Matt Kenseth won the race, and the battle continues between Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.
On a final restart with five of 200 laps remaining, Kenseth made short work of his competition as he easily held off Paul Menard to win Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
The win is Kenseth’s third consecutive at the track, including the past two Sprint Cup Series races. It’s his second Nationwide Series win of the season in 12 starts.
“It wasn’t easy but these guys did a great job on the car. We’ve had a lot of speed since we got here,” said Kenseth, who now has 28 career Nationwide wins. “Patience is probably not my best quality. We just had a lot of silly things go on, and after that one caution it looked like we were going to be about seven laps short (on fuel). It all worked out.”
Regan Smith finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Justin Allgaier was fifth. With four races left this season, Austin Dillon took over the series points lead and holds an eight-point advantage over Sam Hornish Jr.
Some of what transpired in the race may spill over to Sunday’s Cup event, particularly if Keselowski has anything to say about it.
Keselowski was running second to Kenseth on Lap 188 when Busch wrecked him on the frontstretch. Once he exited his car, Keselowski ran down pit road and pointed to members of Busch’s pit crew before continuing his jog to the infield care center.
“I got wrecked by a dirty driver, there is no other way to put it,” Keselowski said. “I have raced him really cool over the last year to be respectful to him and repair our relationship.
“It’s not going to last, I can tell you that. I feel bad for the guys next to me who are going to have to fix his (stuff). That’s going to be part of racing. They’re going to have to deal with it.”
For his part, Busch said he thought he had a run on Keselowski, got to his left rear quarter and his car got too tight.
“Well, Brad Keselowski dumped me at Watkins Glen (last year), and I let he and Jimmie (Johnson) battle it out, and I could have wrecked him a few times in the Chase, but I was the bigger man.
“If he wants to take it over to the other side of the garage area, then whatever. I’ve got more class than that.”