Kansas Speedway postpones May races

Kansas Speedway has postponed the May 30-31 race weekend in Kansas City, Kansas, after a scheduling announcement by NASCAR.

According to a news release, the races originally planned May 30-31 will be held at a later date, to be determined.

A spokesman stated in the news release that they will work with NASCAR officials, while monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic through updates from local and federal government officials and health officials.

“First, I’d like to thank our fans for sticking with us during this time with so much being unknown for the past couple of months,” Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren said in the news release. “NASCAR is working extremely hard on a schedule for the remainder of the year and I look forward to seeing cars back on track very soon.”

Kansas Speedway’s website stated that fans who have already purchased tickets could receive tickets for a later date at Kansas Speedway or at certain other NASCAR tracks. Those who purchased tickets also could receive a refund, according to the website.

For more information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com.

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Wyandotte County, KCK showing support for Chiefs

Kansas Speedway is showing its support for the Kansas City Chiefs on a tall pole where race results are displayed at the NASCAR track in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo from Kansas Speedway)

Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, are turning red to show their support for the Kansas City Chiefs, who play in the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday.

In downtown Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall and the nearby Memorial Hall have been illuminated with red tones at night.

At the Kansas Speedway, the pylon with race results is displaying a Chiefs logo.

And at The Legends Outlets at I-70 and I-435, there are plans for a Chiefs watch event on a big outdoor LED screen on the lawn of the shopping center on Sunday.

The Chiefs’ logo has been up at the top of the pylon at Kansas Speedway for about a week, according to Kelly Hale of the Speedway. She said she’s heard that Kansas race car driver Clint Bowyer will be attending the Super Bowl this year.

Also, the Kansas Speedway has made a friendly wager about the outcome of Sunday’s game with the Sonoma Raceway in California, she said. If the Chiefs win, Sonoma will send a package of Boudin bread products, including a Kansas City team logo made entirely of gourmet sourdough, to KC. If the 49ers win, Kansas Speedway will send barbecue from Jack Stack’s BBQ to Sonoma.

“We’re excited to be having a fun competition with Sonoma,” Hale said.

At the Legends Outlets at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas, fans may watch the big game on an outdoor LED screen on the Lawn at the Legends. Kickoff of the game is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Legends Outlets is setting up Kansas City inflatables on The Lawn for fans who want to take photos during shopping center hours. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Also, KC City of Champions, a pop-up Kansas City sports apparel store at The Legends Outlets will offer official, NFL licensed merchandise during regular shopping center hours from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Hamlin wins at Kansas Speedway on late restart

Denny Hamlin (11) crossed the start-finish line on the final restart at the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, fending off Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch in a single-lap restart, needed after a wreck on a previous restart.

After the race, Hamlin credited crew chief Chris Gabeheart for making adjustments to give him a “dominant car” in the second half of the race. Hamlin overtook Martin Truex Jr. shortly after the end of the race’s second stage in lap 160.

Hamlin also credited Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with a well-timed push on the restart that positioned him to get out in front of the field and protect his lead.

Chase Elliott finished second, earning just enough points to edge Brad Keselowski for the final spot to advance in the NASCAR playoffs. Kyle Busch finished third.

Denny Hamlin hoisted the trophy after winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Denny Hamlin’s crew celebrated by dousing his car in victory lane. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Denny Hamlin’s crew celebrated in the pits as their driver crossed the finish line. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Racing team owner and pro football hall of fame coach Joe Gibbs congratulated Hamlin’s crew after the win. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Country artist Casey Donahew performed a concert before the race. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Martin Truex Jr. went through some last-minute checks before the race. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Parker Kligerman (96) raced in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Joey Logano (22) kept the outside lane against Clint Bowyer (14) in turn 2. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


William Byron (24), Daniel Hemric (8) and Reed Sorenson (77) raced three wide out of turn 4. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Lugnuts flew as Alex Bowman’s pit crew sprang into action. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


A B-2 bomber, the Spirit of Washington, flew over before the start of the race. (Copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)