Kansas NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr wins incident-filled race

Martin Truex Jr won an incident-filled Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup race in overtime on Saturday night

Kansas NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr wins incident-filled race

The Furniture Row driver led 104 of the 267 laps in a race that featured 15 cautions and a red flag for a violent accident involving Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola that resulted in Almirola being taken to hospital.

The last yellow, caused by Kurt Busch bouncing Denny Hamlin into Jimmie Johnson with five scheduled laps left, forced the race into additional time, but Truex was able to edge away from Brad Keselowski and secure his second win of 2017.

Keselowski's second place for Penske came despite him dropping two laps down after a penalty for a pitlane infringement.

Polesitter and stage two winner Ryan Blaney had been Truex's main rival for much of the night, but ended up back in fourth behind Kevin Harvick.

Despite the high number of yellows, most incidents were relatively minor - with the Almirola crash a dramatic exception.

It began when a broken front brake motor pitched Logano's car into Patrick, with Almirola then ploughing into the crashed Fords in a ball of flame.

The race was stopped for just under half an hour while Almirola was cut free from his car, and he was airlifted to hospital complaining of lower back pain.

Patrick and Logano escaped unhurt.

RESULTS - 267 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 3h24m16.s
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1.100s
3 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1.625s
4 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 1.842s
5 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2.045s
6 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2.068s
7 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2.297s
8 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2.373s
9 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2.800s
10 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3.085s
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3.365s
12 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3.733s
13 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 3.783s
14 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 4.226s
15 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4.376s
16 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4.382s
17 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 4.765s
18 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 4.779s
19 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4.828s
20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4.845s
21 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 4.996s
22 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing Toyota 5.106s
23 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5.187s
24 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5.269s
25 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 9.306s
26 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
27 Corey LaJoie BK Racing Toyota 2 Laps
28 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 8 Laps
29 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9 Laps
30 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 10 Laps
31 Carl Long MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 11 Laps
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 24 Laps
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport / TMG Chevrolet 24 Laps
34 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 36 Laps
35 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Accident
36 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Accident
37 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Accident
38 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Accident
39 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Toyota Engine
40 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Oil pump

DRIVERS' STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Kyle Larson 475
2 Martin Truex Jr. 431
3 Brad Keselowski 408
4 Chase Elliott 361
5 Jamie McMurray 354
6 Kevin Harvick 347
7 Kyle Busch 325
8 Jimmie Johnson 323
9 Joey Logano 320
10 Clint Bowyer 317
11 Ryan Blaney 291
12 Denny Hamlin 289
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 276
14 Trevor Bayne 250
15 Kurt Busch 246
16 Kasey Kahne 242
17 Ryan Newman 238
18 Matt Kenseth 233
19 Daniel Suarez 217
20 Erik Jones 217
21 Ty Dillon 204
22 Austin Dillon 193
23 Aric Almirola 188
24 Paul Menard 173
25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 173
26 Chris Buescher 155
27 David Ragan 144
28 Michael McDowell 137
29 Cole Whitt 136
30 A.J. Allmendinger 130
31 Landon Cassill 128
32 Matt DiBenedetto 123
33 Danica Patrick 115
34 Reed Sorenson 56
35 Gray Gaulding 51
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 49
37 Michael Waltrip 29
38 Derrike Cope 16
39 Cody Ware 1
39 D.J. Kennington 1


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