what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s
last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through
the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly
streaming? and the rockets’ red glare the bombs bursting
in air gave proof through the night that our flag
was still there oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet
wave O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave? [ cheers and applause ]
>>>A gorgeous day here in Kansas. It’s a real sporting focal point. The Royals got
off to a great start last night and we’re about to start this one. Kansas speedway.>>>The 14 of kayle Connelly. Heavy contact.
>>Keselowski wins in Kentucky!>>Regan Smith is back in this championship
fight like you wouldn’t believe and wins.>>Wins never hurt.
>>And into the wall goes Kyle Busch in the 54.
>>>Is that enough to whet your ap appetite? Far from over in XFINITY. Four races left
and this one will play a pivotal role in the 2015 championship. Hi to Marty snider.
>>Hello, Leigh. Heard bubba Wallace starts in a backup car. Not his biggest issue. Wallace
sick the entire weekend. Told me a moment ago last night was the worst part. Battling
a tough head cold. Slept 13 hour, and is hoping being sick behind the wheel doesn’t mean problems
on the racetrack today. Mike?>>Mike: Just before buckling himself in the
race car, a brief conversation with Ty Dillon. He believes he has a car he can compete inside
the top five all afternoon. What about the championship scenario? Four race remain. 38
points back. Can he climb back? Looked me straight in the eye and said I don’t think
I’ve ever been out of it. Dave?>>Dave: Chase Elliott in the final round
of qualifies but crashed. His primary car. This is hit backup war. In the primary, three
hours’ of practice. These will be his first laps in the backup car. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Chris Buescher extended his lead over chas Elliott. And Elliott making his
way to front, before Buescher will start. He said it won’t change the way they run their
race. Not strictly points racing but mindful where closest competitors are come the midpoint
of this race.>>And Kelli, got manage the risks. Go after
it, but manage the risks and look of a this championship lead. Time now for the command.
>>Announcer: Race fan, it’s time for those most famous words in motorsports. Here to
give the command, please welcome regional sales manager for international gaming technology,
Walter gatty.>>Drivers — start — your — engines!
[ Cheers and applause ]>>Go ahead when you’re ready.
>>Top 20, lap 4, do better.>>That eclectic mix of young star, sprint
cup heroes. Those in their final race and those trying to win a championship all unfolds
when we come back.>>Chris Buescher, played him like a fiddle.
>>Regan Smith will win!>>Get the brooms out. A season sweet for
Austin Dillon.>>Yeah, baby! Sweeper!
>>>We’re excite at the prospect of seeing more of the same today as we welcome you to
live coverage of NASCAR XFINITY series racing and congratulate the pole Wint Kenseth.
>>And row two, Regan Smith and Kyle Busch, won last year.
>>And row three, Ty Dillon, in fourth place, 38 points behind our point leader and our
rookie, our fast rookie Daniel Suarez leading rookie points.
>>Multiple drivers behind the wheel of 88. Today, reigning sprint come champ Harvick
and Brendan moved to the back. One of the handful going to the back for unapproved adjustments
postqualifying.>>And four wins, Joey Logano, two-time winner
candidate. Brian Scott, four times runner-up still looking for his first win and chase
Elliott going to the rear as you saw his crash, going to backup car.
>>And 43 of da Cota Armstrong and told you about the trials and trip lations. Darrell
Wallace Jr. Racing with a head cold and in a backup car.
>>And third race in Kansas and unfortunately, last start of the season for Poole.
>>And row nine, a pair of Roush Fenway teammates, Ryan reed and Elliott Sadler.
>>Back to the tenth row. Yes you see that to the rear graphic next to J.J., like Brendan,
unapproved adjustments goes back. Starting on the tenth, 01 of Landon cassill. Who’s
on the line today? Jeff Burton, you with us? Hey, Regan. It’s Jeff. You with us?
>>I gotcha.>>Won two times. Still 34 points back. What
are your hopes to win the championship? Can you get it done or not.
>>I definitely think we can get done. Best way, win four in a row. Short of that, we
need help with the car. Put pressure on him. Do wa we can and see if we can’t get actually
up front and notch a win off here.>>All right. We’ll all be watching. Have
a good day.>>Thanks, Jeff.
>>The important thing to remember with Regan Smith, sliced 17 points off Busch’s lead,
any of the contenders, that’s the most. He’s got momentum, good momentum on his side as
we’ll keep an eye on the number 7 Virginia motorsports. Bringing us this in-car view
for Poole. It’s Brennan’s final XFINITY series race of the year, really enjoyed the season.
Learned a lot, continues to. Ty Dillon in the 3 thanks to ex-finlt pip going to this
camera a lot. One of our championship contenders. A big, important day ahead. We just mentioned
Regan Smith, spoke to Regan. Chevy onboard. Where’s will he jb how are the cup guys going
to get involved in this championship race? Will they impact, affect this guy in particular?
Chris Buescher, thanks to Ford, we’ll have this view and get that interesting shot there
of the eye, the focus, the pressure. So far, got to say, the pressure hear not affected
Chris Buescher. We want to say thanks to smithfield foods be providing today’s aerial coverage.
We thank our partners at smithfield. So, ready to go. It is a cool day. There’s a little
bit of a breeze, but as you can see it is a gorgeous afternoon to go racing. Let’s take
a close are look at Kansas speedway with today’s track facts presented by GE.
>>Looking at the corners there. Interests me, 27 degrees variable backing
allowing that second group to commit for side-by-side racing.
>>We see the back straightaway — front stretch, 2600, back stretch, 2200 feet. We see green
flag pit stops huge difference making it difficult to get on this pit road. If we have green
flag pit stops see if anybody misses pit road or actually spins getting on to pit road.
>>Keep a watchful eye on the 9, reigning champion, Elliott. Eavesdrop. Team radio.
>>Good luck, everybody. Thank you, everybody. That was good, hard work. I feel we did everything
right. Have a good day and appreciate herb and listening on the other two teams, thank
you for your help.>>Big team push, Virginia motorsports. Turning
it, wondered what that was about, Chris Elliott crashed in the final phase of qualifying all
turn four right here. Lost control of the car. Had to go backup. Puts him in the back.
Kansas speedway ready as everybody’s on their feet. It’s time to bring the action! Look
at Regan Smith down load, inside championship leader. He’s going to take the fight to Chris
Buescher and forcefully so.>>Buescher, making contact, left right tire.
Similar to what we saw Kevin Harvick a few weeks ago.
>>Yes. Kyle Busch, rounds up Daniel Suarez. On the low side. Seth leads the opening way.
Ty Dillon good start. Buescher gone from the front row back — to seventh.
>>What a huge difference in track position. Now got pass the guys to get back what he
already had. Not good start at all.>>Got a spinner. A car in the wall spinning backwards. 15,
B.J. Mccloud, a nervous moment in qualifying earlier today where the car just — got away
from him. He actually caught it recently well through three and four. Skipped across the
grass and returned to pit road. Unfortunately, B.J. Brings out our first yellow of the day
while running in 23rd. All right. Early day. What did you make of that one? Not a great
start from Chris Buescher.>>Not a great start and allowed Regan Smith
to get to his left rear quarter panel slowing him down. When that slowed him down, put him
three wide and sent him to the back. That error, not dirty or making your car handing,
adds drag and slows it down. Take a look what happened to B.J.
>>Way up the racetrack. Got loose getting into the corner. Had to chase it up the racetrack
and getting looser yet, got into the wall. What we saw at the start with Chris Buescher,
clipped three wide. Somebody drove underneath him. You see these cars three wide. A product
of this racetrack. A wide apron on the bottom of the racetrack just past the start/finish
line. They use that to their advantage. You’ll see a lot of times three wide getting into
turn one on restarts.>>Early on, Chris Buescher, in the green
and yellow, the Ford. Look at this. Getting roughed up by —
>>Oh, wow.>>Look at that. Just gets squished in between
Ty Dillon and Regan Smith. The outside, Joey Logano. He got swamped.
>>He did. Think about this. Chris Buescher and his team, LED points most of the year.
They’ve been fast all day today. They were fast all day yesterday. Qualified second.
Already in the first lap of the race have adversity to deal with. See how this young
driver and team can deal with this adversity.>>Not a bad time for the caution to come
out. Time for Chris Buescher to gather his thoughts, catch his breath, regroup, get going
again.>>>NBC sports live extra. Tablet smartphone
and connected TVs as well. NBC sports, live extra bringing you closer to every race. Great
to you have with us here on your home of motorsport, ready to get going again after an early race.
From 90 to 190 feet, digitally enhanced the red lines, aren’t actually on the track, drivers
can seat yellow section on the wall and drivers left down on the grass you can see. Ready
to go. A very promising start, initially from the Orange Toyota of Daniel Suarez. Starts
alongside teammate Matt Kenseth. Back racing in Kansas, here we go! Keep an eye on the
green and yellow car, points leader Buescher. Needs to be on more solid ground after a shaky
start.>>Much better start this time. Everybody
driving underneath him.>>Ray, just got muscled, didn’t he?
>>Ray: He did. Kidding around about the whole crunch there. When you get put in the middle
it can damp fenders. That’s what I’m concerned about. No tire roughs but did it hurt the
car aerodynamically? He did have contact and that can make your car tighter than you want
it to be.>>Regan Smith really promising restarters,
as he chases down the 2 at the top. Kenseth and Kyle Busch. Bubba Wallace, pushing his
teammate along and Harvick has to get out of it a little.
>>Such a good feeling. The 60 car. Leading the row, wherever he wants to run. Feels see
good to clear somebody’s unbelievable how hard. When the three cars next to you try
to pull the air off your sport, so good to clear it.
>>A little help there fromrell Wallace. We saw the draft work in qualifying. Looks like it will work here during the race.
>>How about Suarez? Right around the outside. That 18 has been quick. In fact, looking at
Buescher and Suarez. Both LED a practice session heech. Buescher quick rolling, and very impressive.
Suarez quickest during happy hour and both great drivers all week, pick up the 33 of
Austin Dillon. Last winner in Charlotte. Four time as winner this year.
>>Looks like we have two solid groups already. Guys are side-by-side early in the race.
>>Suarez, three grooves.>>Marty?
>>Marty: Hey, guys. That last caution, you guys talking. A moment ago about the damage
on Chris Buescher’s car. They asked Kevin Harvick in the 88 car, drop back, check out
the damage. His report.>>Got a — pushed in, right front of the
— I’d say about 2:00 on the rear tire. Pushed in. I mean, it’s just flat. Nothing I don’t
think it’s going to rub or anything. Just pushed in right there. That’s the only spot
that I see. The front fender is perfect.>>Thank you.
>>Jeff, sometimes that’s your job as a driver, isn’t it? Another team asks you to be hon
effort are and is the damage bad? Drivers have perspective.
>>Jeff: They do. The question is, will you be honest? Harvick, you know you’ll get an
honest answer. Common courtesy. See it every week with teams. Even racing somebody for
a championship or a race win. That’s common courtesy. We see that quite often.
>>And it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.>>The big story today involves the reigning
series champion chase Elliott. Crashed in qualifying, forced to go to a backup car.
The number 9 napa Chevy. How good is he going? Flying. Not only the 9 but the 62 as well.
Chase Elliott made up 23 positions from starting at the rear of this field.>>23 spots in 12 laps.
>>Going to start to get harder getting to the better cars. These cars are a little more
difficult to pass, you know, still he’s passing really good cars. Brendan, and good, good,
good advance.>>Tell us more about the 9.
>>Explain further to viewers, the things they take off for the primary car, shocks,
springs, air intake manfield, car rater, fuel cell. Barely enough time to get it done in
two hours. Crew told me nothing unusual about the swapover. Just hadtart from so far back
and at the beginning, could have pitted under the caution, didn’t have a good read on the
car and decided to stay out.>>Chase Elliott storming through the field
with Brendan Gaughan in toe behind him. What happened to Gaughan? In qualifying, all the
way to the apron here at the Kansas speedway and they think they can pick up a rock or
something on that 62 car. A rock went into the alternator, knocked off the belts off
the water pump. They had to replace the alternator and water pump in the 62 car. Why they went
all the way to the back today to start the race, but now are coming back up through the
field. You see, started 38. Now 17th, Leigh.>>A couple of races, haven’t been the best.
Alities frustrating with 15th and 16th place results. The way he’s going today, the way
the driver of the 62 and the 9 are going, could easily be a top ten day.>>>Welcome back to Kansas speedway. Quite
the race going on here between championship leader Chris Buescher and the 7 rival, 17
and driver Regan Smith. These guys, Kelli, going at it lap after lap.
>>Kelli: It’s a battle for that third position. Gaining 17 points on the championship, Buescher,
the last three races alone. This place, though, Kansas, Regan has mixed feelings about it.
Two years ago loved it. Last year hated it. Expected to do really good and didn’t. It
has been a strong start in this race. Regan says his car is getting tight on that run.
Chris Buescher continuing to make his way around. Not a great start for Buescher, what
he had to say about the drop.>>Everything all right?
>>We’re fine. A little bit but — three wide.>>Yeah. Put you in a bad spot early.
>>Yeah.>>Ran into our door. So —
>>All right. Not fast enough to stay ahead of us.
>>Kelli: And Buescher making the pass. Something the team has been working on, admitting he’s
been spinning his wheels a lot. Trying to help him. Made changes and the gear and tlolts
springs and been frustrated saying he was really good on race start back in his Arca
days.>>Saying to yourself, Buescher sounded relaxed
and calm on the radio, because that’s how he is. That’s Chris Buescher. At 22, extremely
mature and doesn’t let much phase him imts love that. With all on the line on top of
that. Had trouble spinning the rear tires, had it there. Racing for a championship. Fast
car, set back immediately. You would have never known it. By his tone of voice, sounded
like he was leading the race and everything was great. I love that the tude.
>>Especially at 22 years old. Not that much experience in. Mentioned something, restart
lines before. I applaud Kansas for not carrying the paint across the racetrack. Sometimes on the restarts, that will start
the tires spinning. You can see what happens if you don’t get a good restart.
>>His car look goods now. Watched him work in the bottom underneath Regan Smith. Now
driving away from him.>>A closer look at Chris Buescher and how
this race began, and what he had to deal with, because he got swamped immediately from the
7 of Regan Smith, goes down low. Got into the side of the 60. That kind of — just got
Chris just out of step, just interrupted his cadence and Regan loosened him up. Then swamped.
Ty Dillon one side. And a crunch you were talking about. One side to the other. Ty Dillon
to Regan Smith. All in there, and then he had this interesting duel with Regan Smith.
He won out and moved ahead of the 7 to get that third spot and he’s driven away from
him.>>He has. One thing we know, nobody’s making
it easy on Buescher. He’s a point leader with everything to lose. They’re doing everything
to put pressure other than him on restart. Anytime they can get mere him, put pressure
and force him into something. Some sort of mistake.
>>Top of the screen, you see the yellow numeral, points as they run now. Championship points
as they run now keeping you updated as we progress throughout this 200-lap event. Daniel
Suarez in the 18 now gets on to the back of Regan Smith. Made a super start. Got us all
excited when he went three wide earlier in the race and now Suarez, running fifth. So
it’s Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Suarez, Darrell Wallace Jr., bubba Watson
sitsth and Ty Dillon and et yit sad lir. Where is chase Elliott? Brilliant move. Up to 15th
from 40th.>>As we, you know, approach these laps now,
we’re about half way on fuel and tires and starting to see the pressure built up. The
cars working, notice the lap times really aren’t slowing down. It looks like Regan Smith’s
car may be mading. Some of the other cars going for it. Right now you pretty much know what you’ve
gone. Run long enough to work rubber on the groove and a good feeling how your car will
handle. Already communicating with your crew chief, what you want on the next stop, if
anything.>>All may not be well with the 18. Let’s
have a listen.>>[ Inaudible ] Oh! Vibrating.
[ Laughter ]>>He wasn’t singing.
>>That was — that was him trying to articulate the vibration problem he’s got.
>>So he’s learned a lot from Kyle Busch. Helped him. Learned that from Kyle Busch.
I’ve had Kyle Busch do that several times with a vibration.
>>Going up around the outside of Jimmy is Harvick in the 88. Around Darrell Wallace
Jr. And now setting sights on the motorsports teammate Regan Smith. A little further back
in the pack. Up front, Matt Kenseth in the 20. Leads, and leads well. S?
>>>Hey, Jeff Burton, what is this night?>>The night you love to hate. Home ice. Looking
to rectify that. 7:00 eastern. Ty is running in ninth place trying to force his way forward.
Race leader, Matt Kenseth leading by almost three seconds over Kyle Busch. Chris Buescher
is nicely positioned in third. We need to talk about the fourth place man. The 88, Kevin
Harvick.>>Coming now, worked himself way up the racetrack.
Look how high he is. Soon as he moved up top the race tach, ended up being one of fastest
on the racetrack. Back of Buescher. Using that top line to make advantage. Who’s surprised
to see Kevin Harvick up there by the wall? He does it every single week.
>>Speeds up the line there. Like Jeff said, no surprise to see Kevin Harvick high and
no surprise to see the driver O 88, fastest as well.
>>And the eighth week fastest on the track. You mentioned now to the fourth position pup
see him again with all the momentum. What it creates, Jeff. You run the high line, tremendous
momentum from the center of the corner off. Isn’t it?
>>Jeff: Oh, yeah. When it works you get the center of the corner. You get to the start/finish
line feel you’re running 35 mile-an-hour faster. Buescher, point lead follow Harvick up there,
try that top line, looks like he is, I thought he might stay on the bottom, most comfortable.
But he saw Kevin Harvick making the top work and wanted to try it also.
>>Looked like Kevin was 30 mile-an-hour faster. Swooshed on by. Already had pretty interesting
and intriguing radio transmissions today. Have a listen to one inside the 54.>>Back starting to widen the track out even
more. Holler if you see anybody’s lap time, you know, really look good.
>>Probably the one who’s looking better the last few laps.
>>Yep. One of the ones up top.>>Keep doing what you doing. Those guy, sixth,
seventh, widen the track up. Harvick, a little off the wall.
>>So, ray, always thought it was a huge advantage being a cup driver running the XFINITY series.
You know what? If I wreck, so what? Didn’t matter. I wasn’t racing for a championship.
It’s a huge advantage to be a cup driver coming to this series and just be here for one thing.
One thing owning, to win this race. You see the first to stretch the line out. That’s
guys that really don’t have anything to lose.>>Talking a be that yesterday. It’s about
train your brain. You’re getting ready for tomorrow but getting comfortable in your environment
and when you have car that acts very much like a cup car and on the same tire, you know
where you’re at with pressures. How soon the group’s coming in. That top group came in
faster than I thought. 30 laps up there and going fast. Let me ask you, now that everybody
else has seen him do that, they move up there, are they going to mess up the groove for him
as they put the rubber and stuff down?>>It’s better if you’re the only one up there.
From aerodynamics standpoint, clean air by yourself. The more up there, the dirtier that
area is. Continue to be useful and an advantage, but when the guy in front of you moves up
that line, he takes the air way from you and that could be a disadvantage.
>>Update on chase Elliott. Dropped to 16th. Rapidly from 40th to 15th and kind of just
passed and benden able it get by him. Two guys who justify charged through the field.
Time to head to pit row and Kelli stavast.>>>>Kelli: Continues to lead this rate but
the weekend didn’t start off smoothly. Practice one, a significant vibration. Crew chief wheeler
told me they tried everything. Remounted the drive shaft, changed tires. Didn’t really help. Practice, too, changed
a few more parts. Got a little better. Thought they were at third now continue to lead. Just
saying he’s loose into three as the pace backs up. Marty?
>>Marty: Kelli, bubba Wallace told me he was surprised by the speed in the backup car.
From 10th to 6th. You see him falling backwards. Car way tight for bubba Wallace. Ty Dillon
trying to steal nob spot from Logano. A lot of action in the back of the pack.
>>Mike: You can understand why the three team was so confident coming into the race.
Watch him maneuver and door to door with Logano. Anxious moment earlier on. Collision with
Buescher. Harrison jumped to his feet, immediately picked um the binocular looking for damage
on the right rear.>>Thanks.
>>Leigh: And Darrell Wallace is slowing. What a weekend is has been for Darrell Wallace
as he heads to pit road. Tell us more, Marty.>>Marty: The reason they’re coming to pit
road a little early, leaders come in about six laps or so. The right front is going down
for bubba Wallace. Why the car suddenly got so tight for those guys. They did catch it
in time. Up see he makes it to pit road. The car was tight. It was looses before that started
happening. Four Goodyear tires for Wallace and caution out on the racetrack. Leigh.
>>Leigh: This isn’t going to be as big a penalty as you think.
>>Darrell Wallace a lap down but stays on the racetrack. This time. Everybody else will
pit. He will end up being back on the lead lap and get the pass around. But lucky for
him that the caution came out when it came out. The other thing was, what really worked
for him, would have stayed green. While he was on pit road, caution came out. Slowed
everyone down on the racetrack, versus him going back on the racetrack and lost that
amount of ground while they were still going at-speed. It you have to have caution come
out, the sooner it comes out when on pit road, the least amount of damage.
>>That debris on the back stretch, reason for the second caution of the day. And bubba Wallace was seventh at the time
of pitting. Seeing where it all shuffles out for him, and Kelli was doing her report, may
have noticed, the 9 of chase Elliott going down a lap. Matt Kenseth blew on by. So great
opening stance sa for Brendan Gaughan and chase Elliott. However, it would not have
been a pretty sight to see the 20 just drift on by. So it’s making chase Elliott’s day,
and the task of trying to defend his championship even harder.
>>So the 62 is going to get the free pass. The first car lap down. So that also is a
disadvantage to the 9 of chase Elliott. Had he been able to stay in front of the 62, he
would have been the free pass and stay in the lead last. Little things can make huge
differences as this race develops.>>>Well, we take you back to a little earlier
today. Quite dramatic scenes. Shocked us all. Got loose and got in the wall. To go to a
backup car. Unfortunately, you know, he moved up really quickly, but like Jeff said, as
he reached the faster car, the car might not have been as good as he wanted and ended up
a lap down to Matt Kenseth.>>And he was a little unfortunate, to your
point, Jeff, because it wasn’t long after that Kenseth got gone, that the caution came
out. So close that way around.>>And you knee, as a driver, they’re telling
you what car to be in front of, you’re pushing to get to that guy and get in front of him.
Obviously, wasn’t able to do.>>It good news, he can come in now, make
adjustments. It’s a long race and hopefully get back up in position and the guest that
free pass. And try and move forward. He’s got a little work to do on the car.
>>With a backup car may have more to gain that are other people. So little changes may
make a bigger difference on his car compared to the other cars worked on all weekend long.>>Here we go. Diving to pit road, things
are going to get very busy and Marty snider is right there in amongst them. Marty?
>>Marty: Top left-hand of your screen, Harvick from seventh to third. Using that highlight.
Car’s tight. Feels like it’s on the ground. The Robert front tire and wedge adjustment
getting the car down a little bit. Mike?>>Mike: Kyle Busch happy with the car. Three
in three and tight off, make a wedge adjustment. Four-tire change. Kelli?
>>Kelli: And make an air pressure and track bar adjustment for Goodyear tires, four of
them and Matt Kenseth LED every lap of the race and was good through one and two. Just
a little loose into three. Four-tire change for the 20 car as well.
>>Leigh: The race off pit road brought to you by — Geico. A productive stop there for
the 17. Regan Smith, up three spots.>>Leigh: NASCAR mobile, the best way to follow
your drivers. Listen to in-car audio and watch cameras. Nascar.com forward slash mobile is
the place to go. Welcome you back to Kansas speedway. The Kansas lottery 300. Second caution
of the day. Due to debris. And we’ve had quite the shuffle through pit stops. Talk more about
Elliott>>Dave: On the pit road, a caution with leaders
and go under the hood making an adjustment to the left front. Feel the splitter is up
in the air. When they went a lap down, decided they couldn’t spend that much time. Ernie
told hem, work at the wedge in the rear. Took two out of the left, and two out of the trite
try to get him back into the race.>>Three drivers penalized for speeding on
pit road. First it was bubba Wallace. Saw him come to pit road just before that caution
flew. The big news is the championship leader has been caught, and speeding through Zones
two, three and four. So it wasn’t just a little isolated incident. He was doing it for a big
chunk of pit road.>>Yes. Two mistakes early. Spinning the tires
and speeding on pit road. Has to go all the way to the back. Teammate, caught a Blake
the caution came out but he sped on pit road as well and was not allowed to get a pass,
a pass around. Now, Wallace actually cost him a lap, this penalty did. Two teammates
with major issues.>>The other one, the third car — was Ryan.
Another lap under caution. Go racing when we return.>>Leigh: Live NASCAR racing here on your
motorsport home, NBCSN. Welcome back. For the Kansas lo00 on a gorgeous afternoon. It’s
cool, a little breezy, but conditions perfect to go racing, and it’s been pretty much a
perfect day so far for the 20 of Matt Kenseth. Got his third career pole here in XFINITY
series competition earlier today, and has been the dominant car that’s LED 450 laps
thus far. Ready to go back racing. See the restart zone there highlighted. Kenseth and
Busch leaded field as we go back to racing. A quarter of the race done. The 200 lap, 300
mile event and the championship leader, buried in the back of the pack.
>>You see the cars immediately fan out to three wide there. We’ll see how strong Chris
Buescher’s car is. As his crew chief, I’m making sure the rpm I’ve given limb is right.
He sped through three separate sections. Doesn’t seem like a mistake. Might have the wrong
rpm listed. I’d back that thing up a little bit.
>>About the day that Regan Smith is having in the 7 going back. Look at this. The green
and yellow Ford mustang Roush Fenway racings Chris Buescher is going it weave his way through
the traffic at the back of the pack carefully, and get back up to where he should have been.
>>Chris is very patient. Did a really good job. Three wide, four wide in front of him
at times. He really took his time. Picked his way through slowly. Without panic, again,
made a mistake. Shot himself in the back, but you cannot panic.
Just go back to work and methodically pick the spots back up.
>>Plenty of laps left. Have to pick and choose a spot. I’m worried about the footage he got
caught up something of not his own making. Started in 14th position but at the tail end.
A lot of ground to make up and a fast enough car to get there but has to be very cautious.
>>Earlier this weekend young Chris was asked about, how do you feel about talk about your
lot in the same vein say, perhaps a chase Elliott? He said, suits me fine. Not here
to be flashy, put on a show. Here to win races.>>This could be a defining race. Look back
on it say that cost us a championship or could bes race look back and say, got in a hole.
Dug ourselves out of it. That’s the race that determined we were the champion. A big race
for these guys because they’ve dug themselves a hole.
>>And shown, show whether he’s got the maturity and can keep patience and whether he wants
to fly under the radar or not. People are talking about this kid in a big way in the
cub garage. Very talented and punching above his weight. Take as top car in a top ten finish.
The kind of driver you want, take care of your equipment and win you championships.
>>Junior motorsports, 7 and 88. Harvick, explaining how much he enjoys that high line.
>>Look how much ffaster leaving the corner. The car got loose. Had to chase the car up.
Harvick’s on the top rolling clear of everybody.>>Amazing, interesting to me about that,
how quickly he went to the top. A lot of times we see the top work, only after a run a few
laps. He’s already there. I mean, a few laps after this caution, he’s already gone to the
very top. That pr surprises me the top is that good that early. A lot of racer watching.>>A high-speed track, in excess of 190 miles
an hour. Grab the remote control, turn up the volume, take a ride with Ty Dillon.
>>Unbelievable. You know, off-throttle, sounds like he’s lifting. When lifting still going
175 miles an hour.>>What made that big broad side save by Kyle
Busch yesterday in final practice. Just unbelievable. You know, amazing me how little these guys
are turning their wheels. They turn a little bit to the left and then back to the right
almost all wait through –>>Yeah.
>>Debris, three up high. Caution out. Three, up high.
>>Third caution of the day. Second one for debris. So what was a negative has turned
into somewhat of a positive for Rell Wallace Jr.
>>First car lap down so will get that free pass he wasn’t able to get the last caution
because of the penalty. So that got him a free pass and his teammate Buescher, although
he only made himself up to 13, remember, had he to start at the back of the field. Behind
every car. Lap cars and everybody. On this restart, able to start with all the cars on
the same lap he’s O. Jeff, agonizingly so for the second consecutive yellow, chase Elliott
has been the second car away. He’s been watching somebody else get the wave by. Brendan Gaughan
the last caution, now this time it’s bubba Wallace.
>>This is an interesting pit stop to me. I don’t think you’ll see a lot of people pit.
If they do, two tires or fuel only. We just have not seen an advantage in tires. Only
reason to pit now, you feel it can get you in a window to finish the race maybe one less
stop if you pit now. You’ll see what pit strategies people are
planning the rest of the race right here on this pit stop.
>>If you’re chase Elliott, I don’t think you can pit either, because of all the cars
that are one lap down. Come in to adjust, you’ll be behind those guys. He has to hang
out there, try to hang on to that position as the first car, one lap down.
>>Right. The ones pretty far back, lead lap car is pretty far back in the pack. Probably
going just do fuel. No need to waste a set of tires now. Not at advantage. Try to push
yourself further in.>>Austin Dillon, unhappy with his car. Dominant
last weekend, slow. Challenged on not making progress early. He told them, I can’t catch
up to these guys.>>Kelli: Fuel-only for Buescher. This time,
fuel only.>>And able to leapfrog the 33 of Austin Dillon.
So — perhaps a harder day of work than Buescher expected, but he’s making strides.>>Leigh: NASCAR on NBCSN is brought to you
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supplying us with these amazing aerial shots. Time to check in with Kelli stavast.
>>Kelli: First time down pit lane, Buescher, caught speeding in Zones two through four.
How he responded hearing that news.>>Patient working through this traffic here.
>>Well, you know, keep me calm. Sorry about that. I have a hard time believing it.
>>Yeah. It’s all good. I know what you mean. But you do know that groove. Widen out. That
will help. Be smart and smooth. One at a time.
>>Kelli: Please, just keep me calm. He’s been back down for a fuel-only stop and will
restart 12th.>>Leigh: So it’s always terrific to eavesdrop
on crew chief/driver communications. Not such a happy one inside the 7. Have a listen to
Regan Smith.>>– Into it.
>>Round in the left rear. Corner in, left rear.
>>Don’t touch after it [ bleep ] Ruin the —
>>Did he say just ruin the –>>I think more than that but didn’t like
the adjustment no matter what. You know, the crew chief sitting on the box, one round.
That’s it. One round. You wouldn’t think that would ruin the race car.
>>Leigh: What day for the 2013 winner of this convenient, Matt Kenseth. LED all 62
laps thus far. Ready to go. End of the third caution period. Back out at the Kansas speedway,
this 1 1/2 mile oval has been dominate sewed far by Matt Kenseth. Will this continue? All
overlogano. 22 all over him. Joey has been quietly creeping his way forward. Suarez down
low. Harvick’s right in the middle. Power move there by Daniel Suarez, passed Kyle Busch
on the bottom.>>A couple of title contenders look at the
red number 7. Regan Smith. Right around the outside, tucks
in behind Dillon. Continue to update the points and literally with that move just changed
with Regan Smith in second in the championship as they run right now. It can change many
more times before we get to lap 200 later this afternoon.
>>Chris Buescher really on the move. Back up to the top ten right on the back of Brendan
Gaughan. Regan Smith, Ty Dillon. All of those cars ahead of him. Two of them directly relate
to points. His car is strong, down on the bottom. 62 of Brendan Gaughan there.
>>Where it gets difficult entering turn one underneath 62. Have to shadow his entry. Change
the angle of his corner because the 62 is there, but able to clear him pretty easily.
>>Chase Elliott fans, your man is running in 16th at the moment. One lap down. In a
backup car. After qualifying, a crash. Made terrific progress very early on, and it’s
just been a little unlucky not to get that wave around. The second car in the linesoap
it’s going to be a long afternoon for the reigning series champion.
>>See the restarts. Everybody has to be really aggressive because it is so hard. Look at
the 3 car. Get in the corner, up the racetrack. Runs the car up the racetrack. 7 on the outside.
1 has to check up. Cost the 1 about five spots. Had to slow down to dpreep running in the
side of Regan Smith and power drive by once he had to do that.
>>The driver, you remember that. You’re not happy. Next time you see that 3 car, okay,
buddy. I remember what happened.>>You guys really don’t keep track of that
stuff. Do you?>>I just — just by the year. That’s all.
[ Laughter ]>>And last week it was the driver of the
54 who helped the driver of the 18. Now wrestling on-track, but nobody has anything for Matt
Kenseth.>>Leigh: As we welcome you back.
>>People banging into the side of him. Worried about a tire rub. The reason, look how close
the tire is to the fender. Match whn the car travels how many closer that quarter panel
gets to the tires. You’re really, really worried in that situation, you have the car damped.
The fender’s going to rub, rub the tire. Keep it from rubbing the tire. A lot to be solved with Kevin Harvick in the
cup race a few weeks ago, ended up cutting the tire. Points leader, the last thing want
to do, banging fenders with somebody, because you could come out the loser.
>>Leader, Matt Kenseth.>>Not banging fenders with anybody, because
nobody has been able to stay close to him today.
>>Busch, Kyle, Suarez his moments, but this time Matt leads by more than 2.5 seconds.
Back to the second place of Joey Logano. Kyle Busch third in the monster machine. Behind
him, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick. And then Ryan Scott in 29. Ty Dillon, Regan Smith and
Austin Dillon. Chris Buescher runs in the tenth spot.
>>Kyle Busch in this 54 car. Keep an eye on him. So many races, he’ll run second or
third. Think about Kyle Busch dominated races. A lot he’s won late. Did a good job on the
last restart. Always have to keep your eye on these guys. They’re so good at keeping
up the racetrack and making changes, although he’s running third. If I’m Matt Kenseth, that’s
the one I’m worried about.>>The track will continue to change. We saw
that in practice yesterday. Guys were really happy with their car early and when practice
was down, bracing the steering wheel. So this place will continue to change. This is really
the latest in the day that we’ve even been on the racetrack with the XFINITY cars.
>>Kyle Busch looking for a way by the 22 as they come up on traffic.
>>I have to believe at some point traffic will play a factor. These guys are so much
faster than the lap car. The closing rate is unbelievable. I have to believe that’s
going to be an affect at some point.>>And if you have to get off the gas as a
lap car. We saw in qualifying how it takes the speed
out of the car.>>As we fast approach the half way marker
of this race, not far away. Matt Kenseth LED every lap of the race. A nightmare weekend
on the sprint cup side. Closed that book Monday. Got on the plane, Phoenix, three days of testing.
A really busy week but a perfect way to help erase the memories of last weekend it is.
Bizsy a good one. When you have a bad week, going out, being in the race car, testing.
Being with your team, trying to do something to do better is the best medicine after a
bad week.>>Keeps you in rhythm. Put that stuff behind
you. He has run really, really good in the Joe Gibbs cars.
>>Whoa!>>We talk about that — now, that wiggle
that he just did, 180, 185 miles an hour. Come on, Jeff. What’s that like?
>>You can see how it didn’t look — if Kyle Busch wasn’t behind him you wouldn’t realize
how much it slowed him down. When he did that, Kyle Busch flew by. You’re saving that car.
Trying to prevent yourself from wrecking. Trying to prevent yourself from hitting something
really, really hard. You don’t think about speed anymore. It’s just, hey, don’t wreck
this race car.>>How many laps before you breathe again?
>>You’re doing good again. Once it’s over it’s over. You get going pretty good here.
>>And there is another championship at stake and that is the owner’s championship for the
captain Roger penske. Leads the way. And could, could, wrap the championship up for the third
consecutive year at the Texas race. But there’s a lot of work to be done. Caution is out for
the fourth time today. Cale Conley in the 14.
>>He has made some contact.>>Have a replay momentarily to show you exactly
what happened. What happened to Cale. And he is the catalyst
for this fourth caution on the day. So finally, things work the way that case Elliott wants
them to. That is he’s the first car a lap down will get the wave around and be back
on the lead lap. What happened to Cale Conley.>>See him up by the wall. Looks like he — couldn’t
tell if he got loose, got tight? Obviously got into the wall and then just, made this
comment many times. The wall sucks you in. Once you get into it it’s hard to get off
it. I really couldn’t tell why he ended up first getting into the wall. Right front down.
Right front went down before he got in the wall or after he got in the wall. One thing,
too I don’t know what impact this is going to have. Remember, we had, Austin Dillon,
Chris Buescher, those two guys, Ryan Sieg, on pit road. Everybody else on lap 47. I think
everybody will pit this time. I think — even the guys that pitted on lap 60, I think will
come in you pit. Neglect the opportunity for advantage but didn’t lose anything by pitting
when they dnkts this will put them in a window. That window we talk about. This window, you
will be able to go one more stop from here, if you pit. Most people will. It looks like
all of the leaders are coming.>>Pit road is about to get busy. Race leader
brings them on to pit road. Kenseth, and we check in with Mike Massaro.
>>Mike: One of the biggest challengers Kyle Busch. Happy with his race car now, Leigh.
Says he good on exit but want to concentrate on working a little on entry. Make an air
pressure adjustment and right side for Kyle Busch. Dave?
>>Dave: Third place for Joey Logano. Diet coke, that means two right sides, Kelli?
>>Kelli: Tighter in traffic. Car doesn’t want to rotate through the fender. You saw two tire changes for Daniel Suarez
and a round of wedges and then for the 20 of Matt Kenseth also a two-tire stop. He’s
happy with his race car.>>Leigh: Kevin Harvick slightly frustrated
losing four positions. However it was good for Austin Dillon gaining three.>>Haven’t had a chance to meet Daniel Suarez
yet, he is a really nice young man. Extremely talented. Leads the sunoco rookie of the year
standings at the moment and comfortably so over bubba Wallace. Both graduates of nas
carp drive for diversity program. Isn’t that inspirational. Look how young as we show you
some of the ages of these stars in the XFINITY series. Isn’t that inspirational to other
young upcoming drivers to see you can get there, you can do it. The program, wonderful
initiative around a long time and producing stars like bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez.
>>Absolutely is without a doubt. Suarez has speed, fast in everything and all
he has to do, learn to race. Putting together a string of top five finishes. May be today,
they’ll be more coming. This kid is really talented. Impressed me a lot this year.
>>Getting ready to go back to racing. We’ll highlight for you who took two, who took four.
Who is where. One thing we need to tell you, though, that the 54 of Kyle Busch got caught
speeding on pit road. That’s going to hurt. It’s going to help Suarez, and Brian Scott,
who are up in the mix. Let’s go racing in Kansas! Suarez, pushing Matt Kenseth past
Joey Logano. Stick to the inside. Every single restart, except for the initial start of the
race, took the outside. Then on the bottom. Surprising, to be honest.
>>Picking that because teammate’s behind him?
>>I assume looking in the mirror making that decision. I’m not sure. I thought he’d pick
the outside, but it’s working for him.>>Three wide and right up high. The championship
leader Chris Buescher. A mixed day after getting really muscled and shoved around on the initial
start of the race. A violation on pit road. Speeding. And then has worked his way back
from the back of the pack very carefully. His crew chief, helping him key keep calm.
After today, only three race Rees main in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY series championship.
>>And extremely strong on the bottom, his car.
>>It has. On four tires now. One of those guys that stopped and did four tires. Weren’t
going to pick spots up doing two. So many in front of him did two. They wisely did four.
Why not pick up four if you’re not going to gain any spots.
>>I agree. Hold tw for later in the race when it counts. Cars, the pressure left to
right is a lot more balanced.>>Let’s go back to this restart. And take
a look at the 18 and the 20.>>Here we go. This is his teammates. Why
he might have went to the inside. Watch the 18 get up behind him. Push him — two motors
are better than one. Pushes him right back to the 22 car. Like a locomotive.
>>We’ve yet to see the outside line team up like that. It’s worked for him. If the
outside line is able to get bumper to bumper the way the inside line is, you ultimate have
an advantage. No one’s on the outside has been able to do that yet.
>>We promised we would keep you up to days with chase Elliott. 19-year-old from Georgia.
Starting 40th and last in a backup car after qualifying in a crash went as high at 15.
Dropped back Tth. A lap down. Missed the pass around twice and now in 12th. The day the
not done for chase.>>More importantly, he got a couple pit stops
in now. You saw them make a huge adjustment. Left front wheel, ynld underneath the front
of the car. He need add big adjustment and he got it on that last stop.
>>Not yu69 Suarez and Kenseth providing action on that restart. Take you back and show you
from Dylan’s point of view. Ty Dillon this is. What’s this?
>>Wow.>>I think Ty was going to the left thinking
it was going to be a wreck and had to go down there to miss it.
>>Harvick, Wallace, Dillon. All going everywhere. So the order is Kenseth, Logano, Suarez, Scott,
Smith, Harvick, Wallace, Buescher. The Dillon brothers. Round out the top ten and Brendan
Gaughan, a really nice run from the back of the pack in the casino Chevrolet. The 62,
on the move right from the drop of the green.>>Logano and Suarez. Fighting over second
place. Joey in the 22 at the moment. And we told
you about Kyle Busch getting caught speeding on pit road and he is making speedy work.
Coming back through the field.>>Yeah. Using that top groove and keeping
momentum up as we talked about before. His car is good. We have — see how good, but,
boy, watch him come around the top line, it’s amazing.
>>More about the 54, Mike.>>As we were talking about before the speeding
penalty, Kyle was happy with his race car. Running in the top two most of the afternoon.
Once dinged and pit road they made a strategy move. Initially took right side. Because they
had to start back, called back to pit road, they put left side on. He actually has four
new goodyears on that car and topped off with fuel but made the best of a bad situation.
Dave?>>Dave: Mike, third time a charm for chase
Elliott. Two times earlier nearly in a position for the free pass, but didn’t get it. This
time he was the free pass car. So chase was able to come down pit road and as ray mentioned,
make lengthy adjustments with the left front wheel off, that left front suspension. Felt
the left front of the car was not turning. Now it’s pretty well just into the track just
a little light between the splitter and the racetrack, and that’s what you want to help
these cars handle. Leigh?>>Leigh: Thanks, Dave. We’re keep an eye
on that as we are nudging up right against the half way point of this Kansas lottery
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chase. And Kelli?>>Kelli: Kenseth LED every lap of the race.
Final XFINITY race of the season and comes here after three straight runner-up finishes.
His crew chief met with Mike wheeler to say, being his last race definitely gives extra
motivation. We don’t win now, won’t be this year. So instrumental to this team even as
a part-time driver. Enjoyed being back in XFINITY and we’ve enjoyed having him. Asked
to save fuel. For the rookie Daniel Suarez, meanwhile, he leads the rookie of the year
standings and impressed hi crew cheese, Eric Phillips. Two goals coming into the weekend.
Be the best XFINITY regular and figure how to compete with the cup size. 54, 20 and 22
on a weekly basis. They’ve been doing just that. Today you might remember they had a
vibration early in the race. Turns out they did not have a loose wheel. They think it
might be a header vibrating. Mike?>>Mike: Joey Logano told crew chief Irwin
of the 22, just not enough on that last run. The adjustments made. Too free as it ran.
As Ryan Scott gets underneath the 22 and battles with him, only took on right side tires and
gave an air pressure adjustments.>>And took right side tires on his car. You
can see, able to work the bottom groove, gets up underneath Joey Logano. Over the radio
not long ago complementing his team for the adjustments made since the beginning of the
race. The balance is real good and consistent. Really happy with the race car right now.
Marty?>>Marty: And checked with Kevin Harvick.
Same car they’ve run much of the year. Made the high line work the entire day. He was
the first car on four tires on this restart. Restarted ninth and up to fifth now. On the
run before the car was so loose, Harvick said he almost spun out. Went down three rounds
on the track bar. A big adjustment, in that 88 car. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Chris Buescher, the champion leader. Saw him go three wide early in the race. Exactly what his team owner Roush does not
want him to do after being aggressive last week in Charlotte. Jack sat him down, said
he needs to play more safely and suggested he talk with two-time XFINITY champ Ricky
stenhouse, his teammate, what it was like racing for the title. Had that conversation
with Ricky. Chris Buescher saying he was a little too free on the throttle the last run.
An adjustment, a four-tire change last time down pit row.
>>And asked to grade his performance, scale of one to ten a four now. He said, but a win
would pick that up a bunch. You see Kyle Busch trying to pass him for that seventh position.
Right now Wallace, car still loose, struggling with that much of the afternoon. Mike?
>>Mike: We mentioned earlier, Kyle Busch busted on pit road decided to make another
stop to top off with fuel and the crew chief thinks maybe to his advantage.
>>Come back down, top it off. One lap short in this window and one lap shorpshort in the
final window. Stretch it, in case it goes, the other guys two or three short.
>>Fuel mileage could come into play for sure. Might be a saving grace for the 54. Earlier
in the race, he doesn’t feel he has anything for the 20. But fuel mileage could be the
equalizer. Meanwhile, Ty Dillon, just in this tire tracks behind him, feels he has a pretty
good race car. Not as good pre-race. Figured he’d be in top five. Inside the top ten but
not where he wants to run. A little too tight. Able to keep it down on the bottom groove
but would like to run a little higher. Meanwhile, Elliott Sadler, a work in progress as well.
Earlier in the day, splitter on the racetrack. Splitter off the racetrack, more comfortable
with the race car. Feels like he’s got good speed, and the drivability needs a little
bit more work, a little more secure. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Regan Smith, 7 car, standing, 34 points back, not counting himself out. The
reality, still control our own fate if we win the last four races. Now, struggling with
that car. Said I’m just way too loose and wearing out the right rear too soon. Told
his crew chief, Jason bernette. I hope you have a plan for me
>>Dave: The 33 of Austin Dillon resumed the race fifth. I saw him back outside the top
ten asked the crew, what’s going on? The car is loose. That’s the case all day. I said,
how many Os do I use to spell loose? Four would be about right. Marty?
>>Marty: Finished top nen four of last five races. If he does it today, impressive feat.
Started at the back of the field. The car really tight right now. Said this set of tires
doesn’t seem to agree with the setup underneath the car and waiting for the high line to come
back in. Right now just doesn’t seem to be working map to run low where he doesn’t want
to be. Dave?>>Dave: After that lengthy time on pit road,
to fix the 9 car, same issues reported by the driver. He said it is a little better,
but having the same issue. Have to work on it a little more. We’ure Ernie has a plan.
>>And crew chief, final race for Brendan Poole this season. More aggressive around
other cars. He’s learned when to be aggressive and when to save his car. Very important for
a young rookie to learn that. Trying to run the high line now a little loose in turn three,
what he’s struggling with the entire day. Leigh?
>>Leigh: Thanks, Marty. Great through the field, to bring us up to date on the top 15
or so. And there is an interesting point to note. The driver leading the most laps failed
to win in 12 of 14 races at Kansas. Of course, Matt Kenseth has LED 112 laps so far. There’s
been zero lead changes. It’s been a Kansas kind of day.>>Leigh: With 84 laps remaining here at Kansas
speedway, we see the fifth caution of the day. Cale Conley, for the second time in this
race, is the cause. This is what happened to the driver of the 14. Look at the far right
of your screen. @And it’s almost been exactly the same position where he did the first time.
>>Yeah. You’re not sure. Damp on the car, you don’t know if he cut something, tire rubbing,
something. Don’t know. Obviously, into the wall again.
>>Leigh: Title rivals. Buescher, Smith.>>Regan help down the straightaway. Didn’t
see Buescher pass him. See Regan up top almost get into the wall there.
>>Leigh: Kind of Brian Scott style. Good save and action on pit road.
>>Mike: Car getting freer and freer. Try to tighten him up with air pressure adjustments.
Doing four tires and a wedge adjustment on Brian Scott. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Buescher needs help on his corner exit. Gave him four tires last time. Four
Goodyear tires again this time. No adjustments in the 60. Daniel said loose on rising compression
poor Suarez and the reader, Kenseth, lacking in the overall grip he had on the previous
run. Four Goodyear tires for the 20, Kenseth ngts took four and lost three positions. Busch
took two and jumped six. The 54 to the front.>>So as we welcome you back coming towards
the end of the fifth caution of the day, I want to take you inside the 54 team.
>>Nobody can make it from here. Right?>>Oh, no one can make from here but we’re
set up for the opposite of what we just did.>>Yep. Yep.
>>We’re all about a — need to get to about 140-141-ish at the earliest.
>>What they want to do put on two tires to get in the position. Need to get position.
Next time they pit, four on gand to go to the end. Or the next time put just lefts on.
Just do lefts. Rest of the field will probably do two. Thinking about maybe just putting
left sides on. We’ll see. You know, big changes in strategy. We’ve seen Kenseth pick the inside
every single time on the restarts. Now, Kyle Busch, first time on the front row. He’s picked
the outside. See how that works out.>>And Suarez down low. Keep an eye on that
18 car.>>But Kenseth behind him, expecting to get
a push from his teammate.>>Ready to go as they enter the restart zone.
Fifth caution over. Let’s go back racing here in Kansas. Brian Scott, look at him shuffling.
Buescher on the inside as well. Suarez, as Kenseth pushes the 54 of Kyle Busch, Brian
Scott goes down low. Here comes Ty Dillon in the 3 as well and pushing on the low side.
Three wide, exiting two down the back stretch. Here comes the championship leader.>>Marks it rough on the bottom. Can’t clear
these guys. Really, really slow down and can get on the outside but he can clear them.
Nice work.>>Title contenders at the front of this pack.
Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher.>>Taken lap 122 to get to track position
that he lost early in the race. That shows you how important track position is, and Kyle
Busch got his back doing two tires. We don’t know how that will jeopardize him on the next
stop. Will he have to do four and everybody else in the field can do two?
>>A strong day, too, right, for the 2 team. Brian Scott, running well.
>>Yes. We’ve seen him fast in practice, fast in the cup practices. Looking for that win.
Four runner-ups. I think showing strength right now.
>>Buescher on Kenseth. Check another one off the list. Chris said right from the start
of the week –>>The fight’s not over yet. It’s not over.
>>Good cars.>>Kenseth back on the outside. You can’t
count Kenseth out that quick! [ Laughter ]
>>This is good. Setting up for a thriller, with 77 to go. And this could be a massive
day for Chris Buescher. With just three races left after this.
>>And Brian Scott trying to get that first win. I think the first win’s always the hardest.
If he can find a way to get a win, get that pressure off. He’s done everything but win.
We’ve seen him dominate races and not win them. In position again today. See if he can
pull it off.>>A lap ago we saw Kenseth swing-shot style,
Kevin Harvick style. Hoop quickest at the line — Kyle Busch. Fastest of that lead pack.
You may have noticed that graphic earlier, a couple minutes ago, Kyle, the last driver,
to have been penalized for speeding on pit road, and then go on to win that race. So with a couple of years ago in Phoenix.
Could he do it again today after getting forced tore speeding off pit road on lap 82?
>>I’m interested to see how strong the 20 car is now that he doesn’t have all the clean
air. The clean air is really important. It’s like being in a boat. You know? When you’re
out in your lead boat and behind yore boat, the wake, now behind three, four boats. That
water gets more and more turbulent and puts a lot of drag on your boat. Exactly what happens
with these race cars. Affects the handling and changes in air pressure actually slows
the car down.>>In the background, Logano, swauress, Harvick.
Three of those guys having a good scrap.>>Trying to take the shortest way around
the front straightaway around on the apron. Making the straightaway shorter trying to
gain ground on the 2 car.>>Difficult, too, you had it behind other
cars, in the lead all day, you don’t know how your car drives behind other cars. You
came in to make the pit stop, did not make the correct adjustments. Didn’t know what
to tell your team. Didn’t know you’d have a bad pit stop. It’s based on the way your
car drove when in front of the pack. Now behind the pack. Your car drives completely different.
You didn’t make a Chang for this situation.>>Leigh: Kyle Busch has now LED ten laps
in this race. Can he go all the way as we go NASCAR non-stop.>>Leigh: We wshg you back to Kansas speedway.
Yes, another caution. Number 6 on the day. Let’s take a look at the Toyota driver update.
Looks pretty good. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, one-two. Representing Toyota. As we run at
a slower speed. Hey, Mike, talk more about the 54.
>>Mike: Yeah, Leigh. Talking about their previous pit stop and how they’ve made a two-tire
change. To clarify it was a left side tire change. So they changed rubber on that side.
Also added wedge on the left side as well. Just trying to get him a little better turn
in the corner.>>The left side change makes it possible.
Pitting the next time, only right side. Strategy as we see Kevin Harvick on pit road. Marty?
>>Marty: No tires for Harvick. Feels the car is getting worse every run. Went down
to tighten up the car. Didn’t work. Put 3 1/2 rounds in the left rear nap didn’t help.
Took that out, adjusting with air pressure now.
>>Another long adjustment. Kelli?>>Kelli: Regan Smith, his car incredibly
loose. If this was a fuel-only stop for the 7.
>>Leigh: An interesting afternoon, to say the least here in Kansas.>>Leigh: NASCAR just added another lap to
this caution period as we welcome you back. NASCAR racing live here on your home of motorsport,
NBCSN. Leigh diffy, Jeff Burton here with you. Jeff, what do you make of strategy? Some
came to pit road, some did not. In the order of those who did, Regan Smith. Top guys did
not come.>>Jeff: No reason for them to come. Tires
are not helping with speed. They could not — if they pitted now, put fuel in, couldn’t
go to the end with no more stops. Need to give up trap position. You have to pit anyway,
no advantage to tires. Some for those farther in the back.
>>They have nothing to lose. Stays green, the least amount of time on pit road. They
pitted, filled up, ten laps short. Two or three seconds of time the others may need
a full can or so in and be on pit road nine or ten seconds.
>>The two guys most likely taking advantage, 7 of Smith and 88 of Harvick. Two best tires
pitting into four tires.>>Leigh: Where the leader has chosen to be
on restart. Kyle Busch has chosen the outside. Have a look. What happens to guy the on the
inside. This was the start of the race. And didn’t work out so well for Chris Buescher.
To your point, ray, because the 7 of Regan Smith jumped out.
>>Ray: Right.>>Leigh: A push by Kenseth. Didn’t work out.
Now interesting with Kenseth and Busch side-by-side.>>Ray: Really is. Clear something up. The
88 on pit road. I assumed put on tires. They didn’t. Just did fuel. Really confusing why
if you would pit and give up track position you wouldn’t have gone ahead and put on four
tires.>>Leigh: A look which lane is the best one.
Kyle Busch sees the green first. Let’s go back racing. Behind him Chris Buescher. Championship leader, Kenseth, LED 117, left
in the race, puts the 20 in front again.>>No help from the back with Buescher. Kenseth
able to beat him into turn one. Buescher not pushing Busch into turn one. He is now, though.
>>In excess of 190 miles an hour. Back to full speed, back to racing. Kyle Busch, Kenseth,
Scott, Logano, high side on the 22. Final XFINITY race of the year. 6 a bubba Wallace.
Suarez in the 18. The way the day has gone for the 60 of Chris Buescher, to be in this
position at this stage of the race, yes, we still have 63 laps to go, as Logano gets a
little unsettled. We need to take you back a couple moments ago and show you what happened
to the 7 of Regan Smith. High, higher, higher. We saw him with a lucky escape and good save
earlier and it’s happened — whoa. No escape that time. Slapped the wall.
>>Really loose right in the middle of the corner. Really hard to handle. First time
got by. That time he didn’t.>>Not major damage, enough to certainly affect
the way that car’s going to drive.>>And if he moves that right rear panel over
to left that carp going to continue to be loose.
>>And in position, good run for him, Poole. Hear how little he was out of the throttle. A lot of throttle for the corner.
>>Looked to the top of your screen on the graphic. We’re updating you as the amount
of stops in the last, that the driver last pitted on. That will help you with the strategy
with 61 to go. How it plays out. In the Kansas lottery 300.
>>This is Brandon Poole’s last race in this car. Done a nice job this year. Clean, hasn’t
made many mistakes. Really good in this car. Certainly would like better results. For his
first year, I think successful year. Having a good day on what appears to be his last
day in this car. Marty?>>Marty: Jeff, impressive day. Brendan said
the car is loose into turn three, his only complaint and radioed to Mike at the end of
that last run while into green. Said, Mike, car’s fastest it’s been all day long. Impress
ib run for this young man. Finishes here, a career best.
>>Under the chip ganassi racing banner. Chip’s got a great eye for bringing up young talent.
Brought a lot of guys not only to this series but the indycar series as well. Brendan Poole
doing a great job and I’m sure chip’s watching, yep. Might have another one here. .
>>Leigh: Back up front, things tightening up between Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. The
only two to lead a lap in this race. 117 for Kenseth. It’s about to be 25 for Weill bu.
For Kyle Busch.>>Leigh: Time to go NASCAR non-stop.>>Leigh: Back at Kansas, and, yes, back under
caution. For the seventh time today. And this is what happened between the 90 and the 10,
as the you can see. Looks pretty ugly. Watch this. Talk about closing speeds before.
>>Some sort of a problem, looked like leaving the corner. Got really, really slow, and he
just could not get slowed down. Here you go right here. Oh, yeah. Like a tire went down.
Went up, hit the wall. Something happened. Got really slow and obviously he couldn’t
avoid it. Didn’t do anything wrong.>>Happened right in front of race leader
Kyle Busch.>>Oh, he did —
>>Yeah.>>Brought the field down pit road so that
they could, you know, safely go around the rescue workers and didn’t have to bring everybody
near those guys. Brought them down to pit road, but no one allowed to pit.
>>So this, getting cleaned up. We’ll be back.>>Leigh: 52 latches left to run in the Kansas
City 300. We’re under our seventh caution of the day. Talk more about race leader Kyle
Busch and his strategy, as we approach this final quarter of the race, Mike Massaro?
>>Mike: Not so much strategy as a repair on pit road. Saw him hit that piece of debris.
Punched a hole in part of the body work. Need to patch that when they come Bown pit road.
Doesn’t think it’s serious but have the crash tape out, building a patch on pit road ready
to go to work and obviously don’t want to take much time in doing it. You see the damage
right there on that car just on the right, front corner of that race car. They’ll have
to mend that hole and hope it’s as fast as before.
>>Listen to radio from within the 54.>>All right. We do have a small hole in the
brake area on the right side. We’re going to try to throw a patch of tape on that at
the same time we do tires.>>Leigh: So an added dimension to the next
stop to the upcoming stop for Kyle Busch and the 54 team. So with the strategy — probably,
guys, talked ak Harvick not putting on four tires. The stop before. On pit road anyway. Had he
done four, the only thing he would do this next stop is just fill with fuel and he wouldn’t
take much fuel because on pit road lap 132. So not doing those four tires, interesting
to see what strategy they use, bu quite possibly could have come out close to the lead had
they done four tires before.>>Looks like chase Elliott may be able to
gain spots. Came in the same time at Harvick but did put on two tires. As far as Kyle Busch’s
are ka that little hole in the nose would definitely slow that car down out front at
a place like this.>>Very critical right there.
>>Take you back and show you exactly what the cause was for the problem on the 54, and
it was an unfortunate incident, because he was just, wrong time, wrong place.
>>Actually what happened was, they saw the damage, but as he comes down pit road, watch
his swerve. What he’s doing, turning left to get closer to his pit crew to get a better
view of the damage. Any opportunity you have to give the guys a good view of the damage
enablings them to better repair the car. Smart move by Kyle.
>>You know, as big as that hole is, Jeff, they may have to not just use tape. May need
something stronger. Put a piece of sheet metal and tape, could take longer, cost a few spots
on pit road.>>Exactly what they’ve done. Built a patch
and it has sheet metal in it. Tape behind the cash tape. They’re prepared to do that
and a big advantage they have, this caution has been a long time. Haven’t opened pit road.
Been able to look at the hole. Build something. What they’re doing, this is a nose on the
pit car. Makes it use that nose. Using it sort of as a template to go apply it to the
car. Able to make something and lucky for them they had the time to do it. This wreck
where it happened, on the front straightaway, pit road not being open, has given them time
to build this patch to the best they can possibly build T. Imagine if he can drive to victory in this
race? A speeding penalty on lap 82. Damage to the front of the car. A miracle pick? Wouldn’t
that be a story for Kyle Busch?>>Leigh: The chase for the sprint cup continues
tomorrow, live coverage. Wn P.M. Eastern. Followed at 1:30 P.M., coverage on NBC. Who
will move through to the next round? Of course, the phrase “Sleeping easier” in reference
to Joey Logano, because of his victory last week. So tension builds. Fascinating. Speaking of
tension, plenty of it here, Kansas speedway. Ready to pit now, and Mike Massaro, this is
going to be fascinating, particularly with the 54.
>>Mike: Not only did they need to tight than race car up, very loose on that run, also
need to make that repair. You can see the team over the wall. Take a look at the hole
in the nose of the car. Making that repair. Right side only for the 54, because they did
left side last time. Meanwhile, the 2 car making a two-tire change. They’re a way. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Buescher running in the top five, still tight across the middle. Making a bar
adjustment and two tires and sunoco for the 60 and Kenseth a little free coming in right
side only for the 20.>>Leigh: Well, for the day, just saw consecutive
pit stops losing a ton of positions, Kevin Harvick made six back as we go NASCAR non-stop.>>Leigh: 47 laps left to run here at Kansas
speedway. As we getting ready to go back to green shortly. We need to tell you and show
you something that involves championship leader Chris Buescher. Coming to the crash zone between
Jennifer and forester, watch this. Suarez checks up enough for Chris Buescher to collect
him nap right rear quarter panel. And look at the 18 machine. Daniel Suarez. That wasn’t
addressed on the last stop. Also need to talk about Regan Smith, Kelly.
>>Kelli: Looks strong in the early goingsen the race. Now really struggling with handling
on the 7 car and sounds like they’re running out of ideas, just a little bit of tug. I
know you think I’m crazy, man, but it’s not as bad as you think there, again.
>>I don’t know how to fix it, Jason. I am out of control and can’t predict when it’s
going to do it. I don’t know what are to tell you. I’m spinning out, middle, entry, exit.
Can’t touch the steering wheel and don’t know why I’m spinning out.
>>Kelli: Regan said he was out of control. Making matters worse on pit road, penalized
for an uncontrolled tire.>>Oh, boy.
>>Leigh: Remember that Regan is one of the four championship contenders for this year’s
XFINITY title. It is — it’s been a hurtful afternoon for sure. Ty Dillon, the other hand,
the only candidate without an issue. Chase el jit forced to go a backup car. Documented
Regan Smith challenges. A smooth day for the 3. See what kind of a result he can come up
with when the time the checker flag falls. Another lap here behind the pace car.
>>As we see Matt Kenseth chosen the inside. His teammate, Daniel Suarez is right behind
him. I fernly believe he needs that push to get that car going.
>>Certainly appears to be the most important part. The guy behind you. If he’s going to
push you, whatever line you’re in, it’s good. I will say this, if the lines get the same
time amount of help and enter turn one side by side I want to be on the outside. I think
the outside will choke the guy down on the bottom enabling you to roll around. I’ll watch
Kyle Busch, leading the race. Came in, had to fix that, even though time to prepare,
still had to fix it. Lost a lot of spots on pit row. He’s going to restart nowhere near
the front. Restarting in seventh. So he has a lot of work to do.
>>Leigh: You heard Kelli mention about the penalty for an uncontrolled tire on the 7.
Watch it here. Look at the rear. There it goes. And outside the box.
>>Talk more about the 2 of Brian Scott.>>We saw, Leigh, the debris Kyle Busch ran
into on the racetrack. Not the only one, Scott hit debris that attached to his car. This
piece of sheet metal actually affixed to his footer. Almost see where it was bent around
it. They obviously took it off the splitter that time down pit road. A good move there
for Brian Scott and the 2 team.>>Leigh: Ready to go back racing. And three
of the top five that we have right here right now have never won a NASCAR XFINITY series
race. A lot on the line. Not only the championship, but this race in particular. Matt Kenseth
on that low side, Suarez in the 18, giving him a little helping hand. Yes, he does. Look
out for the 88 of Kevin Harvick as well. Inside Suarez already — this is where I worry a
little bit about Buescher not being aggressive enough. He needs to get up there and push the guy
in front of him. Not doing that has cost him a lot of spots. Heard earlier today, jack
Roush saying don’t be so aggressive. Listen if you’re not aggressive enough, it can harm
you. You have to get the best possible finish, got to get up there and push.
>>Aggressive –>>Second spot. Oh my gosh. One lap.
>>In one lap — seventh up to second.>>That could be the 54 with the driver of
the day, let’s not forget about Brendan Gaughan either. Started at the back of the pack with
chase Elliott now runs in tenth place in the 62.
>>Terrific drive from Brendan Gaughan today.>>Leigh: 42 to go. 125 laps to the 20 of
Matt Kenseth. 34 laps left by Kyle Busch.>>Darrell Wallace, a great job. That’s a
backup car you because he crashed his initial car in practice, and has come out and — also
had a pit road speeding penalty and come from the back and now he’s running comfortably
in the top ten.>>We told you about Kyle Busch’s dynamic
drive from seventh to second in one lap. Let’s relive it. Four back on the inside line.
>>See how much betary run the whole entire side line gets. Kyle gets aggressive, kind
of gets in the middle of the racetrack. Catches two cars in front of him, side-by-slide slowing
down their momentum, pushes teammate Suarez. Pushes him, turns left. Now he’s gone. That
wasn’t even a full lap! [ Laughter ]
>>40 laps to go here at Kansas speedway.>>I thought about Buescher needing to be
more aggressive. He is running fifth, I will say. He has everybody he’s ray racing for
in points all behind him.>>He’s doing all he needs to do the position
he’s in, doing the right thing. I just get really nervous when you get so passive and
you’re not aggressive enough and get yourself back in the pack. You get put in a position
where you can get in that wreck. Rather see him be more aggressive on the restarts and
try to get further ahead of the hornet’s nest that happens when you get in the back.
>>Leigh: Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick. One of 11 drivers doing the double this weekend.
And, of course, life is a lot more comfortable for Joey Logano as far as his sprint cup season
is concerned. Victory last weekend. And Harvick mentioned yesterday, too, after having some
additional challenges with his sprint cup car yesterday, that to Kump into the XFINITY
car and just kind of forget what was going on in the cup run brought great relief.
>>Yeah. Sure he would have preferred the XFINITY car to be a little better. They’ve
struggled. Even in the struggle, takes your mind off the cup car and focus on the XFINITY
car. You know, he has run nearly as well as we thought. Neither has Joey Logano. You would
have thought Logano, condor for the win, neither one of these cars have showed winning speed
today.>>Leigh: One car that has is the 20 of Matt
Kenseth, however, he’s got his eyes on the 54. Let’s have a Lidge. A listen.
>>54, single file in the back.>>[ Inaudible ].
>>What? How did he get up there without jumping the start? It was impressive, Matt. You have
to watch it when you get home. You know, what’s interesting, he knew where he was starting. Everybody knows if you are going to win an
XFINITY race you have to beat Kyle Busch. He no where he was, what row he was starting
in, new the spots he gained. How much the drivers watch Kyle Busch in these XFINITY
races.>>Joey Logano starting to move forward again.
His car was up front earlier in the race, disappeared a while. Seems they made the right
adjustments and come forward again. Surprised that hasn’t been able to maintain that top
three status. Dave, on the 22?>>Dave: A little more explanation. For ray,
really bad. Joey had so many complaints about it. Didn’t take something like a big swing
at this race car in pit road. Last time popped a spring rubber into the left rear. Took wedge
out of the right rear, down on the wedge in the right rear and moved up five positions
sincerezumps resumption of the race.>>And loose all day long, finally the last
two adjustments made the car better and Jeff Burton, nobody’s worked harder on that high
line today than Kevin Harvick. Worked it earlier in the race. Trying to work it almost every
run he can. A little ulterior motive for you drivers. You want to work the high line today,
don’t you, making it better for tomorrow’s race.
>>Marty, you don’t think someone would do that?
>>Marty: Sure. Make the race better tomorrow, all for it.
>>Leigh: And title contenders, Ty into third, provisionally in the championship. We go NASCAR
non-stop.>>Leigh: Back at Kansas speedway. Racing
to the end. 27 laps to go. You know, there’s a handful of cars in thiears XFINITY series
driven by, if you want to call it a revolving doors of different drivers. 20 and 54 case
in point. Of the cars that have multiple drivers and multiple line, 54 of Kyle Busch goes to
the inside, no car has seen more drivers than the 20. Eight different people have driven
this car. Regan, Kenseth, Matt –>>One to watch.
>>And Erik Jones. The list goes on and Matt Kenseth behind the wheel now. This is a great
scrap.>>And see him in the middle of the corner.
At the racetrack, chase the race car up the racetrack. While he’s done that, Kyle picked
up the top line and a tremendous amount of momentum on to the straight frontaway. I don’t
know if Matt will be able to hold Kyle off here.
>>How about holding Ty Dillon off? Only five seconds behind these guys as Kenseth goes
high –>>Kenseth had no choice. Had to go high.
Kyle would get by him one way or the other if he didn’t. Had to do something different.
Just didn’t work. Fight is not over. See if he can beat him off turn two.
>>Leigh: 24 laps left to run. The two guys dominating this race, fighting for the win.
>>Where the problem is for Matt. Matt has not been able to do two, three and four as
Busch has. Back to the middle of the racetrack. Around the lap car. The problem.
>>As you watch, as Kyle tries to go on from, he came down, got the side draft, slowed him
down to hold him off.>>Leigh: Two drivers with an ugly weekcharlotte
last weekend. Scrapping it out for the victory in the Kansas lottery 300. 23 laps to go.
>>Kyle’s strategy, one with him in turns one and two and beat him in turn three and
four. Run the high line here. See if he can beat him down the straightaway.
>>Leigh: Slashing a full second off these two, Ty Dillon. Took four tires on the last
and final stop, or what we feel will be with 22 to go, and he is starting to reel them
in. Big picture-wise.>>And got in front of Chris Buescher. The
biggest thing he could do. More spots to gain between themselves, the better. Got held up
by the lap car. Kyle’s going to clear him.>>Slingshot around —
>>Not yet!>>High line worked really well not only for
Harvick but Kenseth as well.>>Jeff talked about momentum. That’s what
gave Matt Kenseth the mile-per-hour to get back past Kyle Busch.
>>Kyle passes that slow Dar on the bottom. Had to consenter turn three and messed up
his angle. Drove in the corner way too deep. Went up the racetrack. Matt able to get back
by.>>Ty Dillon, 3.5 seconds back. It was more
than 5. We’re going to can a watchful eye on the 3. Check this out. Replay of the incident
with David Starr.>>20 had to check up. Running in the back
of David Starr. 54 got a big run. Look at angle. Low entering the colonel. Not able
to approach it the way he wanted. Rolling around the outside and get back in front of
him.>>Leigh: 20 laps left. What a thriller. And
with another lap complete, we want to show you speeds. Who’s got it. Who’s the best?
One two, three. Kenseth, Busch and Ty Dillon. What’s the gap? 3.6. Leveled out. However Ty’s in a little traffic. Still got
time on his side.>>What’s going on here? Took Matt Kenseth
a few laps to learn what he needed to do to make the outside work. First time up there
did not work at all. That time, again, got loose in the middle of the corner, chasing
up the racetrack and gave Kyle and opportunity to get underneath him. Matt’s trying to get
to his, quarter panel, slow it down. Did a great job doing it. Left front on his right
rear. Slowed it down enabling Matt to go around him. Smart move by Matt Kenseth to avoid the
pass by the 54 of Kyle Busch.>>That’s a veteran move. You know this. When
you get on somebody’s quarter panel like that, it packs air in the rear wheel opening and
acts like parachute and slows that car down.>>Back to the bottom. Top didn’t work last
lap. Problem, three and four has been the problem. Matt has to keep moving around. If
Kyle can enter close in turn three and use that outside, it’s going to be hard for Matt
to hold him off.>>You saw on the right-hand side another
position gained for Ty Dillon. Up to fourth. However, timewise, in relation to the leader
of the race, Matt Kenseth, he’s lost a few tenths of a second. Not much.
>>Matt going back up to the top. Tough decisions for a driver to know what to do. Matt, if
he can use the outside, it works for him, that’s the way to go. The minute you go to
the bottom, Kyle’s going to the top and use that momentum against you.
>>Leigh: I love that radio reaction earlier. How did he get up here without jumping the
start? What? You have to look twice in the mirror. Look at this! Side-by-side down the
back stretch. The battle between Busch and Kenseth is relentless.
>>Kyle’s got to get him cleared and he’s got him cleared. What Kyle needed. Exit turn
two close to Matt. If he ever could do that I feel he was going to get by him because
he’s so much better in three and four than Matt is.
>>Now Kyle’s coming on the traffic. My present an opportunity for Matt to get him back.>>15 laps left.
>>These guys are having a great time. Talked about it earlier. Not racing for points. For
owners championships I know, but they’re having a great time racing against each other. Two
of the best in racing going at it in general, going at it head to head that is a great time.
>>What a day for Kenseth. 148 laps LED on the day. For Kyle, 38.
>>Kyle, probably looks like it might be loose. A little tighter behind Matt. Up front he
seems to be a little loose.>>Look at this mess they’re catching.
>>Clements, staying high. Cassill in the —
>>Which line do you pick? Which do you want to go?
>>They make their intentions very clear, and very straightforward. 13 laps now left.
>>I really thought Busch when he got in front of Kenseth would drive away from him, but
he hasn’t been able to do it. Matt’s running in the middle of the racetrack now. Not sure
that’s going to work. We’ll see. Seems like he’s at the top of the bottom, normally the
best. Seems to work for him.>>Seeing how many laps it too Busch to get
past Kenseth, I mean, 12 to go. Favoring one over the other? Got a feel?>Ike I said, I’m
surprised Matt was able to keep up. The 54 Kyle Busch was in three and four, thought
he’s drive by away from Matt if ever he got in front of him.
>>If Matt’s car was a little loose, tighten it up, allow the tire to feel the pressure
and make the car better. As we said if he can get closer to the back of the 54 he can
loosen him up.>>Bub bah Wallace in the 6. As he fights
Austin Dillon for a top-ten spot. Driving the backup car and driving ill. Suffering
from a pretty nasty head cold is bubba Wallace. A top ten might make him feel a little bet
perp not one of the XFINITY series championship contenders. The elite contender, Ty Dillon
running fourth behind Daniel Suarez. Championship leader Buescher is back in sixth. Marty, more
about the 6?>>Marty: You mentioned, battling that. Hasn’t
said much about it behind the wheel. In three and four, where Wallace is struggling. Car
a little tight. In one and two, almost perfect. Keep it almost wide open through one and two.
See if he can hang ton that spot. Nice battle here.
>>Leigh: Ten to go, Marty. Ten laps left here at Kansas speedway and the 3 of Ty Dillon
has caught up to Daniel Suarez. This is for a top three result. Really strong closing
stanza from Dillon. And as we mentioned earlier in the broadcast, the only championship contender
without some kind of blemish on his race today. It’s been a smooth run for the 3, as he draws
alongside Daniel Suarez. This young man putting on a really strong performance, and I can’t
help but think, Jim if it didn’t go down the way it did at Dover, with that cut tire and
the big slam into the wall, where might he be in this championship picture? Certainly
applying nor pressure than he is at the moment to Chris Buescher.
>>This race isn’t over. He may have the fastest car on the racetrack. A caution, nobody’s
going to pit. Everybody will stay out. Ty Dillon still, we get a caution, he’s in this
race to win it.>>Eight to go and a little more distance
between the 54 of Kyle Busch and the 20 of Matt Kenseth. And let’s not lose sight of
the fact that Kyle had that pit road violation. Speeding on pit road. Came back from that,
yes, seven cautions helped get him back into the mix, but what an amazing performance.>>If he goes on and wins this race it’s because
of the restarts he had.>>Yeah.
>>That great restart put him in position to come out of turn two in second. That enabled
him then to be right with the leader. If he didn’t have that good of a restart he would
have spent so much time getting back to second. Matt Kenseth would be gone. So that restart
put him in position to win this race.>>Hence Matt’s reaction.
[ Laughter ]>>We’ve seen it so many times. I talked about
it earlier in the race. We think Kyle Busch dominates all the races and leads a tremendous
amount of laps, but you can never count these guys out. Even when they get —
>>Yellow’s out pap blowup.>>Caution — Brendan Poole. Wow. The 52,
I should say, pardon me. Joey Gase. Brings out the caution. What were you saying about
Dillon?>>About to find out. This race isn’t over.
>>Transmission or gear went out. I don’t know.
>>You know, I wonder right now, Chris Buescher, just assume this race go on. Looked like he
would have a sixth place finish. Not great but a good finish. Solid, Ty is pretty far
back. Probably okay with the race ending with this caution. See how he ends up coming out.
He’s sixth. When the race is over see if this helps or hurts him. Not strong on the restarts.
>>Facing a critical restart.>>You can have be aggressive. Not passive.
You have to get aggressive. A fine line, two aggressive, you get yourself or someone else
in a wreck. Don’t run hard enough, you lose way too. Spots.
>>See what happened to Joey Gase.>>Let smoke out. Bad when the smoke gets out.
>>Let go big time.>>Good when the smoke gets out. Always bad
when the smoke comes out, I’m wondering with Daniel Suarez in fourth, your Kyle Busch what
line to you pick? Hope Daniel Suarez wilush you or Ty Dillon?
>>A tough choice. Ty Dillon is an aggressive driver with a tremendous amount to gain. A
very difficult decision.>>I think you go with your teammate, Suarez
has done a good job pushing all day long. That puts Ty Dillon pushing Kenseth in that
situation. I’m okay if aye Kenseth. I know Ty Dillon’s going to be on the gas. Might
make it three wide, but, if he’ll push me, it’s good.
>>Right.>>So — you’ve heard us making a big deal
about the Matt Kenseth radio transmission about that restart by Kyle Busch. It’s still
going on. Have a listen.>>Restart? I thought 12th or something.
>>He was bottom of the fourth row.>>Must have laid back like crazy.
>>Can’t hear.>>All you can ask for.
[ Laughter ]>>He’s still — Matt is still confronted
by it. How did Kyle get there so quickly? You know what he said, must have laid back
like crazy, meaning laid way back and got a run on the straight. That’s really not where
it happened. It all happened in the corner.>>You know, push to the inside and then got
to the outside. Kevin Harvick pinned down. Had a great run. Pushes his teammate and boom,
right behind Matt. Efficient work you could say.
>>What an opportunity. Scott, Suarez, Buescher, all have a chance in the restart way few laps
to go to beat Kyle Busch. Matt Kenseth. Two of the best in the cup series. Not just in
the XFINITY series but the cup series. An opportunity to take the fight to those
guys and take the win away from them.>>I think the reaction, you know, that decision’s
going to come based more on the second and third row. Not what happens in the first row,
but the second and third row. Who they push, how hard they push.
>>It is interesting how especially in these XFINITY cars they don’t have a tremendous
amount of horsepower. The car in — the car in the second row dictates how the restart
happens. I mean, it’s amazing. We don’t think about it. In current racing that second row,
that’s going to help determine who wins this race.
>>What’s the championship picture look like? You see the green and yellow Ford mustang
of Chris Buescher. He would extend it again from 26 points coming into this race to 35
over chase Elliott. And Ty Dillon.>>When the caution came out, Elliott was
running 15th. He had a lot of ground made up on Elliott. So Smith was running 11. So
those two guys, he was gaining points on. Losing to Ty, but Ty had 35 points back. That
didn’t worry him. So I don’t think he wanted to see this caution. Of course had doesn’t
get to choose. It is what it is. He has to make it work.
>>To you thiyle Busch is having his guys run out, remember I helped you out? Tested
your car? I need a little push.>>Yeah. Just on a very personal story for
Ross Chastain. You might notice there above the window slot, it doesn’t say Ross Chastain.
It says Randy fox. Randy fox was a modified driver, very dear friend to Ross chest tain,
helped him enormously in this career, and on his career path. Unfortunately, passed
away suddenly a couple of weeks ago. So this is a dedication to Randy from the Ford team
and Ross Chastain, and Ross gets good news. He is the — driver who will receive the wave
around, to get on to the back of the lead lap, as we get ready for what will be an unbelievable
>>I’m nervous. This is more nerve-racking watching than doing it. I don’t know why.
>>I mean, you won this race. You’re more nervous than that now?
>>I put myself in these young drivers’ shoes. You have a chance to beat Matt Kenseth, a
cup champion. A chance to beat Kyle Busch. The all-time winningest driver in the XFINITY
series. That opportunity is right in front of you. So that’s the nerve-racking, wonderful
opportunity but nerve-racking. I thinking about what they’re thinking right now.
>>Cleanup continues here. What an afternoon we’ve had. What a day it’s going to be tomorrow.
Second race in the second round of NASCAR’s chase for the sprint cup. And tomorrow, you
can see it. 1:30 eastern. Right here from Kansas speedway. Just a reminder — the reason
we said Joey Logano is sleeping well these days because already he’s advanced to the
next round with the win last weekend. It’s going to be a more challenging day for the
man who might win this race, Kyle Busch. The man who might win this race, Kenseth and Dale
junior and Newman. Big day tomorrow.>>Joey Logano is the only one that’s safe.
Even KETH Seth, second. A bat day today. In jeopardy going to talladega. That’s the next
race. This race is critically important tomorrow.>>Mike?
>>Mike: And a very disappointing turn of events for Brian Scott. Running inside the
top ten most of the afternoon, but as you can see, limping right now. Out of fuel, and
will need a push all the way down pit road to fuel up. But obviously had a great run
going today nap will not be completed.>>Oh, no. He was definitely one of the front-runners
all day long. So he pitted on lap 152.>>Same as everybody else.
>>Same as everybody else.>>The majority.
>>The question is, did they get — cautions. Did they get full? Or is everybody ills in
trouble? Everybody else in trouble?>>Going around here slow obviously on the
banking, that runs fuel away from the pickup. That’s the question I’d ask right now. Did
we get it full on that stop, guys?>>Leigh: Kevin Harvick to pit road to top
off, and grab some fresh rubber.>>How is this going to end? That’s the question
that we wait to have answered with a green/white checkered finish and the last green/white
checker in 2012. Busch ran out of fuel on the last lap. Ricky stenhouse Jr. Went on
to win the race. Not only the race but the championship that year.
>>They should have plenty of fuel. Shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t think they’re worried
about it. Fe they were riding on the apron making sure fuel picks up. They’re weaving,
on the banking. I think the 2 car most likely, they just didn’t get full on that last stop.
>>Maybe they have a mechanical issue. Could have a mechanical issue as well.
>>Leigh: What a day it’s been for the driver of the 54, Kyle Busch. Lap 82. Got caught
speeding at pit road. Penalized for that. That wasn’t the end of it. How about this?
Bang. Hits the debris. Very cleverly at the time, has the time to make a quick patchwork
job on the front right of the 54. And then a super restart. Seventh to second. As you
said, in less than one lap.>>Less than a lap. Unbelievable restart. Ask Matt Kenseth. He still doesn’t believe
it!>>Leigh: And this was a seesaw battle. Terrific
between Kenseth and Kyle Busch and Kyle perpersistent, patient and finally got the 54 to the lead.
Feeling pretty confident, you’re about to hear.
>>Hit the restart. See you in victory lane. Good job over the day.
>>The team in victory lane and he did choose the outside.
>>Yep.>>Leigh: Relying on that 18. Daniel Suarez.
>>The withiner could be dictated by what the 18 does and the 3 does. We really have
to watch on the restart the approach that they take.
>>Ty D– Ty Dillon is in a tough stop. Interesting to see the strategy. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Climbing the pit box to talk to Scott’s crew chief for Buescher. Going green
this time and declined. What I can tell you, asking his driver to be mindful of the fuel
during this caution. So even run down on the flat if you need to.
>>Leigh: Building to a dramatic finish. A day that’s been punctuated by eight caution
periods. We’re ready to finish it off here in Kansas, but who will be going to victory
lane? Kyle Busch, if he gets there, if will be his 75th NASCAR XFINITY series victory,
but he doesn’t have it just yet. We enter the restart zone. Let’s go! Let’s finish this
one off. The Kansas lottery 300 back underway.>>Getting down from front of Matt kenn Seth. Logano, Busch here as well. Alongside Logano.
Busch leads. Green/white checker finish. You may have noticed, restart, problems Austin
Dillon. Ran out of fuel.>>Chase Elliott flying. We be able to to
the outside of Buescher.>>Dillon continues to fight with Logano for
that third spot, but it’s Kyle Busch who looks good. He’s got the margin over Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth, not close enough. Dillon fighting for as many championship points as he can.
Busch dropped back. Chase Elliott ahead of the championship leader, and what a dramatic
day at Kansas speedway to see Kyle Busch goes to victory lane!
>>Whew! Good job, buddy. Way to overco two problems all day and still get it done.
>>Leigh: Pit road violation, damage to the front end of the car, were not enough to stop
Kyle Busch. 56 laps LED. To celebrate his 75th series win. Look at that. The numbers
are staggering. And that will put nim a great mood for tomorrow’s sprint cup race here at
Kansas speedway.>>What a way to get the win.
>>He should be good at this by now.>>Leigh: The duel with Matt Kenseth, respectful.
It was bright, professional driving. However, for Kenseth, now four consecutive second-place
finishes in XFINITY series competition. For Kyle Busch, he become as three-time winner
at Kansas speedway. And we have to remind ourselves on how the year started for this
guy. The injury. The savage injuries he experienced at daytona. To come back, get himself into
the chase for the sprint cup. And to continue his winning ways in XFINITY series competition.
Can’t wait to hear what he has to say about that scrap with Kenseth. Kyle Busch, the winner
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to victory lane as he take it for the 75 time in his XFINITY career. Amazing race. And Marty,
you well know, three races left in the championship. Chris Buescher, system the man on top.
>>Marty: Still on top, start of the race, problems. Speeding on pit road. How in the
world do you come back it finish sixth today?>>A fast mustang. The guys did a good job.
I got things to clean up on my end. Trying to push the limit on that speed every week,
and you know, I’m pretty sure I didn’t see red, but, you know, it’s so close. If it’s
all the way in the green, you’re pushing it anyway. So I got clean up some things there
and make sure I don’t — I don’t have a day like that again on pit road. I made some mistakes
and got to do better. Guys did an awesome job with the mustang. It had speed all day
and really, we didn’t need that last caution, obviously. Rolling pretty good around the
top five all day and it was tough. Tough to get back to that point but it was fast. A
lot of fun.>>Marty: Spirited battle at the end with
chase Elliott. Photo finish at the line.>>Tight. Not really sure where that came
from. Didn’t race around him, and — there at the end, 7 and 9 came rolling in. So it
was — tight, but every point counts. I mean, when you take a look at — at the finish there,
and realize when the guy was and points are, one or two points a weekend isn’t going to
cut it for them. We keep knocking down where we are we’ll be fine.
>>Marty: Every point critical when battles like Chris Buescher.
>>Leigh: Crucial and a mature approach as well. Time to go to victory lane and Mike
Massaro. Mike?>>Mike: Kyle Busch getting out of his car
in victory lane. A big smile on his face. Confetti closing, as it the Gatorade. Talk
to him. At one point in the race early on, Kyle Busch said he had a really good race
car but didn’t think heing in for the 20. How were you able to overcome that?
>>It looked like Matt was really loose that last one of the race. So Chris gave D an awesome
job tuning me in. I couldn’t ask for it to be any better. I think our balance overcame
table to put it in victory lane. Everybody for moniesster energy, can’t say enough, and
I think the XFINITY, a bunch of guys, for putting on the show we enjoy on Saturdays
and, of course, fans for supporting us, too. A good day for us and something to build off
of hopefully and see what we can do tomorrow.>>Mike: Awfully fun to watch. What was it
like behind the wheel battling that last 30, 40 laps?
>>My tongue was hanging out, man. I can’t imagine what Matt was driving like. He was
driving way harder than I was. Man, when you got two really good race cars like that, you
just got to bring them home. Joe might get mad at us, tearing something else. He rates
me really hard through the corner my car was pretty good. Matt, moving around, couldn’t
find anything that would tighten up his car enough to be able to put the gas down and
I had plenty of that.>>Mike: Look at the car prp a great race
car but damage sustained. How much did that affect what you could do with the car?
>>I was nervous a little how big the hole was, if we could get it repaired and how good
the repair would be. Heavy duty did a good job a good patch and restarting seventh. Threw
it away. I didn’t think we would come from that far back, but a good restart. Outside
lane didn’t. Outside to the outside into turn one and pretty much the race. Chased down
Matt after that are are — again a hard-fought battle with Matt. Running
really, really hard and this place is so, so fast with the XFINITY cars. You’re barely
out of the gas if Al ought any. The green/white checkered finish, wide open
the whole time. Praying it would stick and be good enough to win.
>>Mike: Congratulations. Kyle Busch perks up a series win of the year and Kelli stavast
caught up with his teammate.>>Kelli: Four straight finishes for Kenseth.
Probably the worst place of all to finish. Sounds like a little too loose. How about
the battle with your teammate Kyle? Held him off a while and what happened?
>>As frustrating as it is to get beat again when out front, Chicago, thought he had the
better car, still the second base place to finish. Aggravated to get beat. Got to free
in the end. Didn’t give good enough information on the two tires. Did everything I could to
hold off Kyle except for a wreck. Couldn’t do anymore. Best I could. Second is all I
could do.>>Kelli: Better or worse to lose to a teammate?
>>Much as lie love Kyle, it’s aggravating watching him win and more aggravating to get
beat by him. Thought we had a shot. Hoping to get a win for them.
>>Kelli: Thanks, Matt.>>Leigh: Certainly a thrilling battle. Matt
Kenseth, Kyle Busch. Final results for you, and we need to give a special shout-out not
only to chase el yitd, starting 40th, numerous issues, Ryan Sieg, finishes 8th. Remember
result.>>Ray: Without a run. Really good run.
>>And Darrell Wallace, finishing 11ing. Backup car, good run being sick.
>>Leigh: It wasn’t Kevin Harvick’s day. Name very late in the race. Finishes 15th and Austin
Dillon in the end ran out of fuel. And we know what happened to Jennifer Jo Cobb. Tangled
up in the accident. And with Corbin forester, just one of our eight cautions in the Kansas
lottery 300. There’s your results. Let’s have a look at
it’s points. How do they look? From 26 points, the advantage, just one point is added to
Chris Busch’s total.>>About the same as last week, really. You
heard Buescher said, one or two won’t get it for this guy. Doing exactly what he says.
Keep doing what they’re doing. Do it three more times.
>>Dillon, Busch, Smith, Elliott. Fourth, fifth, sixth seventh, all right there together.
>>And Chris Busch said, take one or two from him, not enough with only three races remain.
What does chase Elliott think? He spoke with Dave
>>Dave: After what I would call a rough start, describe your day for us, chase.
>>My mistake completely. Should have never been in that spot there. I made a mistake
qualifying and tore up our car and thought if was pretty good, and got us in the hole,
and we got lucky at the end to end up where we did. Completely my fault and I feel bad
>>Dave: You say lucky, four starts on the restarted, you gained at the end?
>>Outside, got outside on the gas. Yo in you saw it. It wasn’tme. Nothing special.
My lane>>Dave: Top ten in a tough day for chase.
>>Leigh: Jeff Burton, today, exciting one?>>Jeff: No question. Kyle Busch, can’t count
him out. The problem, just can’t count him out. Again, these four guys racing for the
championship all finished there together. Not enough to beat Buescher.
>>Today was all about restarts, restarts including that last restart with Kyle Busch
there, made a huge difference. We’ll see the same tomorrow. Restarts critical.
>>Leigh: We said at the top of the show going to expect a lot of cautions and a lot of loose,
free race cars. Maybe not as many as we thought. Still an interesting race.
>>A good race. A lot of stuff. Never knew who would win until the end.
>>Leigh: Have you have it. A nice boost for tomorrow as well, Kyle Busch. The other side of the break, notre dame pregame,
coming your way.>>>Tnascar would like to thank all our loyal
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>>Unless you’ve been living under a spare tire, you’re familiar with the term playoff
and in NASCAR we have our own. The chase for the NASCAR sprint cup. Round two is called
the contender. A dozen drivers have made it in. But only eight will move on for a chance
to be one of the final four to race for the championship in Miami. So, get ready this
ain’t your ordinary playoff. This is the chase for the NASCAR sprint cup.>>>The NASCAR playoffs continue tomorrow
live from Kansas speedway. NASCAR America is on NBCSN at 1:00 P.M. With race coverage
starting at NBC at 1:30. Interesting day here today at Kansas speedway. Kyle Busch the winner
of the Kansas lottery 300 and he really had to fight hard for it. That same will continue
as it will be an interesting and exciting night ahead. Coming up now on NBCSN, the notre
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