NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Quaker State 400

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: Quaker State Oil

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: TNT - 6:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30 pm/et with John Roberts, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, July 3 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


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 27
7:30 am NNS Haulers Enter
10:30 - 11:30 am NCWTS Practiice
11:00 am NSCS Haulers Enter
12:00 - 1:30 pm NCWTS Final Practiice
1:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:00 pm NCWTS Qualifying
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes
6:30 - 7:25 pm NNS Practice
7:30 pm NCWTS Prerace Celebration
8:00 pm NCWTS UNOH 225 Race

Friday, June 28
9:00 - 10:30 am NNS Final Practice
9:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:30 am - 12:30 pm NSCS Practice
1:30 - 3:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
3:35 pm NNS Qualifying
5:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
7:00 pm NNS Prerace Celebrations
7:30 pm NNS Feed The Children 300 Race
8:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, June 29
1:30 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:15 pm Billy Currington Prerace Concert
5:30 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Prerace Celebration
7:30 pm NSCS Quaker State 400 Race

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 28, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 28, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 28 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 12:00am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,088,336
2012: $5,037,084
2011: $4,925,697, inaugural race


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400 miles
    Banking in turns 1-4: 14 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 10 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 4 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 1,662 feet
    Length of backstretch: 1,600 feet
    Length of short chute from start/finish to Turn 1: 681 feet
    Length of apex of tri-oval at the start/finish Line: 300 feet
    Length of short chute from Turn 4 to start/finish: 681 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 107,000
    Luxury Suites: 36
    90-Seat Private Interior Kentucky Club
    2,100-Seat Private Exterior Bluegrass Club
    Terrace Boxes: 10
    Private, Backstretch RV Spaces: 125
    Infield RV Spaces: 650
    Additional Reserved RV Spaces: 6,500
    Parking For More Than 30,000 Cars
    Opened: 2000

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Quaker State VP Steve Reindl
    Command to start engines: Steve Reindl
    Invocation: ?Pastor John Roberts, Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Marlana Vanhoose
    God Bless America: Jamison Road
    Honorary Pace Car driver: Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari
    Flyover: none, military cutbacks

  • Track Websites:
    Kentucky Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Kentucky Speedway - Facebook
    Twitter - kyspeedway

  • June 2012: see my Kentucky Race Info page

  • June 2012 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 145.607mph, started 8th

  • Track Race Record: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/30/2012, 145.607mph

  • Slowest Race Record: #18-Kyle Busch, 7/9/2011, 137.314mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Brad Keselowski, 28 years, 4 months, and 18 days, 6/30/2012

  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 26 years, 2 months, 7 days, 7/9/2011

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/30/2012, started 8th

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 181.818mph, 6th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6/29/2012, 181.818mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 36 years, 9 months, and 12 days, 6/29/2012

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 36 years, 9 months, and 12 days, 6/29/2012

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Kentucky:
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 133.0 (1 win)
    #2-Brad Keselowski....................... 128.2 (1 win)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson....................... 119.5
    #11-Denny Hamlin........................... 105.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 98.2
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 96.7
    #99-Carl Edwards............................. 94.3
    #78-Kurt Busch................................. 92.6
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 89.8
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.......................... 88.8
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 88.3
    #29-Kevin Harvick............................. 88.2
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (two total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Most Points Scored in the four races on 1.5 mile tracks in 2013 (so far):
    1) #5-Kasey Kahne, 163
    2) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 149
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 145 (won Las Vegas & Kansas)*
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 145 (won Charlotte)
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 142
    [Las Vegas, Texas, Kansas & Charlotte](* includes 12 point penalty from Kansas)(MWR)(6-25-2013)

  • Kentucky Speedway News & Notes:
    • In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
    • The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
    • Since 2000, the track has hosted 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series (2001-2012) and 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (2000-2012).
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held there in 2011 - won by Kyle Busch.
    • There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 - one race per season.
    • Fifty drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway; 36 in more than one.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the rule book.
    • Jimmie Johnson has the only Coors Light pole at Kentucky - 181.818 mph, 29.700 secs.
    • Two different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (7/09/2011) and Brad Keselowski (6/30/2012).
    • Joe Gibbs Racing (2011) and Penske Racing (2012) each have one victory at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    • Two different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011) and Dodge (2012).
    • Kyle Busch won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky from the first starting position (qualifying was canceled; starting lineup set by rule book).
    • One of the two (50%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from the front row.
    • Both of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-five starting position.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky was fourth, by Brad Keselowski last season.
    • Two different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011) and Kasey Kahne (2012).
    • In the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky, 10 different drivers have posted top-five finishes.
    • In the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky 15 different drivers have posted top-10 finishes; five have posted two: Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
    • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 1.500.
    • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 4.0. Jimmie Johnson (4.5), Kyle Busch (5.5), Matt Kenseth (6.5), Denny Hamlin (7.0), Jeff Gordon (7.5), Kasey Kahne (7.5), are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
    • The closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the June 30, 2012 race won by Kyle Busch over David Reutimann with a MOV of 0.179 second.
    • Neither of the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
    • Neither of the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race.
    • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 243 laps led in two starts. Brad Keselowski has led the second-most with 147.
    • Danica Patrick will attempt to become the first female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-25-2013)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kenseth wins Kentucky: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Quaker State 400 rain delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 4th win of 2013, 1st ever win at Kentucky and 28th career win. On the last pit stop during caution, the #20 team only took fuel, came out with the lead and won the race. #48-Johnson led the most laps with 182 of 267 laps
    #1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #56-Truex Jr, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson and #29-Harvick.
    The race was pushed back from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
    On lap 47, #78-Busch tried to pass #2-Keselowski on the apron, when he came back on the track, he drifted hard into the #2, who spun and came back up into the track and got hit by #16-Biffle, #93-Kvapil and #7-Blaney. Others involved #27-Menard and #33-Cassill.
    Pole sitter, #88-Earnhardt Jr. led 11 laps, but around lap 37, he hit the remains of a blown tire from #11-Hamlin which did some damage to the nose & grill on the car. The team made numerous repairs and he finished 12th.
    On lap 148, #11-Hamlin had a tire go down and smacked the wall, really hurts his Chase chances. Hamlin was taken to the infield care center at the track to get checked out. Hamlin said he is ok, banged his knee, bell rung, didn't feel good when he wnet to the care center, felt much better afterwards. Back feels fine.
    On lap 247 on the resatrt #48-Johnson was 2nd, came off turn 1 and came down on #22-Lagaon, they didn't touch, but the #48 spun and caused a caution, falling to the rear. Johnson rallied to finish 9th.
    There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers and 10 cautions for 42 yellow flag laps and a short red flag to clean up the track after a wreck.
    The average speed was 131.948mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Kentucky Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Kentucky Penalty Report (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Kentucky Race and Points Report.(6-30/7-1-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 610
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 572, -38
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 569, -41
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 528, -66
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 528, -82
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 512, -98
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 500, -110
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 490, -120
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 489, -121
    10) #22-Joewy Logano, 479, -131
    Wild Cards:
    WC) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 11th in points
    WC) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 16th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 12th in points
    #2-Brad Keselowski, (the 2012 champ), 13th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -104 from 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Kentucky Race and Points Report

  • Race Fast Facts - Kentucky:
    #17-Matt Kenseth won the 3rd Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, his 28th victory in 489 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his highest win total since 2006 when he won four races. He won a personal best five victories in 2002.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #1-Jamie McMurray (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2013.
    #15-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 38 points over #99-Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-30-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #34-Ragan, 26th
    Caution 2: #11-Hamlin,35th
    Caution 3: #36-Yeley, 32nd
    Caution 4: #35-Wise, 39th
    Caution 5: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 17th
    Caution 6: #13-Mears, 18th
    Caution 7: #24-Gordon, 8th
    Caution 8: #10-Patrick, 23rd
    Caution 9: #10-Patrick(2), 23rd
    Caution 10: #34-Ragan(2), 26th
    (6-30-2013)

  • Kentucky Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2013 Quaker State 400: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race (the race was postponed from Saturday due to rain) Began recording the times at the beginning of the broadcast at 12:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 3:27 PM (all times are EST). Did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage. TNT was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 121
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 59
    Number of times TNT utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 0
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 32
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 4 min. 5 sec.
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 12:00 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 3:27 PM
    Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 207
    Minutes of race broadcast: 151
    Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 56
    Number of missed restarts: 0
    Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0
    Total race brdcst time 151 Total comm. brdcst time 56
    See past races, links to full report more on the 2013 TV Commercials page.(7-1-2013)

  • Race postponed to Sunday: Rain at Kentucky Speedway has caused the postponement of the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race. The race is scheduled to run at 12:00pm/et on Sunday, June 30, 2013 and be aired on TNT live.(6-29-2013)
    TIMES: Invocation set for 11:49am/et, National Anthem at 11:50am/et, engines fired at 11:57am/et, TNT comes on at 12noon/et, green flag approx 12:05pm/et.
    NASCAR has designated a competition caution for lap 30 so teams can check tire wear and make adjustments.
    Canada Watch live coverage of the postponed NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 on TSN2, Sunday at 12noon/et.
    Radio Performance Racing Network (radio) will come on air at 11:45am/et to catch the invocation & national anthem, goprn.com/live
    AND Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 has been postponed to Sunday, June 30 at noon due to unwelcome and persistent rain showers. All tickets, credentials and parking passes will be honored. Parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and all speedway gates will open at 10 am. Tickets remain available and will be on sale when gates open.(Kentucky Speedway)
    See weather links onJayski's Kentucky Race Info page - weather section.(6-29-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2013.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:45pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, July 3 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 43, the last stall.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    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.(6-29-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Unofficial Race Results
    Unofficial Drivers Points
    Unofficial Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    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 and practice speeds 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

  • Earnhardt Jr. wins Kentucky pole: #88-Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a track record speed of 183.636mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 12th of his career. Earnhardt Jr. has never won from the pole in eleven tries.
    #99-Edwards is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #55-Vickers and #42-Montoya. The first nine drivers broke the old track record of 181.818mph set by Johnson last June. Since there were on 43 entries, all drivers made the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, order, links and pole progression on the Kentucky Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(6-28-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kentucky:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts with a lap of 29.406 seconds, 183.636 mph.
    His qualifying speed set a track qualifying record previously held by #48-Jimmie Johnson (181.818 mph) from June 30, 2012.
    Nine different drivers posted faster laps than the old record.
    This is his 12th pole in 486 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2013 and his second in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his ninth in 17 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-28-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Performace Racing Network at goprn.com
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 12:00am/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #87-Nemechek.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #36-Yeley.
    Fastest in Friday's first practice, #29-Harvick, is scheduled to qualify 8th.
    Fastest in Friday's Happy Hour practice, #48-Johnson, is scheduled to qualify 10th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kentucky Qualifying Page.(6-28-2013)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is being over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 181.093
    #99-Edwards 180.385
    #18-Busch 180.379
    #24-Gordon 180.210
    #31-Burton 179.952
    slowest: #32-Schrader 170.946 & #19-Bliss 171.146
    Notes: #83-Reutimann spun in turn 3 early in practice, may have scraped the wall a tad.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Kentucky Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(6-28-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #29-Harvick 178.784
    #48-Johnson 177.690
    #2-Keselowski 177.032
    #78-Busch 176.898
    #24-Gordon 176.557
    slowest: #32-Schrader 169.833 & #19-Bliss 170.326
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Kentucky Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-28-2013)

  • Entry List for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Bliss, #47-Allmendinger, #51-Dillon, #55-Vickers, #44-Riggs, #32-Schrader. With 43 teams at the track, no one will miss the race. Bobby Labonte is not entered, which would break his 704 consecutive race starting streak.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kentucky Entry List

  • For the 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:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 573
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 548, -25
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 528, -45
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 510, -63
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 481, -92
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 479, -94
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 479, -94
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 461, -112
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 454, -119
    10) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 453, -120
    Wild Cards:
    WC) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 12th in points
    WC) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 15th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -83 from 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer


Weather Links

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National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground
NASCAR WX(Weather)-Man


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Kentucky is PRS-852 which last raced at Richmond and finished 33rd. The backup chassis is PRS-847 has been a backup at several races but has not raced.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-739 for the Kentucky race. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis at Darlington in May, when he ran inside the top five for the majority of the race before being collected in an incident and finishing 17th. Kahne has one top-five finish in two Cup starts at Kentucky. The 33-year-old driver finished second in last year's event at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. His average start there is 11.5, and his average finish is 7.5, which ranks him seventh among active Sprint Cup Series drivers at Kentucky.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Mac Tools team has prepared the same chassis they raced at Las Vegas and Kansas earlier this year. The best finish for the car is 20th. Ambrose comes into Kentucky with two previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the track. He has an average start of 11.5 and an average finish of 16.5 in his races with Richard Petty Motorsports. His best finish is 13th at the track and has finished on the lead lap in both events. He also won his first NASCAR pole at the track, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, in 2006.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis Chassis No. 10-794 which was tested in the wind tunnel May 1 before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race, but completed only 385 laps.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #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 visited Kansas in April for its fourth career start. It was a quiet outing, with Stewart qualifying 18th and finishing 21st.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 738 raced at Las Vegas and Darlington. Backup chassis No. 724 has not raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M / National Firefighters Foundation Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-844 which last ran at Pocono in June and finished 2nd. The backup chassis is RK-822, which last ran at Martinsville and finished 9th. Biffle has finished 21st in both Sprint Cup races at Kentucky. In six career Nationwide starts at Kentucky Biffle has three top-five and five top-10 finishes. 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material proudly supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with donations of over $100,000 since 2007.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Fifth Third Bank Racing team will be using primary chassis RK-791, which last raced at Sprint Showdown/All-Star race - finished 2nd in Showdown. The backup Chassis RK-811 was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012. Fifth Third Bank will be on the #17 Ford the next two races, Kentucky and Daytona.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for Kentucky is PRS-858 which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-844 has been a backup at several races but has not raced.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. This #27 Menards/Sylvania Chevrolet SS previously ran at Darlington Raceway in May and was tested earlier this month at Kentucky Speedway. Menard has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval. His best start of 10th came in 2011 and best finish of 12th came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 533 of 534 laps attempted (99 percent) at the Sparta, Ky., track.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: and the #29 Budweiser team will utilize chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. This is the same Chevrolet that Harvick drove to Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Harvick has two starts to his credit at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval dating back to 2011. The RCR veteran earned his best start of fourth and finish of 11th in 2011 and completed 100 percent (534 of 534) of the laps contested.
    #31-Jeff Burtonwill race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. This #31 Caterpiller Chevy was utilized earlier this season at Bristol in March, Charlotte in May and Michigan in June. Burton has two starts at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility with his best start of 22nd and best finish of 19th both coming in the 2011 event. The South Boston, Va., native has also completed 533 of 534 laps attempted (99 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval. Whayne Supply Company Inc. will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
    #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 debuted at Indianapolis in July 2012, when Newman recorded a seventh-place finish. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it 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. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Kansas in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 season at Kansas in April, when Newman finished 14th. Newman then raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington in May. Most recently, Newman raced Chassis 39-733 to a fifth-place finish at Pocono earlier this month.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Eckrich / Operation Homefrond team will race the same chassis they raced at Dover earlier this year. Almirola has made six starts at Kentucky Speedway in all three national series. His lone Sprint Cup start came last season when he started 13th and finished 26th after battling a tight condition. In his two Nationwide starts, Almirola posted his best finish (sixth) in 2007 and has an average finish of 13th. He finished in the top-five in two of his three truck series starts, including a best finish of third (2010), and has an average finish of 10th.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 799 at Kentucky, this chassis last ran at Charlotte in May finishing 22nd. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup and won two races in 2012.
    #55-Brian Vickers: is running Chassis 722 which Mark Martin drove this car in the All-Star race. Back-up car 720 has not raced in 2013.
    #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 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726 for this weekend's Cup event at Kentucky. Earnhardt last ran this chassis in the 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt will make his third career Sprint Cup start this Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile tri-oval added to the schedule in 2011. Earnhardt averaged a 6.599 running position (ranked fifth among his peers) during the 2012 content and finished fourth to record his first top-10 result at the track.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 UPS team will be bringing chassis RK - 831 which is a new chassis for the 2013 season. Backup chassis is RK - 826 last ran in Texas. Edwards will make his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, but he has seven Nationwide and three Camping World Truck starts there. In his previous 12 starts, Edwards has two wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-26-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,375; Right-side -- 1,375;
    Nationwide: Left-side - 475; Right-side -- 475

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4556; Right-side -- D-4440

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

    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 -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Kentucky this week will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), teams in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run a slightly different left-side code (D-4556) than those in the Camping World Truck Series . . . this is the same right-side tire that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Kentucky the last two seasons . . . this left-side tire is new to Kentucky and features a construction change compared to what was run at this track last year . . . teams in these two series ran this same tire set-up at Dover earlier this month . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . 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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