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THE RACE: Hollywood Casino 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2011 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #4 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, October 9, 2011 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: Hollywood Casino

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 10 at 12:00am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, October 7

6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:30 NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing
11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS practice
4:10 pm NSCS qualifying
6:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, October 8

9:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:30 am - 12:15 pm NSCS practice
12:50 - 1:50 pm NSCS practice
4:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, October 9

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Intros
1:00 pm NSCS Hollywood Casino 400

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track, which is central for Kansas


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, October 7, 12:30 - 2:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, October 8, 12:30 - 1:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 8, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, October 7 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2011: $5,906,054
2010: $6,012,504
2009: $6,182,706
2008: $6,134,923
2007: $6,056,938
2006: $5,934,007
2005: $5,860,750
2004: $5,696,382
2003: $5,286,510
2002: $4,601,173
2002: $3,996,953


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Banking: corners/turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
    Straights: Frontstretch - 2,685 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
    Attendence: 81,779, 68 luxury suites
    Seating: Approx 74,000 in the grandstands
    Camping: Approx 2,400 spaces
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: SR VP of regional operations, Penn National Gaming, Thomas P. Burke
    Command to start engines: Thomas P. Burke
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Cole Cochran of Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Curb Recording artist Tim Dugger
    Military Flyover: 4 A-10s, 442nd FW, Whiteman AFB, MO

  • Track Websites:
    Kansas Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Kansas Speedway - Twitter
    Kansas Speedway - Facebook

  • June 2011: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2010: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • June 2011 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 137.184mph, started 25th

  • October 2010 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 138.077mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: #16-Greg Biffle, 10/3/2010, 138.077mph

  • 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

  • June 2011 Pole Sitter: #22-Kurt Busch, 174.752mph, finished 9th

  • October 2010 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 174.644mph, finished 37th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #17-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

  • The Numbers for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway:
    1 - number of drivers winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway in the same weekend (Joe Nemechek, 2004)
    2 - wins from the pole (Joe Nemechek - 2004, Jimmie Johnson - 2008)
    2 - most wins by driver (Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle & Tony Stewart)
    3 - most poles (Jimmie Johnson)
    5 - fewest cautions for a Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway (twice, 2010 and 2011-first race)
    5 - fewest laps led by race winner (Tony Stewart, 10/1/06)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at Kansas Speedway
    8 - different race winners
    8 - different pole winners
    8 - most top-five finishes in 11 previous races at Kansas Speedway (Jeff Gordon)
    9 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (9/29/02)
    9 - fewest leaders (6/5/11)
    13 - fewest lead changes (9/29/02)
    13 - most cautions (9/30/01)
    14 - most leaders (10/4/09)
    23 - fewest caution laps (10/4/09)
    26 - most lead changes (10/4/09)
    27 - most cars on lead lap at finish (9/30/07)
    27 - fewest cars running at finish (9/29/02) 42 - most running at finish (9/28/08)
    70 - most caution laps (9/30/01)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track
    139 - most laps led by race winner (Mark Martin, 10/9/05)
    2011 Caution Update
    6 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    3 - fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire, 9/25/11)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    216 - number of cautions in the first 29 races of 2011; includes 106 for accidents, 48 for debris and 28 for spins
    1,048 of 8,343 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,424.619 of 11,351.158 - miles under caution in the first 29 races
    (Provided by Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(10-6-2011)

  • Facts and Stats at Kansas Speedway:
    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 Sept. 30, 2001.
    There have been 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas since the track opened in 2001.
    All of the races have been scheduled for 267 laps.
    10 drivers have competed in all 11 races at Kansas.
    Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
    Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
    Eight different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson with three.
    Eight different drivers have posted victories, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart (each with two).
    Seven of the 11 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Two drivers have won from the pole: Joe Nemechek in 2004 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
    The furthest back in the field that a race winner started was 25th, by Brad Keselowski earlier this season.
    Three active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Greg Biffle (8.3), Jeff Gordon (8.1) and Jimmie Johnson (9.1).
    Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (eight) and top 10s (nine). Gordon's only two non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006 and a 13th in 2004.
    Seven of the 11 races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.
    (NASCAR)(10-4-2011)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins at Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 55th career win (tied for 8th all time with Rusty Wallace), 2nd of of the season and his 20th Chase race win. Johnson led 197 of 272 laps. The race finsihed with a green-white-checker due to a late race caution when #24-Gordon lost an engine, adding 5 laps to the race distance.
    #4-Kahne finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards [was lucky dog], #29-Harvick, #33-Bowyer,#16-Biffle, #9-Ambrose and #5-Martin. Pole sitter #16-Biffle led 23 laps and finished 8th.
    The win is the 199th for Hendrick Motorsports. Chevrolet clinches the Manufacturers Championship, it's 35th championship and 9th in a row.
    #99-Edwards leads the Chase by 1 point over #29-Harvick, Johnson is 4 pts behind.
    There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers and 6 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 82,000 down from 100,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 10 at 12:00am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00pm/et

    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(10-9-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 11th Annual Hollywood Casino 400, his 55th victory in 357 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Johnson moves into a tie with Rusty Wallace for eighth on the all-time series wins list.
    This was Johnson's 20th career victory in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, most all-time.
    This is his second victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #4-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his third top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2011.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Kansas Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-9-2011)

  • Finishing spots for the Chase drivers at Kansas: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick, starts 14th, 6th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 2nd, 5th takes points lead
    3) #14-Tony Stewart, 23rd, 15th
    4) #22-Kurt Busch, 17th, 13th
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19th, WON
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 12th, 3rd
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4th, 4th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 3rd, 11th
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th, 34th (lost an engine)
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 18th, 14th
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 11th, 18th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 7th, 16th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-9-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36 and Chase race 4 of 10]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2161
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2160, -1
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 2157, -4
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2150, -11
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2149, -12
    6) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2145, -16
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2142, -19
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2141, -20
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2118, -43
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2114, -47
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2107, -54
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2082, -79
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-9-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte:
    #71's lead drops to 28 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 415, +50
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 413, +48
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 393, 28 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 365, 28 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 303, -90
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-9-2011)

  • Kansas Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Jimmie Johnson scores his 55th career win in his 357th start.
    " Jimmie Johnson moves into a tie for eighth with Rusty Wallace on NASCAR's all-time win list.
    " Jimmie Johnson's 20th Chase win is the most of all drivers.
    " Jimmie Johnson started Sunday's race in 19th, the lowest starting position of his 20 Chase wins.
    " Kasey Kahne (second) scores his season best finish, his second consecutive top-five finish and is the sest finishing non-chase driver for the second consecutive race.
    " Brad Keselowski (third) scores his third top-five finish in the past four races.
    " Matt Kenseth (fourth) scores his best finish in four Chase races in 2011 and his third consecutive finish of sixth or better.
    " Carl Edwards (fifth) scores his third top-five finish of the Chase and is the only driver to finish in the top-10 in all four Chase races this season.
    " Greg Biffle (eighth) recovered from a speeding penalty on Lap 208 to score his sixth consecutive top-10 finish at Kansas.
    (Racing Recall/nascar.com)(10-9-2011)

  • Penalty Report / Infraction Sheet - Kansas:
    Car#, Lap, Infraction, Flag, Penalty, Lap Assessed
    #00, Pre-Race to the rear, W Tail of Field, Missed Driver Intros
    #43, Pre-Race to the rear, W Tail of Field, MIssed Driver Intros
    #7, Pre-Race to the rear, W Tail of Field, Missed Driver Intros
    #47, 20, Pitting before pit road is open, Y, Tail of Field, 23
    #46, 23, Passing on a start or restart, G, Pass Thru, 28
    #39, 128, Lug nut(s) not installed, G, Must come in, 130
    #43, 131, Speed-Entering pits, G, Pass Thru, 134
    #78, 170, Speed-Entering pits, G, Pass Thru, 172
    #16, 207, Speed-Entering pits, Y, Tail of Field, 210
    #24, 265, Pitting before pit road is open, Y, Garage
    #36, 268, Speed-Exiting pits, Y, Tail of Field, 270
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-9-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no cars on the track down a lap
    Caution 2: #42-Montoya, 23rd
    Caution 3: #22-Busch, 13th
    Caution 4: #99-Edwards, 5th
    Caution 5: #9-Ambrose, 9th
    Caution 6: #39-Newman, 18th
    (10-9-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Kansas Speedway
    Hollywood Casino 400
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, October 09, 2011 @ 05:38 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    2 7 Brad Keselowski 272 04:19.6 259.6 37.086
    48 8 Jimmie Johnson 272 04:38.7 278.67 34.834
    22 7 Kurt Busch 272 04:42.5 282.48 40.354
    17 8 Matt Kenseth 272 04:47.7 287.719 35.965
    11 8 Denny Hamlin 272 04:58.3 298.348 37.294
    29 8 Kevin Harvick 272 05:01.5 301.494 37.687
    18 9 Kyle Busch 272 05:14.3 314.288 34.921
    5 9 Mark Martin 272 05:24.5 324.498 36.055
    16 9 Greg Biffle 272 05:27.1 327.118 36.346
    33 9 Clint Bowyer 272 05:33.2 333.229 37.025
    39 9 Ryan Newman 272 05:41.8 341.783 37.976
    14 9 Tony Stewart 272 05:47.9 347.912 38.657
    88 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 272 05:51.1 351.074 39.008
    4 8 Kasey Kahne 272 05:52.7 352.726 44.091
    51 8 Landon Cassill(i) 272 05:55.8 355.777 44.472
    27 10 Paul Menard 272 06:02.3 362.334 36.233
    9 9 Marcos Ambrose 272 06:06.5 366.535 40.726
    99 9 Carl Edwards 272 06:31.2 391.172 43.464
    83 7 Brian Vickers 271 04:50.9 290.886 41.555
    42 8 Juan Pablo Montoya 271 05:15.1 315.093 39.387
    78 9 Regan Smith 271 05:29.8 329.761 36.64
    31 9 Jeff Burton 271 05:45.6 345.611 38.401
    6 9 David Ragan 271 05:46.1 346.087 38.454
    1 9 Jamie McMurray 271 06:21.3 381.287 42.365
    32 7 Mike Bliss(i) 270 04:48.7 288.688 41.241
    38 7 Travis Kvapil(i) 270 04:50.8 290.765 41.538
    20 9 Joey Logano 270 05:42.7 342.731 38.081
    43 9 A J Allmendinger 270 05:50.2 350.196 38.911
    98 9 Austin Dillon(i) 270 05:58.8 358.85 39.872
    36 8 Dave Blaney 269 05:38.9 338.864 42.358
    47 9 Bobby Labonte 269 06:10.3 370.322 41.147
    34 8 David Gilliland 268 05:55.1 355.054 44.382
    46 9 Scott Speed(i) 266 06:43.7 403.668 44.852
    24 8 Jeff Gordon 264 04:58.2 298.241 37.28
    00 9* David Reutimann 264 08:39.2 519.192 57.688
    56 9* Martin Truex Jr. 241 21:54.8 1,314.81 146.09
    71 1 Andy Lally # 72 00:46.4 46.443 46.443
    66 1 Michael McDowell 30 00:41.4 41.417 41.417
    30 1 David Stremme 27 00:36.8 36.802 36.802

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    # Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series.(10-9-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 10 at 12:00am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #16-Biffle chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 8, the first pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-8-2011)

  • 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.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 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, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Hollywood Casion 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes
    #33-Bowyer 169.737
    #6-Ragan 168.961
    #17-Kenseth 168.845
    #48-Johsnon 168.724
    #5-Martin 168.146
    slowest: #32-Bliss 162.955 & #7-Sorenson 163.029
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed, best 10-lap average on the Kansas Practice Speeds page.(10-8-2011)

  • Saturday first practice: for the Hollywood Casion 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes
    #29-Harvick 170.401
    #48-Johsnon 170.057
    #99-Edwards 169.998
    #6-Ragan 169.929
    #16-Biffle 169.875
    slowest: #32-Bliss 164.014 & #87-Nemechek 164.164
    no speed: #30-Stremme
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed, best 10-lap average on the Kansas Practice Speeds page.(10-8-2011)

  • Biffle wins Kansas pole: #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 174.887mph. It is his 2nd pole of the season, 1st at Kansas and the 8th of his career. Biffle has never won a race from the pole. #99-Edwards starts 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #4-Kahne, #27-Menard, #11-Hamlin, #56-Truex, Jr., #5-Martin and #24-Gordon. Points leader, #29-Harvick will start 14th. #98-Austin Dillon makes his Sprint Cup Series debut, starting 26th.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #46-Speed, #98-Dillon, #55-Yeley, #30-Stremme, #38-Kvapil, #7-Sorenson, #66-McDowell and #87-Nemechek.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): , #95-Starr, #37-Wise, #60-Skinner.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Kansas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(10-7-2011)

  • Starting spots for the Chase drivers at Kansas: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick, starts 14th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 2nd
    3) #14-Tony Stewart, 23rd
    4) #22-Kurt Busch, 17th
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19th
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 12th
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 3rd
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 18th
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 11th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 7th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-7-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #!6-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 11th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 with a lap of 30.877 seconds, 174.887 mph.
    This is his eighth pole in 324 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Kansas Speedway. His previous best start was fifth, last October.
    #99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his 19th top-10 start of 2011 and his third in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
    This is the fourth time this season two Roush Fenway Racing cars have started on the front row (Bristol-1, Texas-1, Michigan-2).
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 13th in 30 races this season.
    #98-Austin Dillon, who qualified 26th, will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-7-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2011 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:00pm/et
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #60-Skinner, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #27-Menard, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(10-7-2011)

  • Friday practice: for the Hollywood Casion 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes
    #27-Menard 174.059
    #33-Bowyer 173.494
    #24-Gordon 173.321
    #00-Reutimann 173.182
    #17-Kenseth 173.066
    #98-Dillon is 20th fastest
    other chase drivers:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr 6th
    #18-Busch 8th
    #39-Newman 14th
    #99-Edwards 16th
    #48-Johnson 18th
    #11-Hamlin 19th
    #2-Keselowski 22nd
    #14-Stewart 23rd
    #22-Busch 27th
    #29-Harvick 32nd
    slowest: #60-Skinner 168.256 & #32-Bliss 168.877
    notes: this practice session will set the qualifying order for qualifying today, scheduled to start at 5:10pm/et on ESPN2, so #60-Skinner will go out first and #27-Menard goes out 46th/last.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed on the Kansas Practice Speeds page.(10-7-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #98-Austin Dillon, 20th fastest overall
    #55-J.J. Yeley, 25th
    #46-Scott Speed, 33rd
    #30-David Stremme, 34th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 37th
    #37-Josh WIse, 38th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 39th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #7-Reed Sprenson, 43rd
    #95-David Starr, 44th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 46th/last

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • The Entry List for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (37/29)
    #30-David Stremme (43/17)
    #37-Josh Wise (39/29)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (36/29)
    #46-Scott Speed (40/29)
    #55-J.J. Yeley (51/10)
    #60-Mike Skinner (44/28)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/29)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/29)
    #95-David Starr (45/6)
    #98-Austin Dillon (0/0)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 38,7,37,46,66,87,60,30
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 55,95,98
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List.(10-3-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36 and Chase race 3 of 10]
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2122
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2122
    3) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2113, -9
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2113, -9
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2109, -13
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2108, -14
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2108, -14
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2107, -15
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2103, -19
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2088, -34
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2081, -41
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2054, -68
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-2-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #71 increases their lead slightly to 39 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 397, +50
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 386, 39 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 347, 39 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 297, -89
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-2-2011)


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#14-Tony Stewart Office Depot / Moblil 1 #14 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Sherwin Williams none...yet
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#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Shrocks / Menard's #27 Team Schemes Page
#34-David Gilliland A&W All American Food none...yet
#36-Dave Blaney Big Red #36 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Bush's Baked Beans #47 Team Schemes Page
#78-Regan Smith Farm American #78 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page

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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Kansas: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Kansas Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #4, #11, #16 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops / Artic Cat team will bring chassis #1106 to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400. This chassis has been used twice so far this season at Kansas in June and Atlanta in September.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-753 during Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski last raced this chassis to a third-place finish at Michigan in August. Keselowski picked up his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory as a member of Penske Racing in the STP 400 at Kansas on June 5. The featured tag line on the bumper of the "Blue Deuce" this weekend at Kansas will be "Have At It, Brad." With his aggressive driving style, Keselowski has embodied NASCAR's "Have at it, Boys" mantra.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-679 for Sunday's race at Kansas. Martin most recently finished ninth with this chassis at Chicagoland Speedway and also posted an eighth-place finish with it at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary RK-730 Last ran Kansas and finished 13th Backup chassis RK-711 last ran Darlington and finished 21st .
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for the 400.5-mile event at Kansas Speedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Michigan. Australian Word of the Week: Polly = Politician.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-591 debuted in May 2010 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. It qualified 26th and finished 15th in its maiden race. It saw extensive wind-tunnel time before returning to action in late July for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. There, it qualified 15th and a savvy two-tire pit call on the team's final stop allowed it to rally to a fifth-place finish. Chassis No. 14-591 spent the rest of the 2010 season as a backup, and in the offseason, it received a new body and logged many hours in the wind tunnel. The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas was its third career start and first of 2011 finishing 2nd. Its next start came in May's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, where it was poised to finish in the top-10 until engine woes late in the race dropped it to a 17th-place finish. Chassis No. 14-591's next outing came in a test July 9 at Kentucky. It returned to racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where after starting 20th, rallied to an impressive third-place finish. The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas will mark Chassis No. 14-591's sixth career start and fourth this season.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-787 which last run at Atlanta.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 326 will make its second-ever start in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. This chassis made its debut in the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last month at Chicago. After qualifying a solid ninth and running within the top-10 all race long, Busch ran out of gas with just two laps remaining, forcing him to come to pit road for a splash of gas and led to a disappointing 22nd-place finish.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-757" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge this weekend at Kansas. This chassis has been raced only once before; in the July 31 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch qualified fourth in this car, ran in the top 10 most of the race, but was caught up in an incident with 40 laps remaining and relegated to a 21st-place finish. "This is a sister car to our '758' that we won Dover with last weekend," said crew chief Addington. "Since the last time out, we've gone back and completely redone this car with our latest stuff. It'll be a good car for Kansas and we can't wait to get back out there. We're heading in there with the attitude that we have some unfinished business to take care of this time around."
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 379 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new No. 27 Schrock/Menards Chevy that will turn its first laps during opening practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: and Budweiser Chevy team will race chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NSCS stable. Harvick utilized this car at Chicagoland Speedway to earn a second-place finish last month.
    #31-Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 367 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Caterpillar Chevrolet is a recent addition to the fleet and ran for the first time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July where Burton started 13th and finished 35th after facing electrical issues in the closing laps. It later ran at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, where Burton started 27th and climbed through the field to post a 13th-place finish.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 371 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala, built new last month, was utilized at Chicagoland Speedway in September when Bowyer drove it to a top-10 finish of seventh after starting 21st.
    #36-Dave Blaney run the No. 802 chassis this weekend in the Hollywood Casino 400. The Golden Corral team last ran chassis No. 802 at Chicago, where Blaney started 39th and finished 33rd. The team also ran No. 802 at Phoenix as a backup, Las Vegas , Bristol Motor in March and August, and Charlotte Motor Speedway this season.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-677 will be the fourth start for Chassis No. 39-677 this season and the first start for the chassis at Kansas. The chassis made its first start in July at the Indianapolis, where Newman started 23rd and finished 12th. The next start for Chassis 39-677 was in August at Michigan, where Newman started third and finished fifth. The last on-track appearance for this chassis came in September at Chicago, where Newman started fourth and led 18 laps en route to an eighth-place result.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 Target will be bringing chassis #1107 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This will be only the second time that this car has hit the track this season after starting seventh and finishing 28th in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 742 for this weekend's event at Kansas Speedway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at California, Charlotte, (Sprint Showdown) Kentucky and Michigan.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 681 in Sunday's race. He crossed the line 10th in that chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September. Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 650 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-676. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis at Michigan International Speedway in August to a 14th-place finish.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-732 to Kansas. This car most recently raced at Pocono in August where Edwards finished seventh.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-7-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials: Left-side -- 1,350; Right-side -- 1,350

    Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4382; Right-side -- D-4408

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Kansas in June . . . they also ran this same tire set-up at Auto Club Speedway back in February . . . while Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4408) at Kansas this weekend, they will run distinct left-side codes . . . 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 the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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