5 Takeaways From Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas City, KS – There’s no doubt that Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway has certainly shook up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series world. While Talladega normally would be the final cut off race of the second round, Kansas was in that spot this year, and boy did this weekend’s race shake things up the way Talladega would. Here are my takeaways leaving Kansas this weekend. 

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Kenseth’s Crew Breaks NASCAR Rule, Ends Championship Hopes at Kansas

Kansas City, KS – We already know that the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is the last for Matt Kenseth with Joe Gibbs Racing. With the way that the silly season for next year is playing out though, the 2017 season may be his last season in the series in general. So, with Kenseth being in striking distance of making the Round of 8 in what could be his final year in the sport, it was a great story. Kenseth, hasn’t won a Cup race in 48 starts, last…

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Johnson Overcomes 2 Spins, Still Makes The Round of 8, Credits Stage Points

Kansas City, KS – I don’t think many people expected Jimmie Johnson to be left standing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs when the checkered flag flew in Sunday’s race at the Kansas Speedway. Johnson, hasn’t had the season he would have hoped for in his No. 48 Chevrolet. Entering the playoffs, Johnson had a grand total of three top five finishes in the first 26 races. With stage points, playoff points and wins as well as top five finishes meaning so much in the series these days, how…

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Larson’s Playoffs Go Up In Smoke, He And Ganassi Teammate Jamie McMurray Eliminated From Playoffs at Kansas

Kansas City, KS – I think most of us automatically assumed that with a 29 point advantage over the playoff bubble, that Kyle Larson would easily have advanced to the third round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Larson, had been very good on 1.5-mile tracks this season, including four runner-up finishes. But, trouble found him early. Larson, hit pit road with just 15 laps left in the first stage as his No. 42 Chevrolet appeared to have lost a cylinder. The team went to work on his Chip…

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Blaney Shows Kansas Speed, Comes From Last To Finish 3rd, Advances To Round of 8

Kansas City, KS – Ryan Blaney wasn’t supposed to be here. Yes, he won at Pocono in June, his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, but heading into the playoffs, Blaney had eight finishes outside of the top 15 over his last 12 regular season races. He backed his way into the postseason and was a popular pick to be among the first four cuts in the postseason. But, in the playoffs, Blaney has turned it on. The Wood Brothers driver now has four top 11 finishes in six…

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Despite Rare Mistakes, Truex Sweeps Cup Races at Kansas, Round of 8 Set

Kansas City, KS – Once the dust settled on Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, seven of the eight drivers remaining in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field have to be wondering, what on earth do we have to do to beat Martin Truex Jr.? Truex, overcame what could have been two very costly errors en route to his seventh Cup victory of the season at Kansas on Sunday. Now, after committing two errors early in Sunday’s race, if the rest of the competition can’t beat him…

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Christopher Bell Steals XFINITY Series Race In Kansas Lottery 300 Victory

Kansas City, KS – For the fourth straight race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs, a non playoff driver reached victory lane on Saturday afternoon at the Kansas Speedway. Erik Jones dominated Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300, but his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate of Christopher Bell had other thoughts in mind. Jones, led a race-high 186 of the 200 laps on Saturday and was well in control of earning his third win of the season. But, Bell was coming on fast in his No. 18 Toyota and caught Jones for the lead…

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Larson, Blaney Lead Saturday’s Cup Practices at Kansas

Kansas City, KS – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had two more opportunities on Saturday afternoon to get their cars dialed in for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). After one lone practice session as well as qualifying for this weekend’s race on Friday, they had two more practices today. In the initial session, Kyle Larson topped the speed chart with a speed of 181.671 mph in his No. 42 Chevrolet. Larson, has four runner-up finishes on 1.5-mile tracks like the one at Kansas Speedway this weekend and…

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5 Favorites For Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN)

The first race of the second round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs will take place this weekend at the Kansas Speedway. So far, through three races of this year’s postseason, none of the playoff drivers have reached victory lane. Will that change in Saturday afternoon’s Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN)? Here are the five drivers to beat. 

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Blaney Takes Huge Qualifying Penalty, Will Start Last In 40th For Sunday’s Race at Kansas

Kansas City, KS – Heading into this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN), Ryan Blaney had all the confidence in the world. While Blaney didn’t finish where he was hoping for at Talladega last weekend, he still garnered enough stage points, including a stage two win, as he’s ahead of the cutoff line in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. With Sunday’s race at the Kansas Speedway being the cutoff race of the second round, Blaney is in a good position. Blaney, started on the pole and led 83…

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