After the crash fest at Talladega last week, the Sprint Cup series moves to Kansas for some Saturday night racing on this Mother’s Day weekend. NASCAR never races on Easter Sunday or Mother’s Day.
The Sprint Cup drivers will run 400 miles for the Go Bowling 400.
Kansas City Royals legend George Brett is the Grand Marshall for the race.
Martin Truex Jr won the pole for the race and will lead the field down for the green flag to start the race.
The starting lineup for the Go Bowling 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Casey Mears – to the rear of the field for a gear change
The drivers will begin the race in the daytime and finish under the lights.
After a rousing command to start the engines from George Brett, Martin Truex Jr and Matt Kenseth lead the field to green with Truex leading the first lap.
On lap 10 Martin Truex Jr not only maintains his lead but has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half.
Fifteen laps into the race and Truex has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds. As the night goes on the track will change as the temperatures drop; this will also change the way the cars themselves will handle on the track.
Lap 20 and Truex is almost four seconds ahead of the field.
The first caution flag comes out on lap 23 for debris on the field. When the caution flag came out, Truex had pulled out to a lead of over four seconds.
Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.
Dale Earnhardt Jr and Regan Smith were caught speeding on pit road. The wheel seen rolling on the track was not charged to any driver since the two car of Brad Keselowski knocked the tire out of the pit box.
M&Ms man Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 28.
Jamie McMurray has been black flagged for making an unapproved adjustment to his car. He must come down pit road and make repairs to the satisfaction of NASCAR before he is allowed to return to the track. When Jamie McMurray returns to the track he is two laps down.
On lap 40 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over one second.
Lap 50 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of 1.6 seconds over older brother Kurt.
The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 56 after Cole Whitt brushes the wall. Michael Annett is the “lucky dog”. He takes his car behind the wall for repairs.
Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 61. Truex has retaken the lead of the race.
Trevor Bayne’s car is smoking. Greg Biffle smacked the wall but the track is staying green. Biffle brings his car down pit road to check for damage and make repairs.
Greg Biffle returs to the track one lap down.
On lap 69 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over 1.6 seconds on second place driver Kurt Busch.
On lap 71 Trevor Bayne’s tire has gone down and he is working his way around the apron to get on pit road and replace the tire.
On lap 76 Truex has pulled out to a lead of two seconds. Cole Whitt takes his car to the garage.
After brushing the wall Carl Edwards is having issues with his car and bringing it down pit road. He finally makes it down pit road but is now two laps down.
On lap 90 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out a lead of over 2.3 seconds.
On lap 100 Martin Truex Jr is still out in front, there are 28 cars on the lead lap, and only one car in the garage – Cole Whitt.
Paul Menard this the wall and brings out the third caution flag of the race on l102. Danica Patrick is the “lucky dog”.
Martin True Jr leads the race off of pit road.
Denny Hamlin is caught speeding on pit road.
Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 109 and continues his lead of the race.
Cole Whitt has returned to the track 51 laps down.
Lap 1234 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds.
Chase Elliott has brushed the wall and has some damage to his car but commentators are reporting the damage is not significant.
On lap 136 Paul Menard has taken his car to the garage with engine trouble.
AJ Allmendinger brushed the wall and had to take his car down pit road for repairs.
Lap 146 Paul Menard is offically the first car out of the race.
Drivers have begun to make green flag pit stops on lap 157.
After pit stops have cycled through Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead of the race with a lead of nearly a second and a half.
The fourth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 168 for debris on track. Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog”.
Denny Hamlin was again caught for speeding on pit road.
Martin Truex jr brings the field down for the green flag restart o lap 172. The drivers get four wide across the track.
Lap 183 martin Truex jr has pulled to a lead of nearly three seconds over second place driver Kyle Busch.
Two hundred laps in the book and Truex has led most of them. He has pulled out his lead to over three seconds. Less than half the field is on the lead lap.
Less than 60 laps to go, the drivers are making their last green flag pit stops.
Leader Martin Truex Jr had to make a second trip down pit road with a vibration. He will go a lap down. The team believes a lug nut got hung up.
Back from a back injury, Toy Stewart is now leading the race; but has yet to make a green flag pit stop.
Carl Edwards is reporting a loose wheel and bad vibration.
Lap 226 Tony Stewart has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds.
On lap 231 Kyle Busch passes Tony Stewart for the lead.
On lap 233 Tony Stenhouse Jr hits the wall and brings out the fifth caution flag of the race. Tony Stewart is the “lucky dog”.
Although they were recently on pit road, the drivers bring their cars down for service.
Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road.
Race leader Kyle Busch and second place Matt Kenseth did not come down pit road for fresh tires. Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart o lap 239.
Denny Hamlin tries to go down the middle and didn’t make it. He spins out and hits Joey Logano. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson were also involved in the wreck. The wreck brings out the sixth caution flag of the race on lap 241. Martin True Jr is the “lucky dog”.
Only 20 laps to go when Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart – 19 to go!
Kyle Larson has taken his smoking car to the garage.
Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has been pressing Kyle Busch, trying to pass Busch. Kyle Busch has never won a race in Kansas. Kyle has already marked a number of firsts in this young racing season.
Rcky Stenhouse Jr’s car is smoking.
Five to go and Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second.
Three to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is 1.26 seconds.
Kyle Busch takes the white flag.
Kyle Busch gets win number 37…and his first win at Kansas! This is Kyle Busch’s third win of the 2016 racing season. The reigning Sprint Cup Champion is looking to repeat the title.
The unofficial results of the Go Bowling 400:
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr