Live updates from NASCAR at Kansas: Denny Hamlin’s win; ross chastain throws up fist

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Charlotte Observer NASCAR reporter Alex Zitlow Will pass along live updates during today's race at Kansas Speedway. Check the section below for the latest news. Results and analysis will be posted after the race.

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Live Updates from the NASCAR Cup Series Race at Kansas

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After the race: Noah Gregson and Ross Chastain get into a fight on pit road! There are more to come on this. See what happened here.

Lap 265: Denny Hamlin Wins! First win in 33 starts! Takes it from Kyle Larson! The 11 car waited and waited until Larson got loose, and then Hamlin made some contact with turn 5 and then pulled away. First last-lap finish at Kansas Speedway. Very good. more to come.

Here's the last-lap finish:

Lap 262: Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin are really going after it! The two drivers are best friends and are going head-to-head respectfully but aggressively. Larsen appears to be a little sloppy. Will car 11 be able to pass and take his first win of 2023?

Lap 222: Green green green. Running 10 now: Kyle Larson, William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick.

Lap 216: Erik Jones spins. This is the 11th caution of the day. Eleventh! Who would have thought that this one and a half mile track would witness so much carnage? Cars in contention will not be filing down pit road. Start another incoming resume.

Lap 207: Noah Gragson loses it on his own and throws a caution. The leaders once again filed down pit road. With 60 laps to go, this would likely be the last pit stop for the drivers. They can make it on fuel from here.

Lap 192: Harrison Burton spun after sudden braking, and this prompted another caution. After traveling pit road for most of the top of the field, the top 10 is: Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Noah Gregson, Todd Gilliland, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney .

Lap 178: Ty Gibbs pushed a bit too hard and got hit inside by teammate Martin Truex Jr. This caused him to spin and cut his right-front tire. The 54 car could not even return to its pit stop on its own. This would end Gibbs' day – a rare “did not finish” result for a rookie who has had a remarkably consistent season so far.

Lap 170: Ok a quick recap is in order. After Christopher Bell's spin, a group of leaders filed down pit road to go on new tires and set themselves up well for the start of Stage 3. This opened the door for a group of cars – who weren't in the mix that much before – to take the lead and maybe steal some stage points with a good Stage 2 finish. Kyle Busch wrecked on the restart, and stage 2 ended under caution. Top 10 from Stage 2: Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Noah Gragson, Erik Jones, AJ Allmendinger, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin.

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Once the stage break arrived, the field was largely cycled, and the best cars returned to the top. Now running in the Top 10: Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Ty Gibbs, Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain.

Phase 2

Lap 165: Kyle Busch! He gets wasted on that restart, and his day is done. Ryan Preece appeared to be behind him after Busch checked in front of him to avoid running into Brad Keselowski. Hard brake for 8 car. So Joey Logano will take the Stage 2 win on Sunday after essentially not being in the mix.

Here's what just happened to Busch:

Lap 159: Some More Action! Caution! Christopher Bell spins exiting Turn 2 and then bangs his nose into the wall. A tow truck leaves. His day is over. Bubba Wallace leads several of the leading cars onto pit road. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex and Kyle Larson are among them. There are about four to go in Stage 2. The top nine cars stayed out.

Lap 140: Eric Almirola spins! Caution! The 10 car automatically gets loose, and because it was the leading car that was not on the lead lap, there would be no pass. Kyle Larson leap-frogs Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Thanks for some great pit crew work. The No. 5 driver would start from the front on this restart.

Lap 108: Caution on Turn 2! Austin Cindric, who had received a pass-through penalty to get back on the lead lap by Stage 2, had problems with his tires and crashed into the wall. This prompted the second caution of the day. Then his wheel broke and rolled on the track. According to NASCAR, it would be a two-lap penalty for Cindric. Fifty five laps to go in stage 2! (On subsequent trips to the pit lane under yellow, Chase Elliott would have to return to his pit box, and he would start in the back. He was running in the top 15.)

Lap 104: If Sunday has been a showcase of Toyota's strengths so far, it has also been a showcase of Ford's shortcomings. The best running Ford was Ryan Blaney driving the P10, followed by Aric Almirola in 12th and Kevin Harvick in 13th. Blaine is not happy though. On the most recent restart, he told his team on the radio that his car was “horrible on restarts”.

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Lap 90: Green green green!

Lap 85: Tyler Reddick drops the stage six spots on brake pit stops under yellow. This will slightly change the complexion of the Top 10 on this upcoming restart. We now have this running order: Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Ty Gibbs, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain.

first round

Lap 80: Denny Hamlin scored his first stage win of the season. It's a Joe Gibbs Racing – and really all Toyota – kind of day. All four JGR cars are in the top 6, and all six Toyotas are running in the top 7. Here are your top 10 earning stage points (in order): Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Ty Gibbs, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson. (Note: Larson jumped 26 places since his initial caution-signalled spin on lap 6.)

Lap 51: The field has cycled through green-flag pit stops and your top 10: Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, Ty Gibbs, JJ Yeley, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney. During these stops, Chase Briscoe lost a wheel and was subsequently served a pass-through penalty.

Lap 6: Some fun racing in Kansas! Very good. William Byron breaks free in turn one and gives up the lead on lap 4. Then some wild three-wide racing for the lead ensues – and produces our first caution of the day. Kyle Larson was trying to slide down the racetrack and run the outside line, but Tyler Reddick hit him from behind and sent the 5 car spinning. No one else was found in the wreckage (unlike last week, Top 10 who flagged once: Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Ty Gibbs, Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney.

Here's what happened on that contact between Larsen and Reddick:

green flag, 3:14 pm: Let's run!

3 PM: some betting odds TODAY via Sportsline: Kyle Larson (9-2 odds), Denny Hamlin (23-4 odds), William Byron (6-1), Tyler Reddick (7-1). Brad Keselowski is coming in at 30-1, but the driver who has had tremendous success at Kansas in the past appeared very focused on this racetrack and the ones after. Will Keselowski Win Kansas Again? The heat is going to be a fairytale today: It's 86 degrees at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City — which means the track will be exceptionally smooth. It can put a premium on short-run speed (which Hendrick cars certainly have) or it can just generally sow chaos. almost time!

2:16 pm: According to NASCAR, laps 7 (Cory Lajoie), 47 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and 78 (Josh Bilicki) were all sent to the back for disallowed adjustments.

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2:13 pm: Some pre-race housekeeping: Watch the race on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The average time for the race is 3:11:53. Fuel window is 65 laps. The timing should go like this:

  • 2:15 pm: drivers meeting

  • 2:30 pm: driver introduction

  • 2:54 pm: invocation

  • 2:55 pm: national anthem

  • 3:02 PM: Permission

  • 3:13 PM: green flag

2:03 pm: William Byron is becoming a favorite everywhere these days. The driver of the No. 24 car would start P1 on the front row with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson right next to him. Bubba Wallace, last year's fall race winner at Kansas, will start P17 – and Kurt Busch, last year's spring race winner at Kansas, be in the fox broadcast booth, Is another big day on the way for 23XI Racing? See below for Sunday's complete starting lineup.

TV channel, radio info for Kansas Speedway

  • Caste: AdventHealth 400

  • Place: Kansas Speedway

  • date: Sunday, May 7

  • Time: 3 p.m. ET

  • purse: $7,536,752

  • TV: FS1, 2 PM ET

  • radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

  • distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps)

  • Stages: Stage 1 (ends on lap 80), Stage 2 (ends on lap 165), Final Stage (ends on lap 267)

Starting Lineup for Kansas Cup Race

7 (Cory Lajoie), 47 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and 78 (Josh Bilicki) were all sent back for disallowed adjustments.



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William Byron



Kyle Larson



Ross Chastain



Martin Truex Jr.



Tyler Reddick



joey logano



Ty Gibbs



denny hamlin



Daniel Suarez



Ryan Blaney



Austin Dillon



Christopher Bell



Kevin Harvick



chris buesher



Austin Sindrik



Kyle Busch



bubba wallace



Eric Almirola



Eric Jones



Brad Keselowski



Chase Elliott



noah gregson



Michael McDowell



corey la joy



Harrison Burton



ty dillon



AJ Allmendinger



Ryan Preece



josh berry



justin haley



Chase Briscoe



Todd Gilliland



Ricky Stenhouse Jr.



Brennan Poole



JJ Yeley



josh bilicky