Monday, May 9, 2016

RACE RECAP - Kansas Speedway

Go Bowling 400
Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Age: 31
Team: No. 18 – M&M’s Red Nose Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER -- “This is pretty big – man, there’s been a lot of rough days here at Kansas, that’s for sure. A lot of good ones too, but I just can’t say enough about this team and everyone on this M&M’s Camry. This thing was awesome tonight. At the beginning and middle part of the race we weren’t great, but Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the guys, they just kept working on it. The 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) was probably the fastest car, but we kept ourselves in the game. It was pretty impressive. Can’t say enough about Interstate Batteries, NOS Energy Drink, Toyota of course, Sprint and what they’ve done for our sport and what they do for our sport. Everybody can help celebrate with us with Red Nose Day and have some fun. We appreciate everyone supporting Red Nose Day.” - Kyle Busch 


  • Kyle Busch won the 6th Annual Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway Saturday, his 37th victory in 401 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2016.

  • The win marks the first Sprint Cup Series victory for Busch at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, leaving two current Sprint Cup circuit tracks where he has yet to visit victory lane – Charlotte Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

  • It is Busch’s third top-5 and fifth top-10 finish in 17 races at Kansas Speedway.

  • With the triumph, Busch becomes the first Sprint Cup driver to reach three victories on the season through 11 races.

  • In Busch’s 14-year Sprint Cup career, it is the 7th time where he has amassed at least three wins in a season.

  • Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 21 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his fifth top-5 and ninth top-10 finish in 2016.

  • Kurt Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 21 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his third top-5 and ninth top-10 finish this year.

  • Matt Kenseth had his best showing of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season as he finished in 4th place at Kansas Speedway. In 21 starts at Kansas Speedway, Kenseth has seven top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes.

  • Ryan Blaney (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie as he put together his first top-5 finish of his Sprint Cup career. It is his fourth top-10 of 2016 and his second in-a-row.

  • Martin Truex Jr. (14th) led for a race-high 172 laps at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.

  • Kevin Harvick (390) leads the 2016 points standing by four points over Kyle Busch (386).  The following are the top five drivers in points through the first 11 races:

Driver                                           Wins               Points
Kevin Harvick                              1                      390
Kyle Busch                                  3                      386
Carl Edwards                               2                      367
Jimmie Johnson                         2                      353
Kurt Busch                                   0                      350

  • Six drivers have currently qualified for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a list which consists of Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick, all of who have taken checkered flags this year.  The Chase culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship race on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

  • In 11 Sprint Cup starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch has posted four  top-10 finishes and two top 5s, including a win in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400, giving him to the 2015 Sprint Cup championship.
The 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will culminate at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Ford Championship Weekend, November 18-20 where the Championship 4 in each series will compete for their respective division title amongst a full field of drivers. Tickets to the 2016 Ford Championship Weekend are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting