NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer couldn’t have asked for much better timing.
A native of Emporia, Kan., Bowyer strutted around Kansas Speedway on Friday wearing a Royals cap.
He was heading to the game, too.
Bowyer, who is in town for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, said he landed tickets to the opening game of the American League Championship Series from a friend — Royals manger Ned Yost.
“I didn’t have tickets, and he did text me, and now I have really good tickets,” Bowyer said.
Baseball on Friday, and back to NASCAR on Sunday.
“Big weekend for all of us Kansans and everybody in the Kansas City area,” Bowyer said. “This is such a neat weekend to see all this going down. There’s a lot of big events.”
Earlier this year, Bowyer threw out the first pitch at a Royals game and took batting practice before the game. Bowyer struck up a friendship with Yost, a NASCAR fan, who said he asked Bowyer for help picking out his lineup in his fantasy racing league.
Pressure on Kenseth
A wreck last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway not only knocked Matt Kenseth out of the Bank of America 500, it also forced him to settle for a 42nd-place finish.
That left him in last place in the 12-man Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Kenseth is facing immense pressure entering Sunday’s race, which starts at 1:15 p.m. on NBC (Channels 27, 41).
To put it simply, he needs points — or, even better, a win — if he’s going to advance from the Contender Round.
Nevertheless, Kenseth said he’s not changing his approach to Sunday’s race.
“For me it’s really no different,” he said. “We show up and try to do the best we can every week. Same this week. Obviously, a win moves you on, but I don’t feel like it’s a must-win.”
Edwards gets his pick
Columbia native Carl Edwards just missed out on the pole Friday for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
That’s not to say that Edwards didn’t come out a winner, however.
He is entitled to the first pick of pit stalls after pole winner Brad Keselowski lost the privilege for accumulating written infractions.
“It’s a great lap for us. So really, we’ll get that first pit stall, which will be huge,” Edwards said. “That’s a gift, and we’ll take it.”
It will be Edwards’ eighth top-10 start in 17 races at Kansas Speedway.
Todd Engle contributed to this report.