“On TV it gets aggravating to watch him (Kyle Busch) win all the time. It is even more aggravating to get beat by him.” – Runner-up Matt Kenseth to Kelli Stavast
“It was a hard fought battle with Matt, we were running really hard.” – Race winner Kyle Busch to Mike Massaro
“These guys are just having a great time racing against each other. Two of the best in racing in general going at it head to head.” – Jeff Burton on Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch’s showdown
Kansas City, Kan. — Oct. 17, 2015 — NBCSN presented NASCAR XFINITY Series racing from Kansas Speedway this afternoon. The first of four final XFINITY races was dominated by Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. In a showdown that lasted nearly 30 laps Busch was able to pass and hold of Kenseth, securing his fifth XFINITY win of the year.
Saturday afternoon’s festivities kicked off with the Countdown to Green pre-race show, hosted by Krista Voda and alongside analysts Kyle Petty. Green-flag racing was handled by race announcer Leigh Diffey alongside analysts Ray Evernham and Jeff Burton. Reporters Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns contributed throughout the broadcast from pit road.
XFINITY RACE RESULTS
The following are highlights from this afternoon’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.
XFINITY Championship points leader Chris Buescher to Burns before the race: “We are going to keep doing what we have been doing. I keep saying that and I am wearing it out, but that is our plan.”
Chase Elliott to Snider on starting from the back for the first time in his career: “Bottom line, you have seen guys do it all the time…I think if your car is good enough you can race your way back up to the front. I really don’t think it is a big deal.”
Voda on Buescher’s standing before the green flag: “Chris Buescher took over the points lead with his first win of the year at Iowa in May and hasn’t given that lead up since. His lead has grown and shrank over the last 20 races, but he has stayed consistent enough to keep the top spot.”
Petty’s advice for Buescher going into the final XFINITY races of the year: “Everyone is chasing you. You don’t want something to happen and then with two or three races left in the season you go from being chased to having to chase someone else.”
Evernham on XFINITY drivers getting loose in practice and qualifying: “This is a product of a hard tire, smooth race track and high speeds.”
Evernham on advantage for Sprint Cup drivers competing in the XFINITY race: “You are getting ready for tomorrow, but you are getting comfortable in your environment. When you have a car that acts very much like your Cup car and you are on the same tires it helps.”
Burton on Brian Scott’s successful season: “Brian Scott is trying to get his first win. I think the first win is always the hardest. If he can find a way to get a win I think more will follow. He has done everything but win. He is in position again today let’s see if he can pull it off.”
Evernham on the importance of clean air: “The clean air is really important. It is like being in a boat, when you are the lead boat versus behind another boat, with the wake. The water becomes more and more turbulent and puts a lot of drag on your boat and that is exactly what happens with these race cars. It not only affects the handling but also the changes in air pressure. It actually slows the car down.”
Burton on Kenseth and Busch’s showdown: “These guys are just having a great time racing against each other. Two of the best in racing in general going at it head to head.”
Burton on the importance of second row pushes on XFINITY restarts: “It is interesting how, especially in these XFINITY cars that don’t have a tremendous amount of horsepower, the car in the second row dictates how the restart happens.”
Burton on Scott running out of gas with only a few laps to go: “I think the No. 2 car, most likely, just didn’t get it full on that last pit stop.”
Buescher to Snider on his sixth place photo finish against Chase Elliott: “It was tight, but every point counts.”
Race winner Busch to Massaro: “It was a hard fought battle with Matt, we were running really hard.”
Runner-up Kenseth to Stavast: “On TV it gets aggravating to watch him (Kyle Busch) win all the time. It is even more aggravating to get beat by him.”
Burton on the checkered flag showdown: “It was a good race. You never knew who was going to win until right until the very end.”
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–