Truex was ninth fastest after the first round (28.703 seconds at 188.134 mph), sixth after the second (28.526/189.301) and third in the pole-shootout round of 12 drivers (28.541 at 189.201). "These races are so hard to win", said Truex, who had a fluke tire change problem rob him of the win after leading 172 laps previous year. "Something could have happened. You know, those moments, you know what you need to do".
Fans have already seen what type of racing happens at these types of tracks, and if the racing from earlier this season is any indication of what will happen on Saturday night, fans should get set to see just how much clean air matters to a lead vehicle. He restarted third and had the lead again within a lap. "I knew if I didn't come out of those restarts with the lead, I probably wasn't going to win".
Brad Keselowski rallied from a loose wheel earlier in the race that dropped him two laps behind to finish second, followed by Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch, the defending race victor.
"We caught a couple breaks, there, on those restarts and made the a lot of them", Keselowski said. "That was good. We had a really great Freightliner Elite Support Ford just kept getting caught in adversity there". We worked our way through it. But it was really whoever got in front and got the lead at that point, and he was really fast in that little final stage. A lot of us took a hard hit. "We will move on to the next week".
Kyle Busch won stage one of the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway and remained in contention most of the night.
STAGE 1: Kyle Busch, victor of last year's Go Bowling 400, won Stage 1 taking the lead from Truex on the 63rd of 80 laps. From there, Truex Jr. raced away from the field and comfortably took the checkered flag for the second win of the season.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Ryan Blaney was all alone atop the leaderboard Friday during qualifying at Kansas Speedway. Kyle Busch rounded out the top five after winning the Truck Series race Friday night.
The race was halted with 67 laps to go when a broken brake rotor turned Joey Logano's auto into Danica Patrick, sending her hard into the fence in the first corner.
He was riding sideways and sliding up the track before plowing into Logano's No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford with enough force that Almirola's back end lifted several feet off the track accompanied by another fireball. Both Patrick and Logano evaluated by NASCAR's medical team on-site and were released from the infield care center, while Almirola was airlifted alert and awake to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Almirola dropped his window net and was conscious after the accident.
When Logano tried to speak to her, Patrick appeared to brusquely brush him off. Ryan Newman made an early exit on lap 154 with an oil pump failure. You saw it (Saturday night) on those restarts.
The three-time Kansas victor starts back in 29th after failing to make a qualifying attempt, but he has three Top 5s in his last four starts here, and his 8.9 average finish at the track is tops in the series.
Quotable: "All those restarts didn't line up for us", Kevin Harvick on the final flurry of restarts to end the race. Despite a late race spin from his teammate, Truex Jr. hung on to win at Kansas. Suarez tied his best career finish for the third time in seventh...