'Nice to show our muscle' at Kansas - Blaney

Only 28 cars were on the track in time to qualify for Saturday night's Go Bowling 400, while a season-most 11 race cars were queued outside the inspection station having failed approval in time to qualify.

Truex led a race-high 104 of 267 laps to win for the ninth time in his career and for the second time this season. Meanwhile, all 11 drivers who have led 60-plus laps in the same stretch have started 11th or better. Joe Gibbs Racing is still looking for their first win, but will it come at Kansas? "The close calls, the laps led, the heartbreaks that we've been through here".

Last year: Max Verstappen snapped Nico Rosberg's four-race winning streak with his first and only F1 victory.

It all came down to the restarts, and that's when Truex was at his best, especially on the final restart with two laps remaining.

Harris started 12 games as a sophomore in 2015, but was pulled after a struggling in a season-opening loss to Wisconsin followed by a bad start against Jacksonville State in Week 2. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson are listed with 13/2 odds.

"When the pressure was on, when the money was on the line, we made the right moves, and everything worked out", said Truex.

"I hope Aric is alright", Logano said.

Blaney retook the lead on another restart a few laps later, but was shuffled back to fifth after pitting during a lap 216 caution when five drivers remained on the race track.

Last race: Valterri Bottas won for the first time in his five-year career in Russian Federation. "Excited to have Auto-Owners on board - we won with them on the vehicle a year ago in Darlington".

"I felt that we had a great short run auto tonight, and I thought that was going to play right into our hands at the end", said Blaney, who led 83 laps.

"[I'm] proud to get these guys back in Victory Lane". Through three races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, Truex has three Top 10s, including a win. Appreciate all the fans. I love passing cars and there's a lot of them on this race track. Seven of his Cup victories have been with the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team. "Pretty awesome, awesome day, awesome weekend".

"This team rocks, man, they're so good", Truex said.

"It seemed like it was one of those nights where we were doomed to give it away", crew chief Cole Pearn said. "There's a lot of room on this track so we'll be just fine". "The last three races have been really, really bad, and it's just kind of an extra slap in the face that we've had really fast cars in all those races. There were times there it looked like we weren't going to have a shot at it". "We just kept fighting and made it happen". You just never know. He volunteered to be in our fashion show next week, Catwalk for a Cause, our big foundation fundraiser. I was trying everything I could to chase him back down, but I just didn't have enough speed.

"I hope Aric is OK".

"As long as we're doing that every week I think that's successful. Definitely thinking about Aric and his family".

Martin Truex Jr. (78) took an early lead in the Go Bowling 400. But it was really whoever got in front and got the lead at that point, and he was really fast in that little final stage.

O'Donnell said the only minor tweak NASCAR already is considering involves the beginning of stage two and no counting the caution laps after stage one as part of that second stage.


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