It’s officially race week in Kansas City, and the NASCAR Cup Series is rolling with intensity and momentum into Sunday’s AdventHealth 400. Yesterday at Darlington, Joey Logano bumped race leader William Byron out of his way with two laps left to capture his first win of the season.
That fantastic finish raises the stakes, tension and drama fans can expect this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
“I probably would have gone straight to the bump-and-run if it wasn’t for how he got the lead,” Logano said in his winning press conference at Darlington. “He came off of Turn 2 and drove me right into the wall. At that point, I’m lucky my car isn’t broken. I’m a very angry driver, and I think anyone in the field would probably agree, if someone is going to be willing to do that to you, well, the gloves are off at that point. I knew if I got back there what I was going to do and what I had to do.”
Byron, in the heat of the moment, had a different opinion.
“Yeah, he’s just a moron,” Byron said. “He can’t win a race so he does it that way. I don’t know, we’ll – yeah, it was close racing on the restart. We were faster than him. Obviously at the end the right rear started to go away, and yeah, he didn’t even make it a contest.”
Both Logano and Byron will be key contenders again Sunday in the AdventHealth 400, and both drivers have enjoyed Kansas Speedway success. Logano owns three NASCAR Cup Series wins at Kansas Speedway (2014, 2015 and 2020), while Byron earned a NASCAR Camping World Truck series win here in 2016, the first NASCAR national series win of his career.
Fans can see both drivers in action on Saturday afternoon during NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying at 4 p.m. It’s part of an action-packed Saturday slate that includes the Dutch Boy 150 ARCA Menards Series race at 1 p.m. and the Heart of America 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at 7 p.m.
And then at 2 p.m. Sunday, Logano, Byron and the rest of the NASCAR Cup Series stars will compete in the AdventHealth 400. Tickets for both days are available for purchase at www.kansasspeedway.com.
About Kansas Speedway
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