NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Hollywood Casino 400 Preview
|Sunday, Oct. 5||Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas|
|1.5-mile oval||73,635 (grandstand seating)|
|Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio|
|2 p.m. ET||267|
|Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski|
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 3
|Kevin Harvick||Kurt Busch|
|Kevin Harvick (finished 1)|| |
|Kevin Harvick, May 2014 (194.252 mph)||Denny Hamlin, April 2012 (144.122 mph)|
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr||6|
Facts and Figures
|114.884 mph||3 hrs., 29 mins., 10 secs.|
|1.140 secs.||15 for 71 laps|
|24 among 12 drivers||Kevin Harvick (187.526 mph)|
|2013||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||114.884 mph|
|2012||Matt Kenseth||Ford||115.086 mph|
|2011||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||137.181 mph|
|2010||Greg Biffle||Ford||138.077 mph|
|2009||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||137.144 mph|
|2008||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||133.549 mph|
|2007||Greg Biffle||Ford||104.981 mph|
|2006||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||121.753 mph|
|2005||Mark Martin||Ford||137.774 mph|
|2004||Joe Nemechek||Chevrolet||128.058 mph|
|2003||Ryan Newman||Dodge||121.630 mph|
|2002||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||119.394 mph|
|2001||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||110.576 mph|
Past Pole Winners
|2002||Dale Earnhardt Jr||6|
Last Race Results
AAA 400 (Sept. 28)
|Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware||400|
|400||Kevin Harvick (finished 13)|
|3 hrs., 3 mins., 51 secs.||130.541 mph|
|4.352 secs.||5 for 23 laps|
|10 among 7 drivers|| |
Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-147; B. Keselowski 148-172; K. Harvick 173-248; M.
K. Harvick 1-147; B. Keselowski 148-172; K. Harvick 173-248; M.
Kenseth 249-249; C. Bowyer 250-250; J. McMurray 251-251; B.
Keselowski 252-304; J. Gordon 305-327; M. Kenseth 328-328; C.
Edwards 329-329; J. Gordon 330-400.
Winner: Jeff Gordon
Second: Brad Keselowski
Third: Jimmie Johnson
Fourth: Joey Logano
Fifth: Matt Kenseth
|1||Jamie McMurray||(Joplin, MO)||Chevrolet/Cessna/Monopoly|
|2||Brad Keselowski||(Rochester Hills, MI)||Ford/Miller Lite|
|3||Austin Dillon||(Welcome, NC)||Chevrolet/American Ethanol|
|4 *||Kevin Harvick||(Bakersfield, CA)||Chevrolet/Budweiser|
|5||Kasey Kahne||(Enumclaw, WA)||Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance|
|7||Michael Annett||(Des Moines, IA)||Chevrolet/Accell Construction|
|9||Marcos Ambrose||(Launceston, Australia)||Ford/Stanley|
|10||Danica Patrick||(Roscoe, IL)||Chevrolet/Aspen Dental|
|11||Denny Hamlin||(Chesterfield, VA)||Toyota/FedEx Office|
|13||Casey Mears||(Bakersfield, CA)||Ford/GEICO|
|14||Tony Stewart||(Columbus, IN)||Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers|
|15||Clint Bowyer||(Emporia, KS)||Toyota/5-Hour Energy|
|16||Greg Biffle||(Vancouver, WA)||Ford/3M|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||(Olive Branch, MS)||Ford/Cargill/Sam's Club|
|18||Kyle Busch||(Las Vegas, NV)||Toyota/M&M's|
|20||Matt Kenseth||(Cambridge, WI)||Toyota/Dollar General|
|22||Joey Logano||(Middletown, CT)||Ford/Shell/Pennzoil|
|23||Alex Bowman||(Tucson, AZ)||Toyota/Dr. Pepper|
|24||Jeff Gordon||(Vallejo, CA)||Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger|
|26||Cole Whitt||(Alpine, CA)||Toyota/Moen|
|27||Paul Menard||(Eau Claire, WI)||Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State|
|31||Ryan Newman||(South Bend, IN)||Chevrolet/Caterpillar|
|32||Joey Gase||(Cedar Rapids, IA)||Ford/Donate Life|
|33||To Be Announced||Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos|
|34||David Ragan||(Unadilla, GA)||Ford/Dockside Logistics|
|36||Reed Sorenson||(Peachtree City, GA)||Chevrolet/TBA|
|37||Mike Bliss||(Milwaukie, OR)||Chevrolet/TBA|
|38||David Gilliland||(Riverside, CA)||Ford/MDS Transport|
|40||Landon Cassill||(Fairfax, IA)||Chevrolet/Snap Fitness|
|41||Kurt Busch||(Las Vegas, NV)||Chevrolet/Haas Automation|
|42||Kyle Larson||(Elk Grove, CA)||Chevrolet/Target|
|43||Aric Almirola||(Tampa, FL)||Ford/Farmland|
|47||A.J. Allmendinger||(Los Gatos, CA)||Chevrolet/Clorox|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||(El Cajon, CA)||Chevrolet/Lowe's|
|51||Justin Allgaier||(Riverton, IL)||Chevrolet/Brandt Professional|
|55||Brian Vickers||(Thomasville, NC)||Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine|
|66||Mike Wallace||(St. Louis, MO)||Toyota/435 Overland Park Place|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||(Mayetta, NJ)||Chevrolet/Furniture Row|
|83||Travis Kvapil||(Janesville, WI)||Toyota/Burger King|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||(Kannapolis, NC)||Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew|
|95||Michael McDowell||(Glendale, AZ)||Ford/LFR|
|98||Josh Wise||(Riverside, CA)||Chevrolet/Westside Vapor|
|99||Carl Edwards||(Columbia, MO)||Ford/Fastenal|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||34||10||10||13||36||22||14||---||8|
The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway is the 30th race on the 2014
Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the first of three events in the
"Contender" Round" of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Construction of Kansas Speedway began in 1999. The first races at this 1.5-
mile racetrack -- ARCA Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events -- were
held on the same day on June 2, 2001.
During the 2012 NASCAR season, between the April and October race weekends,
this track was repaved and variable banking was added in the turns. The
banking in all four corners varies from 17-20 degrees. There is 10 degrees of
banking on the frontstretch and 5 degrees on the backstretch. The length of
the frontstretch is 2,685 feet, and the backstretch is 2,207 feet long.
There have been 17 Sprint Cup races held at Kansas, including one event per
season from 2001-2010 and two each year since then. The series most recently
competed there in May (first night race held at this track).
Five drivers have competed in each of the previous 17 races at this track:
Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
Gordon leads all drivers with three victories at Kansas. He won the inaugural
race there, the Protection One 400, on Sept. 30, 2001 and then followed up
with another victory at this track in 2002. Gordon took the checkered flag for
the night race at Kansas earlier this year.
Greg Biffle, Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each won at this
Rick Hendrick holds the record for most car owner wins at Kansas with five.
Jack Roush is next in line with four victories.
Gordon has the most top-5 finishes at this track with 10, and Johnson's 14
top-10s there is tops among all drivers.
Johnson and Kasey Kahne have the most poles at Kansas with three each.
The race winner at this track has started from the pole position four times:
Joe Nemechek (2004), Johnson (2008), Kenseth (April 2013) and Harvick (October
The closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Kansas occurred in October 2004
when Nemechek beat Ricky Rudd to the finish line by just 0.081 seconds.
Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon are those drivers who made their first career
Sprint Cup starts at Kansas. Hamlin made his debut there on Oct. 9, 2005,
while Dillon's first start came on Oct. 9, 2011.
No driver has scored his or her first race or pole win at this track.
Newman holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Kansas. He
took the checkered flag there on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was 25 years, 9 months
and 27 days old. When Mark Martin was 46 years and 9 months old, he became the
oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 9, 2005.
The second race in the Contender Round of the Chase is the Oct. 11 Bank of
America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski is the defending race