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
Thursday, March 6 10:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 12:00 PM 4:00 PM NSCS TESTING 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, March 7 6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE & INSPECTION BEGINS 10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING 11:00 AM 12:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE 3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING 5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 8 7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 8:30 - 9:20 AM NSCS PRACTICE 11:30 AM 12:30 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE 1:15 PM NNS RACE 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, March 9 6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 8:30 - 9:30 AM Speedway Children's Charity Track Walk 10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING 11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS 12:00 PM NSCS RACE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Las Vegas Driver Tale of the Tape
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Red Cross Ford) · Two top fives, six top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.8 · Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 103.0, fourth-best · 150 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 483 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 170.361 mph, fourth-fastest · 1,754 Laps in the Top 15 (72.4%), fifth-most · 270 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota) · One win, four top fives, five top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 14.7 · Average Running Position of 10.3, third-best · Driver Rating of 102.8, fifth-best · 110 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 500 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 170.333 mph, sixth-fastest · Series-high 1,904 Laps in the Top 15 (78.5%) · Series-high 358 Quality Passes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Mountain Dew Kickstart Chevrolet) · Two top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 15.6 · Average Running Position of 14.9, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 88.2, ninth-best · 90 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 532 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 169.982 mph, eighth-fastest · 1,590 Laps in the Top 15 (65.6%), eighth-most · 284 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford) · Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 9.7 · Average Running Position of 11.6, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 98.8, sixth-best · 155 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 571 Green Flag Passes, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 170.031 mph, seventh-fastest · 1,768 Laps in the Top 15 (72.9%), fourth-most · 344 Quality Passes, second-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · One win, six top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 15.4 · Average Running Position of 10.0, second-best · Driver Rating of 103.8, second-best · 177 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 491 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 170.356 mph, fifth-fastest · 1,870 Laps in the Top 15 (77.1%), second-most · 334 Quality Passes, third-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · Three top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 12.7 · Average Running Position of 11.7, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 94.8, eighth-best · 60 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · 521 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 169.944 mph, ninth-fastest · 1,680 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), seventh-most · 267 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet) · Four wins, five top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 9.5 · Series-best Average Running Position of 9.6 · Series-best Driver Rating of 112.3 · Series-high 316 Fastest Laps Run · 499 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 170.622 mph · 1,825 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most · 311 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) · Three top fives, five top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 14.0 · Average Running Position of 14.3, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 87.7, 10th-best · 88 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 539 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 169.550 mph, 11th-fastest · 1,498 Laps in the Top 15 (61.8%), 10th-most · 245 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Three wins, six top fives, seven top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.6 · Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 98.7, seventh-best · 193 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 170.475 mph, second-fastest · 1,551 Laps in the Top 15 (64.0%), ninth-most · 253 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) · One top 10 · Average finish of 14.0 · Average Running Position of 14.7, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 83.1, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 169.343 mph, 12th-fastest
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Zest Ford) · Average finish of 18.0 · Average Running Position of 12.9, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 83.5, 11th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 169.856 mph, 10th-fastest
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) · One win, six top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 12.7 · Average Running Position of 11.8, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 103.4, third-best · 187 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 501 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 170.371 mph, third-fastest · 1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), sixth-most · 298 Quality Passes, fifth-most