Chiefs’ linebacker enjoys Speedway pace car ride

Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, is the honorary pace car driver today at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Derrick Johnson, linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, made a guest appearance today at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Johnson is the honorary pace car driver for the Go Bowling 400 race today at the speedway, and he went on a ride-along with the pace car before the race today.

Johnson said he enjoyed the ride-along and that he was excited to be at Kansas Speedway.

The Go Bowling 400 race, in the Monster Energy Cup series, begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Riding with the pace car

Riding with the pace car at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon, May 13, before the Go Bowling 400 race. The race begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by William Crum)
Riding with the pace car at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon, May 13, before the Go Bowling 400 race. (Photo by William Crum)


Riding with the pace car at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon, May 13, before the Go Bowling 400 race. (Photo by William Crum)

Riding with the pace car at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon, May 13, before the Go Bowling 400 race. (Photo by William Crum)

Kyle Busch wins truck race at Kansas Speedway

Christopher Bell took an early lead in the Toyota Tundra 250. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, after engine trouble caused Ben Rhodes to drop back.

Rhodes, driving a Toyota, was leading until eight laps left, when his engine quit.

Busch drove a Toyota to the finish line. The Toyota Tundra 250 had four different leaders, with Busch leading in the first two stages of the race.

In second place was Johnny Sauter in a Chevrolet, followed by John Hunter Nemechek, also driving a Chevrolet.

Sauter currently leads the points race for the truck series. Christopher Bell is in second place for the rankings, just two points behind Sauter.

In fifth place in tonight’s truck race was Chase Briscoe, who won in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Kansas Speedway last year.

Racing continues on Saturday at the Kansas Speedway, when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 takes place at 6:30 p.m.

In the pole position for the Go Bowling 400 will be Ryan Blaney, with Joey Logano in the second position and Martin Truex Jr. starting third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start fourth, Jamie McMurray 12th, and Clint Bowyer, 30th.

Tickets are available; see www.kansasspeedway.com for more information.

Kyle Busch (51) pushed Christopher Bell (4) on a restart on lap 13. Four cautions slowed the early momentum of the race. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Kyle Busch (51) took a low line to pass Christopher Bell (4) on lap 23. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Travis Miller (99) lost control on lap 88 and slid onto the apron in turn 2. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

After the early streak of cautions cleared up, Kyle Busch was able to build a solid lead under green on lap 125. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Kyle Busch tossed his son Brexton in the air celebrating his win in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)