NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: STP 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: STP

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: Fox - 12:30pm/et

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

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

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, April 19
9:00 - 11:50 am NCWTS practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS practice
2:00 - 3:20 pm NCWTS practice
3:40 pm NSCS qualifying

Saturday, April 20
9:00 - 9:55 am NSCS practice
10:05 am NCWTS qualifying
11:30 am - 12:20 pm NSCS final practice
12:30 pm NCWTS driver introductions
1:00 pm NCWTS race

Sunday, April 21
11:30 am NSCS driver introductions
12:00 pm STP 400 NSCS race

All times above are listed in LOCAL / Central Time Zone

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 19, 1:00 - 2:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, April 20, 10:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 20, 12:30 - 1:20pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, April 19 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled for 8:30pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,372,220
2012: $5,327,371
2011: $5,215,984
2011 was the first spring race for the track


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Banking in Turns&variable (17-20 degrees); previous banking: 15 degrees
    Banking on Frontstretch& 10 degrees; previous banking: 10.4 degrees
    Banking on backstretch& 5.5 degrees; previous banking: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 2,721 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
    Repaved & Reconfigured: Summer 2012
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Richard Petty
    Command to start engines: Richard Petty
    Honorary Officials: Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Allen, Don Stephenson
    Invocation: Cole Cochran, Kansas City Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Season Two X Factor winner Tate Stevens
    Flyover: KC Flight Team, 8 Van's RV aircraft

  • Track Websites:
    Kansas Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Kansas Speedway - Twitter
    Kansas Speedway - Facebook
    Kansas Speedway - Google+
    Kansas Speedway - You Tube

  • April 2012: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • April 2012 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 144.122mph, started 4th

  • October 2012 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 115.096mph, started 12th

  • Track Race Record: #11-Denny Hamlin, 4/22/2012, 144.122mph

  • 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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/5/2011, started 25th

  • April 2012 Pole Sitter: #22-A.J. Allmendinger, 175.993mph, finished 32nd

  • October 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 191.360mph, finished 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Kasey Kahne, 10/20/2012, 191.360mph

  • Track Qualifying Record [old layout 2001 - 4/2012]: 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

  • Kansas Speedway News & Notes:
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman are tied for the lead 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.(NASCAR)(4-16-2013)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
    Racing Live! on ESPN.com
    Listen Live Online at Motor Racing Network
    Fantasy NASCAR Chat with Mark Garrow / the Guru at 10:00am/et on Sunday


  • Kenseth wins at Kansas: #20-Matt Kenseth won the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of 2013, 2nd win at Kansas and 26th career win. Kenseth also led the most laps with 163. Kenseth won from the pole, making Kansas the third Sprint Cup Series race in a row the winner started on the pole, the first time since 1985 that has happened.
    #5-Kahne finished 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #56-Truex Jr., #15-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski [was a lap down and lost some sheet metal on the rear of the car], #1-McMurray, #43-Almirola, #55-Martin and #27-Menard. #18-Busch, who started 5th in a backup car, spun twice, the 2nd time hitting the wall and hitting #22-Logano and finished 38th, Busch was going for his 5th top-five in a row.
    There were 13 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 133.611mph.
    Starting this season, NASCAR doesn't release the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Kansas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Kansas Penalty Report (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the 3rd Annual STP 400, his 26th victory in 480 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 14 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 37 points over Kasey Kahne.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-21-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 8 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 311
    2) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 274, -37
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 273, -38
    4) #16-Greg Biffle, 264, -47
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 263, -48
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 262, -49
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 257, -54
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 252, -59
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 247, -64
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 240, -71
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 227, -84
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 224, -87
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 14th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 21st
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 3 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no drivers a lap down
    Caution 2: #35-Wise, 26th
    Caution 3: #35-Wise(2), 26th
    Caution 4: #32-Hill, 33rd
    Caution 5: #33-Cassill, 29th
    Caution 6: #47-Labonte, 24th
    Caution 7: #51-Smith, 22nd
    Caution 8: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 11th
    (4-21-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, April 24 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 #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 43, the final pitstall.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr., who starts 3rd took the 8th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it (after the 1st stall of course).
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 2nd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-20-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 - 2013 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

  • Happy Hour (final) practice for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #20-Kenseth 188.712
    #43-Almirola 188.554
    #42-Montoya 188.541
    #78-Busch 188.508
    #5-Kahne 188.495
    slowest: #35-Wise 183.530 & #98-McDowell 184.137.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages and more on the Kansas Happy Hour Speeds page (pdf).(4-20-2013)

  • Saturday first practice for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Montoya 190.671
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 190.127
    #43-Almirola 190.067
    #16-Biffle 190.040
    #99-Edwards 189.887
    The fastest 10-lap average was #1-McMurray at 187.162.
    slowest: #98-McDowell 183.561 & #33-Cassill 183.905
    Notes: Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 12:30pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages and more on the Kansas Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-20-2013)

  • Kenseth wins Kansas pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the pole for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with track record speed of 191.864mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 9th of his career. #99-Edwards (was fastest in practice) is on the outside pole, followed by #17-Stenhouse Jr., #12-Hornish Jr., #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, #56-Truex Jr., #55-Martin, #39-Newman and #15-Bowyer. #24-Gordon slid on his first lap and backed into the turn two wall and will have to go to a backup car and will start 43rd, using a provisional.
    Two drivers will make their first Sprint Cup Series start of 2013:
    #12-Sam Hornish Jr. ran 191.401mph and will start 4th.
    #81-Elliott Sader ran 187.996mph and will start 24th, his first Cup start since the 2012 Daytona 500. Missing the race was: #87-Nemechek.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, qualifying order and more on the Kansas Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(4-19-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual STP 400 with a lap of 28.145 seconds, 191.864 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 480 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his second pole in 15 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2013 and his fourth in 12 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his second in eight races this season.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-19-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN - motorracingnetwork.com, 4:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 8:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Cassill.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #42-Montoya.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(4-19-2013)

  • Friday practice for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over run, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #99-Edwards 192.055 [faster then track record]
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 191.857 [faster then track record]
    #12-Hornish Jr. 191.557 [faster then track record]
    #56-Truex Jr. 191.476 [faster then track record]
    #43-Almirola 191.293
    slowest: #47-Labonte 183.200 & #35-Wise 183.842
    Notes: the track record is 191.360mph, set last October by #5-Kahne. #18-Busch slapped the wall off turn two about 10 minutes into the start of practice, pancaked the right side of the car and did some damage to the car, the team will go to a backup car. The team will NOT have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race as long as the car is presented for qualifying with the race engine. #20-Kenseth slapped the wall but the team will supposedly fix the damage. With 25 minutes left in practice, #18-Busch got the backup car on the track to shake it down.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Kansas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-19-2013)

  • Entry List for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #19-Bliss, #32-Hill, #51-Smith and #81-Elliott Sadler.
    #12-Hornish, Jr. and #81-Sadler need to qualify the top 36 by speed as neither team have any owners points and cannot use a provisional.
    #44-Riggs withdrew after being listed on the first entry list.
    See the full entry list at the Jayski's Kansas Entry List

  • For the new 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:(revised)
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 269
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 260, -9
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 251, -18
    4) #16-Greg Biffle, 239, -30
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 234, -35
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 234, -35
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 232, -37
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 208, -61
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 207, -62
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 206, -63
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 204, -65
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 192, -77
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th in points
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 18th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

Kansas City Star
Eudora News
The Examiner
Kansas City Kansan
Lawrence Journal-World
Leavenworth Times
Topeka Capital-Journal
Wichita Eagle
Wyandotte West Online


Local TV Network Stations

ABC 9 KMBC
CBS 5 KCTV
FOX 4 WDAF
NBC 41 KSHB


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Kansas City, KS Chamber of Commerce
Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Kansas: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Kansas Speedway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793 for Sunday's event at Kansas. This is a new chassis that has not been raced. In 11 Sprint Cup starts at Kansas Speedway, Kahne has earned three pole positions, two top-five finishes, five top-10s and has led a total of 78 laps there. Kahne has qualified in the top 10 in eight of his 11 races there. Most recently, he crossed the finish line fourth at Kansas in October 2012 and scored an eighth-place result in this race one year ago.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team has prepared chassis No. 840 for Texas. The team ran this chassis in Vegas earlier this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-781 which debuted in March at Auto Club Speedway, where Patrick started 40th and finished 26th.
    #11-Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #12-Sam Hornish Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-736 debuted in 2012 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Chicago, where Stewart qualified 29th and rallied to lead three laps before finishing sixth. Chassis No. 14-736 made its second career start in October at Charlotte, and it had to rally again. After starting 32nd, a lap-16 run-in with Brad Keselowski necessitated numerous pit stops that dropped Stewart all the way to 36th in the 43-car field. But Stewart used Chassis No. 14-736 to claw his way back to a respectable 13th-place finish. The car made its third career start last November at Texas where it rallied yet again, overcoming its 21st-place starting spot to finish fifth. With a 2013 Chevrolet SS body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-736 comes to Kansas Speedway for its fourth career start.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 758 finished 35th at California after a mechanical issue ended its day early. In 2012 backup chassis (No. 724) finished fourth at Bristol in March, fifth at Dover in June and finished seventh at Bristol in August. In 2013 it has tested at Charlotte in January and served as the backup at Las Vegas, California and Texas.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 ACE [bandage] Ford Fusion team will bring Primary Chassis RK-817, which is the same car Biffle drove to a sixth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway. RK-817 made its debut in 2012 at Indy with a third-place finish. After that 817 went on to win Michigan, then a 13th-place finish at Chicago, followed by a fourth-place run at Charlotte. RK-817 was slated to run the season finale at Homestead, but an accident in practice took the winning chassis out of the race. The backup chassis RK-809 is the same car that won at Texas a year ago. Since then it's finished fourth in the Coca-Cola 600, fourth in Michigan, 16th at Dover and finished up 2012 with a 10th-place finish at Texas in November. Kansas is the track where Biffle holds his best average finish of 9.5 from an average starting position of 15.2. In his 13 career Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Biffle has two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Zest Racing team will be using Chassis RK-820 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Las Vegas finishing a respectable 18th. This chassis was also used in the Charlotte preseason test. The backup Chassis RK-811 was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012. Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Kansas this weekend.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 403 at Kansas Speedway. This #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS ran previously this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing 10th. Menard has 14 starts at Kansas Speedway. His best start of second came in 2010 and best finish of third came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,079 of 2,084 laps attempted (99.8 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading 17 of them.

    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Auto Club 400. Harvick last ran this Jimmy John's RCR machine to an eighth-place finish during the 2012 season-finale event at Homestead. Harvick will make his 20th-career Sprint Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon in front of a hometown crowd. The California native went to Victory Lane in 2011 and has earned four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Throughout the years, Harvick has completed 98.4% (4,463 of 4,534) of the laps contested, with 60 laps led.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 393 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. This #31 American Ethanol Chevy was utilized five times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington, Michigan, Atlanta and Kansas. Burton also piloted this machine to a 26th-place finish earlier this season at Las Vegas. Burton has 14 starts at Kansas Speedway with one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best start of 10th and best finish of fifth both came in the 2006 event. Burton has completed 3,570 of 3,686 laps attempted (96.9 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading seven of them.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-733 at Kansas, which made its debut at Indianapolis in July 2012, when Newman and his team overcame ill handling and used quick pit work to help engineer a run into the top-10. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took the same chassis to Pocono, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicago. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover. Newman qualified eighth but got bitten by an untimely caution flag, which pinned him a lap down to the leaders. He finished 21st. The chassis last saw action at Kansas in October 2012, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Since then, Chassis No. 39-733 has been outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Kansas.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 STP team has prepared chassis No. 848 for Kansas. This will be the first time the team runs the new chassis.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive a new chassis, No. 782, at Kansas Speedway. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup, a car that won twice in 2012.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 765 at Kansas Speedway and the backup will be chassis 720.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish in the 2012 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 13 Cup starts at Kansas, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, one top five-finish and six top-10s. He has completed 97.7 percent of all the laps he's attempted (3,342 laps of 3,419 total) at the 1.5-mile racetrack. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 81 laps there.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-808 to Kansas. This chassis last ran in Las Vegas where Edwards took the Aflac Ford to a fifth place finish. The backup chassis is RK-831. Edwards will make his 12th Cup start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.5 and his average finish is 10.8. His best finish (second) came in 2008. Aflac returns to the track for their second primary race of the season.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(4-18-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup):

    Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,350; Right-side -- 1,350

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4558; Right-side -- D-4560

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 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: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Kansas this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire code on the right-side (D-4560), they will run different left-side codes . . . the left-side code for Sprint Cup teams is D-4558 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at Kansas after it was repaved for last October . . . it is also the same tire set-up that Cup teams ran at Michigan last August . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

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Kansas Preview by Micah Roberts
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Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
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