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THE RACE: Hollywood Casino 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2012 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #6 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 21, 2012 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: Hollywood Casino

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown Pre-race: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 22 at 12:00am/et on ESPN2; Wednesday, October 24 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    NASCAR on TV
    TV Racer


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, October 17

1:00 - 5:00 pm NSCS testing

Thursday, October 18

8:30 am - 12:30 pm NSCS testing

Friday, October 19

11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
4:10 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, October 20

10:00 - 10:50 am NSCS Practice
12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:30 pm NNS Race

Sunday, October 21

12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm NSCS Race - Hollywood Casino 400

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, October 19, 12:30 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, October 20, 11:00 - 11:50pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 20, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, October 19 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $6,037,930
2011: $5,906,054
2010: $6,012,504
2009: $6,182,706
2008: $6,134,923
2007: $6,056,938
2006: $5,934,007
2005: $5,860,750
2004: $5,696,382
2003: $5,286,510
2002: $4,601,173
2002: $3,996,953


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Banking corners/turns: 17-20º variable
    Banking frontstretch: 9-11º variable
    Banking 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 72,000 in the grandstands
    Camping: Approx 2,400 spaces
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Rob Riggle
    Command to start engines: Rob Riggle
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Cole Cochran, Kansas City Alliance, Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 1 ID Band, Ft. Riley, KS
    Military Flyover: A-10s, Whiteman Air Force Base

  • Track Websites:
    Kansas Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Kansas Speedway - Twitter
    Kansas Speedway - Facebook

  • April 2012: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2011: see my Kansas Race Info page

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

  • October 2011 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.181mph, started 19th

  • 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 2011 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 174.887mph, finished 8th

  • 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

  • New Track Qualifying Records set in 2012 (so far)
    Eight qualifying track records have been set in 2012, including four races in a row during June.
    1) Las Vegas, #5-Kasey Kahne, 190.456mph, March 9, 2012 - was 188.884
    2) Pocono, #20-Joey Logano, 179.598mph, June 9, 2012 - was 172.533
    3) Michigan, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 203.241mph, June 16, 2012 - was 194.232mph
    4) Sonoma, #9-Marco Ambrose, 95.262mph, June 22, 2012 - was 94.325
    5) Kentucky, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 181.818mph, July 29, 2012 - was no qualifying in 2011
    6) Watkins Glen, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 127.020mph, August 11, 2012 - was 126.421
    7) Charlotte, #16-Greg Biffle, 193.708mph, October 11, 2012 - was 193.216
    8) Kansas, #5-Kasey Kahne, 191.360mph, October 19, 2012 - was 180.856 (old layout)
    (10-20-2012)

  • The Numbers for the Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway:
    1 - number of drivers winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway on the same weekend (Joe Nemechek, 2004)
    1 - number of drivers winning the fall Chase race at Kansas and the Sprint Cup in the same season (2008 - Jimmie Johnson)
    2 - wins from the pole (Joe Nemechek - 2004, Jimmie Johnson - 2008)
    2 - most wins by driver (Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson & Tony Stewart)
    3 - most poles (Jimmie Johnson)
    3 - fewest cautions (4/22/12)
    5 - fewest laps led by race winner (Tony Stewart, 10/1/06)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    8 - number of races won from top-10 starting position
    8 - most top-five finishes (Jeff Gordon)
    9 - different race winners
    9 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (9/29/02)
    9 - fewest leaders (twice, most recent 10/9/11)
    10 - different pole winners
    10 - number of drivers that have competed in all 13 races
    13 - fewest lead changes (9/29/02)
    13 - most cautions (9/30/01)
    14 - most leaders (10/4/09)
    18 - fewest caution laps (4/22/12)
    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)
    105 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the "new" track surface
    197 - most laps led by race winner (Jimmie Johnson, 10/9/11)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    8 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega and Darlington, Sonoma, Michigan2, Atlanta and Talladega2)
    13 - most cautions this season (Bristol2)
    171 - number of cautions in the first 31 races of 2012; includes 78 for accidents, 48 for debris and 18 for spins
    895 of 8,754 - number of laps under caution in 2012
    1,260.288 of 11,834.176 - miles under caution in the first 31 races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(10-18-2012)

  • Facts and Stats Kansas Speedway:
    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 Sept. 30, 2001.
    During the 2012 season, between the April race and this weekend's event the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners and on the frontstretch.
    There have been 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas since the track opened in 2001.
    All of the races have been scheduled for 267 laps.
    10 drivers have competed in all 13 races at Kansas. Mark Martin has completed the most laps at Kansas with 3,388.
    Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
    Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
    10 different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson with three.
    Nine different drivers have posted victories, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart (each with two).
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with four, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with three.
    Seven of the 13 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 a race winner started was 25th, by Brad Keselowski last season.
    Two active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Jimmie Johnson (7.9) and Greg Biffle (8.0).
    Nine of the 13 races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.
    The 2009 Chase race holds the record for most lead changes (26) among the most leaders (14) in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Kansas Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson has led the most laps (503) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway, followed by Greg Biffle with 346 laps led.
    Denny Hamlin made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway on 10/09/2005.
    Jimmie Johnson posted the highest NSCS Driver Rating performance at Kansas Speedway in this event last season with a 149.2. A perfect Driver Rating (150.0) performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway has yet to be achieved.(NASCAR)(10-16-2012)

  • 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

  • Kenseth wins at Kansas: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of year and 24th career win.
    #56-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #5-Kahne, #14-Steart, #15-Bowyer, #88-Smith, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, and #24-Gordon.
    #48-Johnson led a lap early in the race while #2-Keselowski did not lead a lap. With Johnson finishing just behind Keselowski, Keselowski's points lead remains at 7.
    There were a season high 14 cautions for 66 yellow flag laps. There were 16 lead changes among 10X drivers. The average speed was 115.086mph.
    The estimated attendence was 78,000, up from 75,000 in the spring race but down from 82,000 last October.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Kansas Race Results page (pdf) and the official race and points rundown on the Official Race & Points Report.(10-21-2012)

  • Where did the 12 Chase drivers finish at Kansas?
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski, 8th (24)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th (7)
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 13th (9)
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer, 6th (3)
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne, 4th (1)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 27th (11)
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 2nd (15)
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 5th (32)
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th (18)
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick, 11th (10)
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, WON (12)
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., didn't race, out with concussion
    (10-21-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 32 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2250
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 2243, -7
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2230, -20
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer [3 wins], 2225, -25
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2220, -30
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2207, -43
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2203, -47
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2199, -51
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 2195, -55
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 2191, -59
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2188, -62
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2128, -122
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas
    Matt Kenseth won the 12th Annual Hollywood Casino 400, his 24th victory in 468 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the win, Kenseth moves into a tie for 26th on the all-time series wins list with Kurt and Kyle Busch.
    This is his third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2012. This is Kenseth's second win in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (Talladega Speedway).
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Paul Menard (third) posted his second top-10 finish in eight races at Kansas Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 7 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-21-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
    #36 remains in 35th and and drops to 81 points ahead of 36th, the #21 team.
    there virtually no chance the top-35 will change the rest of the season.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    34) #32-TBA/FAS Lane Racing, 443 +141
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 383 +81 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 302, -81pts out of the top 35
    37) #33-Whitt/Childress-Falk, 234, -149
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 218, -165
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(10-21-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    (classic system using current points but NOT the chase system)
    [after Kansas, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [3 wins], 1114
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(X) [5 wins], 1109, -5
    3) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [2 wins], 1096, -18
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth(X) [3 wins], 1089, -25
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer(X) [3 wins], 1077, -37
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr.(X) [0 wins], 1069, -45
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin(X) [4 wins], 1068, -46
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [0 wins], 1032, -82
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X) [1 win], 1027, -87
    10) #14-Tony Stewart(X) [3 wins], 1004, -110
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 1004, -110
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 976, -138
    13) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 964, -150
    14) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 911, -203
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 903, -211
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    (X) = a Chase driver.

  • Kansas Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Matt Kenseth picked up the 24th victory of his career in his 468th start.
    " Matt Kenseth last won at Talladega two weeks ago.
    " This marks the third trip to Victory Lane for Matt Kenseth in 2012 (Daytona in Feb. and Talladega in Oct.).
    " Matt Kenseth earned his second victory of the 2012 Chase and fourth career Chase win.
    " Matt Kenseth garnered his first win at Kansas in his 14th start there, his previous best was fourth in each of the last two races.
    " Matt Kenseth became the 10th different winner at Kansas in 14 races.
    " Eight of Kenseth's 24 career wins have now come on 1.5 mile tracks.
    " Matt Kenseth led twice for 78 laps including the final 49.
    " Roush Fenway Racing won for the 130th time, including its fifth victory in 2012.
    " Roush Fenway Racing picked up its fourth win at Kansas, tying it with Hendrick Motorsports for the most.
    " Roush Fenway Racing also garnered its 22nd-career Chase victory in the process.
    " Ford won for the sixth time in 2012 and the fourth time overall at Kansas.
    " Martin Truex Jr. (second) earned his second consecutive runner-up finish at Kansas; also posted his 18th top 10 this season, three of which have come in the Chase.
    " Paul Menard (third) placed in the top five for the first time since his win at Indianapolis last year.
    " Kasey Kahne (fourth) posted his fourth top 10 of the Chase, he has yet to finish worse than 15th in a Chase race in 2012.
    " Tony Stewart (fifth) picked up his best finish of the Chase so far; he now has nine top 10 showings in 14 races at Kansas.
    " Clint Bowyer (sixth) now has top 10s in five of the six Chase races this season.
    " Regan Smith (seventh) garnered his fourth top-10 finish of 2012 including two of the last three races.
    " 14 cautions is the most ever at Kansas and the most of the 2012 season to date.
    (Racing Resources and Services -- Statistics Racing Recall / nascar.com)(10-213-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #95-Speed, 34th
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: #38-Gilliland, 23rd
    Caution 4: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 5: #34-Ragan, 20th
    Caution 6: #83-Cassill, 18th
    Caution 7: none, #47-Labonte caused the caution
    Caution 8: #1-McMurray, 15th
    Caution 9: #42-Montoya, 16th
    Caution 10: #32-Hill, 22nd
    Caution 11: #43-Almirola, 29th
    Caution 12: #9-Ambrose, 12th
    Caution 13: #55-Martin, 24th
    Caution 14: #34-Ragan (2), 20th
    (10-21-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2012.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, October 22 at 12:00am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, October 24 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #5-Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #55-Martin took pit stall 8, the next pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #15-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, the first stall coming off pit road that has an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 12th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-20-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Pitstalls
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Test 2 Speeds (pdf)
    Test 1 Speeds (pdf)
    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 - 2012 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

  • Final practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #17-Kenseth 182.760
    #88-Smith 182.550
    #48-Johnson 182.543
    #5-Kahne 182.506
    #56-Truex, Jr. 182.482
    slowest: #10-Patrick 178.719 & #36-Blaney 177.289.
    #31-Burton brought out the caution after he dropped fluid on the track. #83-Cassill spun coming off turn 4 but didn't hit anything.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Kansas practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(10-20-2012)

  • First Saturday practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 186.156
    #43-Almirola 185.854
    #5-Kahne 185.727
    #17-Kenseth 185.573
    #56-Truex, Jr. 185.370
    slowest: #32-Hill 179.360 & #91-Sorenson 179.194.
    final practice will be held at 1:50pm/et, following Nationwide qualifying.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Kansas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-20-2012)

  • Kahne wins pole at Kansas: #5-Kasey Kahne won the pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with a new track record speed of 191.360mph for his 4th pole of 2012 and 26th career pole. Every driver to make a qualifying attempt broke the old track record of 180.856mph.
    #55-Martin will start 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, #39-Newman, #48-Johnson, #20-Logano, #11-Hamlin, and #29-Harvick.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #98-McDowell, #37-Yeley, #19-Bliss, #21-Bayne, #91-Sorenson, #95-Speed, #87-Nemechek and #79-Bires.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #33-Whitt, #30-Stremme and #26-Wise.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(10-19-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 28.219 seconds, 191.360 mph.
    This is his 26th pole in 320 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He moves into a tie for 26th on the all-time series poles list with Bobby Labonte.
    This is his fourth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his third pole in 11 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Mark Martin (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2012 and his sixth in 14 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 15th in 32 races this season.
    All 46 drivers turned a faster qualifying lap than the previous track record of 180.856 mph set by Matt Kenseth in October 2005.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-19-2012)

  • Where will the 12 Chase drivers start at Kansas?
    [by points standings before the race]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski 24th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 7th
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 9th
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer 3rd
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne 1st
    6) #16-Greg Biffle 11th
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. 15th
    8) #14-Tony Stewart 32nd
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 18th
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 10th
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 12th
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., will not race, out with concussion
    (10-19-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 2012 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #36-Blaney, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #16-Biffle, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(10-19-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • Friday practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 95 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 191.313
    #20-Logano 191.002
    #43-Almirola 190.894
    #99-Edwards 190.624
    #5-Kahne 190.590
    slowest: #32-Hill 182.082 & #36-Blaney 181.904.
    Every car in the field broke the previous track record of 180.856mph.
    The session started about 15 minutes late after oil had to be cleaned up on the track following ARCA practice.Practice was extended by 5 minutes.
    This practice will determine the qualifying order for tonight's qualifying, scheduled for 5:10pm/et, televised on ESPN2.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Kansas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-19-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice at Kansas: how fast/slow were the drivers who are not in the top-35 of owners points and must qualify by speed to make the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, where they practiced in Friday practice:
    the eight drivers who would make the race if things stayed the same:
    #21-Bayne, 13th fastest overall
    #98-McDowell, 32nd
    #37-Yeley, 33rd
    #19-Bliss, 34th
    #95-Speed, 36th
    #87-Nemechek, 37th
    #33-Whitt, 38th
    #79-Bires, 39th
    the three drivers who would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #91-Sorenson, 40th
    #30-Stremme, 42nd
    #26-Wise, 44th
    (10-19-2012)

  • Testing at Kansas Wednesday & Thursday: UPDATES: Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams will get additional track time at Kansas Speedway this week to test setups following the track repaving. Sprint Cup teams will test 2:00-6:00pm/et on Wednesday and 9:30am-12:30pm/et on Thursday. Nationwide teams will test Thursday 2:00-6:00pm/et. Any news and/or results will be posted.(10-17-2012)
    UPDATE: So what will come of all those notes Jeff Gordon's #24 Hendrick Motorsports team accumulated over the last 12 years at Kansas? Into the recycling bin they go. After a two-hour Kansas test session that was delayed by rain, Gordon  a two-time Kansas winner  said he won't rely on past experiences at the 1.5-mile oval. The four-time series champion said the track's recently completed repave project that placed fresh asphalt and variable banking in the turns added a certain mystique to Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    There is one guarantee come Sunday: Speed. Of the 47 cars that tested Wednesday afternoon at Kansas, 30 of them turned a faster lap than the current track qualifying record of 180.856 mph set by #17-Matt Kenseth in 2005. #16-Greg Biffle turned the fastest lap of the test session at 184.900 (29.205 seconds).
    Among the 47 cars that tested, four were the redesigned 2013 models. The teams testing the 2013 cars were Michael Waltrip Racing, Penske Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Wood Brothers Racing.
    Kansas Speedway is the third of three 2012 repaves, joining Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. Drivers and NASCAR officials alike said they expect the racing grooves to multiply as more rubber accumulates, a phenomenon that made Pocono and Michigan one of the more competitive events of the season. Testing at Kansas will continue Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT.(NASCAR)(10-17-2012)
    UPDATE 2: #11-Denny Hamlin's wreck wasn't the only incident in an eventful Thursday test session. Casey Mears' #13 Ford twice dropped oil on the track, forcing the Germain Racing team to abandon the test car and bring out the primary that will race on Sunday. "Strange issue today," Mears posted on his Twitter account. "Motor fine? Pumping oil out for some reason?" As reporters were waiting for Hamlin after his second visit to the care center, the engine blew in Tony Stewart's #14 Chevy, again oiling the track, forcing the team to change power plants. Because of the series of stoppages, NASCAR extended the test session an extra 25 minutes to 1:55pm/et. Regan Smith, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., posted the fastest lap at 186.143 mph.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-18-2012)
    Wednesday Testing Speeds: #16-Biffle was fastest at 184.900mph [track record is 180.856 mph set by Matt Kenseth in October 2005] followed by #55-Martin, #5-Kahne, #9-Ambrose and #78-Busch. #38-Gilliland was slowest at 175.890. See testing speeds on the Kansas Day 1 Test Speeds page (pdf).(10-18-2012)
    Thursday Testing Speeds: #88-Regan Smith was fastest in Thursday morning's session. His top speed was 186.143mph. He was followed by #55-Martin, #16-Biffle, #20-Logano, and #27-Menard. See testing speeds on the Kansas Day 2 Test Speeds page (pdf).(10-18-2012)

  • The Entry List for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    The #23 team has withdrawn.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #19-Mike Bliss (45/24)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (36/13)
    #26-Josh Wise (41/31)
    #30-David Stremme (38/31)
    #33-Cole Whitt (37/31)
    #37-J.J. Yeley (50/15)
    #79-Kelly Bires (54/8)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/31)
    #91-Reed Sorenson (51/10)
    #95-Scott Speed (43/13)
    #98-Michael McDowell (39/31)
    Wihdrew after initial entry list was released:
    #23-Scott Riggs (44/29)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,33,30,98,26,87,19,37
    missing the race would be [3]: # 95,91,79
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #36 remains in 35th and and drops to 99 points ahead of 36th, the #21 team.
    there virtually no chance the top-35 will change the rest of the season.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    34) #32-Bell/FAS Lane Racing, 421 +142
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 378 +9 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 279, -99pts out of the top 35
    37) #33-Whitt/Childress-Falk, 234, -144
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 218, -160
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(10-13-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2214
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 2207, -7
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2199, -15
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer [3 wins], 2186, -28
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2179, -35
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2171, -43
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2165, -49
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2164, -50
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2164, -50
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 2158, -56
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2147, -67
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2128, -86
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Hollywood Casino 400: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Kansas Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team will bring Chassis #1208 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis has raced this season at Las Vegas, Kansas and both races at Michigan with the best finish of eighth (Las Vegas).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-832 during Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski last raced this chassis to a victory at Chicagoland Speedway in the opening race to the Chase for the Championship.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For Sunday's race at Kansas, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-724. In four starts, this car has scored three top-three finishes, including a win at the 1.5-mile Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. This Black & Decker Ford was run previously this season at California, Kansas Michigan and Atlanta.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735: This car debuted in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 will make its second career start Sunday at Kansas.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 738 raced at Atlanta. Chassis No. 716 is the backup. No. 716 raced earlier this season in Las Vegas, Kansas, Charlotte, Kentucky and Indianapolis. Chassis No. 716's finished sixth at Las Vegas.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-825 Brand new chassis; Backup: RK-817 Last ran Charlotte - finished 4th
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-826 (brand new chassis)
    #22-Sam Hornish, Jr.: and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing the "PRS-818" in this weekend's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. This car was first raced by teammate Brad Keselowski in the April Martinsville race (started seventh & finish ninth). It was also the No. 2 team's primary car in the first Pocono race (started 31st & finished 18th) and the September Atlanta race (start 21st & finished third). The "PRS-819" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in the testing this week at Kansas. It will serve as the backup for the Sunday race. It is the car that AJ Allmendinger raced in the Martinsville race (finished second after starting 27th).
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 351 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Kansas 400. This Chevrolet was last raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, where Menard started 18th and finished eighth. This chassis was also utilized in numerous test sessions this year and was raced last season at Texas Motor Speedway (April - started 19th/finished fifth), Kansas Speedway (June - started ninth/finished 19th) and Dover International Speedway (October - started third/ finished 16th).
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No.378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Kansas 400. The No. 29 team utilized this car twice during the 2011 season at Chicagoland Speedway in September (started 30th, finished second) and Kansas Speedway in October (started 14th, finished sixth). Harvick drove this Chevrolet in 2012 to a sixth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April, a 10th-place result at Michigan International Speedway in June, and most recently a fifth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 393 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized four times during the 2012 NSCS season at Auto Club Speedway in March (started-19th, finished-22nd), Darlington Raceway in May (started-10th, finished-18th), Michigan International Speedway in August (started-32nd, finished-19th) and Atlanta Motor Speedway in September (started-26th, finished-12th).
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-733: It's been five starts and four top-10 finishes for Chassis No. 39-733 since making its debut at IndianapolisMotor Speedway in July. At Indianapolis, 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 (Pa.) Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The chassis last raced three weeks ago at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Newman qualified eighth but got bitten by an untimely caution flag, which pinned him a lap down to the leaders. He finished 21st, No. 39-733's only finish outside the top-10 to date.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1205 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis raced previously at Las Vegas, Kansas and Kentucky with the best finish being 14th (Kentucky).
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 783 for Kansas. This chassis was last run at Michigan in August. It is also the car in which Almirola captured the pole at Charlotte in May.
    #55-Mark Martin: Primary - 726 - raced at California, Darlington and Indy. Backup - 722 - raced at Bristol (Aug.) & All Star Race
    #88-Regan Smith: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Kansas in April. Earnhardt also drove this car to two top-four results at Michigan International Speedway, reaching Victory Lane there in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-827 This is a new car
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-18-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 2,000, Right-side -- 2,000;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 6 sets for Wednesday/Thursday testing, 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for Thursday practice and 6 sets for Friday/Saturday

    Tire Code: 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: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Kansas this weekend . . . this is the first race for NASCAR teams on the re-surfaced Kansas track . . . Goodyear held a tire test at the speedway on August 28-29 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford with Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Mark Martin, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith and No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. . . . the tire set-up that Goodyear came out of that test with was the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at recently re-paved Michigan in August . . . compared to what was run on Kansas' old surface this spring, this tire set-up features compound and construction changes on both sides of the car . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tires at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

See all Paint Scheme news, links and chart for this race on the:
Paint Schemes Gallery & Race Chart page

The chart was removed from here as it was also posted on the Paint Schemes Gallery page, makes no sense to post the same info in two spots


Race / Cup Odds

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Hollywood Casino 400 Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

World Sports Exchange:
Hollywood Casino 400
2012 Sprint Cup Championship

Bovada Sportsbook:
Hollywood Casino 400

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)

Next Race: Toyota Owners 400

Countdown to Race Time: 4/26/2014 ~7:14pm/et


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