400 Speedway Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66111
Tickets: (866) 460-RACE (7223)
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Banking in Turns...variable (17-20 degrees); previous banking: 15 degrees
Banking on Frontstretch... 10 degrees; previous banking: 10.4 degrees
Banking on backstretch... 5.5 degrees; previous banking: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 2,721 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
Grandstand capacity: 74,000
Repaved & Reconfigured: Summer 2012
Track Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval
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
Camping: Approx 2,400 spaces
Grandstand Seating: 74,000 [was 80,000]
Last Repave: 2012
May 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 125.265mph, started 19th
October 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 141.951mph, started 4th
Track Race Record: #11-Denny Hamlin, 4/22/2012, 144.122mph
Slowest Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph
Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 46 years, 9 months, 0 days, 10/9/2005
Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/2003
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/5/2011, started 25th
May 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 192.397mph, finished 5th
October 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 197.621mph, finished 12th
Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Kevin Harvick, 10/3/2014, 197.612mph, during 2nd round of qualifying
Track Qualifying Record [old layout 2001 - 4/2012]: Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph
Oldest Kansas Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 24 days, 10/2/2009
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 24 years, 11 months, 14 days, 5/8/2015
Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson; 2 - Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth
Most Poles: 4 - Kevin Harvick; 3 - Jimmie Johnson & Kasey Kahne
Most Top 5s: 11 - Jeff Gordon; 7 - Greg Biffle
Most Top 10s: 15 - Jimmie Johnson; 13 - Jeff Gordon; 12 - Carl Edwards
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 10/9/2011, 197 laps
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006, 5 laps
Most Lead Changes: 26 - 10/4/2009
Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/2002 & 4/21/2013
Most Leaders: 14 - 10/4/2009
Fewest Leaders: 8 - 4/21/2013
Most Cautions: 15, 10/6/2013
Most Caution Laps: 71, 10/6/2013
Fewest Cautions: 3, 4/22/2012
Fewest Caution Laps: 18 - 4/22/2012
Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 9/28/2008
Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - 10/6/2013
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - Chevy; 5 - Ford; 2 - Dodge; 2 - Toyota
PAST RACE WINNERS
5/9/2015: #48-Jimme Johnson (3), Chevy, 125.265, started 19th
10/5/2014: #22-Joey Logano, Ford, 141.951mph, started 4th
5/10/2014: #24-Jeff Gordon(3), Chevy, 128.149mph, started 13th
10/6/2013: #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 114.884mph, started 1st
4/21/2013: #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 133.611mph, started 1st
10/2012: #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 115.086, started 12th
4/22/2012: #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 144.122, started 4th
10/2011: #48-Jimme Johnson (2), Chevy, 137.181, started 19th
6/2011: #2-Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 137.184, started 25th
2010: #16-Greg Biffle (2), Ford, 138.077, started 5th
2009: #14-Tony Stewart (2), Chevy, 137.144, started, 5th
2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 133.549, started 1st
2007: #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 104.981, started 7th
2006: #20-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 121.753, started 21st
2005: #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 137.774, started 19th
2004: #01-Joe Nemechek, Chevy, 126.058, started 1st
2003: #12-Ryan Newman, Dodge, 121.630, started 11th
2002: #24-Jeff Gordon (2), Chevy, 119.394; started 10th
2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 110.576; started 2nd
Johnson wins at Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Kansas and his 73rd career win. It is also his 200th top-5 and 300th top-10 career finish.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Gordon, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., and #31-Newman.
#18-Erik Jones, running his first full Sprint Cup race, ran near the front for much of the race, but spun out and hit the wall with 73 laps to go. He finished 40th.
Rain fell at the track on lap 98, causing a 2 hour and 16 minute red flag.
Harvick maintains the points lead with 437, 46 points over Truex, Jr. Johnson has the Chase lead, with 3 wins to Harvick's 2.
There were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 125.265mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(5-10-2015)
Kansas Speedway to make safety improvements: Driver safety is always an issue for NASCAR, but it vaulted back into the headlines when Kyle Busch suffered a compound fracture in his right leg and a broken left foot in late February at Daytona International Speedway. Many drivers, including Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick, who crashed into the same wall at Daytona a year earlier, went public with pleas for safer track conditions after Busch's wreck. Apparently, Kansas Speedway - which installed SAFER barriers, or Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers, along its track walls in 2004 - was listening, as it announced several safety improvement Wednesday ahead of next month's NASCAR races. After an internal review by Kansas Speedway's owner, the International Speedway Corp., in conjunction with NASCAR, two sand barrels will be installed at the leading edge of the pit-road exit, an additional tire pack will be installed at the pit-road entrance, and interior walls along turns two and three will be extended. More safety enhancements are planned before the season's second race weekend in October. "The safety of our guests and the competitors is, and always has been, our No. 1 priority," Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren said in a statement. "Ongoing facility evaluations will continue and we will provide updates as circumstances warrant."(Kansas City Star)(4-23-2015)
Kansas Speedway offering VIP packages: To provide race fans a more behind-the-scenes look at race day for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, Kansas Speedway is selling a limited number of VIP Packages for Saturday, May 9. The day will start with early gate access, a reception in the Kansas Speedway President's Suite, followed by a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage tour, access to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver's meeting, VIP access for the Shooter Jennings pre-race concert, along with backstage access for driver introductions. The day will be hosted by former NASCAR driver and MRN personality Glenn Jarrett. Each VIP package is $500 and includes a reserved parking pass. A grandstand ticket is not included in this package and each fan must have a grandstand ticket to purchase the VIP package. To purchase a VIP package, call 866.460.7223. (Kansas Speedway)(4-22-2015)
Toyota to sponsor Kansas Truck race: Kansas Speedway officials announced today that Toyota will sponsor the May 8 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, naming it the Toyota Tundra 250. Since 2004, Toyota has four wins, 25 top-Fives, and 47 top-10 finishes in the Truck Series at Kansas Speedway, including winning the last two Truck Series races. Toyota began racing in NASCAR with its entry into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2004. Since then, Tundras have earned 131 victories along with seven manufacturer's championships (2006-2010, 2013 and 2014). In addition, Tundra drivers have tallied five driver championships in the series with Matt Crafton most recently making series history by becoming the first back-to-back champion in the Camping World Truck Series.(Kansas Speedway)(4-21-2015)
Shooter Jennings playing pre-race concert at Kansas: Doing it his way may be the best way to describe Shooter Jennings, who will play a pre-race concert at Kansas Speedway on May 9 before the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. Jennings, who is the son of country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Coulter, has been around music his entire life, and has been following his own path in the music world for almost as long. Releasing his first album in 2005 (Put the O Back in Country), he released his latest album, The Other Life (a live album) last year from label Black Country Rock (BCR). And recently, Jennings has been out on his "Don't Wait Up (For Shooter) Tour" with the Waymore Outlaws, Waylon Jennings original recording and touring band. In addition to being a musician, Jennings is also a producer, composer, BCR president and radio host.(Kansas Speedway)(3-19-2015)
Nickelodeon announces Entitlement Sponsorship of SpongeBob SquarePants 400: Nickelodeon announced that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway dubbed the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. The SpongeBob SquarePants 400, which will be broadcasted on 7:30pm/et on FOX Sports 1, will feature a weekend of Bikini Bottom-themed activities and fun for the entire family.
"The SpongeBob SquarePants 400 gives Nickelodeon the opportunity to expand its relationship with NASCAR, while working with a best-in-class track to give fans a unique, engaging and high-quality race experience that the whole family can enjoy," said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products, Nickelodeon Group. "Nickelodeon has embarked on some great initiatives with NASCAR over the last 10 years, sponsoring and participating in marquee racing events that have resonated with motorsports fans across the country."
"I'm excited to partner with Nickelodeon for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 on May 9," said Patrick Warren, Kansas Speedway President. "This is a great opportunity for us to engage SpongeBob fans of all ages to racing with a great partner."
Also at the speedway, attendees will be able to enjoy some pre-Mother's Day fun in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, which will be located in the Kansas Speedway Fan Zone. The area will feature appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants costumed characters, a SpongeBob SquarePants photo station and more.
Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR, teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids' Choice Awards (Danica Patrick, 2012 and 2013), Kids' Choice Sports Awards (Danica Patrick, 2014), Team Umizoomi (Jeff Gordon, 2012), Hammer Down (2014) and an upcoming Bubble Guppies episode (Jimmie Johnson, premiering in 2015).
Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2 - 11 for more than 13 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.(VMG/Nickelodeon/Kansas Speedway)(3-2-2015)
Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery renew partnership: Kansas Speedway and Kansas Lottery officials announced a multi-year renewal of their partnership, which has been in place since Kansas Speedway opened in 2001. The partnership means the Kansas Lottery will remain the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race (Kansas Lottery 300), which returns to Kansas Speedway on Oct. 4, and the Kansas Lottery will continue as the "Official Lottery of Kansas Speedway." "I'm excited that we are able to continue our partnership with the Kansas Lottery," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. "The Lottery has been a tremendous supporter of ours and their continued sponsorship of Kansas Speedway and as the entitlement partner on our NASCAR Nationwide Series race is incredible. It's going to be a great year at Kansas Speedway and I'm glad that the Kansas Lottery will be a part of it."(Kansas Speedway)(5-9-2014)
5-hour ENERGY to sponsor night race at Kansas: Kansas Speedway officials announced that 5-hour Energy will sponsor Kansas Speedway's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on May 10, naming the race the 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). From May 1 through July 31, 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked red, white and blue bottle of cherry flavored 5-hour Energy to SOWF, a top-rated nonprofit organization that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through college scholarships, family services, and financial stipends. The minimum guaranteed donation is $75,000.
"I'm excited to have 5-hour Energy join with us on our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. "I'm even prouder to know that we will be honoring the military service of so many men and women and are able to recognize the commitment they have made to our country. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides support and assistance to personnel in the U.S. Special Operations Command and I look forward to working with them and 5-hour Energy during our race weekend."
Tickets for Kansas Speedway's 2014 events, including Kansas Speedway's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race the 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation, are currently on sale. To purchase season tickets or single event tickets, call 866-460-RACE (7223) or visit kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway)(4-29-2014)
Kansas spring race moves under the lights in 2014, switches with Darlington: NASCAR has awarded Kansas Speedway two night races for 2014, including the Sprint Cup race on Saturday night, May 10. In addition to the Kansas 400 Sprint Cup Series race on the night before Mothers Day, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SFP 250 will run under the lights on Friday night, May 9. The 2014 fall weekend races will be run during the day, with the Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 set for Saturday, Oct. 4, and the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race - the fourth event in the Chase for the Sprint Cup - on Sunday, Oct. 5. To accommodate Kansas Speedway, fellow International Speedway Corporation track Darlington Raceway agreed to switch its traditional Mothers Day weekend race with the April date Kansas has had since 2010. In addition to the NASCAR weekends, International Motor Sports Association Road Racing will return for the second year to the infield road course at Kansas Speedway on June 7 with the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series, Cooper Tire Prototype Lights and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. Times for those races have not been determined.(Kansas City Star)(10-11-2013)
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, September 4, 2015, 4:30 pm/et