Kansas Shows A Halloween Face; Stenhouse Jr. wins the Kansas Lottery 300

[media-credit name=”Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]The Nationwide Series race at Kansas was a caution filled display of skills and patience. The freshly paved surface proved to be a wickedly fast, wickedly slick Halloween ghoul. The track management created a surface that after a couple of races and a winter of seasoning will be one of the best tracks in NASCAR. The trick was surviving to get there.

Brian Scott would be the first casualty with three spins, two of which were unassisted. The third he had contact with the wall removing him from the competition. Johanna Long would have an early day as would Dexter Stacey and Nur Ali.

The track provided us with visual example of aero effects. The faster the car the lighter the car is on its wheels. The air disruption as another car goes by lifts just enough to make the car literally wrecking loose.


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The day would prove to be frustrating for Kyle Busch, after wrecking the primary car the back up proved to be an unpredictable monster that Busch struggled with all day. Coming back late to lead he ultimately run out of gas between 3 and 4 on the final lap.

Joey Logano would be involved with Ricky Stenhouse Jr making his day a very long one.  He got both laps back, and ended up finishing third.

Stenhouse Jr. would get back on the lead lap late in the race after the contact and come back to hold on to win as Busch ran out of fuel.

Points leader Sadler played a fuel strategy card late in the race. Sadler finished fourth and holds on to the series points lead by 6 points.

Young Ryan Blaney, was again impressive behind the wheel of the Penske Dodge. Blaney who started in the 27th position drove his way all the way up as high as second. But he also ran out of the gas.

The most improved performance in the series today came from Danica Patrick. Patrick climbed all the way up to the third place before having to pit for fuel and claiming a 10th place finish. Patrick’s confidence was very evident. Obviously the extra time in a car and the extra laps on the track paid off for her in a big way. It was refreshing to see her actually live up to the expectations placed on her. Hopefully she will remember to thank Greg Zipadelli and the SHR team as well as Ryan Pemberton and her JRM.

What began as a long drawn out race made a drastic turn at about halfway. The unpredictable monster that is the new Kansas showed her fickle nature. Stenhouse Jr. wins and Busch came up a ½ mile short. But in the end the winner was the fans and it is a victory that will last for years to come.

“Our Sam’s Club Mustang was fast this weekend. I didn’t see the win coming like this but we will take it. It was in front of a great crowd. I can’t say enough about the fans coming out and supporting us. It is a lot of fun to run in this series and especially to come to Kansas.” Stenhouse Jr. said.

Unofficial Race Results
Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=30
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 47
2 2 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet 43
3 1 18 Joey Logano Toyota 0
4 7 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 40
5 8 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 39
6 6 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
7 21 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 38
8 14 43 Michael Annett Ford 36
9 12 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 35
10 13 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 34
11 27 22 Ryan Blaney Dodge 33
12 22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32
13 23 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 31
14 37 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet 30
15 15 14 Eric McClure Toyota 29
16 5 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 0
17 39 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 27
18 4 199 Kenny Wallace Toyota 26
19 32 52 Joey Gase * Chevrolet 25
20 24 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota 24
21 29 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 23
22 33 113 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet 0
23 26 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet 21
24 19 8 Scott Lagasse Jr. Chevrolet 0
25 16 44 Hal Martin Toyota 0
26 3 11 Brian Scott Toyota 18
27 42 39 Dexter Stacey Ford 17
28 17 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 0
29 40 124 Derek White Toyota 0
30 31 28 Tony Raines Chevrolet 0
31 9 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet 13
32 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 12
33 41 41 Nur Ali Chevrolet 11
34 30 108 Scott Saunders Ford 10
35 11 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 9
36 25 100 Blake Koch Toyota 8
37 36 175 Carl Long Chevrolet 7
38 34 171 Timmy Hill Ford 0
39 35 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 5
40 28 47 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 0
41 38 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 3
42 18 10 Jeff Green Toyota 2
43 20 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 1

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