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THE RACE: Quaker State 400

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: Quaker State Oil

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




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Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Wednesday, July 8

Thursday, July 9

Friday, July 10
10:30 - 11:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE

Saturday, July 11

Kentucky Saturday Pre-Race Schedule:
-- 5:30 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
-- 6:55 p.m.: Driver Introductions
-- 7:27:30 p.m.: Moment of Silence (in recognition of Fallen Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim and fallen Cincinnati Firefighter FAO Daryl Gordon)
-- 7:28 p.m.: God Bless America performed by: Leo Welsh, National Anthem Singer for the Columbus Blue Jackets
-- 7:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Boone County Sheriff's Department
-- 7:30:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Larry Campbell, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
-- 7:31 p.m.: National Anthem by: 113th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky
-- 7:32:30 p.m.: Flyover TOT by: AeroShell Aerobatic Team (4 aircrafts)
-- 7:37:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: George Sherman, President of Advance Auto Parts
-- 7:45:30 p.m.: Start of the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts (267 laps/400.5 miles) TV: NBCSN Radio: PRN/SiriusXM
eastern time (

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

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Testing:
    Wednesday, July 8, TBA, TV-none

  • Practices:
    Friday, July 10, 10:30 - 11:55am/et, TV-NBCSN, 11:30am/et Same Delay Relay (SDD)

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 10, 1:00 - 2:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, July 10 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.


2015: $5,104,114
2014: $5,111,347
2013: $5,088,336
2012: $5,037,084
2011: $4,925,697, inaugural race


  • 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: George Sherman, President of Advance Auto Parts
    Command to start engines: George Sherman, President of Advance Auto Parts
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Tim Sifford, Product Director, Batteries, Oil, Filter & Performance Chemicals, Advance Auto Parts
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Jimmy Houston, America's Favorite Fisherman
    Color Guard: Boone County Sheriff's Department
    Invocation: Larry Campbell, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 113th U.S. Army Band, Fort Knox, KY
    Flyover: AeroShell Aerobatic team

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Kentucky Speedway website
    Speedway Motorsports
    Track Stats -

  • June 2014: see the Kentucky Race Info page

  • June 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.723mph, started 1st

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 188.791mph, 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/27/2014, 188.791mph

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

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brad Keselowski; 30 years, 4 months, and 14 days; 6/27/2014

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky
    #18-Kyle Busch 124.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 116.6
    #2-Brad Keselowski 116.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth 107.2
    #5-Kasey Kahne 98.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon 95.4
    #4-Kevin Harvick 95.2
    #22-Joey Logano 94.7
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90.7
    #31-Ryan Newman 90.2
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2011-2014 races (4 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

  • Kentucky Speedway Notes & Facts - Wednesday - history:
    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.

  • Kentucky Speedway Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:
    60 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 45 in more than one.
    28 different drivers have made all four series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Average Starting Position at Kentucky with a 5.75; followed by Kyle Busch with a 6.25.
    Three different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011), Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012 and 6/28/2014) and Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013).
    Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with two.
    Four different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013) and Kyle Busch (2014).
    14 different drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky led by Kyle Busch with three; followed by Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Newman with two each.
    19 different drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky led by Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth with four each.
    Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are tied for the series among active drivers in Average Finishing Position at Kentucky with a 4.5 each. Jimmie Johnson (7.0), Jeff Gordon (7.2), and Kasey Kahne (8.5) are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
    Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 346 laps led in four starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.

  • Kentucky Speedway 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 - Kyle Busch started from first.
    Brad Keselowski (2014), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013) and Jimmie Johnson (2012) are the three drivers that have won Coors Light poles at Kentucky.
    Brad Keselowski is the only driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the Coors Light poles (2014).
    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.
    Two of the four (50.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row - both from the first starting position (2011, 2014).
    Three of the four (75%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race.

  • Kentucky Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 - one race per season.
    The fewest laps led in a single race by an eventual NSCS winner at Kentucky is 38 laps by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
    The most laps led in a single race by an eventual NSCS winner at Kentucky is 199 laps by Brad Keselowski in 2014.
    Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske are tied for the series lead in wins at Kentucky with two each: Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013); Team Penske (2012, 2014).
    Three different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013), Dodge (2012) and Ford (2014).
    The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky produced the most lead changes (20) at the 1.5-mile track. The fewest lead changes were in the 2013 race at Kentucky (11).
    The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky produced the most different leaders (12) at the 1.5-mile speedway. The fewest leaders in a NSCS event at Kentucky were last season's race with three.
    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 four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
    None of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Kyle Busch wins at Kentucky: #18-Kyle Busch won the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Kentucky, and 31st career win. He led 163 of the 267 laps.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, and #41-Busch.
    #42-Larson, who started from the pole, had to pit for a tire rub with 50 laps to go, then made contact with the wall and finished 35th.
    Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 68 points. #48-Johnson and #22-Logano are tied for 2nd.
    Busch is now just 87 points out of 30th (to get in the Chase) and needs around a 17th place average finish to crack the top 30 in the 8 races before the Chase.
    There were 13 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 11 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps. The 11 cautions are a record at Kentucky Speedway.
    The average speed was 129.402mph.
    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).(7-11-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kentucky:
    Kyle Busch won the 5th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, his 31st victory in 372 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 68 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    Kyle Busch, currently 35th in points, is now 87 points out of the top 30.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-11-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 624, -67 (2nd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 692 (1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 616, -76 (4th)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 542, -150 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 642, -68 (3rd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 596, -96 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 559, -133 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 540, -152 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 522, -170 (11th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 449, -243 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 556, -136 (7th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 537, -155 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 513, -179 (12th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 509, -183 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 497, -195 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 490, -202 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    35) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 200, 87 pts out of 30th (needs to avg 17th place finish)
    (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).(7-11-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 692
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 624, -68
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 624, -68
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 616, -76
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 596, -96
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 559, -133
    7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 556, -136
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 542, -150
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 540, -152
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 537, -155
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Kentucky Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 32nd, 11 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, finished 40th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 41st, 9 rookie points
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 42nd, 8 rookie points
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race, not entered
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(7-11-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #23-Yeley, 39th
    Caution 2: #33-Kennedy, 40th
    Caution 3: none, #27-Menard caused the caution.
    Caution 4: #6-Bayne, 13th
    Caution 5: #11-Hamlin, 3rd
    Caution 6: #51-Allgaier, 24th
    Caution 7: #13-Mears, 23rd
    Caution 8: #62-Sorenson, 36th
    Caution 9: #34-Moffitt, 32nd
    Caution 10: #46-Annett, 30th
    Caution 11: none, #42-Larson caused the caution.

  • Race Coverage of the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:45pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 13 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Sprint Cup teams to run new rules package at Kentucky in July: Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, announced on Tuesday that NASCAR has delivered to the Sprint Cup Series teams a rules package that will be raced at Kentucky Speedway on July 11th. So following what's been really well-documented and unprecedented communications and collaboration with NASCAR's OEM partners, the race teams, drivers and Goodyear, NASCAR made the decision to move forward with the package. Some of the changes include:
    Reduced spoiler height: The spoiler height will be 3 inches (down from 6 inches), and the cars will have a 25-inch wider splitter extension panel (radiator pan, was 38 inches), and the splitter will have a 1 inches less overhang than the current splitter.
    Tires: the tires for the event will have more grip than in 2014, but they are not specifically built for the package.
    Practice: Teams will be afforded extended practice time (4 hours) on the racetrack, and that will occur opening up Wednesday, July 8, for them to tune their race cars.
    Some Q&A's about the package from the NASCAR Teleconference with O'Donnell:
    Q. And then what will you look for at Kentucky to determine whether this is a success or whether it's something you might want to see again in future races?
    O'DONNELL: "I think ultimately that's up to the fans, but certainly we'll look for -- we've been very, very vigilant in talking about tighter racing. I think we've achieved that in terms of 1st to 43rd. You see that those teams are closer than ever, but we certainly want to see more lead changes on the racetrack. We'll evaluate not only that but a number of different factors coming out of Kentucky and see what we can learn and potentially what we can implement down the road."
    Q. A couple of quick things: I didn't hear you address whether or not the package will be used beyond Kentucky, or is that going to be the only race where it's in place this season? And also, how much of a risk is putting that package on the track without extensive testing?
    O'DONNELL: "Yeah, on your first question, this is a Kentucky package only, but any options are on the table coming out of Kentucky. But for now, that's been the dialogue with the industry. And as for your second question, I'd go back to we've had an extensive testing plan with the industry over the last 18 months. The teams have some data on this package, so we feel confident, and we wouldn't implement this if we didn't feel confident as an industry to implement it at Kentucky. And then you also look at some of the things, even in a test, there's only so much you can learn, and then you validate it ultimately at a race, and we feel like that's the direction we're headed."
    Q. And can you also talk about testing -- the concept in our sport of testing during a race, they'll have Wednesday, but it's like some people have said, the off-season should be longer so that maybe this testing could be done then, but obviously you need all the cars on the track in order to test this fully.
    O'DONNELL: "Yeah, let me be clear. This is not a test; this is a race. This is the Kentucky package, and we have tested this over the last 18 months. There's been a number of tests done. There's been a number of simulations done. The OEMs are involved. I want to be very clear that this is the Kentucky race package and not at all a test for us."
    Q. And again, do you plan to add any sort of tire tests or anything for future looks at this package?
    O'DONNELL: "Still looking at that."
    Q. Worst case scenario, if Kentucky is an abnormal race, if there are an abnormal number of cautions, if it's rain delayed, rain interrupted, if it doesn't go full distance, if drivers don't really ever get a chance to run a significant number of green flag laps, is there any chance y'all will just throw out that result and say, okay, we can't use this as a template, we'll try again somewhere else, or are you all in based on Kentucky, period?
    O'DONNELL: "No, that's a good question. Let me back up on a couple things. So we're opening up on Wednesday. Number one, you want to look at any feedback you get from the industry, safety, anything, we want to make sure that the package meets anything that we've seen in simulation, so we've built in time for that. We've built in time if it does rain and we lost Wednesday, we've got a plan in place with the industry of getting practice time in. And then from there if you get to the race, I would say this is still a specific Kentucky race package, so I wouldn't say we're building our entire rules package by any means on one race, and it goes back to what I've said earlier, and this has been on me in terms of describing the 2015 rules package in its totality, and if you go to Las Vegas and the race maybe wasn't as good as we all had hoped, is that an indictment on the entire year's package, and it shouldn't be, because it's specific to that race, and that's more where we want to go in terms of having that rules package, more specific to the race, to put on the best race possible as we head into each track that weekend. "
    (in part from a NASCAR Teleconference Transcript)(6-16-2015)

  • 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 #42-Larson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski 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 #48-Johnson, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-10-2015)

  • 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
    Happy hour Practice Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    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


  • Final practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over after 95 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 178.412
    #2-Keselowski 178.124
    #22-Logano 178.042
    #11-Hamlin 177.626
    #41-Busch 177.357
    slowest: #32-Kimmel 170.886 & #33-Kennedy 169.359.
    notes: #48-Johnson slid up into the outside wall after hitting he thought he hit a weeper. The team will repair the car. #20-Kenseth slid into the grass on the frontstretch and got stuck.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Kentucky Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(7-10-2015)

  • Qualifying: for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway was cancelled due to weather/rain. The starting lineup was set by the rule book: Top 36 in owners points. 37-43 by race attempts. Teams with the least number of attempts miss the race. The 43 cars are then set by practice speeds from the 1st practice session from Friday.
    #42-Larson will start first [not credited with a pole award] followed by #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    Missing the race were: #21-Blaney, #95-McDowell & #30-Kvapil.
    See the starting lineup on's Kentucky Starting Lineup Page.(7-10-2015)

  • NASCAR explains decision to cancel Kentucky qualifying: NASCAR's decision to cancel Sprint Cup qualifying Friday at Kentucky Speedway to give teams more practice time raised questions among some fans and led to #21-Ryan Blaney, #95-Michael McDowell and #30-Travis Kvapil failing to make the field. Monday, Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained on "The Morning Drive" the sanctioning body's decision to cancel qualifying for both Cup and the Xfinity Series last week.
    Although extra practice time had been scheduled, rain and water seeping up to the track limited Cup teams to 49 minutes of practice before the decision was made to cancel qualifying and give teams an additional 90 minutes of practice. "Under all the circumstances we were faced with (at Kentucky) ... the desire from the majority of the garage to get some more time on the track prior to the race became our priority at that point," O'Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "And then the challenges we had drying the track. We didn't know if we'd even get to a point where we could get cars on the track, so we elected to go early and have everybody focus on setting up for the race. One of the challenges for the teams is it's a three-hour transition going to qualifying trim vs. going back. It also helped the teams that were there to really prepare everything for the race vs. qualifying. Certainly, we can be challenged for that, but it was something that that race and the circumstances dictated for us, and, ultimately, the decision we made wanting to put the best possible race on Saturday night."(NBC Sports)(7-13-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 182.537
    #2-Keselowski 181.641
    #24-Gordon 180.373
    #22-Logano 180.102
    #78-Truex, Jr. 179.958
    slowest: #62-Sorenson 169.859 & #33-Kennedy 168.052.
    notes: Practice was cancelled after 49 minutes because of rain.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Kentucky Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-10-2015)

  • Revised schedule for Friday: Due to the threat of rain at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR will have a single practice session for Sprint Cup teams today. It will run from 10:35am-2:00pm/et, weather permitting. Qualifying is still scheduled for 5:45pm/et.(7-10-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers lined up on pit road is #18-Busch
    The final driver lined up on pit road is #30-Kvapil.
    Pit road lineup order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on's Kentucky Qualifying Page.(7-10-2015)

  • Entry List for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #30-Travis Kvapil, #32-Will Kimmel, #33-Alex Kennedy, #62-Sorenson, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #21-Blaney(44th in owners pts), #62-Sorenson(45th), #30-Kvapil(49th);
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney(7 attempts), #30-Kvapil(7), #95-McDowell(10);
    See the full entry list on's Kentucky Entry List

  • Teams to test new rules package at Kentucky Wednesday: UPDATES: NASCAR will take a reduced downforce package to Kentucky Speedway this week, and it appears many in the industry have high hopes. They have high hopes for the potential of the package. They're just not sure that they'll see the results at Kentucky. Finding the right rules to encourage side-by-side racing and lead changes -- in other words, reducing the dreaded "aero push" -- has resulted in NASCAR taking the unconventional step of experimenting with a different aerodynamic package this week at the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval. Drivers are unsure what to expect this weekend. They'll start to find out Wednesday as the testing at Kentucky begins. Three days after the test, NASCAR will have its first real test -- a race that counts just as any of the others on the calendar. The teams will have four hours of practice Wednesday afternoon and evening. Teams can use either their primary or backup cars for the race weekend -- which begins Friday -- during the test and they can have data acquisition systems on the car. They will be allowed to change engines prior to practice Friday morning. Teams have been told to have all the regular 2014 rules package components with them for the race weekend in case NASCAR opts to revert to the package used previously. But after all the hype about the reduced downforce package, the test would have to go horribly wrong Wednesday. Teams will use a 3.5-inch spoiler instead of a 6-inch spoiler. The splitter will have 1.75 inches less overhang. The radiator pan has been reduced from 38 inches to 25 inches. The entire package could reduce downforce by 25 percent in the cars, which currently produce approximately 3,200 pounds of downforce.( The test sessions are scheduled for 3:00-5:00pm/et and 6:00-8:00pm/et. Any reported speeds will be posted. Fans can watch for free by entering the track at gate 15.(7-8-2015)
    UPDATE: Rain at Kentucky Speedway forced the cancellation of Wednesday's test sessions. NASCAR will now have a single session on Thursday from 11:00am - 1:00pm/et.(7-8-2015)
    UPDATE 2: More rain at the track Thursday morning caused NASCAR to cancel Sprint Cup testing. Teams will still run the new rules package this weekend for the Quaker State 400.(7-9-2015)

  • 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 Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 589, -67 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 656 (1st)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 593, -63 (2nd)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 508, -148 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 581, -75 (4th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 569, -87 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 520, -136 (7th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 501, -155 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 480, -176 (12th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 409, -248 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 526, -130 (6th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 500, -156 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 496, -160 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 496, -176 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 472, -184 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 465, -191 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    37) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 152, 128 pts out of 30th (needs 13 finish ave)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 656
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 593, -63
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 589, -67
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 581, -75
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 569, -87
    6) #1-Jamie McMurray, 526, -130
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 520, -136
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 508, -148
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 501, -155
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 500, -156
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


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  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently, six more teams stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a few (5-8 teams) posting chassis selections.
    Two years ago 25-28 teams posted chassis selections in their race previews.
    It dropped to about 14 in the early part of 2015 and now just a few teams.
    Will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available


  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 9 sets for the practice/qualifying, and 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4646

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes this week . . . this combination of left- and right-side tires is different than what was run at Kentucky last season . . . in 2014, Sprint Cup teams ran a different left-side than Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams at this track . . . In Sprint Cup, this left-side (D-4392) features compound, construction and mold shape changes; while this right-side (D-4646) features the same compound with a construction change . . . these changes bring this tire set-up in line with what is run at other speedways and will enhance grip . . . in Xfinity and Camping World Truck, the compounds remain the same on both sides of the car, there are construction and mold shape changes on the left-side and just a construction change on the right-side . . . the Xfinity and Truck changes also bring this tire set-up into line with what is run at similar tracks and will give the cars/trucks more grip . . . teams are very familiar with this left-side tire code, having run it at Texas, Dover and Chicagoland (Xfinity only) already this season, as well as many other times over the past several seasons . . . this is a new right-side tire code . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Kentucky on April 13-14 . . . .drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Brett Moffitt and Ryan Newman . . . 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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