With a push from NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano pulled away from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch after a restart on lap 199 of 200 and held on to win the Kansas Lottery 300.
“It definitely gets frustrating, when you feel like you should have won a lot more races than what you have this season,” said Logano, who has finished second six times this year. “But it also makes you want it a little bit more and makes it a little bit sweeter when you do win.”
Logano took the lead from Busch on a restart on lap 194, when he ran Busch up the track and forced him to back out of the gas. One lap later, Aric Almirola spun into the wall to cause the eighth and final caution and set up the two-lap sprint to the finish.
Right after the caution flag waved, Busch gave Logano’s car a bump to express his displeasure.
“We’ll talk about it and get over it,” Logano said.
The victory was Logano’s second of the season, the eighth of his career and his second at the 1.5-mile track, making him Kansas’s first repeat winner in the Nationwide Series.
Keselowski passed Busch off the final corner to secure the runner-up position, as Busch crossed the stripe in third. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Top 10 Nationwide leaders after 29 of 35: 1. Keselowski-4,589, 2. Edwards-4,215, 3. Kyle Busch-4,089, 4. Allgaier-3,796, 5. Menard-3,739, 6. Harvick-3,588, 7. S. Wallace-3,287, 8. Leffler-3,263, 9. Bayne-3,261, 10. Logano-3,237.
Top 10 Camping World Truck Series leaders after 20 of 25: 1. Bodine-3,196, 2. Almirola-2,934, 3. Sauter-2,896, 4. Dillon-2,808, 5. Peters-2,773, 6. Crafton-2,773, 7. Hornaday-2,687, 8. Skinner-2,549, 9. Starr-2,504, 10. Lofton-2,379.
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