Who is hot and cold going into the Hollywood Casino 400

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Kyle Busch is starting to figure out Kansas Speedway.

After earning two top-10 finishes in his first 14 starts at the speedway, Busch has grabbed three top fives in his last three starts. That includes earning his first Kansas win in May after leading 69 laps.

Prior to that, Busch struggled at Kansas and never hid his frustration. There were crashes in practice, three consecutive DNFs, and eight finishes of 20th or worse. But the No. 18 has been relying on teammate Matt Kenseth recently and it’s paid off.

In the last seven Kansas races, six different drivers have gone to victory lane. Joey Logano has been the only repeat winner in the last seven races.

Here’s a look at who is Hot and Cold in the Sprint Cup Series before this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400.

Who’s hot

Brad Keselowski: Earned his seventh straight top-10 finish at Charlotte. Has led laps in the last six Kansas races with top-10 finishes in the last three races. Also has one Kansas win (June 2011). Finished in the top 10 in 20 of the last 21 races on 1.5-mile tracks.

Kyle Busch: Has a top-10 finish in the last five races. Earned a top-five finish in each of the last three Kansas races. Picked up his first win at Kansas in the May race. Also has three Xfinity wins and one Truck win at Kansas.

Matt Kenseth: Top-10 finishes in the last four races, including two runner-ups. Has two wins at Kansas. Led 153 laps in 2015 fall Kansas race and spun from the race lead by Joey Logano. Worst finish in last 12 Kansas races was 14th in the fall race last year.

Jimmie Johnson: Has led 363 laps in the Chase. Broke a 24-race winless streak at Charlotte. Finished in the top 10 in 13 of last 15 Kansas races. Has three Kansas wins, most recent in the spring of 2015, which ties him for the most with Jeff Gordon. Is the winningest driver on 1.5-mile tracks with 26 wins.

Martin Truex Jr.: Won three of the last six races. Has top-10 finishes in five of the last six races, which is his best streak this season. Two second-place finishes at Kansas. Won the pole and led 172 laps in the May Kansas race.

Who’s Cold

Kevin Harvick: Finished 20th or worse in three of the first four Chase races. Average finish in the first round was 19.3. Has one Kansas win. Finished second at Kansas in May.

Carl Edwards: Only one top-10 finish in last six races. Finished 11th at Kansas in May. Last top-five finish was at Kentucky Speedway in July with the lower downforce package.

Kurt Busch: Only three top-10 finishes in the last nine races. Best finish at Kansas was second in the fall of 2013 when he was driving the No. 78. Finished third in May.

More notes of interest ahead of the Hollywood Casino 400

  • Three of the last five Kansas winners started outside the top 10
  • Three different manufacturers won the last three Kansas races
  • There has never been a last-lap pass for the win at Kansas but the final lead change came inside the final 10 laps in the last three races

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Despite crash, Elliott Sadler maintains lead in Xfinity points standings after Charlotte

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Despite finishing 35th because of a late crash, Elliott Sadler maintained his Xfinity Series points lead Saturday after the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sadler remained six points ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. Teammate William Byron is ranked third.

With Allgaier and Ryan Reed qualified for the playoffs via victories, provisional playoff spots basesd off points currently belong to Sadler, Byron, Daniel Hemric, Darrell Wallace Jr., Brennan Poole, Matt Tifft, Michael Annett, Blake Koch, Cole Custer and Dakoda Armstrong.

Click here for the Xfinity points standings after Charlotte.

Xfinity Series results and statistics from Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Ryan Blaney scored the fifth Xfinity Series victory of his career and first since September 2015, winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney seized the lead from runner-up Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps remaining.

Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Blaney led a race-high 107 of 200 laps.

Click here for full results from Saturday’s Xfinity race at Charlotte.

Ryan Blaney wins Charlotte Xfinity race for first victory in series since September 2015

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney won Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney took the lead from Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go.

It’s his fifth Xfinity Series win and the first for Team Penske in 2017. It’s Blaney’s first Xfinity victory since Sept. 26, 2015 at Kentucky Speedway.

Blaney was followed by Harvick, Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin.

“I thought we were going to run out of laps to make it happen,” Blaney said, who was aided by a series of rapid cautions in the closing laps.

“We got a good restart and I was able to barely stay on (Harvick’s) quarter (panel) off of (Turn) 2 and dragged him back into (Turn) 3,” Blaney told Fox Sports 1. “I’m very proud, but you’re going to feel really bad if you mess up and don’t win. That’s what I thought was going to happen. I didn’t know if we were going to get our shot to get back to the lead. I don’t want to say the caution went our way because we kind of needed long runs. But they worked out so we could put ourselves in a position to  capitalize on it.”

Driving the No. 12 Ford, Blaney led four times for 107 laps on the way to the victory. Blaney raced to the front after starting from the rear for unapproved adjustments. He is the first driver to win after going to the rear since Marcos Ambrose at Montreal in 2011.

Blaney’s win comes 11 year after his father, Dave Blaney, won the fall Xfinity race at Charlotte. They are the first father-son duo to win at Charlotte in the Xfinity Series.

Stage 1 winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 winner: Ryan Blaney

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: On the third lap of his Xfinity career, Christopher Bell was turned by Ryan Reed on the frontstretch and slid through the grass. He continued on and battled back to finish fourth. …. Brennan Poole brought out a caution with 42 to go after he got into the frontstretch wall, but managed to finish eighth. … Brad Keselowski finished sixth after starting 39th. He started there after multiple trips through inspection kept him from making a qualifying run. … Brendan Gaughan finished ninth after he spun exiting Turn 4 late in the race.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Michael Annett’s day ended with 25 to go when he got into the wall on a restart and went to the garage. He finished 36th …. On the next restart, points leader Elliott Sadler spun in Turn 4 and hit the inside wall hard. He was uninjured and finished 35th … Darrell Wallace Jr. was having his best race of the year, including leading three laps in the final stage, when it came unraveled. He brushed the Turn 4 wall with seven laps to go. He then lost a tire and spun in Turn 2. He finished 28th.

NOTABLE: Not counting the end of each stage, the race was slowed by 10 cautions.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Give him a sponsor, man. He passed me on a restart and drove away from me. It was awesome.” – Ryan Blaney on his battle for the lead with Darrell Wallace Jr. at the start of the final stage.

WHAT’S NEXT: OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on June 2 on Fox Sports 1.

Kyle Larson fastest in final practice for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.

The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.

Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.

Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.

The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.

Click here for the full practice report.