NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Quaker State 400

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: Quaker State

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 7:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 4:30pm/et on FoxSports2

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, July 11 at 4:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Wednesday, July 6
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, July 7
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 - 3:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE

Friday, July 8
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:30 - 2:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, July 9
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 = NASCAR 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:
    Thursday, July 7, 2:30 - 3:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Friday, July 8, 11:00 - 12:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, delay 11:45am/et, NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 8, 1:30 - 2:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 8 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-no live national TV listed
    Can be viewed online at NBC Sports at stream.nbcsports.com
    Comcast Bay Area channel will cover it live, none other listed.
    NBCSN has Olympic Trials airing Friday
    NBCSN is scheduled to show it delayed on Saturday, July 9 at 4:30pm/et

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • 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
    Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
    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: George Sherman
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" Host Dhani Jones
    Color Guard: Kentucky National Guard
    Invocation: Larry Campbell, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Marlana VanHoose
    Flyover: TBA

  • July 2015: see the Kentucky Race Info page

  • July 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 129.402mph, started 9th

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

  • Slowest Race Record: #18-Kyle Busch, 7/11/2015, 129.402mph

  • 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

  • July 2015 Pole Winner: none, due to inclement weather

  • 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

  • Kentucky Marks Second Appearance Of Updated NASCAR Rules Package: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run its rules updates implemented last month at Michigan for the second time in Saturday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky. The rules package developments are part of an industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the quality of racing. Earlier in the season, welded truck trailing arms and new brake cooling rules were put into place. The following updates to the rules package were added at Michigan and Kentucky to further reduce downforce and sideforce:
    Reduce skew generated sideforce by setting rear toe to zero
    Aero package tweaks to reduce aero-generated downforce and sideforce
    o Spoiler shortened from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches
    o Splitter reduced to 2 inches
    o Resize of deck fin to match spoiler
    Saturday's race will be the first Sprint Cup contest on Kentucky's repaved racing surface and the reconfigured first and second turns. Kentucky Speedway underwent a full repave during the offseason and its new surface debuts from Wednesday through Saturday when all three of NASCAR's national series head to The Bluegrass State. In addition to the repave, Turns 1 and 2 had their banking increased from 14 to 17 degrees. The racing groove narrowed in the process. Turns 3 and 4 remain 14 degrees. The track also added 3,200 feet SAFER barrier and made improvements to its drainage system.(NASCAR)(7-7-2016)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky:
    #18-Kyle Busch (2 wins)..................... 129.1
    #2-Brad Keselowski (2)...................... 117.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.9
    #20-Matt Kenseth.(1).......................... 106.7
    #22-Joey Logano............................. 100.4
    #4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 97.1
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 94.0
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 92.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 91.6
    #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 90.0
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (five 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 Track Notes & 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.
    During this past off season, the track underwent a repave. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 were increased to 17 degrees.(NASCAR)

  • Kentucky Driver Notes & Facts:
    24 different drivers have made all five series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
    Three different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 and 7/11/2015), Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012 and 6/28/2014) and Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013).
    Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch lead the series in wins at Kentucky with two each.
    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.
    Five different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013), Kyle Busch (2014) and Joey Logano (2015). 14 different drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with four; followed by Matt Kenseth with three.
    19 different drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth with five each.
    Kyle Busch leads the series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 3.8.
    Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 437 laps led in five starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway. (NASCAR)

  • Kentucky Pole Notes & Facts:
    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.
    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 pole (2014).
    Two of the five (40%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row - both from the first starting position (2011, 2014).
    Four of the five (80%) 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.
    Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.000; followed by Kyle Busch with a 6.800.
    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.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway twice; the 2011 and 2015 races.
    (NASCAR)

  • Kentucky Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been five NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 - one race per season.
    67 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 51 in more than one.
    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 and 2015), 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 the 2014 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 five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
    None of the five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    (NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Brad Keselowski wins at Kentucky: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 3rd win at Kentucky, 2nd win in a row and 21st career win. Keselowski ran out of fuel just after the start-finish line.
    #19-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick and #78-Truex Jr.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall twice early in the race and hit the wall hard, finished 40th. Next was #48-Johnson, who got loose and backed in to the wall, finishing 32nd, down 59 laps. #22-Logano, smacked the wall with the right rear but continued on, falling back many spots. Then had a tire go down from the damage and slammed the wall, ending his night and finishing 39th. Four of the five Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates were involved in wrecks. First #21-Blaney and #24-Elliott made contact on lap 87 with both backing into the wall. A few laps later, #44-Scott got loose and hit by #42-Larson, causing the #44 to go sideways, then #34-Buescher hit the #44. The one rookie not involved was #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt who finished a career best 28th, was the highest finishing rookie for the first time.
    There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers and a record tying 11 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 128.583 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, July 11 at 4:00pm/et on NBCSN
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf). (7-9-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kentucky Speedway:
    #2-Brad Keselowski won the 6th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, his 21st victory in 251 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #19-Carl Edwards (second) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    #31-Ryan Newman (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt (28th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 4 points over #2-Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-9-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [3], 6th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    5) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    7) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    9) #20-Kenseth [1], 10th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 11th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 30th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 8th in drivers points, 63 ahead of 17th
    13) #31-Newman, 12th, +34
    14) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 13th, +32
    15) #3-Dillon, 14th, +31
    16) #1-McMurray, 15th, +10
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 16th, -10 pts
    18) #5-Kahne, 17th, -16 pts
    (7-9-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 599
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 595, -4
    3) #41-Busch [1], 583, -16
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 566, -33
    5) #22-Logano [1], 533, -66
    6) #18-Busch, [3], 521, -78
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 514, -85
    8) #24-Elliott, 492, -107
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 484, -115
    10) #20-Kenseth [1], 477, -122
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Daytona Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 28th (best career), 11 rookie points
    #24-Chase Elliott, finished 31st, accident, 10 rookie points
    #44-Brian Scott, finished 33rd, accident, 9 rookie points
    #21-Ryan Blaney, finished 35th, accident, 8 rookie points
    #34-Chris Buescher, finished 37th, accident, 7 rookie points
    See Jayski.com's 2016 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(7-9-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no cars a lap down
    Caution 2: no cars a lap down on the track
    Caution 3: no cars a lap down on the track
    Caution 4: #55-Sorenson, 27th
    Caution 5: #55-Sorenson(2), 27th
    Caution 6: no cars a lap down on the track
    Caution 7: #48-Johnson (Still down 42 laps), 32nd
    Caution 8: #23-Ragan, 22nd
    Caution 9: #10-Patrick, 17th
    Caution 10: #15-Bowyer, 23rd
    Caution 11: #1-McMurray, 7th
    (7-17-2016)



  • Cars to carry special police tribute decal at Kentucky: from NASCAR Senior Vice President Jim Cassidy's Twitter: "The Thin Blue Line symbolizes honor to fallen law enforcement officers. Our cars will carry this emblem. #Dallas"
    The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars will carry this decal in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway tonight, July 9, 2016

  • Race Coverage of the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 11 at 4:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Kentucky Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Saturday, July 9: (eastern time)
    5:30:00 pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    7:00:00 pm: NSCS Driver Introductions and NASCAR Special Awards
    7:27:30 pm: Pledge of Allegiance by USAF New Enlistees
    7:28:15 pm: Introduction of God Bless America Local Boy & Girl Scouts from Kentucky will unfurl US Flag
    7:28:30 pm: God Bless America performed by J.D. Shelburne, Kentucky Native and country Music Artist
    7:30:00 pm: Presentation of Colors by Kentucky National Guard
    7:30:20 pm: Invocation by Larry Campbell, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
    7:31:00 pm: National Anthem by Marlana VanHoose
    7:32:30 pm: Flyover by 123rd Airlift Wing, Louisville, KY C-130H from the 165 Airlift Squadron
    7:37:30 pm: Command to Start Engines by George Sherman, President of Advance Auto Parts
    7:45:30 pm: Green flag for Quaker State 400
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (1,42,43) have been eliminated and are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    #4-Harvick who starts 1st via owners points after qualifying was cancelled(rain) chose pit stall 2 [the 1st pit stall].
    #2-Keselowski starts 2nd, took pit stall 14, the next pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #41-Busch starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the 3rd with an opening behind it, even thou he goes to a backup car and starts in the back.
    The final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, 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.

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Practice 3 Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Qualifying cancelled: Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway was cancelled as NASCAR decided that with the new track surface, practice is more important. The first practice for Friday rained out after 29 minutes.
    The starting lineup was set by the rules book / owners points.
    #4-Harvick will start 1st, followed by #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #18-Busch, #78-Truex Jr., #24-Elliott, #48-Johnson and #11-Hamlin.
    #41-Busch wrecked in Happy Hour practice and will go to a backup car and have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race.
    #48-Johnson wrecked in the 1st Friday practice, before qualifying was cancelled, so he will keep his starting spot.
    See the starting lineup on the Kentucky Starting Lineup Page (pdf) (7-8-2016)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #19-Edwards 187.448
    #78-Truex Jr. 186.528
    #42-Larson 186.387
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 186.091
    #18-Busch 185.989
    The best 10 consecutive lap ave: #42-Larson 183.629 (of 23 drivers)
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 176.171 & #32-Earnhardt 178.089
    notes: late in the practice, #41-Busch got loose in turn 3, smacking the right rear, then the front. The team will go to a backup car, so Busch will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race. Since #48-Johnson went to a backup before qualifying was cancelled, he will keep his starting spot.
    There was NO live TV, only online streaming at nbcsports.com/live.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Kentucky Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(7-8-2016)

  • Second Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 40 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #19-Edwards 188.633
    #78-Truex Jr. 187.774
    #42-Larson 187.487
    #18-Busch 187.123
    #3-Dillon 187.097
    The best 10 consecutive lap ave: #42-Larson 185.468 (of 13 drivers)
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 178.885 & #30-Wise 179.934
    no speed: #55-Sorenson
    notes: this practice was added after qualifying was cancelled and covered on TV by NBCSN.
    There will also be a Happy Hour (final) practice from 6:30-7:20pm/et, NO live TV, only online.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Kentucky Practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(7-8-2016)

  • Qualifying cancelled: Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway has been cancelled as NASCAR decided that with the new track sufrace, practice is more important. The first practice for Friday has been under a rain delay since around 11:40am/et.
    #4-Harvick will start 1st, followed by #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #18-Busch, #78-Truex Jr., #24-Elliott, #48-Johnson and #11-Hamlin.
    Rain stopped and practice 3 started and will run until 4:25pm/et, TV=NBCSN. XFINITY Series qualifying is scheduled for 4:45pm/et (NBCSN). Happy Hour (final) is now scheduled for 6:30-7:30pm/et and will not be televised but online at nbcsports.com/live. The XFINITY race schedule remains the same.
    See the starting lineup on the Kentucky Starting Lineup Page (pdf) (7-8-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2016 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): not being aired live on national TV
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Streaming: stream.nbcsports.com
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, July 9 at 4:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • First Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, the practice was rained out after 29 of 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 188.285
    #48-Johnson 188.121
    #4-Harvick 188.088
    #95-Ty Dillon 188.042
    #42-Larson 187.963
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 177.614 & #30-Wise 178.613
    The best 10 consecutive lap ave: #48-Johnson 186.517
    notes: #48-Johnson slid up the track just before the red flag and smacked the wall, doing damage to the right side of the car, the team will pull out a backup car. Johnson will not have to go to the rear of the field because he goes to a backup car, as long as the car is presented for qualifying, Johnson will keep his qualifying position.
    Practice speeds no longer set the starting lineup if qualifying is cancelled, it is set by the rules book: owners points with Charter teams first, then the Open Teams.
    Practice was not covered LIVE but online at NBC Live Extra.
    Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled to start at 1:30pm/et and be aired on NBCSN, depending on the rain and track conditions.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, July 8th at 6:45pm/et NBCSN is not airing it live but it can be viewed online using their App
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Kentucky Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-8-2016)

  • Thursday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #19-Edwards 186.451
    #18-Busch 186.181
    #78-Truex Jr. 185.217
    #11-Hamlin 185.084
    #48-Johnson 184.989
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 173.160 & #32-Earnhardt 175.393
    The best 10 consecutive lap ave: #48-Johnson 181.441 (only 4 drivers)
    notes: #2-Keselowski and #5-Kahne both made some contact with the wall but the crews fixed the cars and made more runs.
    #30-Wise's car was smoking and slowed on the track and headed to the garage, possibly hit the wall. Most teams scuffed tires during the practice.
    Track qualifying record is 188.791mph, set by #2-Brad Keselowski in June 2014.
    This was the only practice for Cup on Thursday, the XFINITY Series practices four times on Thursday.
    There are two practices scheduled for Friday, July 8th: 11:00am/et and 1:30pm/et both on NBCSN.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, July 8th at 6:45pm/et NBCSN is not airing it live but it can be viewed online using their App
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Kentucky Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-7-2016)

  • Entry List for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #95-Ty Dillon, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Kentucky Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [3 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [3], 6th in driver points
    2) #19-Edwards [2], 5th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    5) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    7) #22-Logano [1], 4th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    9) #11-Hamlin [1], 10th
    10) #20-Kenseth [1], 11th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 30th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 8th in drivers points
    13) #3-Dillon, 12th
    14) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 13th
    15) #31-Newman, 14th
    16) #21-Blaney, 15th
    (7-2-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 565
    2) #2-Keselowski [3], 551, -14
    3) #41-Busch [1], 545, -20
    4) #22-Logano [1], 531, -34
    5) #19-Edwards [2], 527, -38
    6) #18-Busch, [3], 492, -73
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 482, -83
    8) #24-Elliott, 482, -83
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 475, -90
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 446, -119
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits: Sprint Cup: 6 sets for practice/qualifying, and 10 sets for the race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4712

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: This is the first race for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams on Kentucky's re-paved and re-configured surface . . . while teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Kentucky this week will run the same left-side tire, Sprint Cup teams will run their own right-side tire . . . this tire set-up came based on the results of a NASCAR organizational test at Kentucky on June 13-14 . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4688) at Las Vegas earlier this season . . . this is the first time running this right-side code (D-4712), which features the same construction as the Michigan right-side, but is a single compound tire with the same compound that was run on the inboard two inches of Michigan's multi-zone tread right-side . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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.

  • Goodyear changes Kentucky tire after blistering found: Following a two-day NASCAR test at Kentucky Speedway on June 13 and 14 featuring 14 different Cup teams, Goodyear saw an unusual amount of wear on the right side tires - which featured a dual-zone tread. The tire manufacturer elected to incorporate what was originally two inches of a more durable compound throughout the entire tread. After discovering that the right side tires blistered on longer runs, Goodyear's director of racing Greg Stucker said the organization scrapped the Michigan tire for something closer to what the teams use at Las Vegas with a revised right-side construction. "Some guys were ok, but it just seemed to be too close to stay with what we had," Stucker told Motorsport.com. "So we decided to go a little bit more conservative and move to a harder compound across the whole tire. But it's not drastically different from what we've raced in the past." Kentucky Speedway underwent a complete repave starting in January with an increase from 14 to 17-degrees banking of banking in Turns 1 and 2. By the time construction was complete, Goodyear did not have time for a specific tire test prior to the organizational test. With just 24 days between the NASCAR test and next week's Quaker State 400, Goodyear had to scramble for a solution. Goodyear manufactured 1,200 new tires for the race.(Motorsport)(7-1-2016)

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