Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/4/14
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ricky Stenhouse rallied from two laps down to win Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway and tighten the battle for the series championship. During a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled distance of 200 laps, Stenhouse surged to the front in the final turn after Kyle Busch ran out of fuel. Austin Dillon ran second, .288 seconds behind Stenhouse. Pole-sitter Joey Logano finished third, followed by Elliott Sadler and Cole Whitt, respectively. In winning for the sixth time this season and the eighth time in his career, Stenhouse cut Sadler’s series lead from 13 points to six with three races left in the season. To get to Victory Lane, Stenhouse had to survive a collision with Logano’s No. 18 Toyota — an incident team owner Jack Roush said was Stenhouse’s fault — just past the halfway point (watch). “The guys did an awesome job getting the car back together, and we never gave up,” Stenhouse said. “Mike [Kelley, crew chief] made great calls and adjustments to fix how the car drove with the damage, and it was still one of the fastest cars out there. “I didn’t see the win coming like this, but we will take it.” Saturday’s event was the first NASCAR race on a track that was newly repaved and reconfigured with graduated banking, and there were some growing pains. The race produced a record 12 cautions for a total of 50 laps. The championship battle took an ominous turn for Stenhouse, the defending series champion, just after the midpoint of the race. Stenhouse and Logano collided off Turn 2, damaging both cars, but both were able to continue. Stenhouse was following Logano closely just before the contact. “We had a lot of debris on the grille, and we were 300 [degrees] on water and oil, and I thought we would have to pit to come get that off before we blew up,” Stenhouse said. “I was trying to get behind him to get the debris off and he checked up at the last second and I turned and just drove right into the side of him. There wasn’t much he could do about it, and I thought it ruined our day, but we were able to bounce back from it.” Stenhouse lost two laps during a green-flag pit stop but got them back on a wave-around before a Lap 142 restart and a free pass as the highest-scored lapped car under the 10th caution of the afternoon. Back on the lead lap for a restart on Lap 167, Stenhouse had charged to 13th by the time Mike Bliss’ slide through the tri-oval caused the track-record-tying 11th caution. Stenhouse was two spots behind Sadler in fifth when first-time Nationwide starter Hal Martin and Scott Lagasse Jr. wrecked off Turn 2 on Lap 198. Fearing they would run out of fuel in overtime, Sadler and Dillon both pitted for a splash of fuel under the 12th caution. Stenhouse restarted fourth and took the checkered flag when Busch ran out of fuel on the final lap. So ended another disappointing day for Busch, still trying to win for the first time behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota he owns. “That’s our year, man — nothing else to it than that,” said Busch, who rolled across the finish line in sixth place. “What a frustrating defeat.” The race marked the first appearance for a Pakastani driver in a NASCAR event. Nur Ali finished 33rd in his NASCAR debut after slamming the Turn 3 wall on Lap 69. Derek White, who wrecked in Turn 4 on Lap 138 to cause the ninth yellow, was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Danica Patrick (10th) posted her third top-10 finish of the season, but she’ll remember this race for a spectacular three-wide pass of Sadler and Ryan Blaney for the sixth spot on Lap 171. With Dillon’s second-place finish, Chevrolet clinched the manufacturers’ championship for the 15th time in series history. By NASCAR Wire Services Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Points 1 10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Cargill / Sam’s Club Ford 206 $91,143 Running 25 47 2 2 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare Chevrolet 206 $65,718 Running 5 43 3 1 18 Joey Logano GameStop/Need For Speed Most   Wanted Toyota 206 $50,125 Running 34 0 4 7 2 Elliott Sadler One Main Financial Chevrolet 206 $38,533 Running 0 40 5 8 88 Cole Whitt Clean Coal Chevrolet 206 $35,158 Running 0 39 6 6 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 206 $24,190 Running 29 0 7 21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 206 $32,208 Running 3 38 8 14 43 Michael Annett EFS Ford 206 $28,508 Running 0 36 9 12 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge 206 $27,418 Running 0 35 10 13 7 Danica Patrick Tissot / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 206 $27,783 Running 0 34 11 27 22 Ryan Blaney Discount Tire Dodge 206 $26,058 Running 0 0 12 22 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy-Wood & Pellet   Stoves Toyota 206 $25,508 Running 0 32 13 23 19 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers / Crowne Plaza Toyota 206 $24,958 Running 0 31 14 37 4 Danny Efland Tradebank Chevrolet 206 $24,448 Running 0 30 15 15 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap/Crowne Plaza Toyota 205 $24,888 Running 0 29 16 5 33 Paul Menard Menards / Rheem Chevrolet 204 $20,160 Fuel 110 0 17 39 40 Erik Darnell TBA Chevrolet 204 $23,493 Running 0 27 18 4 99 Kenny Wallace American Ethanol Toyota 203 $23,983 Fuel 0 26 19 32 52 Joey Gase www.BBB.org Chevrolet 202 $16,555 Running 0 25 20 24 81 Jason Bowles Supportmilitary.com Dodge 201 $23,488 Running 0 24 21 29 01 Mike Wallace HelpJD01.com Chevrolet 200 $22,703 Running 0 23 22 33 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb Mark One Electric Chevrolet 200 $16,125 Running 0 0 23 26 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips Chevrolet 199 $22,458 Engine 0 21 24 19 8 Scott Lagasse Jr HybridLight, BSA Chevrolet 197 $15,875 Accident 0 20 25 16 44 Hal Martin American Custom Yachts/Crowne   Plaza Toyota 182 $22,683 Accident 0 19 26 3 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 177 $23,098 Running 0 18 27 42 39 Dexter Stacey Maddies Place Ford 165 $21,988 Running 0 17 28 17 30 James Buescher Great Clips Chevrolet 155 $21,868 Engine 0 0 29 40 24 Derek White O.C.R. Gaz Bar Toyota 130 $21,718 Accident 0 15 30 31 28 Tony Raines TBA Chevrolet 123 $15,440 Vibration 0 0 31 9 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Chevrolet 109 $21,473 Accident 0 13 32 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Hyland’s Leg Cramps Chevrolet 75 $14,895 Rear Gear 0 12 33 41 41 Nur Ali Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 68 $21,253 Accident 0 11 34 30 08 Scott Saunders Broo Premium Australian Beer Ford 31 $14,675 Accident 0 10 35 11 51 Jeremy Clements St. Jude/USS James E. Williams   DDG 95 Chevrolet 24 $14,565 Water Pump 0 9 36 25 00 Blake Koch TBA Toyota 24 $14,455 Ignition 0 8 37 36 75 Carl Long Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 23 $14,335 Overheating 0 7 38 34 71 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing Ford 14 $14,275 Engine 0 6 39 35 23 Robert Richardson North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 14 $13,940 Clutch 0 5 40 28 47 J.J. Yeley Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 9 $13,830 Vibration 0 0 41 38 74 Mike Harmon TBA Chevrolet 8 $13,725 Rear Gear 0 3 42 18 10 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports/Crowne Plaza Toyota 4 $13,520 Vibration 0 2 43 20 46 Chase Miller TheMotorsportsGroup.com Chevrolet 4 $13,413 Ignition 0 1
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