to a recent New York Times – Siena College Poll, Davids was up 51 percent against Yoder’s 43 percent in the district, he said.

“That’s thrilling to me, and not surprising,” Sandler said. “Yoder’s increasingly become out of touch with voters in the district.”

Yoder has increasingly tied himself to Trump, and that’s a losing strategy in the 3rd District, considering that Trump lost the district in 2016, Sandler added. That election was a bellwether to what will happen in 2018, he believes.

The state GOP, however, is currently pointing to the popularity of the national GOP, which it says has increased to 45 percent nationally, a high in recent years, and is riding the crest of economic success.

In Wyandotte County, the Democratic candidate for 3rd District often receives the most votes here, and did in 2016, but there are about five times as many voters in Johnson County.

Super PACs are throwing around $4 million into races statewide, not just the Congressional race in the 3rd District, Sandler said.

While Yoder’s supporters are throwing money around, “I think their return on investment is going to be in the negative numbers,” Sandler said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

One of the campaign issues in the 3rd District that has recently gained attention has been the Affordable Care Act and the ability of those with pre-existing conditions to have affordable insurance. Sandler said Yoder’s plan would allow those with pre-existing conditions to continue to have insurance, but would allow insurance companies to charge whatever they wanted, effectively pricing some of these individuals out of coverage.

“It violates the spirit and the letter of the Affordable Care Act, it’s supposed to be affordable,” he said.

While some people think the election outcome will be based on how many times a candidate’s name is mentioned negatively or positively on television ads, Sandler said he hopes the voters in the 3rd District do a little more homework on their own than just believe what an ad says.

“Dig a little deeper before they go to the polls,” Sandler said.

For more information on the candidates’ positions on the issues, visit:
www.shariceforcongress.com/
www.yoderforcongress.com/
For other election stories, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/category/election-2018/.
For more election information, visit vote411.org, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, at http://www.vote411.org/.

Mary Rupert is the editor of the Wyandotte Daily. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Wyandotte Daily.

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