NASCAR fans destroy Kyle Busch for competing in Truck Series race
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 21:29
"These races are so hard to win", said Truex, who had a fluke tire change problem rob him of the win after leading 172 laps past year.
Ryan Blaney would later redeem himself and win the second stage taking the lead with 18 to go.
Martin Truex Jr. qualified third, his 11th top-10 start at Kansas and his eighth in 11 races this season.
On Saturday night, he exacted some revenge on the track that left him feeling snake bitten past year.
Truex called a year ago "the biggest heartbreaker", when he had several seconds on the field and came in to pit with 54 laps to go.
Ryan Newman was running in the top 10 as stage two came to a close when his motor seized up, sending him to the garage and ending his night.
It all came down to the restarts, and that's when Truex was at his best, especially on the final restart with two laps remaining. Keselowski, Harvick and Blaney went three-wide with Keselowski on the high side, and he made the move stick. "It's something that everybody pushes to try to get right to the limit".
"Any of those restarts I could've got beat on", Truex said. The leader had a huge advantage tonight, so to get the lead on those restarts was big, and I knew that was going to be the race, and luckily we were able to make it happen.
Blaney retook the lead on another restart a few laps later, but was shuffled back to fifth after pitting during a lap 216 caution when five drivers remained on the race track. We won the Southern 500 with this auto and now here.
Joey Logano, who has had his share of technical issues and penalties, qualified second with a time of 28.490 seconds at 189.54 miles per hour and said he didn't feel any sympathy for the drivers who failed tech. There's times, there, we looked like we weren't going to have a shot at it. Appreciate all the fans. "A lot of us took a hard hit. I met a bunch of them before the race and hopefully they're all psyched". It was Kyle Busch's second stage win of the season, but his first since the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Indeed, Furniture Row Racing has earned just about everything it has gotten.
"Awesome day. Awesome weekend", said an overjoyed Truex. This team rocks, man.
"It seemed like it was one of those nights where we were doomed to give it away", crew chief Cole Pearn said. "We didn't know exactly what we had, and he didn't know exactly what he had, and it's just been golden ever since", Visser said.
"It's the LIS, where we measure the rear steer of the auto, which is a big performance metric". "The 77 is going to do it for us". "We just kept fighting and made it happen".
But with all the jubilation of the victory, Truex was also reflective about the race accident that injured Aric Almirola. You never forget those. "I just hope everyone is OK. Definitely thinking about Aric and his family".
During last spring's race, Truex led 172 laps before a late-race broken bolt ruined his chance at the checkered flag. He is second in the point standings right now. "If I came out second or third, it took me a long time to get around guys".