Kurt Busch passes Larson late for a Kansas Speedway win

Kurt Busch had just the slimmest of leads over Kyle Larson as they came down the front stretch on lap 259 of the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. Busch went on to win the race, and Larson finished second. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Kurt Busch used a family connection and then a sly move to take the lead in the AdventHealth 400 with eight laps remaining. The veteran driver went on to take the checkered flag, his 34th win but only the first with 23XI Racing, a new team started last year by co-owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

Though Busch led at the end of stage 2, a slow pit stop under caution on lap 234 dropped him into third place behind his brother Kyle Busch, with Kyle Larson in the lead.

After Kyle Busch made an attempt to pass Larson and conceded his car didn’t have enough pace, he let Kurt move up to second and try his luck.

Kurt had taken the measure of Larson on a earlier pass and was sheltering his tires for a late-race move. Judging that Larson would be weakest at turn 2, he made his move there and had the speed and grip to make it stick.

Once in clean air, Busch’s Toyota was at its strongest and got well clear of Larson by the last lap.

As Busch described it afterwards, “It all unfolded perfectly where I was able to make the move and not lose momentum and break the draft and bring our Toyota home to victory lane.”

Larson finished second.  Kyle Busch finished third and won stage 1. Denny Hamlin finished fourth, and Christopher Bell, who qualified with the fastest time, led 37 laps and finished fifth.

Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Tyrone Garner was in attendance and reflected on the event before the race.

“This is awesome, having people from all over the country come and converge on Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. It really highlights how awesome our community is,” the mayor said.

“Really, you couldn’t ask for a better venue, when you talk about NASCAR and the longstanding partnership Wyandotte County’s had.”

“I’m optimistic about the future,” Garner added. “This is a good example of the value of positive partnerships we have with entities such as NASCAR.”

NASCAR racing returns to Kansas Speedway with the Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 on Sept. 10 and the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 on Sept. 11.

Kurt Busch celebrated with his team in victory lane after the race. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Tyrone Garner got an embrace from driver Bubba Wallace during pre-race introductions. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Morning storms cleared in time for an afternoon of racing action at Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Kurt Busch led Kyle Busch around turn 4. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Kurt Busch greeted Sen. Roger Marshall before the race. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Christopher Bell’s pit crew sprinted to their stations during a pit stop. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
A fan looked out at the speedway stands from the infield. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Daniel Suarez’s Chevrolet showed some wear and tear from hitting the wall on lap 63. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
The base color guard from Whiteman Air Force Base presented the colors before the race. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Kurt Busch, wearing pants that matched his race car, walked to pit road before the race. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Friends enjoyed the warm weather and racing action from the Kansas Speedway stands. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Ross Chastain raced for the title sponsor in the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Kurt Busch crossed the finish line under the checkered flag for the race win. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Austin Cindric and Chase Elliott raced wheel to wheel around turn 4. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

Large community response seen to request for UG committee members

Mayor Tyrone Garner has received a large community response to his request for members of new Unified Government committees, according to a UG news release.

More than 250 community members, advocates and UG employees expressed an interest to participate in the committees, the news release stated.

On Jan. 25, Mayor Garner brought forward his vision for committees to work together with the UG commission chairs to create solutions to address some of the most pressing issues facing the community , according to the news release.

The committee chairs will lead listening sessions with committee volunteers to learn more about interests and perspective while establishing goals for the committees, the news release stated.

The committees will address topics including equitable development, the needs of unhoused residents, safety and justice, arts and culture, government efficiency, business, community health and recreation.

“I am committed to being community-driven,” Mayor Garner said in the news release. “I look forward to collaborating with our community to make Wyandotte County a great place to live, work, and raise a family. These committees are just the beginning of our effort to create new ways for neighbors to be engaged in problem-solving through collaboration with the Unified Government.”

In pursuit of his goals to engage more community members in shaping the future of Wyandotte County, the mayor will be launching two additional task forces and a Council of Clergy this month, according to the news release.

Mayor’s Environment and Green Energy Task Force

Pollution and climate change disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities, including people living with disabilities, economically disadvantaged households, the elderly, youth and people of color, according to the news release.

This task force will assess environmental justice across our county and, through meaningful involvement, shape policy recommendations for a more sustainable Wyandotte. The task force will focus on the identification and development of innovative policies and strategies to address green design, renewable energy and sustainable resource management.

For example, the task force will explore distributed energy and utility-scale green energy generation to mitigate impacts of supply disruptions, reduce energy costs and eliminate the reliance on fossil fuels. Furthermore, the task force will develop recommendations on tax policies and financing options, including federal grants and funding resources, to promote a green economy to ensure resiliency as a community for generations to come, the news release stated.

Mayor’s Quindaro Ruins Task Force

Over the years, there have been many community-led efforts to reimagine and support the Quindaro Ruins as a national destination of considerable historic significance. Mayor Garner will convene this task force to engage interested stakeholders and community groups in advancing the preservation of this historic national site, according to the news release.

With the goal of developing a unified strategic plan that moves the site from a state of ruin to economic revitalization, the convening taskforce should be made up of representatives from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Unified Government, private ownerships, key stakeholders from existing committees and organizations, historians, tourism and park service professionals.

A community town hall will be scheduled in the future to convene interested parties in a discussion of what is possible, according to the news release.

Mayor’s Council of Clergy

The Council of Clergy will advise the mayor and his staff on critical issues pertaining to community development, engagement and citizen involvement.

Likewise, the Council of Clergy will serve as a conduit to share information with their congregations and faith communities regarding opportunities and critical needs. Participating faith leaders will facilitate a dialogue within each congregation for civic engagement, support the Unified Government upon request and assist in recruiting volunteers and participate in local events that support children and families, according to the news release.

The Council of Clergy will officially launch on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the conclusion of the Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer event. Interested clergy members may sign up with the form below.

How to get involved

If you are interested in volunteering for either task force or the Council of Clergy, complete a short form at https://us.openforms.com/Form/c77a95cd-785f-4566-ad4d-ed098e8a67a0 and more information will be sent to you.

  • Information from UG