Kansas Speedway looked more like Talladega during Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Hollywood Casino 400. A crash on lap 198 of 267 involved 14 cars and was set off when Erik Jones got loose and spun exiting turn 2. Jones’ Toyota shot up across the track and was hit by the Ford of Daniel Suarez. Jones’ car nearly flipped but came back down.
Jones later took blame.
“I just lost it,” Jones said. “It’s unfortunate and I feel bad for my guys and my team and I also feel bad for the cars that we took out of the race. It’s just a shame, I made the same mistakes here in the spring and this place has just been tough to me.”
The crash had bigger implications for NASCAR’s Playoffs. Among those involved were Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth. McMurray was done for the day, but Kenseth was still running. Kenseth pitted and NASCAR ruled that seven crewmembers came over the wall, one more then the six allowed. Because he was under the crash clock, NASCAR parked Kenseth ending his race and his Playoff hopes.
“I don’t know what any of the rules are,” Kenseth said. “Seems like we got a lot of stuff that kind of gets, you know, changed so often I honestly can’t keep up with it. My head kind of spins from putting lugnuts out of pit boxes to one to many guys over the wall, you’re not allowed to race anymore. I just don’t get it to be honest with you. I really don’t have a lot good to say right now.”
Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were also eliminated; Martin Truex Jr. won the race.