Ryan Blaney takes Kansas pole as 11 fail to pass inspection

Ross Houston
May 15, 2017

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. He's had plenty of other close calls at Kansas, always leading laps but never finding his way to victory lane. Must use drivers include Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney. Logano and Patrick made contact and both slide into the outside wall just past the second turn before Almirola slammed into Logano's vehicle with a fiery impact. Emergency personnel eventually cut the roof off the No. 43 vehicle to remove Almirola from the mangled machine.

Almirola was carried off the track in a stretcher before being airlifted out of Kansas Speedway to Kansas University hospital, where he was kept overnight for further evaluation. He was conscious and alert throughout.

In Patrick's case, the accident ruined her most promising run of the season and left her bemoaning her ill fortune. "Super disappointing", Bowyer said. Something broke on my vehicle. You never forget those. [We're] going to a few racetracks that are pretty good for us - Charlotte - and then we'll keep moving on. McDowell was sent to the rear of the pack because a crew member jumped over the wall too soon. "We got better and better each round, and that's all you can ask for", he said.

"I hope Aric is alright", Logano said. He tried to slam on the brakes and slow down, but he started getting sideways as he made impact. The race was also red flagged for 28 minutes.

The crash began when a mechanical failure believed to be a broken right-front brake rotor caused Logano's vehicle to veer into Patrick's No. 10 Ford, sending her head-on into the outside Turn 2 wall. We got a lot of fans from Colorado here today. That's the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone.

"It was really fast out there", said Busch, who will try to defend his Cup Series win at Kansas on Saturday night.

Before the 2017 season began, NASCAR announced wholesale changes to its points structure for the three national touring series, including the Monster Energy Cup Series. It's ridiculous. Most people can't even understand how little that is.

"Yeah, I'm OK", Logano said. "I feel like it's been a long time coming, and we definitely earned it, that's for sure".

"No matter how many heartbreaks we had at Kansas I have all the confidence that our team will provide me with another fast race auto and we will once again be competing for the win", Truex said.

The win on the night before Mother's Day marked Truex's ninth win of his career. It was the second stage win of the season for Busch and first since the Daytona 500. Keselowski, Harvick and Blaney went three-wide with Keselowski on the high side, and he made the move stick to finish second. Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five for Brad Keselowski Racing. Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and three of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne - were among them. But all of them quickly sliced through the field, despite an intense glare in the third and fourth corners caused by the setting sun.

At Martinsville, Busch led 274 laps before he cast blame on a bad set of tires for costing him a chance.

Ryan Blaney zoomed to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday qualifying. His first Cup victory past year merely capped a string of solid finishes, and he followed it up with a fifth-place run during the fall Chase race.

Johnson had all kinds of trouble during the stage. The number 48 driver had a pit road penalty, made contact with Kurt Busch twice and also suffered a flat tire during the race.

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