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Main » 2024 » May » 12 » 2024 Pizza Hut 400 @ Kansas: Johnny Reed Foley Wins!
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2024 Pizza Hut 400 @ Kansas: Johnny Reed Foley Wins!

An immaculate race track! Kansas Speedway has seen it's share of winners and spinners; smokers and chokers; crashers and throttle mashers! Ken Pettit comes in leading the points by 14, handicapped after a qualifying crash. He and Crapser will endure the traffic jam of the century! Up front, Timothy McDonnell looks to win his second-straight Pizza Hut 400.

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Bink Lucas hopes to earn his first top-20 finish since his victory at Texas! He leads the field to the green, leading the opening two laps before Zakk Miller took the point. The #30 Bepis Mustang scored a lap led in nine of their last ten events. The race he didn't was his pole-sitting effort at Atlanta.

A three-wide frenzy for the top-spot on lap 8! Timothy McDonnell renegades to the front, leading his first laps since mid-March at the Cracker Barrel 400. He, Miller, Ryan Heuser, John Battista and William Perry would occupy the top-5 spots by lap 50, with Heuser up on top for the remainder of the run.

John Battista's bid for the lead came on lap 91, 102 laps short of his 193-french fry large he got from Wendy's on Thursday. Every year, Tito from the Parallel Parkway chain stuffs as many fries into the box as possible, giving Battista and crew the ammunition they need before opening practice. He crammed 186 into the box two years ago, handing the meal to jackman Bo Densham. They won the pole the following day, and hope to win tonight's race in the same grand style!

An accident involving Jeremy Hebel, Alan Nesfeder and Dalton Lucas scaled down the flow of the event, bringing out the caution flag on lap 114. Lucas's car half-flipped over Hebel after the three cars slapped the outside wall in turn-1. Lucas would ride the barrier and miraculously continue. Nesfeder also carried on, with Hebel finishing 44th. Hebel would drop from 11th to 17th in the standings. Two more crashes involving Zakk Miller and Jonathan Skrabacz halted the field, both able to limp to top-32 finishes. Miller would drop to 4th in points.

A mortifying crash off of turn-4. Ryan Heuser and Molemar Diggs made contact, sending the #138 in a tailspin of the ages! Timothy McDonnell wheel-hopped off of Markell Murphy attempting to avoid the accident, sending McDonnell flying atop the roof of Heuser. The Caterpillar #22 desolated the catch-fence and into a series of pirouettes, getting smashed by Dalton Lucas roof-side first after landing.

Both Ken Pettit and Alex Crapser were involved in the accident, with the #04 Pennzoil Chevrolet unable to continue on. In all, McDonnell, Heuser, Murphy, Pettit, Crapser, Lucas, Matthew Dominique, Donald Stewart, Chauncey Redmond Jr., Jonathan Skrabacz, Dakota Wilkins, Jimmie Stevens, David Butterworth, Cristian Torres and Dan Johnston all received damage from the crash. McDonnell was airlifted to the University of Kansas hospital, waving to the Legends Field prep crew during the transit. Miraculously, he appeared to avoid serious injury.

McDonnell's teammate Johnny Reed Foley stole the lead from John Battista after the Scrabacz incident, leading the field to green for the ensuing restart. Three 'John's" would occupy the top-3 positions through the 20-to-go mark, with miracle-men Bill Werkheiser and Ziggy Moonglow attempting to steal the show late. Up front, Foley and John Tharp would race side-by-side for several laps before Tharp took it outright before the final green flag stops.

Foley and Battista entered the pits with 24 laps-to-go. Tharp came in one lap later, waiting for one of the three to come in before he made his commitment. That move would lose him the race. The #3 AC Delco Chevrolet flew by Tharp on the backstretch, pulling ahead for the remainder of the event while Tharp dropped to the fifth position.

Old man Bill Werkheiser was on the charge! He had to qualify just to make the 45-car field after a horrid start to the season, coming through in immaculate style to finish third on the day. Battista would hold him off for second, with Rick Jackson jumping from 30th to 15th in the standings after his second-straight top-5 effort. None of them could catch Johnny Reed Foley, who cruised to his second victory of 2024.

A winless year in 2023 speculated a return to form for the oncoming season. They were correct, with the #3 AC Delco Chevrolet up front in seemingly every event, showing dominant speed at the speedway's and holding his own everywhere else. Ronnie "Pure Love" Pressley has been his chief mechanic through it all, looking to tag-team their decade-long effort en route to their first Extravaganza Series Championship. Congrats to Johnny Reed Foley, crew chief Ronnie "Pure Love" Pressley and the entire CFM motorsports crew for an excellent victory!

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