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.
Thursday, May 26 10:30 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER 10:30 AM-7:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN 11:00 AM-8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 1:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING 2:00 PM-3:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE 7:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Friday, May 27 No on-track activity
Saturday, May 28 8:00 AM-4:30 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN 8:00 AM-4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 10:00 AM-10:55 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE 1:00 PM-1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion) · Six top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 16.045, 11th-best · Average Running Position of 15.560, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 88.0, eighth-best · 313 Fastest Laps Run, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.285, 10th-fastest · 4327 Laps in the Top 15 (54.7), 12th-most · 759 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · Ten top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 13.500, sixth-best · Average Running Position of 9.732, second-best · Driver Rating of 106.1, second-best · 499 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 177.151, second-fastest · 6202 Laps in the Top 15 (78.4), second-most · 1094 Quality Passes, second-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 18.909, 12th-best · Average Running Position of 15.798, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 87.2, 11th-best · 280 Fastest Laps Run, second-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.146, 13th-fastest · 4552 Laps in the Top 15 (57.6), 10th-most · 784 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS) · One top 10 · Average finish of 13.000, fifth-best · Average Running Position of 13.474, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 85.3, 12th-best · 21 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.500, fifth-fastest · 978 Laps in the Top 15 (66.6), fourth-most · 167 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, seven top fives, 15 top 10s · Average finish of 10.545, second-best · Average Running Position of 14.126, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 90.8, seventh-best · 147 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.270, 11th-fastest · 5130 Laps in the Top 15 (64.9), sixth-most · 961 Quality Passes, third-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · Five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.762, fourth-best · Average Running Position of 11.920, third-best · Driver Rating of 94.9, fifth-best · 288 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.472, sixth-fastest · 5547 Laps in the Top 15 (73.9), third-most · 873 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · Three wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 13.864, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 15.398, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 87.7, 10th-best · 270 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.295, ninth-fastest · 4975 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9), eighth-most · 842 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · Seven wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 14.909, ninth-best · Average Running Position of 8.563, series-best · Driver Rating of 109.0, series-best · 699 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 177.226, series-fastest · 6718 Laps in the Top 15 (85.0), series-most · 1102 Quality Passes, series-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · Four wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 11.955, third-best · Average Running Position of 13.267, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 97.4, third-best · 689 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.647, third-fastest · 4944 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5), ninth-most · 922 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · Two wins, ten top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 14.955, 10th-best · Average Running Position of 13.906, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 95.5, fourth-best · 428 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.537, fourth-fastest · 5187 Laps in the Top 15 (65.6), fifth-most · 939 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion) · One win, two top fives, five top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.538, eighth-best · Average Running Position of 14.069, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 87.8, ninth-best · 169 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.402, eighth-fastest · 2687 Laps in the Top 15 (56.7), 11th-most · 545 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion) · One win, five top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 9.571, series-best · Average Running Position of 12.658, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 93.6, sixth-best · 120 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 176.435, seventh-fastest · 3216 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7), seventh-most · 711 Quality Passes, 10th-most
All this junk posted is simply stuff I use weekly to accumulate a pre-practice driver rating. It's an easy weekly process. How those ratings work won't be shared, but all the data needed for handicapping should be posted somewhere here. Good luck week-to-week in any betting endeavor. Hope the info helps. - MR