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Kyle Busch edges Kenseth in Kansas but fails post-race inspection

10/1/2007 - NASCAR

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A penalty for speeding on pit road sent
Kyle Busch to the back of the pack. All he did after that -- with
the help of a lot of yellow flags -- was pass everyone else on the
track.

Busch slipped inside of Matt Kenseth with just over 17 laps to
go, then held off Kenseth's challenges after a late restart to win
Saturday's Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Busch's car failed the postrace inspection because the intake
manifold did not meet NASCAR specifications. Penalties will be
announced next week.

Kenseth dove inside the white line just before the finish of the
Yellow Transportation 300, but couldn't slip past Busch's No. 5
Chevrolet. Busch won by .085 of a second on the 1.5-mile tri-oval,
his third victory in his last six races and the 10th of his career.

"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.

There were 10 cautions, tying the track record from a year ago.
Eight of them came after Busch's penalty.

"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," he
said. "Everybody would have got strung out a little bit, and it
would have been harder to race those guys."

Kenseth's narrow loss was his second straight in Busch
competition at Kansas Speedway, both times after he started from
the pole. He also found himself in an awkward situation with Roush
Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards, the series points leader.

Near the middle of the race, Kenseth moved in front of Edwards.
The two made contact and Edwards cut a tire, causing him to drop a
lap behind the leaders.

Edwards' day only got worse when he broke loose and smacked the
wall, ending his day after 141 laps. He finished 38th, but his lead
over David Reutimann -- who finished 17th -- is still 696 points.

Edwards clapped his hands at Kenseth and gave his teammate a
thumbs-up after the wreck. But he also made it clear that he
thought Kenseth had cut him off earlier in the race, even though
Edwards conceded that it might not have been intentional.

"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 responded that he thought he gave Edwards enough space -- but if he didn't, well, that's racing.

"My job's not to get out of his way all the time," Kenseth
said. "We're supposed to race each other like we always race each
other.

"I thought I left him enough room. We just made a little bit of
contact. It was just bad luck, I guess, with everything else that
happened to him."

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 was third and Clint Bowyer fourth, followed in the
top 10 by Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Jeff Burton,
Brian Vickers and Greg Biffle.

Jason Keller tied the series record with his 417th start,
matching the mark set by Tommy Houston from 1982-96.