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.”

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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


KCKCC 4-0 in own volleyball tourney; top two ranked teams upset

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

With four wins, the 2018 Kansas City Kansas Community College Volleyball Classic proved to be a breath of fresh air for the hosting Lady Blue Devils – but a real bummer for the nation’s best teams.

No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Coffeyville suffered its first loss of the season; No. 2 ranked Cowley College lost twice in the two-day tourney Friday and Saturday.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO), which had to rally to nip KCKCC 3-2 in the season’s opener for both teams, ended Coffeyville’s 18-match winning streak 3-1 Saturday while Cowley was losing Friday to Iowa Central and NEO, both by 3-1 counts. Cowley came into the tourney with 14 straight wins.

KCKCC, meanwhile, made quick work of its first two opponents, defeating both Waubonsee and Iowa Lakes in straight sets 3-0. The Blue Devils defeated Waubonsee 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 and Iowa Lakes 25-16, 25-23, 25-16 on Friday.

However, the Blue Devils had to go five sets for 3-2 wins over Ottawa University junior varsity and Longview on Saturday. KCKCC twice went ahead of Ottawa JV 27-25 and 25-14 only to have Ottawa pull even with 25-23 and 25-19 wins before KCKCC claimed the final 15-9.

The Blue Devils had to come from behind against Longview, which took a 2-1 lead by sandwiching identical 25-23 wins around a 25-17 KCKCC win. A 25-23 win in the fourth set got the Blue Devils even before they captured a 15-13 in the final set.

KCKCC (13-7) now returns to Jayhawk Conference play against Cowley in Arkansas City Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and at Labette a week from Wednesday. The Blue Devils don’t return home until Oct. 10 when they play host to Fort Scott.

NEO was the only other team in the tourney to finish 4-0. Ranked No. 20 in the latest NJCAA poll, the Lady Norse (15-7) knocked off three Jayhawk teams, defeating Cowley 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Friday and Coffeyville 12-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20 and Neosho County 3-0 on Saturday. The win over Coffeyville avenged an earlier 3-1 loss to the Red Ravens.


Defense excels as Blue Devils blank Allen County, 2-0

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College got in front early and stayed there in a 2-0 men’s soccer blanking of Allen County at Iola Saturday.

The win evened KCKCC’s record at 2-2 heading into a Jayhawk Conference doubleheader at Coffeyville Wednesday. The women play at 5 p.m.; the men at 7 p.m.

The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead just 1:45 into the contest, sophomore forward Hiago Gaspar scoring on an assist from freshman defender Kenar Huntington.

An unassisted goal by sophomore Reed Axthelm of Riverton, Wyoming, in the 25th minute made it 2-0 and the defense took it from there.

“Our defense really played well, keeping the pressure off our goalkeeper,” KCKCC coach Ruben Rodriguez said.

Freshman goalkeeper Fabian Keiblinger was credited with just three saves as a quartet of freshmen Stylianos Papadimitriou, Ignacio Sarasol and Kenar Huntington and sophomore Gustavo Palmieri repeatedly kept the Red Devils from penetrating deep into KCKCC scoring areas.