Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kansas Betting Preview: 2017 Hollywood Casino 400

Does Kyle Busch have "The Car" this week?
Wow, the race at Talladega SuperSpeedway on Sunday really shook up the standings as over half the field wrecked, including Las Vegan Kyle Busch -- one of the favorites to win the championship -- who now has to almost win this week at Kansas Speedway in order to advance to the Round of Eight in NASCAR's Playoffs.

“We’re going to do the same things we’ve always done – same preparation, nothing different," said Busch who is seven-points behind the eighth-place transfer position. "I think we need to go in there and do our best to be prepared and when it comes to race time, try to limit our mistakes. I think that helped out there over the years and that has turned our team into a contender every time we race there, now. We’ll just do the same things this time around. It’s no different than what we typically do each and every week, though. I know Adam (Stevens, crew chief) will have a good M&M’S Halloween Camry and we will keep doing what we’ve been doing well all year long and see where the points fall for us if we can’t get a win.”

I'm told by someone well versed in the situation that Busch has "The Car" this week. We'll see.

Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile cookie cutter layout with moderate banking and will be the ninth of 11 races on those type this season. This will be the second time this season they've raced at Kansas, the first coming in May won by Martin Truex Jr. who also led the most laps. This dude is almost unbeatable on these type of tracks this season. He's won five of the eight races on 1.5s this season, including the last three. The last race on this type of track was at Charlotte two weeks ago, which Truex also won.

It's hard to make a case for anyone but Truex to win this week which is why he's going to be a short favorite. Think of a price like Clayton Kershaw going against a rookie on the Marlins. That's what Truex is this week. Yes, he's the Cy Young of NASCAR on 1.5's. There are 39 other drivers, but no team has these tracks figured like the No. 78 squad.

Read More Here.............Top-5 Finish Prediction

NASCAR Kansas Cup Series Notes: 2017 Hollywood Casino 400

Jimmie Johnson is barely hanging on to playoffs.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Hollywood Casino 400
The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: Sunday, Oct. 22
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio                   
Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 80),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on lap 267)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Kansas Lottery 300
The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 
Next Race: Texas Roadhouse 200
The Place: Martinsville Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Oct.  28
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 105.2 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 50),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 100), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

Round Of 12 Cutoff Race
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Kansas Speedway for the Round of 12 cutoff race – the Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Here is a look at the leaderboard heading to Kansas:

Rank
Driver
Points
Race Wins
Playoff Points
Pts from Cutoff
1
Martin Truex Jr.
3120
1
64
-
2
Brad Keselowsi
3101
1
26
-
3
Kyle Larson
3096
-
34
-
4
Kevin Harvick
3089
-
17
-
5
Denny Hamlin
3088
-
13
-
6
Chase Elliott
3087
-
6
-
7
Ryan Blaney
3076
-
9
-
8
Jimmie Johnson
3074
-
17
-
9
Kyle Busch
3067
-
41
-7
10
Matt Kenseth
3066
-
5
-8
11
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3052
-
10
-22
12
Jamie McMurray
3045
-
3
-29
Keselowski (2011), Harvick (2016, ‘13), Johnson (2015, ’11,’08,), Busch (2016) and Kenseth (2013, ’12) have all won at Kansas.

Two Kansas winners have gone on to capture the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship – Jeff Gordon (2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2008).

On the bubble, between Jimmie Johnson (eighth), Kyle Busch (ninth) and Matt Kenseth (10th) – all separated by only eight points) – there are a total of nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles.

Harvick Hopes For Fall Kansas Repeat
On Sunday, defending Hollywood Casino 400 winner Kevin Harvick will attempt to tie Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson for the track wins record by visiting Victory Lane for the third time at the 1.5-mile loop.

In 23 Kansas starts, Harvick claims two wins, seven top fives and 12 top 10s. He boasts the series-best average running position (9.7) at Kansas among active drivers and ranks third in average finish (8.6) and driver rating (105.8).

The No. 4 Ford driver sits fourth on the Playoff leaderboard, 22 points above Kyle Busch on the cutoff line. He can advance to the Round of 8 with no help by earning 41 points.

Kenseth Faces Elimination At Kansas
Matt Kenseth enters Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs cutoff race at Kansas Speedway eight points behind Jimmie Johnson for the final transfer spot to the Round of 8.

Kenseth is in a tough spot, but fortunately he’s been strong at Kansas. In 23 starts there, Kenseth owns two wins seven top fives and 13 top 10s. Among active drivers at the 1.5-mile track, he ranks second in driver rating (106.5), third in average running position (9.9) and fourth in average finish (11.0).

The only way Kenseth can guarantee himself entrance to the Round of 8 is to win Sunday’s race.

Kyle Busch On The Outside Looking In
If the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs ended today, Kyle Busch would be out. He’s currently ninth on the Playoff Grid, seven points behind Jimmie Johnson on the cutoff line.

Busch gets the chance to race his way into the Round of 8 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway. In 19 starts at Kansas, Busch has one win, five top fives, seven top 10s and a 17.7 average finish. Those numbers might seem pedestrian for a driver of Busch’s status, but he has figured the track out recently. In his last five races in the Jayhawk State, Busch has finished no worse than fifth and posted his lone win there during that stretch.

Johnson Continues Quest For 8
It’s make or break time for Jimmie Johnson in his quest for a record eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. He currently holds the last transfer spot to the Round of 8, sitting seven points above Kyle Busch on the cutoff line.

Johnson can advance without help if there is no new winner by finishing the race with 49 points.

The No. 48 Chevrolet driver is tied with Jeff Gordon for the Kansas wins record with three checkered flags there. He also claims nine top fives and 17 top 10s. Among active drivers at Kansas, Johnson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in driver rating (108.7) and has the second-best average running position (9.8) and average finish (8.5).

Logano Looking To Play Spoiler At Kansas
As we saw last week when Ryan Newman almost took the checkered flag at Talladega, a driver doesn’t need to be playoff-eligible to win a race. A spoiler in the Playoffs can take away an automatic qualifying bid to the next round.

Based on recent history, Joey Logano is a strong candidate to play spoiler at Kansas this weekend. In 16 starts at the 1.5-mile track, he claims two wins, six top fives and an 18.9 average finish. All six of his Kansas top fives came in his last eight races there. In the two races he didn’t finish in the top five, he wrecked out of the race.

Logano enters the race off a fourth-place showing at Talladega where he led 59 laps.

Truex Tries For Kansas Sweep
Martin Truex Jr. will attempt to become the second driver to sweep a track this year in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. The No. 78 Toyota driver led 104 laps on his way to victory there in May.

Kyle Larson swept Michigan with wins there in June and August.

Truex has been the dominant driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. He leads the series in wins (six), top fives (14, tied with Larson), top 10s (21), stage wins (19), playoff points (64), average finish (10.7), average running position (7.5), fastest laps (1,146, 16.1%), laps led (1,977, 22.2%) and driver rating (115.0).

Odds to win 2017 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway

Let's not forget about this No. 21 on Sunday. He should be fast again.
WESTGATE LAS VEGAS SUPERBOOK
ODDS TO WIN HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 - 3:16 PM ET


Martin TRUEX JR 11/4
Kyle BUSCH 11/4
Kyle LARSON 6/1
Kevin HARVICK 6/1
Denny HAMLIN 12/1
Chase ELLIOTT 10/1
Jimmie JOHNSON 12/1
Matt KENSETH 12/1
Brad KESELOWSKI 15/1
Ryan BLANEY 30/1
Kurt BUSCH 35/1
Erik JONES 40/1
Clint BOWYER 60/1
Jamie McMURRAY 60/1
Joey LOGANO 60/1
Daniel SUAREZ 100/1
Austin DILLON 100/1
Dale EARNHARDT JR 200/1
Kasey KAHNE 200/1
Ricky STENHOUSE JR 300/1
Ryan NEWMAN 500/1
Paul MENARD 500/1
Trevor BAYNE 1000/1
Ty DILLON 1000/1
Chris BUESCHER 1000/1
Danica PATRICK 1000/1
AJ ALLMENDINGER 1000/1
Aric ALMIROLA 1000/1
Michael McDOWELL 5000/1
FIELD (all others) 1000/1

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Kansas Speedway Track Facts: Hollywood Casino 400

This guy is insane on 1.5-mile tracks this season. He won at Kansas in May.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Kansas Speedway
·        Since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff inception in 2004, Kansas Speedway has occupied five different positions on the Playoff schedule over the past 13 seasons. This season the famous 1.5-mile speedway returns to the sixth race of the Playoffs, but for the first time it is the cutoff race for the Round of 12.
·        Kansas Speedway hosted the fourth race of the Playoffs from 2004-2005. Then from 2006 – 2010 Kansas was the third race of the Playoffs. In in 2011, Kansas moved back to the fourth race in the Playoffs. In 2012, Kansas moved to the sixth race in the Playoffs for the first time. From 2013 – 2014 it was again moved back to the fourth race in the Playoffs, and then the most recent two seasons (2015-2016), Kansas was the fifth race of the Playoffs.  
·        Eight tracks have hosted Playoff races all 13 previous years – New Hampshire, Dover, Charlotte, Kansas, Talladega, Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.
·       Eight different drivers have won the Kansas Playoff races, led by Jimmie Johnson (2008 and 2011), Kevin Harvick (2013 and 2016), Joey Logano (2014 and 2015), Greg Biffle (2007 and 2010) and Tony Stewart (2006 and 2009). 
Kansas Playoff Race Winners
Winners
Playoff Wins
Jimmie Johnson
2
Kevin Harvick
2
Joey Logano
2
Greg Biffle
2
Tony Stewart
2
Matt Kenseth
1
Joe Nemechek
1
Mark Martin
1


·        Only once has the winner of the Kansas Speedway Playoff race gone on to win the title: 
o   In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won from the pole at Kansas, leading 124 laps, and went on to win his third consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.
·        The worst finish in a Playoff race at Kansas by a driver that went on to win the title was 15th by Tony Stewart (2011).
·        Last season’s champion, Jimmie Johnson, finished fourth in the Playoff race at Kansas after starting 21st.
·        Three non-Playoff drivers have won the Playoff race at Kansas Speedway:
o   Joe Nemechek (2004) was ranked 21st in the points at the time of the win.
o   Tony Stewart (2006) was 11th in points at the time of the win.
o   Greg Biffle (2007) was 14th in the points at the time of the win.  
·        Eight drivers have won the pole for the Playoff races at Kansas – Kasey Kahne (three), Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth (two each), Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Joe Nemechek and Mark Martin (each have one).
·        Top five active Kansas Playoff race lap leaders (2004-2016): Matt Kenseth (590 laps led, 18%), Jimmie Johnson (536 laps led, 16%), Kevin Harvick (329 laps led, 10%), Joey Logano (199 laps led, 8%) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (114 laps led, 4%).   
·        Only two manufacturers have won Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Kansas Speedway – Chevrolet (seven wins) and Ford (six wins).
·        Four manufacturers have won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway – Chevrolet (seven poles), Ford (four), Dodge and Toyota (one each).   


2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Top 12 at Kansas Speedway:
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating*
 
 
1
Martin Truex Jr
18
1
1
5
6
1
15.9
98.4
 
2
Brad Keselowski
15
1
1
3
8
1
13.1
90.3
 
3
Kyle Larson
7
0
0
1
2
1
18.4
90.6
 
4
Kevin Harvick
23
3
2
7
12
1
10
105.8
 
5
Denny Hamlin
18
0
1
4
5
2
17
86.8
 
6
Chase Elliott
3
0
0
0
1
0
23
80.3
 
7
Ryan Blaney
5
1
0
2
3
0
11.4
92.2
 
8
Jimmie Johnson
22
3
3
9
17
1
9.6
108.7
 
9
Kyle Busch
19
0
1
5
7
4
17.7
87.0
 
10
Matt Kenseth
23
3
2
7
13
2
13.1
106.5
 
11
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
9
0
0
0
0
0
18
75.0
 
12
Jamie McMurray
21
0
0
0
4
2
20.4
72.3
 
* – Driver Rating based on the last 19 races at Kansas Speedway (2005 – 2017).


2017 Playoff Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points
Track
Stage 1 Winner
Stage 2 Winner
Race Winner
 
Following Playoff Race #5
Round of 16
 
Drivers
Pts
Chicago
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr.
 
Martin Truex Jr.
64
New Hampshire
Martin Truex Jr 
Kyle Busch 
Kyle Busch 
 
Kyle Busch
41
Dover
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch 
 
Kyle Larson
34
Round of 12
 
Brad Keselowski
26
Charlotte
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr.
 
Kevin Harvick
17
Talladega
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
 
Jimmie Johnson
17
Kansas
    
Denny Hamlin
13
Round of 8
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10
Martinsville
    
Ryan Blaney
9
Texas



 
Chase Elliott
6
Phoenix
    
Matt Kenseth
5
Championship 4
 
Jamie McMurray
3
Homestead-Miami



   


Kansas Speedway Data
Season Race #: 11 of 36 (05-13-17)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  2,685 feet
Backstretch Length:  2,207 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 80 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 107 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas
Jimmie Johnson........................ 108.7
Matt Kenseth............................ 106.5
Kevin Harvick........................... 105.8
Martin Truex Jr........................... 98.4
Ryan Blaney............................... 92.2
Kasey Kahne.............................. 91.1
Kyle Larson................................ 90.6
Brad Keselowski......................... 90.3
Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 88.6
Kurt Busch................................. 87.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (19 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 pole winner:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota Camry
192.089 mph, 28.112 secs. 10-15-16

2016 race winner:
Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet SS
133.155 mph, (03:00:28), 10-16-16

Track qualifying record:
Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet SS
197.773 mph, 27.304 secs. 10-03-14

Track race record:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota Camry
144.122 mph, (02:46:44), 04-22-12

Kansas Speedway:
History
·        Groundbreaking for the speedway was held on May 25, 1999.
·        The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet, 110.576 mph, 3:37:19).
·        During the 2012 season, between the April and October events, the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave, adding variable banking in the corners.
Starts
·        There have been 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
·        131 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas; 100 in more than one.
·        Four drivers have started all 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway – Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
·        Joey Logano (16 starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 9.750.
·        Four drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway: Erik Jones (5/09/2015), Ryan Blaney (5/10/2014), Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005).
Poles
·        15 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne with three each.
·        Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph (Dodge) driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. Leffler is the only driver to post his first career MENCS pole at Kansas.

·        Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only two drivers to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (Johnson: 2007-2008 and Harvick: Fall of 2013-2014 sweep).
·        Youngest Kansas pole winner: Ryan Blaney (05/13/2017 – 23 years, 2 months, 43 days).
·        Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/04/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
·        Four manufacturers have won Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 10; followed by Ford (six), Dodge (four) and Toyota (three).  
Wins
·        14 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson with three each. Nine of the 14 Kansas winners are currently active.
·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with six: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014) and Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015).
·        Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the MENCS; led by Chevrolet with 11 victories, Fordwith six, Toyota has four and Dodge has two.
·        Four of the 23 (17.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole: Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013) and Kevin Harvick (fall 2013). 
·        Five of the 23 (21.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place.
·        13 of the 23 (56.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        21 of the 23 (91.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-20 starting position.
·        Two of the 23 (9%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. – 21st (Tony Stewart, 2006) and 25th (Brad Keselowski, 2011).
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway is 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
·        Youngest Kansas winner: Joey Logano (10/05/2014 – 24 years, 4 months, 11 days).
·        Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).
·        Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 – the first two MENCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall 2012, spring 2013). 
·        Jeff Gordon is the only driver to win at Kansas in his first appearance. 
·        No MENCS drivers have won their first career race at Kansas Speedway.
·        Martin Truex Jr. competed at Kansas Speedway 17 times before winning in 2017; the longest span of any the nine active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Kansas.
·        Martin Truex Jr. (17), Kyle Busch (16), Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.
·        Kurt Busch leads the series with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23.

Additional Finishing Positions
·        Kevin Harvick has the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with three; followed by Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Newman with two each.  
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11; followed by Jimmie Johnson with nine, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle each have seven.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 17; followed by Jeff Gordon(14), Carl Edwards (13) and Matt Kenseth (13).
·        Rusty Wallace (five starts) leads the series in average finish at Kansas with an 8.200.
·        Jimmie Johnson (22 starts) leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position of 9.591.

Track / Event Specific Stats
·        There have been two MENCS races resulting a NASCAR Overtime finish at Kansas Speedway:
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
Overtime Laps
Race Winners
Date
267
269
2
Joey Logano
10/18/2015
267
272
5
Jimmie Johnson
10/9/2011

·        Only one of the 23 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions:
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
Fewer Laps
Race Winner
Date
267
210
-57
Greg Biffle
9/30/2007

·        Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway. 
·        The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kansas race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions. 
·        Below you find the top five closest margins of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993:
 MOV
Winner
Runner-Up
Date
0.081
Joe Nemechek
Ricky Rudd
10/10/2004
0.112
Jeff Gordon
Kevin Harvick
5/10/2014
0.150
Matt Kenseth
Kasey Kahne
4/21/2013
0.280
Jimmie Johnson
Carl Edwards
9/28/2008
0.413
Jeff Gordon
Ryan Newman
9/30/2001
·        Of the 23 MENCS races held at Kansas Speedway, only the Sept. 30, 2007 event has ended under caution – weather – Greg Biffle won the event.

Female Competitor Stats
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
Date
Danica Patrick
24
36
56.2
5/13/2017
Danica Patrick
19
18
65.0
10/16/2016
Danica Patrick
23
20
53.9
5/7/2016
Danica Patrick
29
22
54.7
10/18/2015
Danica Patrick
27
27
54.4
5/9/2015
Danica Patrick
29
16
67.9
10/5/2014
Danica Patrick
9
7
101.4
5/10/2014
Danica Patrick
29
43
29.3
10/6/2013
Danica Patrick
25
25
55.8
4/21/2013
Danica Patrick
40
32
40.4
10/21/2012
Averages
25.4
24.6
57.9
 

·        Danica Patrick’s seventh-place finish (2014) at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the third-highest finish by a female driver in series history. Patrick’s series career-best finish is sixth (Atlanta).
·        The best finish by a female driver in the MENCS is Sarah Christian’s fifth-place finish (Heidelberg) in 1949. 



NASCAR in Kansas
·        There has been a total of 61 NASCAR national series races among two tracks held in the state of Kansas.
Track Name
City
MENCS
NXS
NCWTS
Total Races
Kansas Speedway
Kansas City
23
16
17
56
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka
0
0
5
5
Totals
 
23
16
22
61

Kansas Drivers In NASCAR
·        17 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.
·        Of the 17 Kansas drivers, only 10 have competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Clint Bowyer (Emporia) leads all Kansas drivers in MENCS starts with 407.    
·        Of the 17 Kansas drivers, only two of them have won a NASCAR national series race; both have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Driver
Monster Energy
XFINITY
Camping World
Total
Clint Bowyer
8
8
3
19
Jim Roper
1
0
0
1
Total
9
8
3
20


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Milestones
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
STARTS
Jimmie Johnson
574
1
To become the 31st driver in series history to start 575 or more races
Kasey Kahne
499
1
To become the 40th driver in series history to start 500 or more races
Matt DiBenedetto
99
1
To become the 198th driver in series history to start 100 or more races
Ty Dillon
49
1
To become the 285th driver in series history to start 50 or more races
WINS
Jimmie Johnson
83
1
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip (84) for fourth on MENCS wins list
Kyle Busch
42
2
Tie Bill Elliott (44) for 16th on all-time MENCS wins list
Matt Kenseth
38
1
Tie Tim Flock (39) for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kevin Harvick
36
1
Tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 21st on MENCS all-time wins list
Denny Hamlin
31
1
Tie Dale Jarrett (32) for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kurt Busch
29
1
Tie Denny Hamlin (30) for 25th on all-time MENCS wins list
Dale Earnhardt Jr
26
2
Tie Rex White (28) for 28th on all-time MENCS wins list
Brad Keselowski
24
1
Tie Joe Weatherly, Jim Paschal (25) for 31st on all-time MENCS wins list
POLES
Ryan Newman
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time MENCS poles list
Jimmie Johnson
35
1
Tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 17th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kasey Kahne
27
2
Tie Ricky Rudd (29) for 24th on the all-time MENCS poles list
Kyle Busch
27
2
Tie Ricky Rudd (29) for 24th on the all-time MENCS poles list
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Jimmie Johnson
46
2
Tie Lee Petty for 11th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Dale Earnhardt Jr
149
1
To become the 24th driver to post 150 or more MENCS top-five finishes
Matt Kenseth
323
2
To become the 14th driver in series history to post 325 top 10s or more
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
24
1
To post his 25th career MENCS top-10 finish
LAPS LED
Jimmie Johnson
18,639
361
To become the ninth driver in series history to lead 19,000 or more laps
Matt Kenseth
11,660
340
To become the 15th MENCS driver all-time to lead 12,000 or more laps
Kurt Busch
8,877
126
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Denny Hamlin
8,573
427
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps