NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Hollywood Casino 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #4 of 10

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: Sunday, October 6, 2013 in Kansas, KS

Title Sponsor: Hollywood Casino

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR 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

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 7 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    FoxSports1 (FS1) 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)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network - providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 3
9:00 AM NSCS HAULER PARKING
10:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 - 4:00 PM NSCS TESTING
7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, October 4
6:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 5
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 - 10:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:50 - 1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, October 6
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM Hollywood Casino 400 NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN THIS SECTION ARE IN LOCAL / CENTRAL TIME ZONE


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Testing:
    Thursday, October 3, 1:00 - 5:00 pm/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Practices:
    Friday, October 4, 12:30 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, October 5, 11:00 - 11:50 am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 5, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 4 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,100,486
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 in turns...variable (17-20 degrees); previous banking: 15 degrees
    Banking on front stretch... 10 degrees; previous banking: 10.4 degrees
    Banking on back stretch... 5.5 degrees; previous banking: 5 degrees
    Straights: front stretch - 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
    Attendance: 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: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
    Command to start engines: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
    Invocation: Wyandotte County Mayor Mark Holland
    National Anthem: Kalee Dionne, Weekend Meteorologist, 41 Action News, Kansas City, MO
    Flyover: Van's RV's, KC Flight

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

  • April 2013: see the Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2012: see the Kansas Race Info page

  • April 2013 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenneth, 133.611mph, started 1st

  • 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 2013 Pole Sitter: #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.864mph, finished 1st

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

  • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Matt Kenseth, 4/19/2013, 191.864mph

  • 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

  • Top 13 Driver Rating at Kansas:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson................. 119.1
    #16-Greg Biffle.......................... 110.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth...................... 110.0
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr............ 101.7
    #24-Jeff Gordon.......................... 99.0
    Tony Stewart........................ 97.5 (injured, not racing)
    #99-Carl Edwards....................... 96.1
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.................... 93.4
    #29-Kevin Harvick....................... 92.0
    #5-Kasey Kahne........................ 91.1
    #14-Mark Martin.......................... 91.0
    #15-Clint Bowyer......................... 91.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin....................... 89.8
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (11 total) among active drivers at Kansas 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)

  • Kansas Facts and Notes - Friday - poles:
    Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole 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).
    Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and one from second-place.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 11.357.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
    Jason Leffler (9/30/2001) is the only driver to post his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
    Three of the 15 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008) and Matt Kenseth (2013).
    Nine of the 15 (60%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Two of the 15 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    (NASCAR)(10-4-2013)

  • Kansas Facts and Notes - Thursday:
    10 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, 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 with three and Penske Racing with two.
    Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with seven victories; followed by Ford with four wins.
    There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272).
    Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 - the first two NSCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall of 2012, spring of 2013).
    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 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 15.
    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.(NASCAR)(10-3-2013)

  • Kansas Facts and Notes - Wednesday:
    Nine drivers have made all 15 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.
    Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most 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 12; followed by Jeff Gordon (10).
    Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Kansas: Jimmie Johnson (7.6) and Brad Keselowski (9.2).
    Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (10).
    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.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 556 laps led in 14 starts.
    (NASCAR)(10-2-2013)

  • Kansas Facts and Notes - Tuesday:
    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 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 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
    109 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 82 in more than one.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    Only one of the 15 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007.
    (NASCAR)(10-1-2013)

  • 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

  • Harvick wins Kansas: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of 2013 and 22nd career win. Harvick led the most laps and won his 3rd career race from the pole.
    #78-Busch finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #22-Logano, #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #27-Menard, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #9-Ambrose and #43-Almirola.
    #18-Busch who started from the rear of the field in a backup car, crashed on lap 200 and finished 34th. #39-Newman was caught up in a wreck earlier and finished 35th.
    There were 24 lead changes among 12 drivers and a record 15 cautions for a record 71 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 114.884mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Kansas:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 11th (started 7th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th (3)
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 34th (18)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, WON (1)
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd (14)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th (26)BR> 7) #39-Ryan Newman, 35th (17)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th (22)
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd (19)
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th (6)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5th (9)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 4th (5)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 15th (15)
    (10-6-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2183
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2180, -3
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2158, -25
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2151, -32
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2148, -35
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2139, -44
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2136, -47
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2129, -54
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2128, -55
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2124, -59
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2123, -60
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2110, -73
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2100, -83
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1009
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 980, -29
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 975, -34
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 959, -50
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 947, -62
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 910, -99
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 907, -102
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 901, -108
    9) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 898, -111
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 895, -114
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 872, -137
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 851, -158
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 847, -162
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 839, -170
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski, 827, -182
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-6-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #29-Kevin Harvick won the 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400, his 22nd victory in 460 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Harvick won from the pole. Of his six career poles, Harvick has now won three of the corresponding races -- including each of the last two.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at Kansas Speedway.
    The 15 cautions and 71 caution laps are both track series records at Kansas Speedway.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 16 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 16 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by three points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-6-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down, was the 1st lap
    Caution 2: #36-Yeley, 27th
    Caution 3: #7-Blaney, 25th
    Caution 4: #56-Truex Jr., 19th
    Caution 5: #47-Allmendinger, 20th
    Caution 6: #32-Hill, 28th
    Caution 7: #38-Gilliland, still down a lap, 24th
    Caution 8: #38-Gilliland(2), 24th
    Caution 9: #40-Raines, still down a lap, 29th
    Caution 10: #40-Raines(2), 29th
    Caution 11: #30-Whitt, still down 7 laps, 31st
    Caution 12: #30-Whitt, still down 6 laps, 31st
    Caution 13: #30-Whitt, still down 5 laps, 31st
    Caution 14: #14-Martin, 22nd
    Caution 15: #2-Keselowski, 17th
    (10-6-2013)


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
    Racing Live! on ESPN.com
    Watch the race LIVE online at WatchESPN
    Listen Live Online at Motor Racing Network
    Fantasy NASCAR Chat with Mark Garrow / the Guru at 11:30am/et on Sunday
    Ask in-race reporter #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.


  • Race Coverage of the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 6, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; 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 7 at 1:00am/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 #29-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #17-Stenhouse Jr. took pit stall 8, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-5-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Thursday Test Speeds
    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

  • Happy Hour 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:
    #99-Edwards 184.982
    #27-Menard 183.955
    #2-Keselowski 183.905
    #20-Kenseth 183.874
    #48-Johnson 183.811
    slowest: #7-Blaney 176.621 & #35-Wise 177.579
    notes: #43-Almirola got sideways off turn 2 and slid on the back stretch apron/run off, no damage.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and top-10 lap average on the Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-5-2013)

  • Saturday first 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:
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 186.027
    #20-Kenseth 185.542
    #42-Montoya 185.459
    #29-Harvick 184.995
    #48-Johnson 184.976
    #18-Busch is 32nd fastest in the backup car.
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 177.784 & #40-Raines 178.684
    no speed: #98-McDowell, #35-Wise.
    notes: #18-Busch wrecked on his first practice lap and will go to a backup car. Busch was to start 18th but will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday. 25-minutes into practice, #78-Busch wrecked and will go to a backup car, Kurt Busch was to start 19th. Forty minutes after the wreck, #18-Busch was back on the track in his backup car. Late in practice, #20-Kenseth spun, but didn't hit anything.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and top-10 lap average on the Saturday Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-5-2013)

  • Harvick wins Kansas pole: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with speed of 187.526mph for his 1st pole of 2013, his first pole in 254 races (New Hampshire 2006) and 6th of his career.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #27-Menard, #99-Edwards and #11-Hamlin.
    No drivers missed the race as 43 were entered.
    See the starting Lineup, Qualifying results, pole progression, pdf links on the Kansas Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(10-4-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #29-Kevin Harvick won the Pole Award for the 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 with a lap of 28.796 seconds, 187.526 mph.
    This is his sixth pole in 460 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Harvick breaks a 254-race pole drought with today's pole. His last pole came at New Hampshire in Sept. 2006, a race he won.
    This is Richard Childress Racing's first pole since Sept. 2007 at New Hampshire (Clint Bowyer).
    This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2013 and his second in two races at Kansas Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 18th in 30 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-4-2013)

  • Starting positions for the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Kansas:
    [listed by current driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 7th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 18th
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, POLE
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 26h
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 17th
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 22nd
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 19th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 6th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 9th
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 5th
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 15th
    (10-4-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Cassill.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #14-Martin.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #29-Harvick, is scheduled to qualify 38th.
    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.(10-4-2013)

  • Friday practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 90 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #29-Harvick 185.223
    #18-Busch 185.179
    #48-Johnson 185.134
    #14-Martin 185.103
    #2-Keselowski 184.710
    slowest: #7-Blaney 176.974 & #33-Cassill 178.306
    note: if qualifying this afternoon [5:10pm/et on ESPN2 & MRN] is rained out, the field would be set by the rules book, top 36 by speed, then by 2013 team race attempts.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Friday Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-4-2013)

  • Entry List for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #51-Justin Allgaier, #32-Hill, #47-Allmendinger, #95-Sorenson, #40-Raines. Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas 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 Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2149
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2141, -8
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2137, -12
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2110, -39
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2110, -39
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2108, -41
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2101, -48
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2098, -51
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2094, -55
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2092, -57
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2084, -65
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2083, -66
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2071, -78
    See unofficial drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the unofficial owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-29-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 970
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 941, -29
    3) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 936, -34
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 932, -38
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 920, -50
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 877, -93
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 873, -97
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 864, -106
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 860, -110
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 856, -114
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 842, -128
    12) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 831, -139
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 819, -151
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 810, -160
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski, 799, -171
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-29-2013)


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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 Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Kansas is PRS-866, which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-838 which last raced at Darlington and finished 32nd.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Kansas. This is a brand new car. However, Kahne will test this new chassis at Kansas on Thursday, Oct. 3 with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates in preparation for this weekend's race at the 1.5-mile track. Sunday's event marks the fourth race of the Chase. In 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas, Kahne has earned three pole positions, three top-five finishes, six top-10s and has led a total of 78 laps there. Kahne has qualified in the top 10 in eight of his 12 races there. Most recently, he crossed the finish line second at Kansas in April and scored a fourth-place result in this race one year ago. Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman are tied for the most runner-up finishes at Kansas with two each.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Mac Tools team will bring chassis No. 840 this weekend. The team raced this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-781 was first used by Patrick in March at Auto Club Speedway, where she started 40th and finished 26th. She then drove this car in April at Kansas, where she started 25th and finished 25th. Patrick then used the car during the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint All-Star Race in May, where she finished ninth in the Showdown and 10th in the All-Star race. The next time this car was used was in June at Michigan, where Patrick started 37th and finished 13th. The last time Chassis No. 10-781 was used was in August at Michigan, where she started 28th and finished 23rd.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-736 debuted in 2012 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Chicago, where Tony 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. Its second start of 2013 came in June at Kentucky. Finding the right handling package at the bumpy 1.5-mile oval proved elusive, as Chassis No. 14-736 qualified 25th and finished 20th. It endured another low-key outing during the Labor Day weekend race at Atlanta, qualifying 27th and finishing 25th with interim driver Mark Martin after an early-race accident damaged the nose of the car. Chassis No. 14-736 is back in action at Kansas for its sixth career start, its fourth of the year and its second with Martin at the wheel.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 790 is a brand new chassis making it's debut at Kansas. Backup chassis No. 738 finished 27th at Las Vegas, 11th at Darlington and third at Kentucky. It also served as a backup at Chicago and Dover, but did not see the racetrack. In 10 Sprint Cup starts at Kansas, Bowyer has two top-five and five top-10s. He has an average start of 15th and average finish of 13th. He has led 48 laps. He has two consecutive top 10 finishes, including a top-five in the spring.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Sherwin Williams Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-863 finished ninth at Michigan in August after suffering some damage to the nose after contact on pit road. The backup chassis is RK-822 which last ran Bristol and finished 9th. Kansas is the track where Biffle holds his best average finish of 10.1 from an average starting position of 14.9. In his 14 career Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Biffle has two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-857 for Kansas, which last ran at Michigan and won. The Backup Chassis is PRS-862 which last races at Atlanta and finished 2nd.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 427 at Kansas Speedway. This #27 SPLASH/Menards Chevy SS was previously run this season at Michigan and Pocono. Menard has nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas. His best start of second came in 2010 and best finish of third came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,346 of 2,351 laps attempted (99.8 percent) at the Kansas track, leading 17 of them. SPLASH Products Inc., a national provider of seasonal safety products based in Eagan, Minn., manufactures and distributes a comprehensive assortment of windshield washer fluids, RV and marine antifreeze, gas line antifreeze and winter deicers.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable at Kansas. This is a new car that will make its first laps at the 1.5-mile track this weekend. In 15 starts at Kansas, Harvick has earned one top five and six top 10s. He has completed 97.2 percent of the laps run in NSCS competition (3,843 of 3,953) and has led 83 laps there as well. Harvick's average start at the track is 19.7 and his average finish is 12.8.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. This #31 Chevy has been utilized five times this season at Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and both events at Pocono Raceway. Burton has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the Kansas City, Kan.-based facility 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. The South Boston, Va., native has completed 3,837 of 3,953 laps attempted (97.1 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading seven of them. NMC and Foley Equipment will be featured on the #31 Caterpillar Chevy this weekend at Kansas.
    #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.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Farmland team has prepared chassis No. 843, which they finished seventh with at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year.
    #47-AJ Allmendinger says "The car we are racing is a good car and that showed at Atlanta (Motor Speedway)," Allmendinger said. "It is all about getting the setup right at Kansas Speedway. We had a nice balance at Atlanta and this should be one of our better cars."
    "We are really looking forward to Kansas Speedway and we are bringing the same car AJ raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We feel like this is our best car to date. AJ really liked how the car handled at Atlanta. It was one of our best finishes for an intermediate track."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 824 at Kansas, which last raced at Michigan in June finishing 28th, and before that winning the All-Star race, 3rd at Kansas in April and 12th at Auto Club. Chassis No. 784 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis is - 780, which raced at Atlanta and Michigan. Vickers owns one top-10 finish in eight starts. He has an average start of 13th and average finish of 20th. His highest finish came in Oct. 2006 when he started fourth and finished eighth.
    #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. 88-822. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced. In 14 Cup starts at Kansas, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, one top-five finish and six top-10s. He has completed 97.9 percent of all the laps he's attempted (3,609 laps of 3,686 total) at the 1.5-mile racetrack. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 82 laps there. Time Warner Cable will adorn the hood of Earnhardt's #88 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Kansas and will be the primary sponsor on the car for one more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this year, at Charlotte.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal blue team will unload RK - 861 which last ran at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The backup chassis is RK - 821 which last ran at Atlanta. Edwards will make his 13th 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 17.2 and his average finish is 11.3. His best finish (second) came in 2008. Fastenal returns to the track with supplier brands Wypall, Metabo, Blackstone and Holo-Krome on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(10-3-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: 6 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires: Left-side - 475; Right-side - 550

  • Tire Codes: Left-side - D-4554; 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 Nationwide Series will run a different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide teams ran at Michigan in June and NASCAR Camping World Truck teams ran at Kansas in April . . . Nationwide teams also ran this right-side tire code (D-4560) at Kansas last year . . . this left-side tire code (D-4554) is different than what these teams ran at Kansas last year and features a compound change . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on 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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Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
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(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Daytona 500

Countdown to Race Time: 2/22/2015 ~1:20pm/et


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