Kansas Speedway Post-Race Report

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19_Reese

Driver:

Joey Logano

Starting Position:

5

Finishing Position:

3

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

9

 

Joey Logano(@JoeyLogano), made a late-race rally to score a third-place finish in Friday night’s SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway.

The driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150 was running second when he made a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 122. Five laps later the ninth caution of the race waved for a two truck incident in Turn 2.  The end result was that Logano, despite having a strong running truck (he would lead the race three times for 41 laps) found himself a lap down.

During the caution period Crew Chief Doug Randolph chose to take the “wave around” back onto the lead lap.  When the race went back green on lap 132, Logano restarted in 11th-place.

From there, Logano’s march towards the front was on.  By lap 143 he had positioned the Reese Towpower Ford F-150 into the top five and three laps later he was running third with the leaders in sight.  Try as he might, Logano couldn’t close the distance over the final 18 laps and he claimed a third-place finish, his third top-five finish in five career NCWTS starts.

“The Reese Towpower Ford F-150 was really good in traffic.  It handled really good.  There at the end once they strung out, when I was trying to drive back through the field there, I couldn’t get a draft off ‘em to catch back up.  That’s why I was really relying on having a drafting deal to stay up with ‘em on the straightaways and then I could beat ‘em through the corners.  But once they pull away so much I couldn’t really get that sniff anymore and we ended up third.” - Joey Logano

“We got a decent finish out of it.Our Reese Towpower F-150 could challenge for the win and we didn’t quite pull it off.  Looking back obviously there’d be a couple things you’d do different.  We did lose track position a couple times and Joey did a great job driving back through and salvaging a good finish.  I think with the right situation, the right restart, definitely had a shot at winning but it just didn’t work out.” - Crew Chief, Doug Randolph

29_Cooper

Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

2

Finishing Position:

22

Status:

Accident

Driver Points Position:

6

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22) had an unfortunate ending to an otherwise strong performance at the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Blaney and the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 were fast from the beginning of practice on Thursday afternoon.  On Friday afternoon he qualified in second-place, just eight one-thousandths of a second behind the pole sitter.

Most importantly, Blaney’s Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was looking strong during Friday night’s race.  He and Crew Chief Chad Kendrick made a stop on lap 70 under caution for four tires and adjustments which appeared to bring the truck to life.

But a good finish was not meant to be.  On lap 86 Ryan was running second and battling teammate Joey Logano for the lead when Blaney’s Cooper Standard Ford F-150 wiggled off Turn 2 and did a slow spin up the Turn 2 banking.  Two oncoming trucks tried to squeeze between Blaney and the wall, walloping him in the left-rear and ending his night.

“We had a good Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and it was getting better.  It’s just unfortunate the way our night ended.” - Ryan Blaney

“That stop (on lap 70) we were able to make adjustments and Ryan said that fixed it, that put it where it could really turn, he could really rotate and get off the corner and get a run.  He rotated down in Turns 3 and 4 and got a run down the straightaway and got up under Joey and felt like he, at that point, was better than Joey so was going to try to get around him.  He got a little tight on our quarter panel and Ryan got loose, bumped the wall and was going to be okay and a couple guys piled into us and messed the truck up pretty good.” - Crew Chief, Chad Kendrick