NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: SpongeBob SquarePants 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #11 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Kansas, KS

Title Sponsor: Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 7
11:30 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
2:00 - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, May 8
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 - 2:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, May 9
12:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
6:30 PM NSCS RACE

Kansas Saturday Pre-Race Schedule:
5:30:00 p.m.: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
5:40:00 p.m.: Concert - Shooter Jennings
6:50:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards
7:30:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Fort Riley's Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard
7:30:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Reverend Glen Shoup, Executive Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
7:31:00 p.m.: National Anthem: Maggie Marx
7:32:35 p.m.: Flyover: 2 A-10s from Whiteman Air Force Base (Turn 3 to Turn 2)
7:37:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Jack Griffo, Star of Nickelodeon's hit show "The Thundermans"
7:46:30 p.m.: Start of the SpongeBob Squarepants 400 (267 Laps, 400.5 Miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, May 8, 12:00 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 8, 2:30 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, May 8 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Saturday, May 9 at 11:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,400,236
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
    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: Jack Griffo, Star of Nickelodeon's hit show "The Thundermans"
    Command to start engines: Jack Griffo, Star of Nickelodeon's hit show "The Thundermans"
    Color Guard: Fort Riley's Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard
    Invocation: Reverend Glen Shoup, Executive Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
    National Anthem: Maggie Marx
    Flyover: 2 A-10s, Whiteman Air Force Base

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Kansas Speedway website
    ISC Motorsports
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Google+
    You Tube
    Flickr
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • May 2014: see the Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2014: see the Kansas Race Info page

  • May 2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 128.149mph, started 13th

  • October 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 141.951mph, started 4th

  • 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

  • May 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 194.252mph, finished 2nd

  • October 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 197.621mph, finished 12th

  • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Kevin Harvick, 10/3/2014, 197.612mph, during 2nd round of qualifying

  • 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........................ 112.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth............................. 105.6
    #42-Kyle Larson............................... 103.9
    #16-Greg Biffle................................ 102.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 100.5
    #4-Kevin Harvick............................ 100.4
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 96.8
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 95.3
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 92.7
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.3
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (14 total) among active drivers at Kansas 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)

  • Kansas Speedway 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.
    (NASCAR)(5-6-2015)

  • Kansas Speedway Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:
    117 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 89 in more than one.
    Five drivers have started all 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway - Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
    12 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon with three.
    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 10; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 14; followed by Jeff Gordon (12) and Carl Edwards (11).
    Kyle Larson (7.000) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway - Jimmie Johnson (9.529) is the only other driver with an average finish inside the top 10.
    Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (13).
    2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011), Ryan Blaney (5/10/2014) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway.
    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.
    Kevin Harvick competed at Kansas Speedway 15 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 10 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 18.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 586 laps led in 17 starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR)(5-7-2015)

  • Kansas Speedway 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 Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each.
    Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only two drivers to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (Johnson - 2007, 2008 and Harvick - fall 2013, spring 2014 and fall 2014).
    Four of the 18 (22.2%) 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) and Kevin Harvick (fall 2013).
    Five of the 18 (27.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place.
    11 of the 18 (61.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Two of the 18 (11.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with an 10.818.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(5-8-2015)

  • Kansas Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with five: Jeff Gordon (three) and Jimmie Johnson (two).
    Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NSCS; led by Chevrolet with nine victories, Ford with four, Toyota and Dodge each have two.
    There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272).
    Only one of the 18 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.
    (NASCAR)(5-9-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Johnson wins at Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Kansas and his 73rd career win. It is also his 200th top-5 and 300th top-10 career finish.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Gordon, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., and #31-Newman.
    #18-Erik Jones, running his first full Sprint Cup race, ran near the front for much of the race, but spun out and hit the wall with 73 laps to go. He finished 40th.
    Rain fell at the track on lap 98, causing a 2 hour and 16 minute red flag.
    Harvick maintains the points lead with 437, 46 points over Truex, Jr. Johnson has the Chase lead, with 3 wins to Harvick's 2.
    There were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 125.265mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-10-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 5th Annual SpongeBob SquarePants 400, his 73rd victory in 482 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 19 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 18 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Matt DiBenedetto (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 46 points over Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-10-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 11 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 389, -48 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 437 (1st in driver points)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 375, -62 (4th)
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 360, -77 (5th)
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 343, -94 (6th)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 331, -106 (7th)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 292, -145 (14th)
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 284, -153 (15th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 391, -46 (2nd in drivers pts)
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 328, -109 (8th)
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon, 317, -120 (9th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 313, -124 (10th)
    13) #43-Aric Almirola, 312, -125 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 306, -131 (12th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 305, -132 (13th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 272, -165 (16th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-10-2015)

  • Kansas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 25th, 11 rookie points
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 34th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 42nd, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, did not race
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(5-10-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #23-Yeley, 37th
    Caution 3: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 3rd
    Caution 4: #14-Stewart, 39th
    Caution 5: #83-Dibenedetto, 25th
    Caution 6: #9-Hornish, Jr., 16th
    Caution 7: #47-Allmendinger, 14th
    Caution 8: #33-Ty Dillon, 26th
    Caution 9: #46-Annett, 23rd
    (5-9-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 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:
    Sunday, May 10 at 3:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, May 11 at 10:00am/et on FS1

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #5-Kahne took pit stall 38, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-8-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Logano wins Kansas pole: #20-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with speed of 192.397mph for his 4th pole of 2015, 1st at Kansas and 12th of his career.
    #5-Kahne is on the outside pole followed by #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #19-Edwards, #4-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #41-Busch, #1-McMurray, and #42-Larson.
    Missing the race was: #62-Gaughan.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, qualifying order and more on Jayski.com's Kansas Qualifying Page.(5-8-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual SpongeBob SquarePants 400 with a lap of 28.067 seconds, 192.397 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 230 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his series-leading fourth pole and ninth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in 12 races at Kansas Speedway.
    He is the youngest pole winner in Kansas Speedway history (24 years, 11 months, 8 days).
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2015 and his 10th in 16 races at Kansas Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his sixth in 11 races this season.
    Jeb Burton (33rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-8-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #78-Truex, Jr. 191.986
    #19-Edwards 191.857
    #2-Keselowski 191.503
    #1-McMurray 191.367
    #24-Gordon 191.293
    the rest of the top 12: 4 18 22 5 42 16 41;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 11 43 31 14 88 20 48 17 15 27 55 13.
    (5-8-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #19-Edwards 192.342
    #22-Logano 191.904
    #1-McMurray 191.836
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 191.652
    #78-Truex, Jr. 191.510
    the rest of the top 24: 4 18 2 41 14 11 43 5 48 24 20 17 15 42 16 31 27 55 13;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 51 9 10 3 47 6 95 33 26 35 83 7 23 38 34 98 40 32 62 46
    Driver who will miss the race: #62-Gaughan.
    (5-8-2015)

  • Final Practice for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Jones 191.306
    #24-Gordon 191.184
    #22-Logano 190.732
    #78-Truex, Jr. 190.490
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 190.396
    slowest: #83-Dibenedetto 182.205 & #40-Cassill 180.240.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45pm/et on FS1.
    #46-Annett hit the wall on a mock qualifying run. He will have to go to a backup car.
    #4-Harvick had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 185.058 and ran the most laps - 33.
    See best speeds, laps run, Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Kansas Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(5-8-2015)

  • First Friday Practice for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 190.772
    #22-Logano 190.375
    #19-Edwards 190.268
    #14-Stewart 189.188
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 187.637
    slowest: #32-Gase 179.880 & #62-Gaughan 179.057
    notes: There is a second Cup practice scheduled for 2:30-3:25pm/et. Qualifying will be at 6:45pm/et on FS1.
    #18-Jones had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 185.065. Most laps run: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. - 55.
    See best speeds, laps run, Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Kansas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(5-8-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, May 9 at 11:00am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the SpongeBob SquarePants 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 #34-Moffitt.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #3-Dillon.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Kansas Qualifying Page.(5-8-2015)

  • Entry List for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #18-Erik Jones, #32-Gase, #33-Ty Dillon, #34-Moffitt, #55-Ragan, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Gaughan (45th owners pts)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (6 attempts)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Kansas Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 394
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 342, -52 (3rd in driver points)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 335, -59 (4th)
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 319, -75 (5th)
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 305, -89 (6th)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 292, -102 (8th)
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 281, -113 (10th)
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 255, -139 (15th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 354, -40 (2nd in drivers pts)
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 297, -97 (7th)
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 286, -108 (9th)
    13) #27-Paul Menard, 280, -114 (11th)
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 279, -115 (12th)
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 277, -117 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 271, -123 (14th)
    16) #10-Danica Patrick, 271, -141 (16th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-3-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Kansas City Star

Eudora News

The Examiner

Kansas City Kansan

Lawrence Journal-World

Leavenworth Times

Topeka Capital-Journal

Wichita Eagle

Wyandotte West Online

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Kansas City, KS Chamber of Commerce

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

Track Stay

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 507 in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was built new for the 2015 season and was utilized in April at Texas Motor Speedway, where Dillon finished 20th.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-858: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-858 in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-858 made its debut at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April 7 when the car started third and finished 42nd after a mechanical problem. Chassis No. 4-858 made its second appearance in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Harvick started 11th and led 100 laps en route to a runner-up finish. In its final appearance of 2014, it started and finished third and led 104 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Chassis No. 4-858 won its only start of 2015, when it started 18th and led 142 laps en route to the win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Saturday's race at Kansas. Most notably in 2014, Kahne led 70 laps and finished sixth driving the chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and raced it at Pocono Raceway in August, where he started 12th and finished 10th. Most recently, Kahne drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where he ran inside the top three for the majority of the race. However, he was involved in a late-race incident when a competitor sent him toward the wall on a restart. He ultimately finished 17th.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and April 11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marked the car's first start of 2013, and it was a solid one, with Chassis No. 14-707 qualifying fifth and finishing fourth. Its next start came at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where in its third points paying start and its fourth overall, interim driver Mark Martin qualified 29th and finished 17th. Martin raced the car again in October at Charlotte, qualifying 22nd and finishing 42nd after a blown engine put it out of the race on lap 80. Under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston, Chassis No. 14-707 was overhauled during the offseason and spent numerous time in the wind tunnel. The car made its first start of 2014 and sixth overall in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it was the car to beat, leading early and often for 24 laps. But a pit road speeding penalty proved too costly to overcome, although Stewart was able to rally and finish 13th. Chassis No. 14-707 returned to Pocono in August, but after qualifying 16th, it was collected in a multicar accident on lap 117 and finished 36th. Completely rebuilt, the car came back for its third start of 2014 at Kansas Speedway, where it had a quiet outing, starting ninth and finishing 17th. It returns to Kansas this weekend for its first start of 2015 and ninth overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Kansas. This chassis scored a 30th-place finish at Fontana in March. This chassis also raced in 2014 at Kentucky in July (23rd), Dover in June (4th) and Bristol in August (17th). Chassis No. 816 has served as back-up at several races this season.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for Saturday night's race. The chassis has been raced twice - once in 2015 at Atlanta and once in 2014 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earlier this year, Gordon finished 41st at Atlanta after being involved in a lap-264 accident while running in the top 10. In the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gordon led 161 laps from the pole position en route to a 10th-place finish.
    #27-Paul Menard: The Richard Childress Racing team will utilize chassis No. 508 this weekend in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was raced earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway where Menard started eighth and finished 41st after a mechanical issue ended the team's strong run early.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 504 at Kansas Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet competed two times this season at Auto Club Speedway (Start: 9/Finish: 5) and Texas Motor Speedway (Start: 7/Finish: 12).
    #32-Joey Gase: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-815 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Texas in April with Mike Bliss finishing 36th. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.
    #33-Ty Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 441 for this weekend's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was last raced earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway by Brian Scott. Dillon is scheduled to make his fourth-career Sprint Cup Series race. He made a start in the No. 33 Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet SS earlier this season in the Daytona 500.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 837: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 837 in Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 837 debuted in May 2014 at Kansas, where Patrick had one of the best outings of her career as she started ninth and finished seventh. Its next event was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where Patrick started 10th and finished 21st. Chassis No. 837 was then tested Aug. 25 and 26 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, before being used at the same racetrack in September, where Patrick started 18th and finished 19th. Chassis No. 837 saw its first laps of 2015 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where Busch qualified the car on the pole and led six times for 65 laps en route to earning a third-place finish.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-910, which was the race-winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono Raceway in June 2014.
    #55-David Ragan: Primary: 796 - Jeff Burton raced this chassis in 2014 at Las Vegas and Michigan. Brett Moffitt tested this chassis at Kentucky Speedway April 13-15. It has also been the test car at several tests in 2014 & 2015. Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Clint Bowyer. Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-920. Earnhardt first raced the chassis to a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4604; Right-side -- D-4630

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.60 in. (2,225 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

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

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas this weekend . . . while these teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4604) at this track last season, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4630) at Kansas . . . for Sprint Cup teams, compared to what they ran in at Kansas in 2014, this right-side tire features a construction change that brings it into line with what is run at other speedways . . . Cup teams have run this right-side at both Las Vegas and Talladega already this season . . . for Camping World Truck teams, who ran their own right-side at Kansas last May, this tire features both a construction and slight compound change . . . 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.

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