Truex Wins At Kansas For 2nd Victory Of Season
Martin Truex, Jr. has led the most laps in a Cup race at Kansas four times in his career, but not until Saturday night did he finally win one. Truex led 104 of 267 laps, but it came down to a final restart with two laps left before he could claim victory. He edged ahead of pole sitter Ryan Blaney and held on for his second win of the season.
Brad Keselowski came from two laps down to finish second with Kevin Harvick coming in third. Blaney and Kyle Busch completed the Top 5 while series leader Kyle Larson finished sixth.
A terrible crash involving the cars of Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola red-flagged the race for just shy of a half hour after a broken rotor in Logano's car caused it to collide with Patrick's car and Almirola going full speed slammed into both of them. Almirola had to be cut out of the wreck and lifted onto a backboard after fracturing his T-5 vertebra.
Almirola was able to walk out of the hospital and was scheduled to fly back home to North Carolina. The team couldn't say how much time he would miss or who would replace him.
The Monster Energy All-Star Race is up next on the schedule Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
16 drivers currently are eligible for the All-Star Race: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Martin Truex Jr.
- The All-Star Race is open to drivers who have won a points race either this year or last year and compete full time.
- Drivers who have won a Cup championship and compete full time.
- Three more drivers will be added to the field as determined by the winners of the Monster Energy Open prior to the All-Star Race.
- One driver will also enter by winning the Fan Vote.