The NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway was a great one. Two of the biggest names in racing squared off in a battle for the overall win and it was won by Carl Edwards by a slim margin over Kyle Busch. The race was a lot closer than the margin would have you believe and there were a lot of exciting moments that came before the big one.
Matt Kenseth Gets A Great Start
Matt Kenseth got off to a great start at the beginning of the race and he stayed near the front throughout the initial stages. He had a number of good battles with other drivers and he never looked in any real danger of losing the lead. On the final lap, he held off a hard charge from Denny Hamlin to take the lead and then he held off a hard charge from Kyle Busch to finish the race. It was a well-deserved victory for the Matt Kenseth Racing team as they continue their quest for an elusive championship.
Kurt Busch Makes A Great Exit
Kyle Busch had a rough race from the beginning and he dropped out of the top five spots shortly after the first round of green flag racing. He was passed by a number of cars and he seemed to be losing hope of ever catching up to the leaders. Then on the final lap, he made a great move to take the lead and after that, he never looked back. After the race, he commented that he did not have the best start and that is probably an understatement. He made an effort to say that he did not feel he was holding his team back but if you ask me, I think he was holding his team back by racing with such a reckless abandon that he almost caused a couple of accidents along the way. At least he went down swinging. That is the way a champion should end his championship-winning season.
Carl Edwards Gets A Bit Of A Break
Carl Edwards started the race in the fifth spot but he worked his way to the front quickly and he led the first few laps before getting into a bit of a battle with Kyle Busch. Edwards’ crew chief, Scott Wimmer, commented afterward that they were able to manage the battle well and as a result, their driver stayed in the lead for most of the race. On the final lap, Kyle Busch got around him but came up short. It was the first point for Carl Edwards this year and with two races left in the season, he is the championship favorite to take the title from Denny Hamlin.
Kyle Busch Gets A Little Help From A Friend
One of the more interesting stories of today’s race was Kyle Busch’s battle with Matt Kenseth. They are both fierce competitors and they have had a couple of incredible battles this year, but today, they were on opposite sides of the race. While both were fighting for the lead, an amazing thing happened. From the back of the field, Kenseth helped out his friend Kyle Busch and he gave him a tiny bit of an advantage. As the race went on, the margin increased and before the end, Kyle Busch’s lead was up to four inches. This is the sort of thing that can make or break a championship race and today, it helped him take it. The other story is how Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Brickyard 400 in the final race last year. Those are some pretty cool facts.
What Does This Mean For The Chase?
You have to go all the way back to 2011 to find the last time that a team from the third tier won a race at a track in the first two tiers of the racing ranks. That was Jimmie Johnson’s victory at New Hampshire. Since then, there have been a few close calls but nothing that can be called a real comeback. If Edwards and Kenseth win their respective titles, this will be a major turning point in that regard.
The first segment of the Kansas race today was a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt. The last couple of laps were a battle between Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. The battle was close but despite the fact that it was very entertaining, the fact is that both drivers come from very different backgrounds. Kyle Busch is a very popular driver amongst the fans but he has had a couple of bad accidents this year and it is not clear if he is going to be the same driver that we saw at the beginning of the year. Matt Kenseth is the classic professional driver from the old school and he is still going strong at the age of 45. He is a seven-time NASCAR champion and he has more than 200 wins to his credit but he has not driven this well for a while. The first segment was a great tribute to Dale Earnhardt and it was a great way to honor a legend but the real story was the last few laps when two of the elite drivers went head-to-head for the title. That is the story of this year’s championship and until next time, that is all that you need to know.