KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch was too fast, but that didn’t slow himdown.
Busch fought back from an early pit-road speeding penalty and ralliedto win Saturday’s Yellow 300 at Kansas Speedway, holding off MattKenseth in a wild side-by-side finish.
But late Saturday night, NASCAR announced that Busch's race-winning car had failed post-race inspection. Officials seized the intake manifold from the car and were expected to announce penalties, if any, early in the coming week.
Busch, who restarted 25th after he was penalized for speeding on Lap90 of 200, passed Kenseth for the lead on Lap 177, then had to work hardas Kenseth tried desperately to repay the favor in a fender-to-fenderduel in the final three laps.
“I got to thank Matt for racing me clean. Being able to race him andbeat him was pretty special. He’s beat me a few times,” said Busch.
Kenseth’s response: “It just stinks to get beat.”
The win is the 10th in the series for Busch and after struggling tofinish races with strong cars early in the season, he has now won threeof his past six races.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun finishing out the year. Hopefully, we’ll (win) some more of these things,” said Busch, who will move from Hendrick Motorsports to Joe Gibbs Racing next season.
When Busch received his speeding penalty, the race had only seenthree cautions in the first 100 laps. But seven more in the second halfof the race helped Busch make up ground.
“I knew the car was pretty good. Being able to get through trafficthere, having some guys mess up and all those cautions, that helped,”Busch said. “The field got really spread out (at times). I thought itwould be tough to overcome.”
Casey Mears finished third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Jamie McMurrayfifth. Series points leader Carl Edwards wrecked and finished 38th. Hestill holds a nearly 700-point lead over second-place David Reutimann inthe driver standings.
Jeff Burton’s eighth-place finish in Richard Childress Racing’s No.29 Chevrolet allowed the No. 29 to reclaim first place in the ownerstandings. The No. 29 leads Edwards’ No. 60 team by 54 points with fiveraces remaining.
Following Edwards’ wreck on Lap 151, he stood on the track and gave atwo-thumps up sign to then-race leader Kenseth, his teammate at RoushFenway Racing. Edwards was sarcastically reminding Kenseth of anincident earlier in the race in which Edwards claimed Kenseth hit himand cut down his tire.
“It was a long day for us,” Edwards said. “Matt’s a good guy. I thinkhe was just a little frustrated I was trying to pass him.”