KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Race car fans had perfect weather conditions to watch the 8th Annual KC Masterpiece 400 at the Kansas Speedway on May 12. It started on Friday with Kevin Harvick taking the pole position with a speed of 188.8 MPH in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Busch Light Ford. Practice was delayed for a short time for track drying because of a morning thunder shower. By afternoon, things were back on schedule for qualifications. This was Harvick’s second pole for the 2018 season. Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch were the next two fastest drivers.
The weekend's racing started with the Nascar Camping World Truck Series 18th Annual Kind Days 250. This was mostly the Noah Gragson show. Noah put the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Safelite Toyota on the pole position. He also won both stage 1 and stage 2 of the race, then won the final stage of the race with an average speed of 134.13 MPH. He led 128 out of the 167 laps. It was an uneventful race with only four cautions, one for debris on the track, one spin of a truck and the other two stage cautions.
Saturday’s KC Masterpiece 400 started with Kevin Harvick leading the first 32 laps. He would battle Ryan Blaney in the REV Ford for the first 125 laps of the race. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Kyle Larson took the lead around lap 130. Larson made his way from the back of the pack because of an unapproved tire change. He would lead the most laps in the race with 101. Kevin Harvick would regain the lead in the race on lap 244 for five laps. Blaney and Larson would have an incident in turn one that would take both cars out of contention for race victory. Five laps later, seven cars would crash on the front-stretch of the track causing a red flag condition which would last for 13 minutes. Martin Truex Jr. would take the lead of the race on lap 253 after the restart from the red flag condition. Kevin Harvick would pit for fresh tires, though it appeared hopeless for the win. Harvick caught Truex with just two laps remaining and would pull away from his competitors to win the race. A smart strategy to put on fresh rubber at the conclusion of the red flag incident. Harvick won the race with an average speed of 128.39 MPH. This would be Harvick’s fifth victory of the 2018 season.
The next race will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway.