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AdventHealth 400 Race Results

Kansas Speedway

May 5th, 2024

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Kyle Larson

5 |

4

Running

268

64

57

5

2

Chris Buescher

17 |

12

Running

268

53

51

1

3

Chase Elliott

9 |

9

Running

268

0

35

0

4

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

13

Running

268

0

43

0

5

Denny Hamlin

11 |

14

Running

268

71

50

1

6

Christopher Bell

20 |

1

Running

268

5

38

0

7

Alex Bowman

48 |

18

Running

268

0

34

0

8

Kyle Busch

8 |

5

Running

268

14

39

0

9

Noah Gragson

10 |

3

Running

268

0

31

0

10

Michael McDowell

34 |

8

Running

268

0

27

0

11

Brad Keselowski

6 |

30

Running

268

1

26

0

12

Ryan Blaney

12 |

26

Running

268

0

25

0

13

John H. Nemechek

42 |

29

Running

268

0

24

0

14

Todd Gilliland

38 |

25

Running

268

4

23

0

15

Josh Berry

4 |

17

Running

268

0

22

0

16

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

21

Running

268

0

21

0

17

Bubba Wallace

23 |

23

Running

268

0

20

0

18

Justin Haley

51 |

35

Running

268

0

19

0

19

Ross Chastain

1 |

2

Running

268

43

29

0

20

Tyler Reddick

45 |

15

Running

268

7

20

0

21

Chase Briscoe

14 |

10

Running

268

0

16

0

22

Corey Heim

43 |

20

Running

268

0

0

0

23

William Byron

24 |

36

Running

268

0

14

0

24

Carson Hocevar

77 |

22

Running

268

0

13

0

25

Austin Dillon

3 |

16

Running

268

0

12

0

26

Corey LaJoie

7 |

28

Running

268

0

11

0

27

Daniel Suárez

99 |

27

Running

268

0

10

0

28

Ryan Preece

41 |

32

Running

268

0

9

0

29

Zane Smith

71 |

24

Running

268

0

8

0

30

Daniel Hemric

31 |

33

Running

268

0

7

0

31

Derek Kraus

16 |

38

Running

268

6

6

0

32

Ty Gibbs

54 |

6

Running

267

0

15

0

33

Austin Hill

33 |

34

Running

267

0

0

0

34

Joey Logano

22 |

11

Running

266

0

3

0

35

Riley Herbst

15 |

37

Running

266

0

0

0

36

Harrison Burton

21 |

31

Running

262

0

1

0

37

Austin Cindric

2 |

7

Accident

184

0

1

0

38

Jimmie Johnson

84 |

19

Accident

175

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Kyle Larson

    POS1

    LEADER

    Kyle Larson

    Driver badge number 5 |

  • POS 2 | 0.001

    Chris Buescher

    POS2

    0.001

    Chris Buescher

    Driver badge number 17 |

  • POS 3 | 0.060

    Chase Elliott

    POS3

    0.060

    Chase Elliott

    Driver badge number 9 |

Kyle Larson beats Chris Buescher to line at Kansas in closest Cup Series finish of all time

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In the closest finish in NASCAR history, Kyle Larson beat Chris Buescher to the checkered flag by roughly one inch to win Sunday night‘s AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway.

After Kyle Busch‘s spin on Lap 261 of a scheduled 267 sent the race to overtime, Buescher took the lead on the restart of the two-lap shootout, only to have Larson pull even on the backstretch on the final lap.

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Larson‘s No. 5 Chevrolet and Buescher‘s No. 17 Ford banged doors twice coming to the finish line. Buescher held the edge a foot from the stripe, but Larson surged ahead to win in a photo finish, with timing and scoring showing a margin of 0.001 seconds.

The official camera photo of the finish

The victory was Larson‘s second of the season, his second at Kansas and the 25th of his career. The win was the sixth this season for Hendrick Motorsports, the most in the NASCAR Cup Series so far this year.

“That was wild,” said Larson, who had faded from second to fourth before Busch‘s spin. “I was obviously thankful for that caution. We were dying pretty bad. Was happy to come out third (off pit road), and figured my best shot was to choose the bottom and try and split three-wide to the inside.

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“Worked out my car turned well and was able to get some runs. Got through (Turns) 1 and 2 really good down the backstretch and had a big tow on Chris, and got him to kind of enter shallow, and I just committed really hard up top.

“Wasn’t quite sure if we were going to make it out the other side. I got super loose in the center, and then we’re just trying to… I’m trying not to get too far ahead of him to where he can side-draft, and then I was just trying to kill his run. It was crazy.”

In the frenzied overtime, Chase Elliott was third, 0.059 seconds behind Larson, followed by Martin Truex Jr., who trailed the leader by 0.075 seconds.

The caution for Busch‘s spin negated the fuel-saving measures that had dominated the race’s final stage. The lead-lap cars pitted en masse on Lap 263, with most taking right-side tires only and Truex opting for fresh rubber on all four corners.

Fifth-place finisher Denny Hamlin was first off pit road and chose the bottom lane for the overtime restart with Larson behind him and Buescher to his outside. But Larson ducked to the inside entering Turn 1, abandoning Hamlin and allowing Buescher to surge into the lead.

Buescher, who scored his first career top five on an intermediate speedway, held the top spot until Larson surged ahead by a half-car-length on the backstretch to set up the wild drag race to the finish line.

“That sucks to be that close,” said Buescher, who overcame a penalty for a pit crew member over the wall too soon during the Stage 2 break. “It was a great finish for us, a really strong day. A lot of speed in this Castrol Edge Ford Mustang, and we really needed that. Needed a win more, and I thought might have had that one.

“Had a lot of speed there firing off. We were really good really all day, and really proud of that. Had some good strategy to get us back up there and tried to cover what I could and gave him half a lane too much, I suppose, but good hard race right there down to the line. But, yeah, it just hurts.”

The race featured 27 lead changes among 10 drivers and seven cautions for 43 laps. Except for stage breaks, the race ran caution-free until Lap 176, when contact from Corey LaJoie‘s Chevrolet sent seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson spinning in a three-car accident that slowed the race for seven laps.

Three more cautions followed in rapid succession, creating varying strategic options as drivers either chose to pit for fuel or to stay out. Truex, who had ample fuel, was closing fast late in the race on then-leader Hamlin, who was saving gas when the caution for Busch‘s spin forced the overtime.

Pole winner Christopher Bell ran sixth, followed by Alex Bowman, Busch, Noah Gragson (scoring his third straight top 10) and Michael McDowell.

“That race from start to finish was amazing,” said Larson. “That first stage was incredible. The second stage at the end was fun, and then that whole last stage with the wrecks and cautions and then fuel strategy and tires running long and all that was wild.

“You guys got your money’s worth today, and I’m just proud to be a part of the show.”

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The Cup Series shifts to the Carolinas for the rest of May, with the Darlington throwback race on tap next Sunday (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NOTE: Post-race inspection in the Cup Series garage at Kansas concluded without issue, confirming Larson as the race winner. No vehicles will be taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further inspection.