March 24, 2018

'Nice to show our muscle' at Kansas - Blaney

20 May 2017, 01:15 | Pamela Mathis

Martin Truex Jr. finally has a win at Kansas Speedway.

In fact 11 Cup regulars, including some of the sports biggest stars, didn't get a chance to qualify because they didn't pass inspection in time to participate in the 20-minute first qualifing session.

Overheating brakes had been a problem for several drivers Saturday night.

INDYCAR: Will Power and Helio Castroneves are turning IndyCar qualifying into a two-man race. Polesitter Ryan Blaney lost the lead on the restart and Truex pounced, taking the checkered flag ahead of Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Blaney and Kyle Busch. We got a lot of fans from Colorado here today. "Pretty awesome, awesome day, awesome weekend".

"This team rocks, man, they're so good", Truex said. There were times when we looked like we weren't going to have a shot at it.

"To have the craziest thing happen that you could ever imagine - an eight-second lead just gone".

Earnhardt, 42, has yet to win this season or at Kansas Speedway, but he always makes it exciting. The caution flag waved a track-record 15 times on Saturday night and the No. 78 team was ideal on almost every stop. He was eighth at Atlanta before winning the following week at Las Vegas, then ran fourth a couple weeks later at California. I don't know. I was super-loose, there, on the last restarts, and the 78 got me spinning my tires a little bit. Elliott announced to the team, "There goes our night". "It's just incredible. It's awesome".

Blaney's season started with a second-place finish at Daytona and he recorded two more top-10 finishes over the next four races.

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NASCAR Cup Series drivers aren't limited to only racing in that series, and for a number of reasons, many of them also compete in the XFINITY Series as well.

Blaney, who led 83 laps, appeared to have the fastest vehicle for good portions of the night, but Truex came on strong at the end, passing the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford with less than 30 laps remaining then holding off Blaney on the late restarts.

The race was halted with 67 laps to go when a broken brake rotor turned Joey Logano's vehicle into Danica Patrick, sending her hard into the fence in the first corner. Almirola, who was trailing, came up on the wreck and hit both cars hard, lifting the No. 43 Ford's back wheels off the racing surface. The crash appeared to be caused when something on Logano's No. 22 Ford broke, sending him hard into Patrick's No. 10 Ford in Turn 1 shortly after a restart on Lap 69. Logano and Patrick made contact and both slide into the outside wall just past the second turn before Almirola slammed into Logano's auto with a fiery impact.

Almirola was carried off the track in a stretcher before being airlifted out of Kansas Speedway to Kansas University hospital, where he was kept overnight for further evaluation.

Indeed, Furniture Row Racing has earned just about everything it has gotten.

Patrick quickly hopped from her burning vehicle and Logano was able to exit as well, but emergency workers had to cut away part of the roof and the roll cage on Almirola's No. 43 Smithfield Ford to extract him from the crumpled heap of metal. ". "I just hope everyone is okay".

"I'm OK, just saying a lot of prayers for Aric right now", Logano said. "That's the last thing you want to see".

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