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Kenseth survives to win crash-prone Kansas

The next restart was quickly aborted by Tony Stewart spinning down the backstretch and miraculously managing not to hit anything or anyone, and the restart after that was just as shortlived when Marcos Ambrose and Trevor Bayne tangled in turns 3 and 4.

"The #9 just got in on us and got a little loose but that is just racing - I hate that we tore it up and didn't get the finish we were looking for," said Bayne. "It was unfortunate for us because I felt like we had a decent run going and we were up to 17th with everyone crashing and could have finished top-ten I think, but I guess everyone could say that because they were all crashing too."

Bayne sounded less than impressed with the style of racing imposed on them by the new-look Kansas Speedway surface and banking. "If they wanted that kind of racing they got it. It was good racing I felt like but if you stepped out of the groove too much you were busting your butt and that is what everybody did," he said.

Another restart attempt on lap 172, another crash within seconds: this time it was Greg Biffle, heading into the wall out of turn 4 while running in third place and narrowly missing taking Clint Bowyer with him in the process. This time there was no lucky escape, and Biffle was out of the race in what looks to be a mortal blow to any Chase hopes that he may still have been harbouring going into Kansas.

"I lost it, man. It got away from me off of four there and we wrecked it," admitted Biffle on pit road. "I don't know what happened. That is the thing; they get away from you so quick. I had no indication, no little wiggle, no sideways anything. It just took off. It just got away from me and it killed our day."

Another restart on lap 180; another wreck on lap 181. This time it was Ryan Newman who tangled with Kyle Busch, who had seemed close to wrecking all afternoon. Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. also got caught up in the incident and sustained damage, and Hornish's Penske team mate Brad Keselowski came close to getting involved as well but miraculously managed to escape without a scratch.

"Newman just ran up on the back of me and got me loose — I've been loose all day — and then he ran into the back of me and spun me out, so just impatience," was Kyle Busch's view of the wreck. "There's still 80-something laps to go. I don't know what that was for or why or whatever, but I'm glad he's wrecked along with me."

Busch made it clear that he wasn't letting this one drop anytime soon, when he added: "He'll get another one here before the year is out."

Newman saw it differently: "He got loose and I ended up hitting him in the middle of three and four and spinning him around. Then we got clobbered by the #22 [Hornish.] A chain of events, but he just got loose in front of me and it's so fast here it's hard to check up when he is getting sideways."

"I don't know," said Keselowski when asked how he'd made it through the incident without getting caught up in it. "Luck. I really don't know. It's just one of them races, I don't know. I really don't know."




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