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BAD BREAK FOR BOWYER: Clint Bowyer’s string of disappointments on his home track continued Sunday when engine problems forced his No. 15 Toyota out of the race on the 140th lap.

“I don’t know what broke,” said Bowyer, who has never won in any competition at Kansas. “I just wish it hadn’t happened here. Anywhere but here.”

Bowyer, who grew up 90 miles away in Emporia, raced on the dirt at nearby Lakeside Speedway. To get there, he would drive past Kansas Speedway while it was under construction.

“We were running up front,” Bowyer said. “I think we were a couple adjustments away from at least being part of the game here today. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t our day. We’ll regroup and go back after it in Richmond.”


HAPPY TO BE DISAPPOINTED: Greg Biffle, one of three two-time Sprint Cup race winners at Kansas, was satisfied with a fifth-place run that kept him atop the standings.

“It feels good to be disappointed with a fifth-place finish,” Biffle said. “It feels good to be in that position. We just wanted to run better. Fifth is OK, but we wanted to compete better.”

Biffle ran strongly for much of the day, but his car developed grip issues late.

“It fired off there and I thought, `This is going to be a lot of fun,’ and then when the track started getting slick she started going away a little bit,” said Biffle, who won at Kansas in 2007 and 2010. “We just kept after it and didn’t give up.”

Martin Truex Jr., who finished second Sunday, moved from fourth to second in points. He trails Biffle by 15, with Matt Kenseth 17 points off the pace.


PIT STOPS: Denny Hamlin’s victory Sunday was the 199th for the No. 11 car, breaking a tie with the No. 43 for most wins. Hamlin started driving the No. 11 in 2005. Other drivers behind the wheel include Hall of Famers Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. … It was the first win for Toyota at Kansas Speedway. … There were three cautions for 18 laps after just two for 10 laps last weekend at Texas. … It was a celebration of Earth Day at Kansas Speedway. Jimmie Johnson’s car was painted “Mountain Green,” in part to celebrate 1960s American muscle cars and in part to raise environmental awareness, while a Toyota Camry hybrid served as the pace car.