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THE RACE: Kansas Lottery 300

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #29 of 33 for the 2014 season

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Race: Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: Kansas Lottery

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 2nd
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, October 3rd
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 4th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:15 AM (12:15 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Kansas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Kansas: #54-Kyle Busch won the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. #5-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #22-Ryan Blaney, #33-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #20-Matt Kenseth, #11-Elliott Sadler, #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brian Scott, and #9-Chase Elliott.
    There were 9 cautions for 42 laps and 16 lead changes among 10 leaders.
    #3-Ty Dillon started from the pole, led for 6 laps, and finished 5th.
    Complete results are on the Kansas race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-4-2014)

  • Kansas Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 14th Annual Kansas Lottery 300, his 69th victory in 292 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in ten races at Kansas Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Kansas Speedway.
    Ty Dillon (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 38 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-4-2014)

  • Driver standings following Kansas [race 29 of 33]:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott 1068
    2) #7-Regan Smith, 1030 -38
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 1028 -40
    4) #2-Brian Scott, 1011 -57
    5) #11-Elliott Sadler, 1008 -60
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne, 971 -97
    7) #60-Chris Buescher, 874 -194
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 846 -222
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 791 -277
    10) #99-James Buescher, 779 -289
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-4-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Kansas are posted (pdf).(10-4-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none
    Caution 2: #10-Blake Koch, 36th
    Caution 3: #40-Matt DiBenedetto, 16th
    Caution 4: #90-Martin Roy, 33rd
    Caution 5: #28-JJ Yeley, 22nd
    Caution 6: #55-Jamie Dick, 27th
    Caution 7: #40-Matt DiBenedetto, 16th BR> Caution 8: #54-Kyle Busch, 1st
    Caution 9: #16-Ryan Reed, 12th
    (10-4-2014)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Dillon on pole at Kansas: #3-Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 183.943mph. #22-Ryan Blaney will start second followed by: #60-Chris Buescher, #5-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #54-Kyle Busch, #11-Elliott Sadler, #33-Paul Menard, #42-Kyle Larson, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #3-Ty Dillon.
    #2-Brian Scott was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 182.211mph.
    Did Not Qualify: #-89 Morgan Shepherd, # 17-Tanner Berryhill, #46-Ryan Ellis. The starting lineup is posted on the Kansas starting lineup page (pdf).(10-4-2014)

  • Kansas Qualifying Notes:
    Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Kansas Lottery 300 with a lap of 29.357 seconds, 183.943 mph.
    This is his third pole in 41 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third pole and 19th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole at Kansas Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2014 and his first in two races at Kansas Speedway.
    Chris Buescher (third) posted his second top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 15th in 28 races this season.
    Ty Dillon (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-4-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Blaney fastest in final Nationwide practice: #22-Ryan Blaney was quickest during happy hour for the Kansas Lottery 300 with a speed of 180.048mph. He was followed by: #60-Chris Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Trevor Bayne, #25-John Wes Townley, #20-Matt Kenseth, #33-Paul Menard, #39-Ryan Sieg, and #2-Brian Scott. All 43 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Kansas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-3-2014)

  • First practice cancelled: The opening practice session for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway has been cancelled due to rain earlier this morning. The forecast looks good for the rest of the day and there shouldn't be a problem getting happy hour in.(10-2-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. A few notes:
    Ryan Blaney is back in the #22 for Team Penske;
    John Wes Townley and the #25 team are entered;
    Milka Duno will make another attempt in the RAB #29;
    Morgan Shepherd makes another attempt in his #89;
    Martin Roy is back with the #90 team;
    Corey Lajoie returns to the #98 team.(9-29-2014)
    UPDATE: Jennifer Jo Cobb will be in the #87.(9-29-2014)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill will return to the #23.(9-30-2014)
    See the complete list on the Kansas entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series race from Kansas on ESPN: Kansas Speedway will hold a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Oct. 4, and the race will air live on ESPN at 3:30pm/et, with the green flag at 3:46pm. ESPN Deportes will air the race at 4:00am on Oct. 5. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Friday at 4:00pm. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. (ESPN)(9-29-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4604; Right-side -- D-4586

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas this weekend . . . this is the same tire set-up Sprint Cup teams ran at this track in May . . . this combination came out of a Goodyear tire test at Kansas on April 14 . . . in Sprint Cup, teams have also run this right-side tire code (D-4586) twice at Michigan this season . . . in Nationwide, teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4604) at their only stop at Michigan in June . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Rising Star Ryan Blaney Back In Team Penske’s No. 22

    Not surprisingly, Roger Penske’s driver lineup this season for the No. 22 Ford team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series could be classified as a combination of all-stars. Between two of the hottest drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano), the young, standout NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Ryan Blaney, road course specialist Alex Tagliani and Penske newcomer Michael McDowell, the only thing surprising is Penske’s owner standings lead is only 32 points over Joe Gibbs.

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team has been lights out this season. The five aforementioned drivers have combined to post seven Coors Light poles, five wins, 21 top fives, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 4.6 in 28 starts.

    This weekend, the 20-year-old Blaney is back behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford with crew chief Jeremy Bullins calling the race. This will be Blaney’s 10th race with the 22 team this season, in his nine previous starts he has posted one win (Bristol), five top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 6.8. 

    Blaney’s talent level continues to develop each time he straps in. His season-to-date Driver Rating of 112.2 is impressive. In his last five starts he hasn’t posted a Driver Rating below 108.2.

    A large task sits on Blaney’s shoulders heading to Kansas this weekend. Not only does he need to continue the success of the No. 22 team and extend Roger Penske’s owner points lead, but in doing so he will have to better the series’ all-time winningest (68 wins) driver Kyle Busch in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota. Blaney has made only one start at Kansas posting an 11th-place finish.

    “This week we hope to start up front and really see what we’ve got,” said Kyle Busch. “We aren’t giving up yet on the Owner Championship, either, there’s still time left, a lot of racing to do.”

    Busch has made nine starts at Kansas posting one win (2007), five top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 10.1.

    Smith Has Five Races To Catch Elliott

    Time is running out for Regan Smith to catch his JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings. Just five races remain and a daunting but not insurmountable 26 points separate the two teammates.

    Smith has already scored a career-high 24 tops 10s, but it still hasn’t been enough to earn the top spot. He has posted one win (Daytona), seven top fives.

    Smith’s consistency this season is unmatched, but it will take a slip-up by Sunoco Rookie Elliott for Smith to close the points gap. Elliott has not only been impressive all season long, but near perfect. Elliott heads to Kansas having posted three wins (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), 14 top fives and 22 top 10s. If Elliott can continue to produce like he has the first 28 races of the season, then the championship is his to lose. Though, among the five remaining tracks, Elliott has yet to compete at Kansas and Homestead-Miami. He also must rebound from his first time around at Charlotte where he posted his worst finish of the season (37th).

    Smith’s experience at these five final tracks just might be what gives him a shot at the series title. Smith dominated most of the race last season at Kansas leading 81 laps and finishing third. He has four top 10s in his last six starts at Charlotte, three top 10s in his last three starts at Texas, two top 10s in his last two starts at Phoenix and he won at Homestead in 2012.

    Smith’s season-to-date Driver Rating is 99.2 and his Average Running Position is 8.8.

    Chase Contenders Pulling Double Duty

    With all the expectations mounting as the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup approaches, three Chase contenders -  Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch - will take advantage of more seat time this weekend in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 4 on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. ET).

    Kenseth, last season’s Kansas winner, is back to defend his crown. The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran will be in the No. 20 Toyota with crew chief Kevin Kidd. Kenseth is still looking for his first win this season. In his 15 starts in 2014, Kenseth has posted seven top fives, 11 top 10s and average finish of 8.4.  Kenseth will be quite formidable this weekend at Kansas; he leads the series in pre-race Driver Rating (123.6), Average Finishing Position (3.4), and Percentage of Laps Led (24.9%). He has made a total of seven series starts posting two Coors Light poles, one win (2013), five top fives and six top 10s.

    Harvick climbs into the JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet, a machine in which he has been almost unstoppable this season. In the last eight series races Harvick has entered, he has won four of them.  Harvick has made nine series starts at Kansas posting one pole, one win (2006), five top fives and six top 10s. His pre-race Driver Rating is 110.6 (fourth-best).

    And last but not least, Kyle Busch, not only the all-time series wins leader (68 wins) but also this season’s wins leader with five victories. Busch is having a season that rivals any in his illustrious career (which is saying a lot). He has finished in the top-four in 20 out of his 21 starts this season. He has either finished first (five) or second (six) in 11 of his 21 starts in 2014. His average finish this season is 3.4 - a career-best for Busch. Busch has made nine starts at Kansas posting one win (2007) and an average finish of 10.1  

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.

    Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Biagi-DenBenste Racing announced today they will partner to enter Corey LaJoie in four of the final five NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season.  LaJoie will pilot the No. 98 Medallion Financial Ford owned by Biagi-DenBenste Racing in the events at Kansas, Charlotte, Texas and Homestead-Miami. ... Two female drivers will attempt to compete this weekend in the NNS, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Milka Duno are entered in the Kansas Lottery 300. This will be Cobb’s season debut in the series; she has made five previous NNS starts at Kansas posting a best finish of 22nd in 2012. Duno returns to the NNS for her third attempt at making her career series debut. She originally tried to qualify at Bristol and Dover but failed to make the field.

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