NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #11 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: 5-hour Energy

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, May 8
11:30 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, May 9
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 - 2:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, May 10
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
6:30 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in CENTRAL / LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, May 9, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 9, 2:30 - 3:20pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, May 9 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-FS1. Re-air scheduled on Saturday, May 10 at 4:30am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,404,537
2013: $5,372,220
2012: $5,327,371
2011: $5,215,984
2011 was the first spring race for the track


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Banking in turns...variable (17-20 degrees); previous banking: 15 degrees
    Banking on 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: TBA
    Command to start engines: Army Colonel (Ret.) Roger Donlan
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Clint Bowyer's Mother, Jana Bowyer
    Invocation: Chaplain David Jenkins, Kansas National Guard
    National Anthem: Fr. Meinrad Miller, Benedictine Monk & Priest
    Flyover: none shown

  • Track Websites and Social Media:
    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 2013: see the Kansas Race Info page

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

  • October 2013 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 114.884mph, started 1st

  • 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 Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.864mph, finished 1st

  • October 2013 Pole Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 187.526mph, finished 1st

  • 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 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 118.9
    #20-Matt Kenseth............................. 109.6
    #16-Greg Biffle................................ 106.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 99.6
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 97.5
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 96.6
    #4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 95.9
    #78-Martin Truex Jr............................ 91.5
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 91.1
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 90.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (12 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)(4-1-2014)

  • Kansas Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    111 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 83 in more than one.
    Only one of the 16 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007.
    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. There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272).
    Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (11).
    11 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.
    Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with eight victories; followed by Ford with four wins.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
    (NASCAR)(5-10-2014)

  • Kansas Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph.
    11 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 of the 16 (25%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013), Kevin Harvick (fall 2013).
    Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
    Jason Leffler (09/30/2001) is the only driver to post his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 10.800.
    Five of the 16 (31.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place.
    10 of the 16 (62.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Two of the 16 (12.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    (NASCAR)(5-9-2014)

  • Kansas Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:
    Seven drivers have started all 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway - #24-Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton(not entered), #4-Kevin Harvick, #41-Kurt Busch, Mark Martin(not entered), #20-Matt Kenseth and #31-Ryan Newman.
    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 nine; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 13; followed by Jeff Gordon (11), Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth and Stewart each have nine.
    Jimmie Johnson (7.533) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway - he is the only driver with an average finish in the top-10 at Kansas.
    Kevin Harvick competed at Kansas Speedway 15 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas.
    Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.
    Kurt Busch leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 16.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 562 laps led in 15 starts.
    (NASCAR)(5-8-2014)

  • Kansas Notes & Facts - Wednesday - history:
    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 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
    (NASCAR)(5-7-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers Heading to Kansas:
    4: The number of finishes outside the top 20 for Jimmie Johnson in the first 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. That's the most since 2009, when Johnson also had four results outside the top 20 in the first 10 races. But, oh, by the way, Johnson went on to win the series championship that year.
    5: The number of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions involved in "The Big One" in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega. On Lap 137, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski triggered a wreck that also collected Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth, who have 14 titles between them.
    11: The finishing position at Talladega of Landon Cassill, who kept the #40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet in the top 10 for much of Sunday afternoon. That result was a career best for Cassill in 201 Sprint Cup starts, bettering a pair of 12th-place finishes at Michigan and Daytona.
    23.3: Kyle Busch's average finish in 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, statistically Busch's worst track. The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has but two top 10s at Kansas, and no top fives. He has led 85 laps there, his lowest total by far at a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway.
    5: The number of drivers who have won two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, suggesting that success breeds success at the 1.5-mile track. In 16 total races at Kansas, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have won twice each. Kenseth is the only one of the five to win in two different car makes a Ford and a Toyota.(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-6-2014)

  • 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

  • Gordon wins at Kansas: #24-Jeff Gordon won the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 1st win of 2014, 3rd at Kansas, and his 89th career win.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #5-Kahne, #22-Logano, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #99-Edwards, #10-Patrick [her career best finish], #43-Almirola, #48-Johnson, and #20-Kenseth.
    #24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader, extended his points lead to 15 over #20-Kenseth.
    The race started about 35 minutes late after storms moved just north of the track, causing NASCAR to go into a holding pattern.
    #22-Logano leads the Chase Seeding with two wins. #4-Harvick is second, also with 2 wins, but lower in points. They are followed by #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were 25 lead changes among 10 drivers and there were 8 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 128.149mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Kansas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Kansas Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-10-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas Speedway:
    Jeff Gordon won the 4th Annual 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation, his 89th victory in 736 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 17 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 17 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kasey Kahne (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 15 points over Matt Kenseth.
    Danica Patrick posted her best career finish (7th) in tonight's race.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-10-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 11 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 394
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 379, -15
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 373, -21
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 368, -26
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 367, -27
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 346, -48
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 340, -54
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 332, -62
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 328, -66
    10) #55-Brian Vickers, 327, -67
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 326, -68
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 318, -76
    15) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 302, -92
    28) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 211, -183 (52 pts ahead of 31st)
    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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-10-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Kansas, race 11 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th in points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 19th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 3rd
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 4th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 5th
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 11th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
    9) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 28th
    (no wins, in by points)
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 9th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 10th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
    (5-10-2014)

  • Kansas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 12th, 11 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 19thth, 10
    #7-Annett, 25th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 28th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 35th, 7
    #51-Allgaier, 36th, 6
    #83-Truex, 43rd, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See rookie rules, standings and history on the 2014 Rookie of the Year page.(5-10-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #4-Harvick, 2nd
    Caution 2: #3-Dillon, 19th
    Caution 3: #27-Menard, 17th
    Caution 4: #4-Harvick, 2nd
    Caution 5: #18-Busch, 15th
    Caution 6: #20-Kenseth, 10th
    Caution 7: #78-Truex, Jr.,21st
    Caution 8: #12-Blaney, 27th
    (5-10-2014)

  • Race start delayed: Due to storms and lightning in the area of the track, the start of the race was delayed by about 35 minutes. The race started at 8:22pm/et.(5-10-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Wednesday, May 14, 7:00am/et on FS2; Thursday, May 15, 7:00pm/et on FS1

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 7, the first pit stall with an opening behind it.
    #2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall,with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-9-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Harvick wins Kansas pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the pole for the 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with speed of 194.252mph for his 2nd pole of 2014, 2nd at Kansas and 8th of his career. He broke the track record during the second round of qualifying with a speed of 194.658mph.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole, followed by #2-Keselowski, #99-Edwards, #42-Larson, #41-Busch, #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #10-Patrick, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, and #42-Almirola.
    Missing the race was: #77-Blaney.
    See starting lineup, qualifying results, round results and more on the Kansas Starting Lineup / Qualifying Results page.(5-9-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation with a lap of 27.799 seconds, 194.252 mph (a new track record).
    This is his eighth pole in 477 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his second pole in 17 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2014 and his sixth in ten races at Kansas Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his eighth in 11 races this season.
    Kyle Larson (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Kansas Speedway becomes the sixth track in 2014 to set a new qualifying track record joining Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol, Martinsville and Darlington.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-9-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes. 23 drivers ran faster than the track record of 191.748mph, set by Matt Kenseth last April and #4-Harvick broke the track record and was faster then the record set in the 1st round, running a lap of 194.658mph.
    #4-Harvick 194.658
    #14-Stewart 193.847
    #22-Logano 193.715
    #43-Almirola 193.639
    #41-Busch 193.583
    the rest of the top 12: 99 31 42 16 2 1 10
    outside the top 12: 24 48 55 27 5 51 3 17 12 88 15 18
    (5-9-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 25 minutes. 10 drivers broke the track record of 191.748mph, set by Matt Kenseth last April.
    #41-Busch 193.611
    #42-Larson 193.223
    #16-Biffle 193.126
    #99-Edwards 193.119
    #5-Kahne 193.057
    Driver who will miss the race: #77-Blaney.
    (5-9-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #14-Stewart 192.809
    #15-Bowyer 192.321
    #48-Johnson 192.239
    #42-Larson 192.178
    #4-Harvick 192.109
    slowest: #40-Cassill 184.420 & #36-Sorenson 193.387
    See the fastest speeds, 10-lap consecutive lap average and laps run on the Kansas Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(5-9-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 189.076
    #43-Almirola 188.620
    #15-Bowyer 188.528
    #77-Blaney 188.455
    #5-Kahne 188.042
    slowest: #26-Whitt 182.630 & #33-Hill 181.184.
    notes: Qualifying will be this evening at 6:40pm/et and shown on FoxSports 1.
    See the fastest speeds and laps run on the Kansas Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-9-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 4:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #42-Larson.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Jayski's Kansas Qualifying Page.(5-9-2014)

  • Entry List for the 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #12-Ryan Blaney, #33-Hill, #32-Kvapil, #66-Nemechek, #77-Blaney. The #35 Front Row Motorsports Ford is NOT entered after attempting all 10 races so far in 2014.
    Driver who needs to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them: #12-Ryan Blaney
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 347
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 344, -3
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 343, -4
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 328, -19
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 328, -19
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 305, -42
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 304, -43
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 300, -47
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 299, -48
    10) #55-Brian Vickers, 297, -50
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 294, -53
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 292, -55
    19) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 258, -89
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 196, -151 (52 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-4-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th in points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 19th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 3rd
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 4th
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 5th
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 11th
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
    8) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 27th
    (no wins, in by points)
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 8th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 10th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
    (5-4-2014)


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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 5-hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-908. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-840. Last Raced: Darlington backup
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 457 in the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon drove to an 11th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-842 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Chassis No. 4-842 debuted at Phoenix International Raceway in March, when Harvick led 224 of 312 laps en route to earning his first win of the 2014 season. Kansas Speedway marks the first time the #4 team will bring a previously raced chassis to the racetrack.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-870 for Saturday night's event at Kansas. This is a new chassis that Kahne and the No. 5 team first used during the Kansas Goodyear tire test in April.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th, and in October at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th. The last time it was used was in November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where she started 30th and finished 25th. Since then, it has served as a backup car in 2014 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and then was regulated to the primary car at Bristol, where she started 36th and finished 18th.
    #12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis: PRS-866. Last Raced Phoenix (as #22 car)
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735: This car debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Tony Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 made its second career start in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It was impressive as Stewart used it to overcome a 33rd-place starting spot, a botched pit stop, an incident with Jeff Burton and a lap-166 spin to finish fifth. The car made its third career start in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, it rallied to a top-20 finish after starting 35th and dealing with handling issues throughout the 267-lap race. Stewart's milestone 500th career Sprint Cup start also came at Homestead in Chassis No. 14-735. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to action in May for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It rallied again, coming from 25th in the field to lead six laps before finishing seventh. The car's fifth career start and second of 2013 was slated to come in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but a crash in the opening minutes of the weekend's first practice session sidelined the car. Rebuilt, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to Michigan in August with interim driver Austin Dillon, qualifying 27th and finishing 14th. The car has sat idle since, with this weekend's race at Kansas marking Chassis No. 14-735's first start of 2014 and sixth overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-896 was brand new earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway, in which Biffle qualified fourth and finished sixth. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-882 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Las Vegas finishing 27th after a costly pit-road speeding penalty.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-907. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Darlington backup.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis is new and has not been raced previously.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 466 in the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable in 2014 being utilized for the first time.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 462 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Chassis No. 462 was utilized by Newman at Auto Club Speedway this year producing a qualifying effort of 16th and a finish of 20th in March. The No. 31 team also used it in the April 9 Goodyear Tire Test at Michigan International Speedway.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 760 in Saturday night's Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, a former No. 39 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing. Chassis No. 760 last raced at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in June 2013, when driver Ryan Newman started 35th and finished 18th. Newman also raced No. 760 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2013.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-799 for this weekend at Kansas. Johnson last drove this car to qualify third and lead 104 laps before encountering a late-race tire issue and finished 24th at Fontana, California. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 805 finished ninth at Bristol. Backup: 801 has not raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-897 was last run in 2014 at Texas starting from the fifth-position and finishing in 14th. Backup Chassis: RK-880
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(5-8-2014)


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

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4604; Right-side -- D-4586

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: While teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same left-side tire code (D-4604) at Kansas this week, they will run distinct right-side codes . . . in the Sprint Cup Series, this is the same left-side code that teams ran at Kansas lastOctober . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4586) . . . this right-side is a single compound tread and features a slight change from what was run on the traction zone of last October's multi-zone right-side at Kansas . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Kansas on April 14 . . . one team per Sprint Cup organization was invited to that test . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Race / Cup Odds


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