Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Kansas Lottery 300, a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rallied from two laps down at Kansas Speedway to salvage his points day.
Then he stole a victory, as well.
Stenhouse, the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, lucked into his sixth victory of the season Saturday when leader Kyle Busch ran out of fuel heading into the final turn. A late caution extended the race by six laps, and it ran the fuel tanks of several cars at the front of the field dry.
Because Stenhouse ran into Joey Logano early in the Kansas Lottery 300, dropping him two laps down during his stops for repairs, he was on a different pit sequence and had plenty of fuel to make it to the end.
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“I thought the race was over for us (after the collision),” Stenhouse said. “I thought I had killed it for us.”
Busch, the leader on the restart, jumped out to a seemingly comfortable lead. But his tank ran dry as he exited the third turn and Stenhouse cruised past for the victory in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
“I saw Kyle and he was really shaking it down the back straightaway, trying to make sure it had a lot of fuel and I thought it was good to go,” Stenhouse said. “But right in the center it ran out and I was able to sneak by him on the outside and get the win. That was exciting.”
Austin Dillon finished second to clinch the manufacturer championship for Chevrolet, and Logano was third. Attendance was 63,000.
Elliott Sadler, who was fourth, leads Stenhouse by six points in the standings with three races remaining.
Danica Patrick finished 10th — her third top-10 of the season.