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23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace won the Hollywood 400 Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, Sunday in the second race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series qualifiers.
The win marks Wallace’s second win in the NASCAR Cup Series and the first since 2021 at Talladega. He is the 18th different winner of the 2022 season.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott entered qualifying first with 2,040 points, but after finishing last in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway last weekend, he entered Sunday at number 9 in the qualifying standings.
Joey Logano entered Sunday’s race first with 2,065 points after finishing fourth in Darlington. He finished 17th at the Kansas Speedway.
Hollywood Casino 400 Leaderboard
1. Bubba Wallace
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Christopher Bell
4. Alex Bowman
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. William Byron
7. Ross Chastain
8. Kyle Larson
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Daniel Suarez
Full results are available at NASCAR.com
NASCAR Cup Series fixtures
Christopher Bell: 2,108 points
William Brion: 2098 points
Denny Hamlin: 2097 points
Joey Logano: 2,090 points
Ryan Blaney: 2,086 points
Alex Bowman: 2,080 points
Chase Elliott: 2078 points
Kyle Larson: 2,077 points
Ross Chastain: 2076 points
Daniel Suarez: 2,056 points
Tyler Riddick: 2052 points
Austin Cendrick: 2,052 points
Kyle Bush: 2050 points
Austin Dillon: 2049 points
Chase Briscoe: 2,043 points
Kevin Harvick: 2,017 points
Stage one saw two qualifying drivers exit Sunday’s race early – Kevin Harvick and Tyler Riddick.
Harvick, who was already in last place in qualifying entering Sunday’s race, slipped out of Turn 4 and hit the wall on lap 33, taking damage to the right front of a #4 Ford.
It’s the second week in a row that Harvick has been unable to finish the race. Last week at Darlington Raceway his Lap 275 caught fire as the front rocker panel caught fire and he couldn’t keep up.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will now have to win next week’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway to progress.
Riddick was out of the race on lap 66 after his #8 Chevrolet hit a wall, damaging his right rear tire. At the time, he was leading the race.
When Reddick got back on the pit road, his crew put on a new tire, and he looked ready to go. However, while trying to leave the pit road, he turned around to finish his race, citing problems in his car’s right front area.
Christopher Bell won the first stage to collect playoff points and maintain his quest to reach the second round.
The second phase also saw a number of warnings.
The yellow flag came up after three cars had an accident on Lap 115, and went out again on lap 138 after Kyle Busch took off from Turn 4 and drove through the grass with two inflated tires on the right.
Alex Bowman went on to win Stage Two after winning Stage Two this season. The last time he won a stage came in Las Vegas, when he went on to win.
In the third stage, Wallace overtook Bowman to take the lead with 67 laps remaining and held the lead for victory despite a massive push from Hamlin to cut the lead.
The playoff drivers are now 0-2 to start the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
However, Wallace’s win on Sunday qualifies the #45 car from 23XI Racing for the second round of qualifying.
The #45 car qualified for the playoffs with Kurt Busch winning in Kansas in May, although Bush has been sidelined since July after suffering a concussion during a crash in Pocono in the playoffs.
Then Wallace put in car #45 and Tye Gibbs put in car #23.
Next weekend’s race will be at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Round 12 will then begin on September 25 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.