The NASCAR Cup Series kicks off three days of racing at Kansas Speedway with five races in three days beginning with the Super Start Batteries 400.

After a random draw based on car owner points, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with Joey Logano starting alongside on the front row.

Josh Bilicki will have to start the race from the back of the field after making unapproved adjustments to the car.

The last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced on a Thursday night, it was 1985 and many of the drivers in the field were not even born yet.

William Byron’s crew chief Chad Knaus will miss the race tonight; he is on baby watch and is home for the birth of second child. While waiting, Knaus will be in the engineering room back in Charlotte at Hendrick Motorsports.

The starting lineup for the Super Start Batteries 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Garrett Smithley
Michael McDowell
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey LaJOie
Quin HOuff
Josh Bilicki – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Joey Gase
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod

Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs player Chris Jones gave the command to start the engines.

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane. The drivers quickly get three wide across the track. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead on the back stretch.

Lap two, Joey Logano has the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap five, Joey Logano is getting challenged for the lead by Ryan Blaney with Martin Truex Jr in third; Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Lap nine, Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Ryan Blaney right behind him; Martin Truex Jr is in third nearly a second and a half back.

Lap eleven, Ryan Blaney continues to challenge Joey Logano for the lead; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

With a fuel load of around 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load and will have to make at least one pit stop during each of the stages.

Lap 15, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 19, there are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 22, with Joey Logano leading the race by over half a second, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Blaney battle for second place.

Lap 23, Martin Truex Jr gets around Ryan Blaney to take second place. Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski for fourth place.

Lap 26, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution as Martin Truex Jr begins to challenge leader Joey Logano.

Last week at Texas tire wear was not an issue, but this week tire wear will be a big issue all race long. Lap times are dropping over a second as the tires wear down.

The drivers brings their cars down pit road for service. Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano and Chris Buescher had an uncontrolled tire during their pit stops.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row on lap 31. With a bit of a push from Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch takes the lead form the inside lane.

Lap 32, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 34, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Kevin Harvick is in third but gets passed by Denny Hamlin.

Lap 36, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 37, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr to take second place

Three of the four Joe Gibbs cars are in the top three positions.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration in the car.

Kevin Harvick is also reporting some issues with his car, saying that it just isn’t right.

Lap 39, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 44, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 47, second place driver Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch, who is now just half a second out in front. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Tyler Reddick brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 50, Kyle Busch’s lead is now down to under half a second on Kenny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr nearly a second and a half back.

Lap 52, Leader Kyler Busch has increased his lead back to half a second on team mate Denny Hamlin.

Lap 55, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 58, Kyle Busch now has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop for a fire inside the car. There is heavy smoke coming out of the car. The team reports some sort of electrical fire and is out of the race.

Lap 62, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to just over half a second.

Lap 68, there are 27 cars on the lead lap.

The unofficial results of the Super Saver Batteries 400:

Ricky Stenhouse Jr said that he fire was right next to him in the car.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Seven laps remain in stage one; Kyle Busch has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin as he continues to put drivers a lap down; William Byron in 24th place is the las car on the lead lap.

Kurt Busch is reporting a loose condition; citing an over camber in the car.

BJ McLeod is off the track.

With a lead of nearly two seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones

Kyle Busch reports that the front of his car is bouncing.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road with Martin Truex Jr out second and Kyle Busch out third.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 87 and gets out in front after a bit of a push from Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch had some tape put on his car during his pit stop as the sun is beginning to set and temperatures cool.

William Byron had an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 91, Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney ro und out the top five.

Lap 94, Martin Truex Jr is working to challenge leader Denny Hamlin.

Lap 96, Denny Hamlin has only a tenth of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr Passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 100, the caution flag comes out when Bubba Wallace spins out with a flat tire.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 105 but it is Martin Truex Jr that jumps out in front for the lead first. Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Ryan Blaney in third and is looking to make it a three way battle.

Brad Keselowski finally gets out in front for the lead on lap 107; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill, Brennan Poole, and BJ McLeod off the track and Ricky Stenhouse Jr out of the race.

Lap 111, Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with Kyle Busch in sixth.

Lap 114, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Brad Keselowski and is challenging for the lead.

After getting a tire violation penalty during the competition caution, Joey Logano has moved up to the top 10.

Lap 115, Martin Truex Jr gets around Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 123, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer is having some issues with his car.

Lap 127, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 132, Ryan Blaney passes Brad Keselowski for third. Denny Hamlin has cut into Martin Truex Jr’s lead to less than two seconds.

Lap 135, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over twos seconds on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 143 when Chris Buescher spins out and has a flat tire. There are a lot of sparks coming out from under his car as he makes his way to pit road. Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog” in 26th place.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road. Jimmie Johnson, Tyler Reddick, and John Hunter Nemechek also took only two tires.

As the sun begins to set, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just eleven laps remaining in stage two. Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead with Ryan Blaney taking the lead after a push from Denny Hamlin.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Jimmie Johnson.

Some of the drivers who took only two tires are falling through the field. Denny Hamlin has brushed the wall with an ill handling car.

With seven laps to go in stage two, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Aric Almirola in third.

Six to go, Ran Blaney holds on to the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Aric Almirola in third; Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with just two laps remaining in stage two.

Brad Keselowski takes the lead and wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott

Drivers bring their cars down pit road. Taking only two tires, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. Chase Elliott also took just two tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with Chase Elliott before getting out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second on lap 167

Lap 168, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 170, Brad Keselowski gets around Kyle Busch for third.

The caution flag comes out after Matt Kenseth and Bubba Wallace make contact and crash. Kenseth got loose and spun out; Bubba had no place to go in a racing event. Bubba Wallace is out of the race with a broken suspension. Matt Kenseth is on pit road on the crash clock.

Some of the drivers from back in the field come down pit road for service but the leaders stay out. Tyler Reddick took fuel only with only two sets of tires remaining in his pit box.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restar from the outside lane on lap 175. Getting a push from team mate Kyle Busch, Hamlin gets out in front.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash involving Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Matt DiBenedetto who hit the wall hard were all involved in the crash. Logano also smacked the wall with a flat tire. Joey Logano is out of the race with a busted suspension. Austin Dillon is out with a busted radiator.

Under caution on lap 179, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski. Clint Bowyer is the last car on the lead lap in 25th place.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 182 and gets out in front for the lead. And the caution flag comes out for another big crash. Ryan Preece hit the wall hard and went airborne; Chris Buescher, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Newman were also involved in the wreck that had cars hitting the wall. A frustrated Ryan Preece climbed out of his car unharmed.

Lap 183, under caution, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch. There are 23 cars on the lead lap with no cars just one lap down.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart one more time on lap and the drivers get three wide across the track as Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap 188, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

After getting aggressive on the restart, Kyle Busch has dropped to seventh place.

Lap 192, Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr just a tenth of a second behind; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 193, Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin to take the lead of the race.

Lap 194, Ryan Newman brings out the ninth caution flag of the race with a flat tire. Newman spun out getting into his pit stall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and to pack the fuel cell. Taking only two tires, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick and Alex Bowman also took only two tires. Matt Kenseth took fuel only on his pit stop.

After staying out on the track, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row. Drivers get spread out across the track. Lap 100, William Byron and Denny Hamlin go nose to nose around the track.
Lap 201, William Byron gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second.

Lap 202, William Byron leads the way with Brad Keselowski in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With 22 laps on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski challenges William Byron for the lead and on lap 206, Brad Keselowski is the new leader.

After failing to meet minimum speed, Jimmie Johnson is out of the race.

Lap 208, Brad Keselowski leads the race with William Byron in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 211, Brad Keselowski has a lead of under half a second on William Byron; Denny Hamlin, Kyle busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Ryan Newman is slow on the track.

Lap 215, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with William Byron only a quarter of a second back; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 218, William Byron has caught up to leader Brad Keselowski and is challenging for the lead; Kyle Busch is in third over three seconds back. Ryan Blaney falls to eighth place after slapping the wall.

Lap 221, William Byron passes Brad Keselowski to retake the lead.

With 44 laps emaining in the race, William Byron has pulled out to a one second lead on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 227, Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road; as does Kyle Busch for fresh tires and fuel after hitting the wall.

Lap 231, William Byron ahs pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 235 for Corey LaJoie’s smoking car with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road dor service. William Byron wins the race off of pit road with just tow tires. Team mate Alex Bowman also took only two tires. Alex Bowman’s team had only two tires remaining in their pit stall.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with 28 laps remaining in the race. Team mates William Byron and Alex Bowman go side by side for the lead with Alex Bowman getting out for the lead with 27 laps to go.

The top three are Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the caution flag with 25 laps to go when he gets loose and into the wall.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 22 laps remaining in the race. Bowman gets out in front for the lead after getting a push from Kevin Harvick.

Coming from the outside, Kevin Harvick takes the lead and coming from the inside, Denny Hamlin takes second putting Bowman in third; Brad Keselowski and William Byron round out the top five.

Twenty to go; Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with 19 cars on the lead lap.

With 17 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second while Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battle for second place; Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones round out the top five.

With 14 laps to go, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to just a quarter of a second.

Thirteen to go, Denny Hamlin battle Kevin Harvick for the lead and takes the lead away from Harvick.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five. After slapping the wall and coming down pit road, Kyle Busch is back on the lead lap in 12th place.

Eight laps to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

With a lead of half a second on Brad Keselowski Denny Hamlin wins his fifth race of the season.

The unofficial results of the Super Saver Batteries 400:
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Clint Bowyer
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Matt Kenseth
Daniel Suarez
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
JJ Yeley
Christopher Bell
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Reed Sorenson
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Bubba Wallace
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Ricky Stenhouse Jr