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DateSunday, Oct. 5SiteKansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
Track1.5-mile ovalCapacity73,635 (grandstand seating)
AnnouncersRadioMotor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time2 p.m. ETLaps267
Pick to WinPick to Win - Brad KeselowskiDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 3
Defending ChampionKevin HarvickRunner UpKurt Busch
Last Year's Pole WinnerKevin Harvick (finished 1)  


Qualifying RecordsKevin Harvick, May 2014 (194.252 mph)Race RecordDenny Hamlin, April 2012 (144.122 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Kevin Harvick1
6Jimmie Johnson3
2Kurt Busch19
7Paul Menard8
3Jeff Gordon14
8Dale Earnhardt Jr6
4Joey Logano5
9Marcos Ambrose25
5Carl Edwards9
10Aric Almirola20

Facts and Figures

Average Speed114.884 mphTime of Race3 hrs., 29 mins., 10 secs.
Margin of Victory1.140 secs.Caution Flags15 for 71 laps
Lead Changes24 among 12 driversPole WinnerKevin Harvick (187.526 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Kevin HarvickChevrolet114.884 mph
2012Matt KensethFord115.086 mph
2011Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet137.181 mph
2010Greg BiffleFord138.077 mph
2009Tony StewartChevrolet137.144 mph
2008Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet133.549 mph
2007Greg BiffleFord104.981 mph
2006Tony StewartChevrolet121.753 mph
2005Mark MartinFord137.774 mph
2004Joe NemechekChevrolet128.058 mph
2003Ryan NewmanDodge121.630 mph
2002Jeff GordonChevrolet119.394 mph
2001Jeff GordonChevrolet110.576 mph

Past Pole Winners

2013Kevin Harvick1
2012Kasey Kahne4
2011Greg Biffle8
2010Kasey Kahne37
2009Mark Martin7
2008Jimmie Johnson1
2007Jimmie Johnson3
2006Kasey Kahne33
2005Matt Kenseth5
2004Joe Nemechek1
2003Jimmie Johnson7
2002Dale Earnhardt Jr6
2001Jason Leffler28

Last Race Results

AAA 400 (Sept. 28)

SiteDover International Speedway -- Dover, DelawareMiles400
Laps400Pole WinnerKevin Harvick (finished 13)
Time of Race3 hrs., 3 mins., 51 secs.Average Speed130.541 mph
Margin of Victory4.352 secs.Caution Flags5 for 23 laps
Lead Changes10 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

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna/Monopoly
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4 *Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/Aspen Dental
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Cargill/Sam's Club
18Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Moen
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Joey Gase(Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/Donate Life
33To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Mike Bliss(Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Snap Fitness
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Mike Wallace(St. Louis, MO)Toyota/435 Overland Park Place
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/LFR
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Westside Vapor
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal

Leading Contenders

Kevin Harvick241566243611Won
Kurt Busch14251130111313252
Jeff Gordon1039542534103
Joey Logano---------29281729194
Carl Edwards363721065145
Jimmie Johnson6143Won92Won96
Dale Earnhardt Jr.34101013362214---8
Matt Kenseth5233553974Won11
Greg Biffle212Won33Won82713
Clint Bowyer---921221157614
Kasey Kahne19339216372415
Brad Keselowski------------13233817
Denny Hamlin32182911512161323
Kyle Busch21741281221113134
Ryan Newman23244316229183035
Tony Stewart4Won3940Won4155---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
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 track twice. 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 2013). 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 winner.
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