Home cooking? Clint Bowyer hails from Emporia, Kansas
At Kansas Speedway:
·Groundbreaking 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon.
·During the 2012 season, between the April and October events the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners.
·There have been 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
·108 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 79 in more than one.
·Nine drivers have made all 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway – Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.
·Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light Pole Award at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph.
·10 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each.
·Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (2007 and 2008).
·Youngest Kansas pole winner: Jason Leffler (09/30/2001 – 26 years, 0 months, 14 days).
·Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/04/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
·10 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
·Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Kansas in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with four each; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing with two each.
·Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with seven victories; followed by Ford with four wins.
·Two of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the pole; Joe Nemechek(2004) and Jimmie Johnson (2008).
·Three starting positions have produced multiple wins at Kansas Speedway: the pole, fifth and 19th each have two wins.
·Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: two from the pole and one from second-place.
·Eight of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·Two of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
·Youngest Kansas winner: Ryan Newman (10/05/2003 – 25 years, 9 months, 27 days).
·Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).
·Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman are tied for thelead in runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.
·Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with eight; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.
·Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11; followed by Jeff Gordon (10).
·Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 10.615.
·Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup average finish better than 10.0 at Kansas: Jimmie Johnson (8.0) and Brad Keselowski (9.8).
·There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267 scheduled laps/272 actual laps).
·Only one of the 14 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007 (267 scheduled laps/210 actual laps).
·Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
·Jason Leffler (09/30/2001) is the only driver to post his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway.
·2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin(10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway.
·Jeff Gordon is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway (2001 and 2002 – the first two NSCS events at Kansas).
·Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas in his first appearance.
·Matt Kenseth competed at Kansas Speedway 13 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any of the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas.
·Matt Kenseth is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win at Kansas Speedway.
·Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch and Bobby Labonte lead the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 14.
·Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway was the (10/10/2004) race won by Joe Nemechek with a MOV of 0.081 second.
·Danica Patrick is the only female driver to have competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series(10/21/2012) – starting 40th and finishing 32nd.
·Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 547 laps led in 13 starts.
Kansas Speedway Data
Season Race #: 8 of 36 (04-21-13)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 17-20 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 17-20 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
Top 12 Driver Rating at Kansas
Jimmie Johnson........................ 119.5
Greg Biffle................................ 113.0
Matt Kenseth........................... 106.4
Jeff Gordon.............................. 101.5
Tony Stewart........................... 100.8
Carl Edwards............................ 95.1
Mark Martin.............................. 91.3
Kevin Harvick............................ 90.6
Martin Truex Jr.......................... 90.5
Brad Keselowski....................... 90.1
Kasey Kahne............................ 89.8
Denny Hamlin........................... 89.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (10 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway
2012 pole winner: AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 175.993 mph, 30.683 secs. 04-20-12
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/ Red Cross Ford) · Two wins, two top fives, five top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 13.9 · Average Running Position of 10.3, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 107.5, third-best · Series-high 286 Fastest Laps Run · 452 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.878 mph, fifth-fastest · 2,441 Laps in the Top 15 (73.7%), fifth-most · 291 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota) · One win, two top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 14.4 · Average Running Position of 9.0, third-best · Driver Rating of 106.2, fifth-best · 230 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 492 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.996 mph, third-fastest · 2,790 Laps in the Top 15 (84.3%), second-most · Series-high 337 Quality Passes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet) · Three top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 14.9 · Average Running Position of 12.2, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 91.4, 10th-best · 547 Green Flag Passes, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.451 mph, 11th-fastest · 2,277 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), eighth-most · 273 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Ford EcoBoost Ford) · Three top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 12.5 · Average Running Position of 12.8, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 93.4, ninth-best · 151 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 480 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.593 mph, ninth-fastest · 2,248 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), ninth-most · 279 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet) · Seven wins, 19 top fives, 22 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 11.5 · Series-best Average Running Position of 8.1 · Series-best Driver Rating of 111.8 · 194 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 160.130 mph · Series-high 2,982 Laps in the Top 15 (90.1%) · 272 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota) · One win, four top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 5.4 · Average Running Position of 8.6, second-best · Driver Rating of 108.9, second-best · 182 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.977 mph, fourth-fastest · 2,488 Laps in the Top 15 (84.6%), fourth-most · 266 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 KOBALT Tools Chevrolet) · Three wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 8.8 · Average Running Position of 9.9, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 107.5, fourth-best · 233 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · 485 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.069 mph, second-fastest · 2,504 Laps in the Top 15 (75.6%), third-most · 252 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet) · Three top fives, four top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 14.2 · Average Running Position of 10.4, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 99.1, sixth-best · 217 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.655 mph, eighth-fastest · 2,318 Laps in the Top 15 (70.0%), seventh-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota) · One win, two top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 16.7 · Average Running Position of 14.3, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 90.9, 11th-best · 113 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 469 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.346 mph, 12th-fastest · 223 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Seven top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.3 · Average Running Position of 11.6, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 95.8, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.708 mph, seventh-fastest · 2,425 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), sixth-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) · Four top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 12.0 · Average Running Position of 13.9, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 89.6, 12th-best · 105 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · Series-high 563 Green Flag Passes · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.535 mph, 10th-fastest · 2,144 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), 11th-most · 300 Quality Passes, second-most
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet) · One top five, three top 10s · Average finish of 11.4 · Average Running Position of 12.4, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 94.8, eighth-best · 125 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 510 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.745 mph, sixth-fastest · 250 Quality Passes, ninth-most