"Awesome weekend. This team rocks, man, they're so good. There's a lot of room on this track so we'll be just fine". Here is a look at the drivers we like to contend for the NASCAR victory tonight. "We just kept fighting and made it happen".
Kevin Harvick, No. 4, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, $27.50: In the last five races at Kansas, Harvick has three top-five finishes and a victory (Fall, 2016), to go with the best average finish among active drivers (6.6).
"We caught a couple breaks, there, on those restarts and made the a lot of them", Keselowski said. "We did everything right but Ben Rhodes has a curse on his back of something because something always goes wrong". We worked our way through it.
The series points leader, Bell continued to jockey with Busch throughout the second stage with Rhodes giving chase. Adding insult to the damage to Elliott's vehicle, he was sent to the rear of the pack for having too many crew members over the wall when he came in for more repairs. The accident started when Joey Logano hit Danica Patrick's auto, then Almirola ran into Logano's vehicle.
Logano and Patrick were treated and released from the infield care center, while Almirola was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center. I hope Aric is all right. A lot of us took a hard hit. "Something broke in our auto". I noticed it as I was trying to go in (to Turn 1). If you aren't close to the edge you won't be competitive.
Truex proceeded to check out on the field, but Jones' third spin without contact on the night brought out a caution with nine laps left.
Truex, thwarted on past days when he had cars capable of winning at the 1.5-mile track that the Denver-based team considers its home speedway, wasn't denied as he held off the field on two late restarts with Ryan Blaney providing the toughest competition. Today, we were able to get those right when it mattered.More news: Raptors' season ends with loss to LeBron James, Cavaliers - again
"The No. 78 got us on that restart somehow", Blaney said. It kind of stinks. The next points race on the calendar happens to be the Coca-Cola 600, a race that Truex led for 392 of 400 laps - or 588 of 600 miles - last season. But leading the most laps at the spring race in Kansas has never been a problem for the Furniture Row Racing driver. However, it was Kyle Busch who was the leader of the last 18 laps and the victor of the first stage. On a restart with 19 laps remaining, he executed a nifty three-wide maneuver to grab a lead he wouldn't relinquish despite two additional cautions that gave Blaney opportunities to get back around.
"I didn't know during the first two rounds if we would have enough", said Blaney, who will lead the field to green in the 11th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.
He finished fifth. Busch had one of the cars to beat in the early stage of the race, but his handling faded at the end.
Then, he watched Erik Jones - the other vehicle in their two-car Furniture Row Racing stable - go for a spin late in Saturday night's race, forcing a restart after Truex had established a big lead.
Truex came aboard before the 2014 season, when Busch headed to Stewart-Haas Racing, and rookie crew chief Cole Pearn's arrival the following year sent the team on an upward trajectory.
The third stage however saw one of the scariest wrecks in quite some time. Truex led followed by Blaney, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Johnson, Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Keselowski, Larson and Suarez.