Late blown tire costs a possible top 10 for Joey Logano, possible win for Kyle Busch

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Joey Logano didn’t retaliate by taking a swing Sunday at Kyle Busch.

But Logano’s right-front tire failure was an unintentional punch to the gut of Busch’s hope to win Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway, ending a week of controversy. Busch tossed a haymaker at Logano after a last-lap crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday. He wasn’t penalized for the confrontation.

With Busch in the lead and six laps remaining in the scheduled 312-lap event, Logano’s right-tire blew out, sending the No. 22 Ford Fusion into the outside wall in Turn 1.

Busch came to pit road for two tires, but three drivers stayed out on track, including eventual winner Ryan Newman. Busch restarted in fifth position and managed to climb to third in the two laps of overtime.

He fell short of ending a 19-race winless streak since last July at the Brickyard.

Logano had battled brake problems earlier, but they didn’t cause his wreck.

“The brakes are fine,” Logano told Fox. “There at the end, the right front obviously overheated the bead (of the tire), I’m sure is what it was.

“There’s not much you can do when the right front blows out and you’re looking at that sharp corner.”

Logano was running 11th at the time of the wreck and had a top-10 finish in his sights. Instead, he finished a season-worst 31st after finishing sixth at Daytona and Atlanta and fourth at Las Vegas.

Despite falling short, Busch wound up with a season-best third. His previous best in 2017 was 16th two weeks ago at Atlanta (also was 38th at Daytona and 22nd at Las Vegas).

“Everything’s great, we got a top-five, that’s what we set out to do today,” Busch told Fox. “We got a third, so we should be pumped about that and the way our Camry ran today.”

While in the pits, Busch was slowed when he got caught behind his brother, Kurt Busch. That allowed Kyle Larson to beat him to the exit.

“Too many cars stayed out (on the final pit stop),” Kyle Busch said. “If it was only two that stayed out, maybe (he could have rallied for the win). We definitely needed the outside like Larson had, but overall we should be proud of our run today and we move on.”

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Six cars to miss time in final Cup practice session

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Six Cup teams, including playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray, will each miss 15 minutes of today’s final practice session at Kansas Speedway because of inspection issues, NASCAR announced.

Three teams were penalized 15 minutes in Saturday morning’s first practice – Derrike Cope, Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger. Each were penalized for being late to qualifying inspection Friday.

Teams penalized 15 minutes in final Cup practice will be Elliott, McMurray, Cope, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola.

Bayne, Elliott and Almirola were penalized for failing qualifying/race inspection twice at Talladega.

Cope, McMurray and Menard were penalized for failing qualfiying qualifying inspection twice at Kansas.

Final Cup practice is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Today’s Xfinity race at Kansas: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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The Xfinity Series begins the second round of its playoffs with today’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Here is all the info you need for the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kansas Lt. Gov. Dr. Jeff Colyer will give the command to start engines at 2:56 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Qualifying is slated for 12:05 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:25 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Mary Ann Hotaling will perform the anthem at 2:51 p.m..

TV/RADIO:  NBC will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN with Countdown to Green. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at mrn.com, starting with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 76 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch dominated this race last fall, leading 150 of 200 laps. Elliott Sadler finished second. Daniel Suarez was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 12:05 p.m.

Saturday’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity schedule at Kansas Speedway

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Today’s racing action at Kansas Speedway includes two NASCAR Cup practices, as well as Xfinity qualifying and race.

Today’s Xfinity race will be the first in the Round of 8, which will determine the four finalists for next month’s championship race.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

8 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 – 11:55 p.m. — Second Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)

12:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN)

1:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

2:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3 p.m. – Kansas 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Ryan Blaney’s car fails inspection after qualifying

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Playoff contender Ryan Blaney’s car failed inspection after qualifying third Friday night at Kansas Speedway, NASCAR announced.

NASCAR stated that the car’s package tray did not maintain its original shape. That is the metal that holds the rear window in place.

Blaney will start last in the 40-car field and have the last pick of pit stalls this weekend and next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. There will be no further penalties.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said:

“The rules are pushed to the max in every area, and today the NASCAR officials found something they didn’t like about our car. We’re not disputing their decision. We’ll own it and move on.

“We’ll work on our car in Saturday’s practice, line up in the back on Sunday and look forward to watching Ryan drive his way to the front.”

Blaney enters Sunday’s elimination race two points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, who holds the eighth final transfer spot for the next round. Kyle Busch is nine points behind Blaney and Matt Kenseth is 10th.

Four of the 12 playoff contenders will be eliminated after Sunday’s race.

By starting at the rear, Blaney will be challenged to be in the top 10 by Lap 80 to score stage points. If he doesn’t, he could fall behind Johnson and Busch after the first stage.

Below is Section 20.4.17.8 of the Cup Rule Book, which features a diagram of the package tray

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