The Yellow Transportation 300 was fitting for a race that featured 10 yellow cautions flags, tying Kansas Speedway's NASCAR Busch Series record. In a thrilling finish, the yellow flags helped propel Kyle Busch to his third victory of the season over Matt Kenseth by the slim margin of 0.0875 seconds.
"I was able to get clear of him, and then I just had to block his air from there," said Busch, who was penalized shortly before the midpoint of the 200-lap, 300-mile race. "If that thing would have went green for the rest of the race, we wouldn't have had a chance to get back up to the front. Everybody would have got strung out a little bit, and it would have been harder to race those guys."
For pole sitter Kenseth, who led a race high 65 laps, it was a tough loss to swallow. Multiple re-starts contributed to Busch staying in contention for the win.
"I really blew it on the re-start and let him get by me there," Kenseth said. "I was kind of too loose for six or seven laps…He got a really good re-start, got a good run around the bottom, and I knew I couldn't let anybody outside of me."
Point's leader and Columbia, Mo. native Carl Edwards wrecked twice, ending his day after the second crash. Edwards' tire split when teammate Kenseth ran into him, causing him to loose control and slam into the wall. Edwards was visibly upset with Kenseth.
"The reason I was mad, someone like a teammate would race me like that," Edwards said. "He may or may not have done it on purpose. He's my teammate and we've really got a good relationship, so I hope we can get by this."
Kenseth also continued another dubious tradition: in seven Busch races at Kansas Speedway, no driver has both won and led the most laps. Kenseth led a race-high 65 of 200 laps on Saturday, after leading 145 laps here last year.
Casey Mears finished in third, followed by Emporia, Kansas native Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray in fifth. Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers and Greg Biffle rounded out the top ten.
J.J. Yeley won the USAC Silver Crown Series Kansas Lottery 100 and finished 33rd in the Yellow Transportation 300. He will start 31st in tomorrow's Lifelock 400.