"Usually you're not happy unless you win," Keselowski said, "but you know, a day where you can fight through adversity like we did today and get a solid finish, that's kind of is a win."
Joey Logano didn't have the same chipper feeling.
He was struggling to find speed when Busch got in trouble along the wall, shot down to the apron of the track and smacked into his No. 22 Ford in a devastating head-to-head collision. The wreck knocked both cars out of the race and left debris scattered all over the asphalt.
"What was going through my mind? 'This is going to hurt,'" Logano said. "I was committed to going by him on the bottom at that point and as soon as a committed to it he started heading down the race track. At that point I was just kind of screwed."
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spent most of the afternoon running at the front, with Kenseth chasing the No. 17 Ford that he drove to victory last year at the newly resurfaced Kansas Speedway.
But Stenhouse was among several leading drivers, including Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, who were forced to pit under green with about 50 laps to go. They were just getting back onto the track when the rear-bumper on Keselowski's car that had been hanging on by a thread finally came loose.
The metal chattered across the track and brought out a caution.
Kenseth beat Truex in the race off pit road — critical at Kansas, where a second groove didn't start to round into shape until late in the race. Kahne had them both in his sights, but by the time he moved into second place, Kenseth had more than a full second on the field.
"I felt like restarting fourth, I needed to get to third, to second and to first as quickly as I possibly could," Kahne said. "I got by Jimmie and when I got to Truex, I just went around him before he could block the move, but by then, Kenseth was already gone."
Kahne, trying for his first win at Kansas, took advantage of some lapped cars to pull within a car-length with about seven laps left, only to slip backward when the traffic thinned out.
He made one last charge with two laps remaining, pulling door-to-door in Turn 4. But he couldn't make the move stick, and Kenseth pulled away over the final lap for the win.
"We had a good car, and everything worked out at the end," Kenseth said. "We were in front for the last pit stop, and that was the key."