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AdventHealth 400 Race Results

Kansas Speedway

May 7th, 2023

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Denny Hamlin

11 |

8

Running

267

34

51

6

2

Kyle Larson

5 |

2

Running

267

85

38

0

3

William Byron

24 |

1

Running

267

10

34

0

4

Bubba Wallace

23 |

17

Running

267

9

37

0

5

Ross Chastain

1 |

3

Running

267

3

34

0

6

Joey Logano

22 |

6

Running

267

8

41

1

7

Chase Elliott

9 |

21

Running

267

5

30

0

8

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

4

Running

267

79

38

0

9

Tyler Reddick

45 |

5

Running

267

23

35

0

10

Austin Dillon

3 |

11

Running

267

0

31

0

11

Kevin Harvick

4 |

13

Running

267

0

26

0

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

33

Running

267

0

25

0

13

Aric Almirola

10 |

18

Running

267

0

24

0

14

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

27

Running

267

0

29

0

15

Daniel Suárez

99 |

9

Running

267

0

28

0

16

Ryan Blaney

12 |

10

Running

267

0

24

0

17

Chris Buescher

17 |

14

Running

267

0

25

0

18

Justin Haley

31 |

30

Running

267

0

19

0

19

Brad Keselowski

6 |

20

Running

267

0

18

0

20

Corey Lajoie

7 |

24

Running

267

7

17

0

21

Erik Jones

43 |

19

Running

267

0

23

0

22

Ty Dillon

77 |

26

Running

267

0

18

0

23

JJ Yeley

51 |

35

Running

266

0

0

0

24

Todd Gilliland

38 |

32

Running

266

0

13

0

25

Josh Berry

48 |

29

Running

266

0

0

0

26

Michael McDowell

34 |

23

Running

266

1

20

0

27

Ryan Preece

41 |

28

Running

266

0

10

0

28

Brennan Poole

15 |

34

Running

264

0

0

0

29

Noah Gragson

42 |

22

Running

262

0

16

0

30

Harrison Burton

21 |

25

Running

261

0

7

0

31

Austin Cindric

2 |

15

Running

260

0

6

0

32

Chase Briscoe

14 |

31

Running

260

0

5

0

33

Josh Bilicki

78 |

36

Running

260

0

4

0

34

Ty Gibbs

54 |

7

Accident

176

0

11

0

35

Kyle Busch

8 |

16

Accident

162

0

2

0

36

Christopher Bell

20 |

12

Accident

157

3

6

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    POS1

    LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    Driver badge number 11 |

  • POS 2 | 1.307

    Kyle Larson

    POS2

    1.307

    Kyle Larson

    Driver badge number 5 |

  • POS 3 | 4.301

    William Byron

    POS3

    4.301

    William Byron

    Driver badge number 24 |

Denny Hamlin bumps by Kyle Larson on last lap for Kansas win

Denny Hamlin didn‘t tap-dance around the tap that helped him to a much-needed victory at Kyle Larson‘s expense in Sunday‘s AdventHealth 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

After an intense chase that began with a restart on Lap 221 of 267, Hamlin closed in on Larson‘s Chevrolet on the final lap and further loosened an already loose race car. Slight contact from the right front of Hamlin‘s Toyota turned Larson into the outside wall as Hamlin streaked past and took the checkered flag.

Larson recovered to finish second, 1.307 seconds behind the winner, who ended a 33-race drought with his fourth victory at Kansas and exited his car at the finish line to a chorus of boos from fans who didn‘t like the way he won the race.

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“Yeah, I got position on him there, tried to side-draft him and clipped his left rear,” said Hamlin, who collected his 49th career victory, tying him with Tony Stewart for 15th most all-time. “But I‘m glad he was able to at least finish.

“Credit to my FedEx team, though. Four hundred wins for Joe Gibbs Racing (203 in the NASCAR Cup Series, 197 in the Xfinity Series)—it‘s such a great accomplishment for them.”

Hamlin‘s last-lap pass for the win was the first at Kansas. The race featured 37 lead changes among 12 drivers, the most lead changes in NASCAR history in a 400-mile race on a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway.

Larson led seven times for a race-high 85 laps, including a stretch of 46 straight, before Hamlin grabbed the win on Lap 267.

“I haven‘t seen a replay,” Larson said, “but obviously, he was side-drafting really aggressively, like he would. He was touching me, it felt like, and it had me really out of control. I wish we could…”

As Larson uttered those words, his attention turned to a confrontation between fifth-place finisher Ross Chastain and Noah Gragson, who swapped sheet metal at least twice during the race. The drivers took a couple of swings at each other before being restrained.

“I got tight off of (Turn) 4, for sure,” said Chastain, who ran Gragson up toward the wall during the final stage. “Noah and I have a very similar attitude on the racetrack. We train together, we prepare together, and we know every little thing about each other.

“Yeah, I definitely crowded him up off of 4, and he took a swipe at us in 3 and came down and grabbed ahold of me (after the race). A very big man once told me we have a no-push policy here at Trackhouse (Racing).”

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Pole winner William Byron ran third after recovering from a speeding penalty that put him two laps down. Bubba Wallace passed Chastain with 15 laps left to secure the fourth position. Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon completed the top 10.

The fact that Larson was able to contend for the win at all was a reflection of his talent, given thorny circumstances that set him back in the early going. In a three-way battle for the lead before the race was five laps old, Reddick tried to shoehorn his No. 45 Toyota between Larson, the leader, and Ross Chastain, then running third.

But Reddick tapped the rear of Larson‘s Chevrolet and sent the No. 5 spinning toward the apron. Larson avoided contact with the wall and recovered to reassume the lead during the second stage.

As Hamlin‘s crew chief Chris Gabehart noted after the race, “Denny Hamlin just beat the most talented race car driver in the world. What does that say?”

Consecutive wrecks late in Stage 2 scrambled the running order and handed the stage win to Logano, who had stayed out under the sixth caution for Christopher Bell‘s wreck on the backstretch on Lap 159.

As Chastain slowed slightly on the backstretch, Bell steered his No. 20 Toyota to the inside, then moved up the track and clipped Chastain‘s Chevrolet. Bell spun into the wall and damaged his car beyond repair.

“Just tried to get a little too aggressive on the side-draft, got into the 1 (Chastain) and spun out,” Bell said succinctly after leaving the infield care center.

At least he didn‘t blame Chastain.

The Cup Series’ next race is the Goodyear 400, scheduled Sunday at Darlington Raceway (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). All three national series will be competing as part of NASCAR’s Official Throwback Weekend.

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Note: Post-race inspection in the Cup Series garage was completed with no issues, affirming Hamlin’s victory. Competition officials indicated that five cars will be taken for wind-tunnel testing: Trackhouse Racing’s No. 1 Chevrolet, the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy, Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Ford, the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 22 Ford from Team Penske.

Contributing: Staff reports