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THE RACE: STP 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: STP

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:15pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 12:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:30am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 8 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage


Event Schedule

Friday, June 3rd

7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:20 am - 12:20 pm NCWTS Practice
11:30 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Random Drawing
12:30 - 1:50 pm NSCS Practice
2:00 - 3:20 pm NCWTS Final Practice
3:30 - 5:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, June 4th

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:40 am NCWTS Qualifying
11:10 am NSCS Qualifying
12:30 pm NCWTS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm NCWTS Race
2:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, June 5th

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
11:30 am NSCS Driver Intorductions
12:00 pm STP 400 NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
NCWTS = Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $5,215,984
FIRST EVENT in the Spring


TRACK/RACE NEWS/STATS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Banking: corners/turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
    Straights: Frontstretch - 2,685 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
    Asphalt surface is 55-feet wide
    Pit Box Size 30'x18', 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road: 1,573 feet long, 60-feet wide
    Attendence: 81,779, 68 luxury suites
    Seating: Approx 74,000 in the grandstands
    Camping: Approx 2,400 spaces
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Richard Petty
    Command to start engines: Richard Petty
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag:?
    Invocation: Greg Par, Grace United Community Ministry
    National Anthem: Matt Gary
    Flyover: 4 unidentified planes

  • Track Websites:
    Kansas Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Kansas Speedway - Twitter
    Kansas Speedway - Facebook
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide - Kansas Speedway

  • October 2010: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • 2010 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 138.077mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: #16-Greg Biffle, 10/3/2010, 138.077mph

  • Slowest Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph

  • Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 46 years, 9 months, 0 days, 10/9/2005

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/2003

  • 2010 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 174.644mph, finished 37th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #17-Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph

  • Oldest Kansas Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 24 days, 10/2/2009

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jason Leffler, 26 years, 0 months, 14 days, 9/30/2001

  • At Kansas Speedway:
    • There have been 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas since the track opened in 2001.
    • All of the races have been scheduled for 267 laps.
    • 11 drivers have competed in all 10 races at Kansas.
    • Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
    • Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
    • Seven different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson, with three.
    • Seven different drivers have posted victories, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart (each with two).
    • There have been seven different winners.
    • Seven of the 10 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Two drivers have won from the pole: Joe Nemechek in 2004 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
    • The furthest back in the field that race winner started was 21st, by Tony Stewart in 2006. Seven of the 12 races this season have been won from a starting position of 20th or lower.
    • Denny Hamlin made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Kansas - a 32nd-place finish in 2005.
    • Three active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Greg Biffle (8.1), Jeff Gordon (8.5) and Jimmie Johnson (9.3).
    • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (seven) and top 10s (eight). Gordon's only two non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006 and a 13th in 2004.
    • Seven of the nine races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.(NASCAR)(6-1-2011)

  • The Numbers for Kansas Speedway:
    1 - number of drivers winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway in the same weekend (Joe Nemechek, 2004)
    2 - wins from the pole (Joe Nemechek - 2004, Jimmie Johnson - 2008)
    2 - most wins by driver (Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle & Tony Stewart)
    3 - most poles (Jimmie Johnson)
    5 - fewest cautions for a Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway (10/3/10)
    5 - fewest laps led by race winner (Tony Stewart, 10/1/06)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at Kansas Speedway
    7 - different race winners
    7 - different pole winners
    7 - most top-five finishes in 10 previous races at Kansas Speedway (Jeff Gordon)
    9 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (9/29/02)
    10 - fewest leaders (three times, most recent 9/28/08)
    13 - fewest lead changes (9/29/02)
    13 - most cautions (9/30/01)
    14 - most leaders (10/4/09)
    23 - fewest caution laps (10/4/09)
    26 - most lead changes (10/4/09)
    27 - most cars on lead lap at finish (9/30/07)
    27 - fewest cars running at finish (9/29/02)
    42 - most running at finish (9/28/08)
    70 - most caution laps (9/30/01)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track
    139 - most laps led by race winner (Mark Martin, 10/9/05)
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(6-2-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Kansas Track News/Rumors/Links page


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 3, 1:30 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 3, 4:30 - 6:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, June 4 at 12:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Keselowski wins at Kansas: #2-Brad Keselowski won the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 1st win of 2011 and 2nd win of his career. The race came down to fuel mileage with many drivers having to pit with less than 20 laps to go. Keselowski, Earnhart, Jr. and Hamlin all stretched their mileages to make it to the end.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished second followed by #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #17-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #14-Stewart, #22-Busch, and #16-Biffle. #99-Edwards' point lead is now 40 over #48-Johnson.
    There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers; 5 cautions for 22 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 80,000. Last year the only race at Kansas, held in the fall, drew 100,000.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, June 8 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(6-5-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Brad Keselowski won the Inaugural STP 400, his second victory in 66 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He breaks 60 race winless streak since winning at Talladega April 26, 2009, 75 races ago). His crew chief Paul Wolfe wins for first time in NASCAR Sprint Cupl competition.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Kansas Speedway. This is Penske Racing's first win since Kurt Busch's victory in the 2010 Coca-Cola 600.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2011.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his second top-10 finish in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
    Andy Lally (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 40 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-5-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 13 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 485
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 445, -40
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 444, -41
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 442, -43
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 425, -60
    6) #22-Kurt Busch, 414, -71
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 412, -73
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 393, -92
    9) #33-Clint Bowyer, 391, -94
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 382, -103
    wild cards
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 381, -104 [11th in points]
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 364, -121 [13th in points]
    [#2-Keselowski is 21st in points. With his win, he becomes eligible for the wild card by moving into the top 20 in standings]
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-5-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    No changes this week.
    31) #51-Cassill/Phoenix, 203, +39
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 203, +39
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 198, +34
    34) #32-Carpentier/FAS Lane, 197, +33
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 173, +9 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers would need to qualify by speed:
    (however, #21 will not run Pocono, so the #7 will be locked in)
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 164, 9 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 156, -17
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 151, -22
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-5-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Kansas:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #34, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end transmission change
    #38, 69, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #51, 119, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #38, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #34, 155, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, tail end
    #1, 215, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, pass thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-5-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #1-McMurray, 29th
    Caution 2: #51-Cassill, 35th
    Caution 3: #47-Labonte, 28th
    Caution 4: #34-Gilliland, 33rd
    Caution 5: #71-Lally, 31st
    (6-5-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Martinsville Speedway
    Kansas Speedway
    Inaugural STP 400
    Sun, June 05, 2011 @ 04:46 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    2 5 Brad Keselowski 267 0.002 192.383 38.477
    18 6 Kyle Busch 267 0.003 220.513 36.752
    17 6 Matt Kenseth 267 0.003 222.690 37.115
    24 6 Jeff Gordon 267 0.003 224.682 37.447
    14 6 Tony Stewart 267 0.003 225.089 37.515
    29 6 Kevin Harvick 267 0.003 225.146 37.524
    99 6 Carl Edwards 267 0.003 225.691 37.615
    11 6 Denny Hamlin 267 0.003 225.897 37.650
    22 6 Kurt Busch 267 0.003 227.787 37.965
    6 6 David Ragan 267 0.003 228.373 38.062
    16 6 Greg Biffle 267 0.003 232.926 38.821
    88 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 267 0.003 236.647 39.441
    48 6 Jimmie Johnson 267 0.003 240.271 40.045
    4 7 Kasey Kahne 267 0.003 272.083 38.869
    39 7 Ryan Newman 267 0.003 277.815 39.688
    83 7 Brian Vickers 267 0.003 290.671 41.524
    20 6 Joey Logano 266 0.003 225.812 37.635
    5 6 Mark Martin 266 0.003 232.972 38.829
    33 6 Clint Bowyer 266 0.003 233.296 38.883
    56 6 Martin Truex Jr. 266 0.003 235.663 39.277
    31 6 Jeff Burton 266 0.003 236.795 39.466
    43 6 A J Allmendinger 266 0.003 237.823 39.637
    42 6 Juan Pablo Montoya 266 0.003 250.082 41.680
    78 7 Regan Smith 266 0.003 274.921 39.274
    27 7 Paul Menard 266 0.003 302.328 43.190
    00 8 David Reutimann 266 0.004 305.290 38.161
    47 8 Bobby Labonte 266 0.004 313.909 39.239
    1 8 Jamie McMurray 266 0.004 354.237 44.280
    9 9 Marcos Ambrose 266 0.005 416.459 46.273
    32 5 Patrick Carpentier(i) 265 0.003 224.948 44.990
    71 6 Andy Lally # 265 0.003 262.960 43.827
    36 6 Dave Blaney 264 0.003 252.262 42.044
    34 8 David Gilliland 263 0.005 402.857 50.357
    38 9* Travis Kvapil(i) 243 0.014 1187.633 131.959
    51 7* Landon Cassill(i) 190 0.040 3455.009 493.573
    7 3* Johnny Sauter(i) 101 0.015 1275.323 425.108
    13 1 Casey Mears 100 0.001 44.839 44.839
    30 2* David Stremme 37 0.015 1286.397 643.199
    60 5* Mike Skinner(i) 34 0.020 1696.667 339.333
    66 1* Michael McDowell 33 0.009 765.953 765.953

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

  • Race Coverage of the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2011.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx 1:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, June 8 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #42-Montoya took pit stall 8, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #39-Newman, who starts 12th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-4-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kurt Busch wins Kansas pole: #22-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 174.752mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 13th of his career. #42-Montoya starts 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #83-Vickers, #20-Logano, #1-McMurray, #99-Edwards, #56-Truex, Jr., #27-Menard, and #29-Harvick.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #30-Stremme, #38-Kvapil, #46-Yeley, #87-Nemechek, #81-Riggs, #66-McDowell, #71-Lally, and #60-Skinner.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #37-Raines, #50-Bell.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Kansas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (6-4-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Inaugural STP 400 with a lap of 30.901 seconds, 174.752 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 377 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ties Dick Rathmann for 48th on all-time pole list.
    This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2011. His last pole came nearly a year ago - June 13 at Michigan, 33 races ago.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2011 and his second in five races at Kansas Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his second top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his sixth in 13 races this season.
    Andy Lally (39th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-4-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 12:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 12:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Kansas Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #7-Sauter.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #20-Logano.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #50-Bell with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #30-Stremme.
    Qualifying order is set by practice speeds, with the top 35 drivers going out from slowest to fastest, then the non-top 35 drivers go out, slowest to fastest from practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(6-3-2011)

  • Happy Hour practice: for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #20-Logano 170.175
    #24-Gordon 170.122
    #83-Vickers 170.084
    #5-Martin 169.614
    #27-Menard 169.502
    slowest: #32-Carpentier 162.148 & #7-Sauter 160.275.
    notes: #22-Kurt Busch spun off turn 4 and slid into the infield grass. He didn't damage the car.
    For fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds, see my Kansas Practice Speeds page. (6-3-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 9th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 19th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 24th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 25th
    #37-Tony Raines, 27th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 29th
    #71-Andy Lally, 31st
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 33rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #66-Michael McDowell, 37th
    #50-T.J. Bell, 42nd
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • First Friday practice: for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 169.189
    #99-Edwards 168.692
    #4-Kahne 168.361
    #14-Stewart 167.989
    #24-Gordon 167.874
    slowest: #7-Sauter 161.662 & #32-Carpentier 161.011.
    For fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds, see my Kansas Practice Speeds page. (6-3-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 11th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 16th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 20th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 21st
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 22nd
    #37-Tony Raines, 27th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 30th
    #50-T.J. Bell, 38th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #60-Mike Skinner, 41st
    #71-Andy Lally, 43rd
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    NOTE: #7-Gordon is 36th in owners points BUT the #21, which is 35th, will not run the race, ao the #7 moves into the top 35 for this race. Carpentier is the driver of the #32 this week.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #30-David Stremme (46/4)
    #37-Tony Raines (39/12)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (38/12)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/12)
    #50-T.J. Bell (51/2)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/12)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/12)
    #71-Andy Lally (37/12)
    #81-Scott Riggs (52/3)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/12)
    In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 71,38,37,46,66,87,60,30
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 81,50
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List.(5-31-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    No changes this week.
    31) #09-Caeeill/Phoenix, 193, +37
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 191, +35
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 190, +34
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 183, +27
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 173, +17 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers would need to qualify by speed:
    (however, #21 will not run Kansas, so the #7 moves to 35th)
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 156, 17 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 143, -30
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 141, -32
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(5-29-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 445
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 409, -36
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 408, -37
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 402, -43
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 392, -53
    6) #22-Kurt Busch, 377, -68
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 374, -71
    8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 365, -80
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 356, -89
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 353, -92
    wild cards
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 343, -102 [11th in points]
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 324, -121 [16th in points]
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(5-29-2011)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#00-David Reutimann Tum's #00 Team Schemes Page
#1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin Farmers Insurance #5 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marco Ambrose Stanley #9 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Office Depot / The Glades #14 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle 3M / Walgreens none...yet
#17-Matt Kenseth Affliction Clothing #17 Team Schemes Page
#22-Kurt Busch AAA #22 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menards / Zecol none...yet
#33-Clint Bowyer American Ethanol #33 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
#43-A.J. Allmendinger STP #43 Team Schemes Page
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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Kansas: the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Kansas Speedway for the STP 400 Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald's team will bring chassis #1106 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The # Miller Lite Dodge team will use chassis PRS-747 during Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Brad Keselowski drove this chassis to an 18th-place finish at Bristol in March.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-730 Last ran Vegas - finished 22nd; Backup: RK-695 Last ran Phoenix in 2010 as the No. 99 - finished first
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 703 for the 400-mile event at Kansas. This Stanley Ford Fusion has not been run previously this season.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-583: This car debuted last March at Las Vegas, where it qualified ninth and led twice for seven laps before finishing seventh. Prior to Las Vegas, it spent time in the wind tunnel. It returned to the track for a NASCAR-sanctioned test at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway March 23-24 before coming back to Charlotte for the Sprint All-Star Race, where it started 11th and finished a solid fifth. It revisited the wind tunnel in preparation for its third career start in July at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. It qualified a strong third and finished ninth. It served as a backup at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., before returning for the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami. In that race, Stewart used Chassis No. 14-583 to rally from his 31st-place starting spot and overcome two instances where he was a lap down to finish eighth. During the offseason, the car was fitted with a new body and tested extensively in the wind tunnel. The Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas marked Chassis No. 14-583's fifth career start and first of 2011. It proved to be an interesting one, as Stewart rallied from his 26th-place starting spot, a pit road collision on lap 11 and a late-race pit road speeding infraction to still lead twice for a total of 12 laps before finishing 12th - its only finish outside the top-10. Chassis No.14-583 returns to action this weekend at Kansas for its second start of 2011 and first at Kansas.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: RK-763 (last run at Dover)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 308: This is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #290 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This will be the first race of the season for this chassis, however Logano piloted chassis #290 once last year in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The back-up chassis is #275 that Logano most recently drove in the Martinsville race following a practice crash that damaged his primary car. He went on to finish the race in the 13th position.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-754" Dodge Charger in this weekend's STP 400 action at the Kansas Speedway. "We're continuing to make progress with our new cars and this is another one of them," offered crew chief Addington.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 351 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Texas where Menard brought home a fifth-place result after starting from the 19th position.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 318 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. The team utilized this race car three times in 2010, earning finishes of third (Kansas, October 3), eighth (Charlotte, October 16) and sixth (Texas, November 7).
    #31-Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 355 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for the 2011 season, this #31 racer was put through its first competitive paces at Darlington Raceway a few weeks ago. Burton was well on his way to posting his first top-10 effort this season but the engine on the Caterpillar Chevy expired with just under 20 laps remaining, resulting in a disappointing 33rd-place finish.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 360 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevy that will be put through its first paces in this weekend's 400-mile contest.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will drive the No. 78 chassis this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The Accell Construction team last ran the No. 78 at Richmond International Raceway and finished 13th, the team's best finish.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-531: Chassis 39-531 has been like "Old Faithful" for the #39 team when it comes to the intermediate racetracks. In 14 starts, the car has one pole, five top-10 and eight top-15 finishes. This car debuted in 2009 at Charlotte in the Sprint All-Star Race, where Newman started 12th. He was battling for the lead with less than 10 laps to go when he got tangled up with two other cars and finished 18th. The car saw action three other times in 2009  at Chicagoland, Michigan and at Charlotte. In the offseason, the original body was cut off, the car was made lighter and the bodywork was rebuilt before chassis No. 39-531 returned to action in February 2010 at Auto Club Speedway. The car's next start came in March at Atlanta. The car's third start of 2010 came in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Michigan marked the car's fourth start of the season. Next up for 39-531 was a return trip to Chicagoland. After the Chicago race, a new front clip was placed on the car, echoing a new generation of race cars for Stewart-Haas Racing. Newman qualified sixth and finished eighth at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October 2010. Next up was Charlotte, where Newman crashed his superfast racecar into the turn-three SAFER Barrier on the second lap of the event, causing major damage to the No. 39 machine and resulting in a 36th-place finish. After extensive repairs at the race shop, the chassis returned for last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Newman finished a strong seventh. During the offseason, the car's front clip was updated for 2011. So far this season, the chassis has seen action at Las Vegas and at Texas.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #1105 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis has been used twice in 2011 at Texas and Darlington with finishes of 13th and 23rd respectively.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 736 for this weekend's event at Kansas. This STP Ford has been run previously this season at Las Vegas and Richmond.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot brand new chassis No. 669 in Sunday's 267-lap race. Johnson finished 16th in backup chassis No. 623 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-768; New chassis
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-2-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,400; Right-side -- 1,400

    Set limits: Sprint Cup -- 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4382; Right-side -- D-4408

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run a slightly different Goodyear tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kansas this weekend . . . while teams in both series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4408), they will run distinct left-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at California earlier this season . . . they ran each of these two tire codes in 2010 as well -- this left-side at both Kansas and California, and this right-side at Bristol in August . . . with this right-side tire being new to Kansas, it features just a slight construction change over what was run at this track last season . . . 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.


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