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April 20, 2013, NASCAR.com

Matt Kenseth

NASCAR returned to Kansas Speedway for the first time this season, and both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were on the track.

Here is complete coverage from NASCAR.com following victories by Matt Kenseth and Matt Crafton.

Conquering Kansas

Matt Kenseth won his second consecutive race at Kansas Speedway, and he did so in dominant fashion. Kenseth led 163 of 267 laps and held off Kasey Kahne to claim his second victory of the 2013 season. | Read the full story

Pleased with progress

Although Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s finish at Kansas Speedway wasn’t the top-10 (or top-five) he desired, Junior was pleased at the end of the day. After a rough showing at Texas, the No. 88 team bounced back with a strong car. | Read the full story

Early exit

The curse at Kansas continued for Kyle Busch. In a backup car, Busch spun out twice in the first 103 laps, the second of which sent his No. 18 Toyota into the wall, then collected Joey Logano down on the apron in a violent collision. | Read the full story

Overcoming obstacles

Brad Keselowski’s rough week spilled over into the start of Sunday’s race when his No. 2 Ford experienced trouble. But as he has so many times, Keselowski and his team rallied from the adversity for a top-10 finish. | Read the full story

Top-10 sweep

Michael Waltrip Racing had three drivers in Sunday’s STP 400; all three finished in the top 10. But Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin took drastically different routes to get there. | Read the full story

Turning it around

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t used to poor -- or even middling -- performances. A two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate has had a great start at Kansas. His Roush Fenway Racing teammates look strong, too. | Read the full story

Uneasy feeling

It’s been a rough road so far for Jeff Gordon, and that continued when he wrecked his No. 24 Chevrolet during qualifying. He’ll start at the back Sunday, and the four-time champion said he doesn’t feel good about it. | Read the full story

Crafton wins Truck race

Matt Crafton set the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record for consecutive starts last week. This week, he found himself in Victory Lane after a record-breaking race on the repaved surface at Kansas Speedway. | Read the full story

Kenseth leads final practice

Matt Kenseth was still fast a day after winning the pole for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Kenseth led final practice with a speed of 188.712 mph. Aric Almirola was second, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, who led the previous practice session. | Read the full story

Buescher wins Trucks pole

Despite his concerns about racing on the new pavement at Kansas Speedway, James Buescher swept both practices, then went on to win the pole for the SFP 250. Miguel Paludo and Jeb Burton will follow, making a strong start for Turner Scott Motorsports. | Read the full story

Montoya tops second practice

Juan Pablo Montoya held off rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to hold on to the top speed in Saturday's early Sprint Cup Series practice. Aric Almirola took the third-best speed of the morning. | Read the full story

Kenseth earns pole

With a track-record lap at 191.864 mph (28.145 seconds), Matt Kenseth knocked former Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards off the provisional pole at the 1.5-mile intermediate track and held the top starting spot for Sunday's STP 400. | Read the full story

France's Green vision

As part of NASCAR’s Race to Green Initiative this month, the sport’s executives and star drivers will participate in tree-planting ceremonies across the country. This weekend at Kansas Speedway, fans will see green-colored hybrid pace cars, hear about solar farms and celebrate recycling milestones. | Read the full story

Hitting home

The tragic events that have unfolded in Boston have impacted those in the NASCAR community, especially for Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson and others discussed the events with NASCAR.com reporter Holly Cain. | Read the full story

Not it

Jimmie Johnson met with the media for the first time since NASCAR announced Brad Keselowski's punishment for his failed pre-race inspection. The five-time champion denied any involvement in the process. | Read the full story

Viewer's guide

Ready for the STP 400 and SFP 250? Whether you're at Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races or watching from home, check out our viewer's guide to follow along. | Viewer's guide

Champ speaks out

Penalized 25 points and without his crew chief for six races, Brad Keselowski responded to sanctions handed down by NASCAR. He says not to write him off this weekend just yet. | Read the full story

Power rankings

Kyle Busch was a big mover in NASCAR.com's latest power rankings. But has he done enough to pass Jimmie Johnson for No. 1? Checking out this week's list may give you a boost on your fantasy team, too. | Power rankings

Logano in trouble?

Most of the spotlight surrounding the Penske punishment has been on defending series champion Brad Keselowski. Chase hopeful Joey Logano may have been impacted even more. | Read the full story

Driver reports

Carl Edwards was a big winner Saturday night in Texas, driving his No. 99 Ford to a third-place finish. This week's driver reports include news and notes on 25 Sprint Cup drivers. | Driver reports

Paint scheme preview

Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford is just one of several cars in this week's paint scheme preview. Check out new colors and schemes for Kansas in both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series. | Paint scheme preview

 

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