The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made its way to heartland this weekend by running the STP400 at Kansas Speedway. Kansas is a one and a half mile tri-oval track that has recently been repaved. Matt Kenseth started on the pole by setting a new track record and never looked back. Kenseth dominated the race by leading well over half the race and then capturing the checkered flag over second place finishing Kasey Kahne.
The race featured a total of eight cautions that slowed the race today. A number of the cautions were for cars that simply spun off of turn two. Turn two during the race was calamity corner from the get go. Kyle Busch lost control of his car on the opening laps of the race in the corner as well. Kyle’s luck got worse as the race went on when he spun off of turn three and came down the track and had the front of his car destroyed by Joey Logano who was trying to avoid the M and M’s car as it spun.
Jeff Gordon for the first time in his career started a race in the 43rd position. Gordon was generally a non factor for the most part most of the race. Jeff raced his way up to around 15th place and could not make much ground from there. Gordon finished in the 13th spot.
Mark Martin had an adventurous day on the track as well. Early in the race Martin was in second place on a restart and ended up slipping back a huge number of spots. Martin was then again almost mixed up in some wrecks and spins. In the end, Martin recovered to come out of the race with a respectable finishing position of 9th.
This week is all wrapped up at Kansas and we now move back to the East Coast for the next race Saturday night. We head to Richmond under the lights for the short track that is 3/4 of a mile but really races like super speedway. Looking forward to next weekend, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Troublinturntwo