Kansas Speedway Track Facts: 2014 Quaker State 400
Matt Kenseth won on 4 of the 11 1.5-mile races last season; he has one top-5 finish in 4 attempts this season
Kentucky Speedway Data
Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-28-14)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 8 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,662 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,600 feet
Race Length: 200 laps / 300 miles
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky
Jimmie Johnson........................ 125.9
Kyle Busch............................... 125.2
Matt Kenseth............................. 109.3
Brad Keselowski....................... 104.8
Kasey Kahne.............................. 98.2
Denny Hamlin............................. 98.1
Carl Edwards.............................. 94.5
Jeff Gordon................................ 91.8
Martin Truex Jr............................ 90.7
Kurt Busch.................................. 90.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (three total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet
183.636 mph, 29.406 secs. 06-29-13
2013 race winner:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota
131.948 mph, (03:02:07), 06-30-13
Track qualifying record:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet
183.636 mph, 29.406 secs. 06-29-13
Track race record:
Brad Keselowski., Dodge
145.607 mph, (02:45:02), 06-30-12
At Kentucky Speedway:
·In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
·The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
·The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.
·There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.
·53 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 42 in more than one.
·The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book.
·Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the only two drivers that have won Coors Light poles at Kentucky.
·Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (06/30/2012 – 36 years, nine months, 13 days).
·Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (06/30/2013 – 38 years, eight months, 20 days).
·Three different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011), Brad Keselowski(06/30/2012) and Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013).
·Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 – 26 years, two months, seven days).
·Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 – 41 years, three months, 20 days).
·Joe Gibbs Racing leads the series in wins at Kentucky with two (2011, 2013); followed by Penske Racing(2012) with one.
· Two different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013) and Dodge (2012).
·Kyle Busch won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the first starting position. Due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race it was not from the Coors Light pole.
·One of the three (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row.
·Two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky was 16th, by Matt Kenseth last season.
·Three different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012) and Jamie McMurray (2013).
·Kyle Busch leads the series in top-five finishes at Kentucky with two.
·Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead the series in top-10 finishes at Kentucky with three each.
·Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 2.333.
·Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 4.667. Kyle Busch (5.333), Jimmie Johnson (6.000), Jeff Gordon (7.667), and Kasey Kahne (8.667)are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
·Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the July 9, 2011 race won by Kyle Busch over David Reutimann with a MOV of 0.179 second.
·None of the three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
·None of the three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
·Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race.
·Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 243 laps led in three starts. Jimmie Johnson has led the second-most with 203.
·Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.
NASCAR in Kentucky
·There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup races among two tracks in Kentucky.
·42 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky; three have posted wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
1 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser / Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 118.8 2015 Rundown · Three wins, 22 top fives, 27 top 10s, · Led 2248 laps · Average Finish of 8.9 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 7.571, series-best · Average Running Position of 10.030, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 102.5, fourth-best · 2072 Laps in the Top 15 (77.6), fourth-most · 435 Quality Passes, seventh-most
2 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5 2015 Rundown · One win, five top fives, 20 top 10s, · Led 256 laps · Average Finish of 13.9 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.563, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 11.465, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 100.7, fifth-best · 1998 Laps in the Top 15 (74.8), seventh-most · 467 Quality Passes, fifth-most
3 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Crispy Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107 2015 Rundown · Four wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s, · Led 695 laps · Average Finish of 11.2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One top five, three top 10s · Average finish of 23.1, 25th-best · Average Running Position of 16.056, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.019, eighth-fastest · 1696 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5), 10th-most · 422 Quality Passes, eighth-most
4 - Martin Truex, Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100 2015 Rundown · One win, eight top fives, 22 top 10s, · Led 564 laps · Average Finish of 12.2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · Three top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 10, second-best · Average Running Position of 9.037, second-best · Driver Rating of 106.6, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.357, series-fastest · 1981 Laps in the Top 15 (82.4), second-most · 563 Quality Passes, series-most