Denny Hamlin returned to winning ways this NASCAR weekend, holding off a charging Brad Keselowski towards the end. Contenders for the playoff spots were involved in a crash, making the race for the cut more interesting.
Last weekend’s action in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway had it all.
Such intense action is always accompanied by some interesting moments and emotions running high, as captured on the team radio.
FOX: NASCAR posted the radio highlights from last Thursday’s race. It reflects the thoughts of the drivers and their crew during key moments in the race.
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Bouncing like a basketball, says Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski fought hard, intending to grab his second straight win at the Kansas Speedway. Just before the start of the race, Keselowski said to his teammates, “Nice to win this race last year. I’d like to do it again.”
Keselowski pushed hard towards the end. However, Denny Hamlin was just too good that night.
Joey Logano, who was involved in a crash in the final stage, said to his team during the first stage, “Bouncing just a little bit through the center of the corner, like a basketball.”
During a pit-stop for Logano, one of the tires also got away as spotted by NASCAR spotter TJ Majors, who yelled, “tire! tire! tire!” to the crew. This also cost Logano some crucial time during the stop.
‘Fire in the cockpit’: Eventful NASCAR Cup Series race
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of JTG Daugherty Racing also had a scary moment during the race. He arrived at the pit, saying, “Coming to you. A page just shut off and I’ve got a fire in the cockpit.”
To this, the Crew Chief, who seemed to mishear Stenhouse Jr., said, “Do a normal pit stop and then we’ll put…” Stenhouse Jr. then shouted, “No. I’ve got a fire in the cockpit.” Stenhouse could not complete the race.
Ryan Preece made contact with Matt Kenseth during the race and that took out Bubba Wallace as well, who crashed into Kenseth. “That was miserable,” said Wallace.
A stunned Kenseth was heard asking on the radio, “What the hell was that?” Spotter Tony Raines replied, “I don’t know. He ran up in the back of you.”
Referring to the main incident, Kenseth said, “Just got ran over from behind. I was just hoping for a yellow.”
Joey Logano’s problems continued when his left front tire, and he went into the outside wall. Matt DiBenedetto and Jimmie Johnson too were taken out and sustained damage.
Another horrific crash during a restart also took out Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell, and Chris Buescher. Preece hit the inside wall with extreme force.
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