For the third year in a row, Kyle Busch has won the Kansas Lottery 300 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
“It’s good to be able to win here,” said Busch, who has now won five national NASCAR series races at Kansas Speedway since May 2014. “It’s more important on Sunday, obviously. The track is starting to get some character. It’s aging and that’s good.”
While a lap down, Busch took advantage of the lucky dog spot when a caution came out with 22 laps remaining.
Despite being one lap down at the time, Busch dominated the race, leading all but 50 laps of the 200 lap race. By the time the next caution came out in the 185th lap, Busch used the restart to power past Daniel Suárez and he refused to relinquish the lead.
“It was certainly a good day for us,” Busch said. “There were a lot of obstacles working against us today. We somehow got a little luck on our side and had a couple of good restarts late.”
Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suárez finished second and third. The six remaining Chase drivers finished in the following positions: Blake Koch, ninth; Justin Allgaier, 14th; Erik Jones,15th; Ryan Reed, 16th; Brendan Gaughan, 31st; and, Darrell Wallace Jr. 33rd.
On lap 166, a wreck involved five drivers including Chase contenders Allgaier and Wallace, with Wallace unable to continue in the race. On Lap 178, Gaughan spun into the grass sending his car to the garage.
Kansas City, Kan., driver Jennifer Jo Cobb was 29th.
Racing resumes at 1:15 p.m. Sunday with the Hollywood Casino 400, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Matt Kenseth leads a contingent of Toyotas on the front row. Tickets are currently on sale and available by calling 866-460-7223, by logging onto www.KansasSpeedway.com or at the Ticket Booth at Gate B.
General parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.