The NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday evening proved that the heartland can be heartless. With Cup drivers like Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano joining the series regulars, the event turned rocky towards the final 50 laps. In the first battleground of Round Two, many Chase contenders stayed consistent, but some were not as fortunate. In the end, Busch took home the checkered flag, but that wasn’t the only story of the evening.
Here are three takeaways after the battle at Kansas Speedway.
Hangin’ with the Big Boys
A few XFINITY Series regulars held their own against the Cup veterans. Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez managed to lead eleven and six laps respectively, while Elliott Sadler stayed strong within the top-five. Later on in the event, Ty Dillon joined the front of the field after good pit strategy.
However, contact was made between Dillon, Larson, and Jones during the restart with 17 laps to go. The damage caused Dillon to lose a part of his tire, along with his track position, and he ultimately finished 17th. Jones also suffered from the contact, drifting back into the pack and finishing 15th. However, Sadler managed to take home second place, along with the top position in the point standings heading into the second event of the round.
Reed with Engine Troubles
Ryan Reed faced engine issues early on in the event. After fading to the back, the driver came onto pit road. The No. 16 team fixed the problems but were put two laps down. For the rest of the event, Reed fought back to salvage a better position. In the end, he placed 16th and settled into sixth in the point standings – 15 points above the cutline.
Wreck Shakes Up Standings
A big accident struck with 34 laps to go when the No. 33 of Brandon Jones made contact with Chase contender Justin Allgaier. Allgaier’s No. 7 car became loose and moved up toward the side of the No. 5 of Cole Custer. From there the accident unraveled collecting others, including playoff contender Darrell Wallace Jr. The No. 7 team was able to overcome the damage to their car and finished 14th. However, Wallace Jr. was faced with a DNF and joins Dillon in the bottom two of the standings.
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