Top 3 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Race Moments of All Time

October 6, 2013;  Kansas City, Kansas, USA;  Crew members of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) work on the wrecked car during the race at Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.  Mandatory credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

October 6, 2013; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; Crew members of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) work on the wrecked car during the race at Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

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Sometimes in NASCAR, the expansion didn’t work out as planned. The sport has already gone from shocking stunts to the Kentucky and Chicago metro, and its wildly popular Southern California track has been cut from two annual races to one.

But Kansas Speedway? This has been a success, in part due to its location in an area with plenty of shops, restaurants, and other diversions at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435 in Kansas City. Thanks to the Kansas law legalizing sports betting that took effect on July 1, Hollywood Casino overlooking Turn 2 will soon be able to host sports betting. This means that fans will be able to see and take advantage of the possibilities Sports betting offers in Kansas With race cars rounded up — if the state sportsbooks live on the 9/11 race.

The race, though, is what drives most people to the 1.5-mile elliptical. In 2011, Hollywood Casino became the main sponsor of the track’s signature fall race, which plays a key role in the NASCAR Playoffs. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of drama playing on the banks of Kansas Speedway.

Here are the three highlights of the Hollywood Casino 400 race of all time:

2013: Kyle Bush’s Hopes Blown

You knew it was going to be one of your weird NASCAR days when a crash set fire to the lawn inside Turn 1, sending plumes of smoke up. It was one of 15 record cautions – three of which included Kyle Busch, ultimately crushing what had been a promising season and a solid championship race.

Bosch was involved in a crash on lap two, and came back for a run with Juan Pablo Montoya on lap 187, then was sent to the wall after a crash on lap 201 that also involved Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers. Busch was second in two of the first three playoff races and entered third in the standings—but after Kansas, his title hopes came true.

2012: Danica is smashed by… Danica?

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Oct 21, 2012; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) in the garage area before Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports Peter G. Aiken USA Today Sports

Matt Kenseth drove the last 49 laps and beat Martin Truex Jr. by half a second, but it wasn’t the front of the field that kept everyone at Kansas Speedway in 2012. No, the real action came in behind, with backpacker Landon Cassel infuriating newcomer Danica Patrick in NASCAR – which she ends up destroying herself in trying to take out Cassell.

While Kansas will eventually become one of Patrick’s best trails, it will be a tough walk that day in just her eighth career start. After several incidents with Cassell, one in which she thought he was intentionally trying to crash her, she tried to return the favor—and flipped her bright green car against a wall. “Rule 1 of normal car racing is to learn to smash someone without destroying yourself,” Castle said over the radio.

2015: Lugano dumps Kinseth

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October 18, 2015; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) celebrates his burn after winning the Hollywood 400 Casino at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Jasen Vinlove USA Today Sports

With four laps left, captain Matt Kenseth spotted winding traffic that slowed his momentum, allowing Joey Logano to lock in within inches of the rear bumper. Suddenly there was contact, Kenseth was to the side, his sliding tires releasing huge plumes of white smoke as Lugano leapt to the fore.

Was the wreck intentional? “Sure, 100%,” Kenseth lamented to reporters after the race. Meanwhile, Lugano beat Denny Hamlin in the green and white finish, topping the championship standings. Kenseth, four laps from his sixth-leading win of the season, instead finished eighth and saw his title hopes virtually dashed on another pivotal afternoon at Kansas Speedway.

Although NASCAR bettors in Kansas may have to wait until next year to bet on Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Indiana local racing fans can bet the Verizon 200 on Sunday at Brickyard. Sports betting has been legal in Hoosier state since 2019.

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