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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: Quaker State Oil

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 26
10:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, June 27
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, June 28
1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:55 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 27, 10:30am - 12:00 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 27, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, June 27 at 5:35 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled on June 28 at 4:30am/et on FS1; 1:00pm/et on FS1; and at 4:00pm/et on FS2.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,111,347
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: Advance Auto Parts President George Sherman
    Command to start engines: Advance Auto Parts President George Sherman
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Canadian Tire Associate Vice President, Automotive Merchandising Paula Sayers
    Invocation: Larry Campbell, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Marlana Vanhoose
    Flyover: none shown

  • Track Websites and Social Media:
    Kentucky Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Kentucky Speedway - Facebook
    Twitter - kyspeedway

  • June 2013: see the Kentucky Race Info page

  • June 2013 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 131.948mph, started 16th

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

  • Slowest Race Record: #20-Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, 131.948mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 41 years, 3 months, and 20 days, 6/30/2013

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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #20-Matt Kenseth, 6/30/2013, started 26th

  • June 2013 Pole Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636mph, 12th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 6/28/2013, 183.636mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 38 years, 8 months, and 18 days, 6/28/2013

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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 125.9
    #18-Kyle Busch 125.2
    #20-Matt Kenseth 109.3
    #2-Brad Keselowski 104.8
    #5-Kasey Kahne. 98.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin 98.1
    #99-Carl Edwards 94.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon 91.8
    #78-Martin Truex Jr 90.7
    #41-Kurt Busch 90.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (three total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Kentucky Notes & Facts - Wednesday - track history:
    " There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 - one race per season.
    " 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.
    " The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held in 2011 - won by Kyle Busch.(NASCAR)(6-25-2014)

  • Kentucky Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:
    " 53 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 42 in more than one.
    " Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 243 laps led in three starts. Jimmie Johnson has led the second-most with 203.
    " Three different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012) and Jamie McMurray (2013).
    " Kyle Busch leads the series in top-five finishes at Kentucky with two.
    " Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead the series in top-10 finishes at Kentucky with three each.
    " Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 2.333.
    " Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 4.667. Kyle Busch (5.333), Jimmie Johnson (6.000), Jeff Gordon (7.667), and Kasey Kahne (8.667) are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
    " Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.
    " 42 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky; three have posted wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Jeremy Mayfield - 5 Sprint Cup wins, Michael Waltrip - 4 Sprint Cup wins, 11 Nationwide wins, 1 Camping World Trucks win, Tommy Thompson - 1 Sprint Cup win, Jeff Green - 16 Nationwide wins, David Green - 9 Nationwide wins.(NASCAR)(6-26-2014)

  • Kentucky Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book.
    " Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the only two drivers that have won Coors Light poles at Kentucky.
    " Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race.
    " One of the three (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row.
    " Two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Kyle Busch won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the first starting position. Due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race it was not from the Coors Light pole.(NASCAR)(6-27-2014)

  • Kentucky Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    " Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the July 9, 2011 race won by Kyle Busch over David Reutimann with a MOV of 0.179 second.
    " None of the three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
    " None of the three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    " Three different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011), Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012) and Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013).
    " Joe Gibbs Racing leads the series in wins at Kentucky with two (2011, 2013); followed by Penske Racing (2012) with one.
    " Two different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013) and Dodge (2012).
    " The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky was 16th, by Matt Kenseth last season.
    " There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup races among two tracks in Kentucky: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY - 3, Corbin Speedway, Corbin, KY - 1.(NASCAR)(6-28-2014)

    NASCAR Numbers:
    10: The number of consecutive different winners in the last 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Sonoma Raceway. That's a clear indication of just how far the competitive level of road course racing within the series has come over the last decade.
    5: The number of runner-up finishes posted by Jeff Gordon at Sonoma, equaling his number of wins. Gordon's last victory at the 1.99-mile road course came in 2006. He has finished second in three of the last four races there.
    5: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers with multiple wins this season and hence guaranteed to be among the top 16 winners. With his second victory of the season on Sunday, Carl Edwards added his name to a list that already includes Jimmie Johnson (3 wins), Kevin Harvick (2), Joey Logano (2) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2).
    9.3: Marcos Ambrose's average finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway. Admittedly, it's a small sample size (3 races), but the premier road course racer has a better average finish at Kentucky than he does at Watkins Glen (11.2), where he has won twice in six starts.
    264: Laps led by Kyle Busch in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season. The good news? Busch was out front for 81 circuits at Dover to top the 10,000 career laps led mark. The bad news? At his current pace, Busch will lead the fewest laps since his second full season in Cup racing (571 in 2006).(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-24-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Keselowski wins at Kentucky: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 2nd win of 2014, his 2nd win at Kentucky, and his 12th career win. Keselowski started from the pole and dominated most of the race, leading 199 of the 267 laps.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #20-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #22-Logano, and #48-Johnson.
    #24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 6th and extends his points lead over to 24 points over #48-Johnson & #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #48-Johnson leads the Chase Grid with three wins, 2nd in points. #88-Earnhardt Jr. is second with 2 wins, 3rd in points then #2-Keselowski 2 & 3rd, #99-Edwards 2 & 6th; #22-Logano 2 & 7th and #4-Harvick 2 and 9th.
    There were 12 lead changes among 3 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 139.723mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf). (6-28-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kentucky Speedway:
    Brad Keselowski won the 4th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, his 12th victory in 178 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 24 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    Brad Keselowski has led a series high 346 laps at Kentucky Speedway in four starts.
    Race winner Brad Keselowski is now fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-28-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 618
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 594, -24
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 594, -24
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 560, -58
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 555, -63
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 536, -82
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 519, -99
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 514, -104
    9) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 509, -109
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 408, -110
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    17) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 455, -163
    26) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 379, -239 (133 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 Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Kentucky, race 17 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins, 4th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 6th
    5) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 9th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 17th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #27-Paul Menard, 11th
    14) #42-Kyle Larson, 12th
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    (6-28-2014)

  • Kentucky Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, finished 16th, 11 rookie points
    #7-Annett, 18th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 24th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 28th, 8
    #83-Truex, 33rd, 7
    #23-Bowman, 36th, 6
    #42-Larson, 40th, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (6-28-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #36-Sorenson, 27th
    Caution 2: #13-Mears, 20th
    Caution 3: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 25th
    Caution 4: #51-Allgaier, 24th
    Caution 5: #13-Mears (2), 20th
    Caution 6: #10-Patrick, 21st
    (6-28-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2014.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:30pm/et; green flag approx. 7:45pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: TBA

  • 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 #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 14, with an opening in front of it.
    #24-Gordon, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #4-Harvick, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-27-2014)

  • 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

  • Keselowski wins Kentucky pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 188.791mph for his 3rd pole of 2014, 1st at Kentucky and 6th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole, followed by #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #42-Larson, #31-Newman, #1-McMurray, #41-Busch, #10-Patrick, #15-Bowyer, and #27-Menard.
    Missing the race were: only 42 cars entered, so none missed the race.
    See the starting lineup, full qualifying results and more on the Kentucky Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-27-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kentucky:
    Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts with a lap of 28.603 seconds, 188.791 mph.
    This is his sixth pole in 178 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 13th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2014.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his second top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his ninth in 17 races this season.
    Kyle Larson (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Brad Keselowski set a new track record in the third and final round of qualifying with his lap of 28.603 seconds, 188.791 mph. The track record for Kentucky Speedway was previously held by Dale Earnhardt Jr., at 183.636 mph (06/30/2013)
    23 cars broke the previous track record during this qualifying session.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-27-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 187.611
    #2-Keselowski 187.565
    #15-Bowyer 186.735
    #41-Busch 186.709
    #42-Larson 186.522
    the rest of the top 12: 24 1 4 11 31 27 10
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 14 20 47 3 55 18 78 5 17 43 99 16
    23 drivers beat the old track record of 183.636mph, which was set by Earnhardt, Jr. last year.
    (6-27-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 25 minutes.
    #22-Logano 185.893
    #10-Patrick 185.759
    #24-Gordon 185.714
    #2-Keselowski 185.618
    #1-McMurray 185.573
    the rest of the top 24: 42 47 20 11 31 41 78 55 3 14 27 4 18 5 43 15 17 99 16
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 48 13 9 51 88 26 36 7 23 98 32 34 40 33 83 66 38 93
    25 drivers beat the old track record of 183.636mph, which was set by Earnhardt, Jr. last year.
    Drivers who will miss the race: none.
    (6-27-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 183.101
    #20-Kenseth 182.309
    #42-Larson 182.088
    #24-Gordon 181.941
    #22-Logano 181.677
    slowest: #33-Stremme 171.124 & #66-Nemechek 170.816.
    notes: #5-Kahne spun off turn 4 on his second lap, but didn't hit anything.
    Fastest speeds, laps run, best ten lap average on the Kentucky Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(6-27-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 183.549
    #2-Keselowski 182.143
    #55-Vickers 182.143
    #1-McMurray 181.318
    #14-Stewart 181.287
    slowest: #93-Bliss 172.144 & #33-Stremme 170.492.
    notes: #40-Cassill spun off turn 2 late in the session but did not hit anything.
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled, the speeds from this practice would set the starting lineup. Group qualifying is scheduled to be held on today at 5:40pm/et on FoxSports1 (FS1).
    Fastest speeds, laps run, best ten lap average on the Kentucky Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-27-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 at 5:35pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: on Saturday, June 28th at 4:30am/et on FS1; 1:00pm/et on FS1; 4:00pm/et on FS2

  • Qualifying Order for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted. 42 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #26-Whitt.
    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.(6-26-2014)

  • Entry List for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted, ONLY 42 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Kvapil, #33-Stremme, #66-Nemechek.
    Since only 42 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    Last time less then 43 cars entered The last time a Sprint Cup Series race was held with fewer than 43 cars was the 2001 season finale at New Hampshire but that race was rescheduled from Sept. 16 to Nov. 23 because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The #27 car of Rick Mast was withdrawn as the team had shut down and was not replaced by NASCAR. Before that, the last race without 43 cars was in October 1997 at Talladega when 42 cars started but 47 cars were entered. In 1997, 42 was the mandated number with the 43rd spot reserved for a former Cup champion that had not qualified. The last time a Sprint Cup Series race had less cars entered then the maximum was in September 1996 at Dover, when 41 cars ran.
    UPDATE: The #44 team with J.J. Yeley has withdrawn and the #93 team with Mike Bliss has been added. There are still 42 teams.(6-27-2014)
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kentucky 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 Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 580
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 560, -20
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 555, -25
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 515, -65
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 512, -68
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 509, -71
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 483, -97
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 473, -107
    9) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 472, -108
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 470, -110
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 465, -115
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 453, -127
    26) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 347, -233 (101 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 Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-22-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    3) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 6th
    4) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 9th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 5th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 11th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 13th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 12th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 15th
    (6-22-2014)


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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 Kansas Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-904. Last Raced: Darlington (finished 17th). Backup Chassis: PRS-840. Last Raced: Pocono backup (not raced)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 465 in the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 16th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Saturday night's race at Kentucky. Kahne raced this car twice last year, finishing 15th at Kansas Speedway in October and then 13th at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. He also drove this chassis at the Fontana oval in March and at Charlotte Motor Speedway's All-Star Race in May.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-837: Chassis No. 10-837 debuted in May at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick had one of the best outings of her career as she started ninth and finished a career-best seventh. Kentucky 400 Backup Racecar - Chassis No. 10-794: Chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in September at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735:This car debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where 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 33rdplace 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 sat idle until this past May when Stewart drove it at Kansas. He qualified eighth and finished 20th after giving up valuable track position for a late-race fuel stop. The Kentucky 400 will mark the car's second start of 2014 and seventh overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Kentucky Speedway. He raced it to a fourth-place finish at Dover earlier this month. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis and finished 12th at Darlington and 15th at Bristol.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-890 Last ran All-Star - finished 19th. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-893 is the same chassis that Stenhouse raced into the top-five in the first 20 lap segment of the Sprint Showdown. Stenhouse was forced to settle with a seventh-place finish after battling a tight Building for America's Bravest Ford in the final 20-lap shootout. Backup Chassis: RK- 888 - last raced at Bristol - finished second.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-903. Last Raced: Darlington (finished 35th). Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Pocono backup (not raced).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Saturday night's race. Gordon has raced this chassis twice to a first-place finish at Kansas in May and eighth-place result at Pocono in June.
    #27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 454. This Chevrolet SS produced one top-five and three top-10 finishes in 2014; Las Vegas Motor Speedway (third-place finish) Texas Motor Speedway (ninth-place finish) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (eighth-place finish).
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 441 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Chassis No. 441 has competed in three Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 producing two top-10 finishes (Phoenix International Raceway - seventh and Darlington Raceway - 10th). Newman also utilized the chassis in Dover where he ran in the top 10 before a mechanical issue ended the solid effort.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 727: Busch will pilot Chassis No. 727 in Saturday night's Kentucky 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. In six previous starts, four as the No. 39 for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), and most recently at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway as the No. 41, it has two top-10s with a best finish of eighth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. Chassis No. 727 finished 13th as the SHR No. 39 at the 2013 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, 21st at Bristol in August, eighth at Charlotte in October and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in November. Since transitioning to the No. 41 team, Chassis 727 finished 13th at Bristol in March and 18th in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. Saturday night marks its third start for the No. 41 team.
    #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: Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-799, which Johnson drove at Kansas Speedway and the Fontana oval earlier this season. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which was most recently raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 797 finished sixth at Charlotte and seventh at California. Backup: 801 finished 13th at Las Vegas.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877 for this weekend's Cup event at Kentucky. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in May.
    #99-Carl Edwards: o Primary chassis RK-880 was last run in 2014 at Charlotte and started in the 22nd-postiion, finishing fourth. Backup chassis RK-904 was last run this season at Darlington and rolled off in the 22nd-spot, finishing 13th.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(6-26-2014)


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-4556; Right-side -- D-4440

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 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 the Sprint Cup Series will run a slightly different left-side code (D-4556) than those in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams have run at Kentucky since 2012 . . . these teams have also run this same tire set-up at Dover over that same period of time . . . Goodyear held a test at Kentucky on May 20-21 . . . .Sprint Cup teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 2 Penske Racing Ford with Brad Keselowski and No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers . . . 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.


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