Kyle Busch wins second consecutive Camping World Truck race

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Kyle Busch scored his second consecutive Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, rallying from a speeding penalty.

Busch passed Ryan Blaney with four laps to go to take the lead for good in the Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation. Busch’s pass was the fourth lead change in the final 11 laps.

Blaney finished second with Erik Jones third.

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MORE: Points standings

Busch had to go to the back of the field after he was caught speeding in multiple zones on pit road when he stopped on Lap 27.

“We’re trying something new with our tach settings today and that didn’t work,” Busch said of speeding penalty.

He climbed back to the front to win his second start of the season. The win was Busch’s 44th in the series. He’s seven wins shy of tying Ron Hornaday Jr. for the most victories in series history.

HOW KYLE BUSCH WON: Kyle Busch overcame a speeding penalty early and charged to the front. He shot past Ryan Blaney with four laps to go to win.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Matt Crafton overcame a penalty for pitting too soon and a slide late in the race to finish sixth. He was penalized when he came in early to have his team look at his damaged windshield on Lap 26. Crafton was tapped by John Wes Townley late that forced him into a long slide. … Erik Jones finished third in his first Michigan start. … Daniel Hemric placed seventh in his first start at Michigan.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Johnny Sauter entered pit road for his last stop in the lead but the team had trouble with the right front. The lost time dropped him to eighth and out of a chance to win. He finished fourth. … Cody Coughlin, making his second career series start, spun on a restart with 19 laps to go and collected Ben Kennedy. Coughlin placed 20th; Kennedy 25th. … Spencer Gallagher, who went to a backup truck Friday, got wrecked on the last lap and finished 16th. … Ray Black Jr. spun twice within the first 30 laps. He spun on the first lap and was clipped by Mason Mingus and spun 25 laps later.

NOTABLES: Tyler Reddick, who finished ninth, remains the points leader but was never a factor Saturday. He leads Matt Crafton by eight points and Erik Jones by nine points.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just couldn’t slow Kyle down enough when he got a huge run,” runner-up Ryan Blaney said to Fox Sports 1.

NEXT: The series races Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

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Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

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Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings