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Fri, October 2
12:00 – 1:30 pm NSCS Price Chopper 400 practice
2:00 - 3:30 pm NNS Kansas Lottery 300 practice
3:40 pm NSCS Price Chopper 400 qualifying
5:00 – 6:00 pm NNS Kansas Lottery 300 practice
Sat, October 3
9:05 am NNS Kansas Lottery 300 qualifying
11:30 am - 12:15 pm NSCS Price Chopper 400 practice
12:50 - 1:50 pm NSCS Price Chopper 400 Final practice
2:00 pm NNS Kansas Lottery 300 Driver Introductions
2:30 pm NNS Kansas Lottery 300 Race
Sun, October 4
12:30 pm NSCS Price Chopper 400 Driver Intros.
1:00 pm NSCS Price Chopper 400 Race
These times are listed in Central Standard Time, which is one hour behind Eastern Standard Time
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Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway
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Race: Sunday, October 4, 2009 in Kansas, KS
Title Sponsor: Price Chopper
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ABC, 2:00pm/et
TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, October 5 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
Monday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
Friday, October 2, 1:00 - 2:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, October 3, 12:30 - 1:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 3, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et, TV-ESPN2 via tape 6:30pm/et
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Stewart wins at Kansas: #14-Tony Stewart won the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway for his 4th win of the season and 37th of his career. #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #16-Biffle, #42-Montoya, #11-Hamlin, #9-Kahne, #5-Martin, #00-Reutiman, #48-Johnson and #99-Edwards. Nine Chasers finished in the top-10 for the most ever in the history of the Chase. The three other Chasers: #2-Busch finished 11th, #39-Newman was 22nd down 2 laps and #83-Vickers lost an engine and finished 37th. With the win, Chevy clinched the Manufacturers Championship over Toyota. There were a record [low] 6 cautions for a record [low] 23 caution laps and there were a record [high] 26 lead changes among a record [high] 14 drivers.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2: Monday, October 5 at 3:00 am/et; ESPN Classic: Monday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et; SPEED, Wednesday, Monday, October 7 at 12:00pm/et.
For race results, awards and more, see my Kansas Race Results Page.(10-4-2009)
Kansas Notes and Facts:
* Tony Stewart won the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway.
* This was the 20th straight Chase race won by a Chase driver.
* Stewart scored his 37th career victory in his 385th start. He tied Bobby Isaac for 18th on NASCAR's all-time wins list. It was Stewart's fourth victory in 2009. This is the 11th consecutive season in which Stewart has won a race.
* Stewart scored his second Cup win in nine races at Kansas.
* Stewart led five times for 37 laps, including the final 30.
* Greg Biffle led the most laps (six times for 113 laps).
* Chevrolet clinched the 2009 manufacturers' championship. Chevrolet has scored 15 wins in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has nine while Dodge has three and Ford has two.
* Jeff Gordon (second) extended a three-race streak of top-5 finishes at Kansas.
* Biffle (third) extended a seven-race streak of top-15 finishes at Kansas.
* Juan Pablo Montoya (fourth) posted his best finish in three races at Kansas. It marked his first lead-lap finish there. Montoya is the only driver to score top-5 finishes in all three Chase races. He is 51 points behind leader Mark Martin.
* Denny Hamlin (fifth) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Kansas.
* Martin (seventh) scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. He remained the points leader by 18 over Jimmie Johnson. Johnson finished ninth. His worst finish in the past 29 Chase races is 15th at Texas and Homestead in 2008.
* With his lead in today's race Johnson has led in 40 of the 53 Chase races. He has led in 24 of the 29 races this season, the only diver to do so. Johnson is the only driver to lead in all 19 superspeedway races this season (restrictor-plate races excluded).
* Casey Mears (15th) has finished in the top 15 in his past five races at Kansas.
* Ryan Newman (22nd) ended a streak of six straight top-15 finishes.
* Jeff Burton (23rd) has finished 16th or worse in the past 15 races, since Michigan in June.
* Scott Speed (27th) was the highest-finishing rookie of the year contender.
* Brian Vickers (37th) was the lowest-finishing Chase driver at Kansas.
* Elliott Sadler (20th) and Stewart have each been running at the finish in the past 52 races, the longest current streak.
* The top 10 consisted of six Chevrolets, two Toyotas, one Dodge and one Ford.(Racing Resources/ESPN)(10-5-2009)
UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
[after Kansas, Chase race 3 of 10; Season race 29 of 36]:
pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
1) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 5551, finished 7th
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 5533, -18, 9th
3) #42-Juan Montoya 5500, -51, 4th
4) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins] 5484, -67, WON
5) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5460, -91, 11th
6) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 5452, -99, 5th
7) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 5448, -103, 2nd
8) #16-Greg Biffle 5437, -114, 3rd
9) #39-Ryan Newman 5387, -164, 22nd
10) #99-Carl Edwards 5386, -165, 10th
11) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5361, -190, 6th
12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 wins], 5301, -250, 37th
For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(10-4-2009)
UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
[after Kansas, race 29 of 36]:
pos, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #14-Tony Stewart, 4260
2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4065, -195
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4037, -223
4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3923, -337
5) #5-Mark Martin, 3802, -458
6) #2-Kurt Busch, 3772, -488
7) #42-Juan Montoya, 3751, -509
8) #16-Greg Biffle, 3686, -574
9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3666, -594
10) #39-Ryan Newman, 3659, -601
11) #9-Kasey Kahne, 3621, -639
12) #18-Kyle Busch, 3522, -738
13) #83-Brian Vickers, 3494, -766
14) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3475, -785
15) #00-David Reutimann, 3417, -843
16) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3411, -849
Race Fast Facts - Kansas Speedway:
#14-Tony Stewart won the Price Chopper 400, his 37th victory in 385 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2009.
This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
There were a track record 26 lead changes in this race. The previous record was 24 in 2004.
There were a track record 14 leaders in this race. The previous record was 13 in 2006.
#24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2009.
#16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Kansas Speedway.
#5-Mark Martin leads the point standings by 18 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-4-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Auto Club Speedway:
No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 111 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2319, +270
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2160, 111 points ahead of 36th
these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2049, 111 points out of 35th
(no other teams are within 400 owners points of 35th)
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(10-4-2009)
Penalty/Infraction Report - Kansas:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#20, 2, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#6, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#98, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#19, 8, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#19, 10, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#88, 53, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
#99, 56, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
#39, 71, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
#33, 126, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#7, 127, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#77, 127, Excessive speed ENTERING/and Exiting pits, Tail End
#19, 147, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#26, 202, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
#6, 204, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: no driver down a lap
Caution 2: no driver down a lap
Caution 3: #19-Sadler, 20th
Caution 4: #29-Harvick, 24th
Caution 5: #99-Edwards, 10th
Caution 6: #44-Allmendinger, 17th
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Kansas (or seemed to)?
42nd: #87-Nemechek, 26 laps completed
41st: #09-Bliss, 27
40rh: #66-Blaney, 29
(usually only count a team with a history of start and park, not an engine blow or wreck and only if 25% or less of race completed)(10-4-2009)
Pit Stall Selections - Kansas: The selections of pit stalls for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr. took pit stall 8, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#25-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, the fifth stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #24-Gordon, who starts 9th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Kansas Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-3-2009)
Race Coverage of the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, Ocotber 4, 2009.
Television (TV): ABC at 2:00 pm/et; 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 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2: Monday, October 5 at 3:00am/et
ESPN Classic: Monday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et
SPEED, Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00pm/et
Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)
NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them.
Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
Pit Stall Selections
Happy Hour practice: for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the top 5 and notes:
slowest: #96-Darnell 165.178 & #13-Papis 166.646
notes: #14-Stewart ran 38 laps, no word on any engine problems as reported in the earlier practice.
Happy Hour is not being aired live but same day delay (SDD) on ESPN2 approx 6:30pm/et.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(10-3-2009)
First Saturday practice: for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the top 5 and notes:
#14-Stewart 171.860 (engine problem?)
slowest: #13-Papis 166.256 & #34-Andretti 166.708
notes: #14-Stewart reports he is down in power and the team is checking the engine, could be down a cylinder, which would mean an engine change and having to go to the rear of the field on Sunday, giving up the 5th starting spot. Stewart went back on the track towards the end of the practice as the team didn't find anything obvious, but after a lap Stewart brought the car back in
17 minutes into practice, #16-Biffle lost it and slid thru the front stretch grass, only minor damage reported.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(10-3-2009)
Martin on pole at Kansas: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 175.758mph for his 7th pole of the season and 48th career pole. #88-Earnhardt Jr. was 2nd fastest followed by #25-Keselowski, #26-McMurray, #14-Stewart, #9-Kahne, #87-Nemechek, #33-Bowyer, #24-Gordon and #82-Speed.
The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #25-Keselowski, #87-Nemechek, #82-Speed, #21-Elliott, #09-Bliss, #66-Blaney, #71-Labonte and #13-Papis
The three drivers who failed to qualify: #04-Gilliland, #36-McDowell and #37-KHamlin.
See starting lineup, qual;ifying results, pole progression on my Kansas Starting Grid/Qualifying Results-Order page.(10-2-2009)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas Speedway:
* Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods with a lap of 30.724 seconds, 175.758 mph.
* This is his 48th pole in 751 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
* This is his seventh pole of 2009, the highest single-season total of his career.
* This is his first pole in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2009 and his fifth in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
* Brad Keselowski (third) posted his first top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his third in ten races this season.
* Scott Speed (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-2-2009)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Price Grabber 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2009 at 4:40pm/et.
Television (TV): ESPN2 - 4:30pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled
Qualifying Order for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #98-Menard.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #04-Gilliland with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek.
See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(10-2-2009)
Friday's Practice for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the top 5 and some notes:
#14-Stewart and #6-Ragan 173.071
slowest: #36-McDowell 167.483 and #9-Kahne 168.172
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(10-2-2009)
Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at Kansas:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#25-Brad Keselowski, 10th fastest overall
#82-Scott Speed, 11th
#21-Bill Elliott [past champ 2], 26th
#66-Dave Blaney, 31st
#71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 1], 32nd
#13-Max Papis, 35th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 36th
#09-Mike Bliss, 41st
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#04-David Gilliland 42nd
#37-Kevin Hamlin, 43rd
#36-Michael McDowell, 46th out of 46
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(10-2-2009)
The Entry List for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
#09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/28 attempts)
#13-Max Papis (44/14)
#21-Bill Elliott (Past Champ 1988)(44/9)
#25-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as driver)(46/6)
#36-Michael McDowell (42/28)
#37-Kevin Hamlin (supposedly in for next 2 races)(45/20)
#66-Dave Blaney (41/28)
#71-Bobby Labonte (2000 Past Champ)(37/28)
#82-Scott Speed (36/28)
#87-Joe Nemechek (39/28)
added after entry list posted - post entry:
#04-David Gilliland (59/2/PE)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 09,25,71,21,82,87,66,36
missing the race would be : #'s 37,13,04
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List.(9-28/10-1-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 124 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2258, +291
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2091, 124 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1967, 124 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1682w, -409
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-27-2009)
What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker, if still tied then by best finish
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.
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
How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
Chase Stats going into Kansas: Chase history tells us true contenders rarely fall far out of range of the lead, and #5-Mark Martin and #48-Jimmie Johnson have certainly set a blistering pace over the first two races. Only #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (-65) and #2-Kurt Busch (-75) have managed to stay within 100 points of the lead in the first 20% of Chase VI. Plenty can happen but Johnson just posted his 28th consecutive Top 15 finish in a Chase event, 8th win and 19th Top 5 over the same 28 races. Montoya continued his breakthrough season at Dover by finishing fourth and climbing one spot to third in the Chase standings. JPM only has four Top 5s this season, but half of them have come in the first two Chase races. #14-Tony Stewart stayed in reasonable Chase contention with a 9th at Dover, but he needs to start stacking up Top 5s to get into range of the lead. Stewart leads the series with 13 Top 5s this season. See year-by-year comparison, race-by-race, notes and more on my Chase Stats after Dover page and the Chase rules, how the Chase would had worked out back to 1975 and history on my 2009 Chase Rules and Notes page.(10-2-2009)
Kansas Rookie Notes: #82-Scott Speed was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 27 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Speed scored a 25th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the sixth time this season. #20-Joey Logano leads Scott Speed by 24 points (217-193) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 4 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in eight previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas is second by Ryan Newman in 2002 behind race winner Jeff Gordon and is the only Raybestos Rookie to finish inside the top-five at Kansas Speedway. Jason Leffler is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in eight races at Kansas Speedway. Leffler took the top starting spot in the race in the inaugural Price Chopper 400 in 2001. The record for most wins by a Raybestos Rookie is three, shared by Tony Stewart (1999) and Jimmie Johnson (2002).(Camp & Assoc./Raybestos), see Rookie History, notes, standings on my 2009 Rookies Page.(10-2-2009)
Driver Rating at Kansas:
Jimmie Johnson, 123.1
Greg Biffle, 117.4
Jeff Gordon, 103.0
Clint Bowyer, 100.2
Mark Martin, 99.4
Matt Kenseth, 98.4
Carl Edwards, 95.8
Casey Mears, 91.4
Tony Stewart, 91.3
AJ Allmendinger, 89.3
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2008 races (4 total) at Kansas.
2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 172.007mph, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: #17-Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph
2008 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 133.549mph, started 1st
Track Race Record: #6-Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, 137.774mph
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
Oldest Pole Winner: Joe Nemechek, 41 years, 0 months, 14 days, 10/10/2004
Youngest Pole Winner: Jason Leffler, 26 years, 0 months, 14 days, 9/30/2001
Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon
Most Poles: 3 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5s: 5 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 5 - Jeff Gordon
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, 139 laps
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006, 5
Most Lead Changes: 24 - 10/10/2004
Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/2002
Most Leaders: 13 - 10/1/2006
Fewest Leaders: 10 - 9/29/2002, 9/30/2007, 9/28/2008
Most Cautions: 13, 9/30/2001
Most Caution Laps: 70, 9/30/2001
Fewest Cautions: 7, 10/9/2005, 9/28/2008
Fewest Caution Laps: 25 - 9/28/2008
Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 9/28/2008
Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 9/29/2002
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Chevy
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #20-Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006, started 21st
- Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 8] 25.0%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 1
- Races won from starting pos 7: 1
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 21: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 3 of 8 - 37.5%
- Races won from the top 10: 5 of 8 - 62.5%
PAST RACE WINNERS
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, Chevy, 119.394; started 10th
2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 110.576; started 2nd
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 Camping World Series West race on the same day – June 2.
• The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was Sept. 30, 2001.
• There have been eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas since the track opened in 2001.
• All of the races have been scheduled for 267 laps.
• 13 drivers have competed in all eight races at Kansas.
• Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
• Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
• Six different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson with two.
• Seven different drivers have posted victories, led by Jeff Gordon (two).
• There have been six different winners in the last six races at Kansas Speedway.
• Five of the eight races have been won from a top-10 start.
• Two drivers have won from the pole: Joe Nemechek in 2004 and Jimmie Johnson last season.
• The furthest back in the field that race winner started was 21st, by Tony Stewart in 2006.
• Denny Hamlin made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Kansas – a 32nd-place finish in 2005.
• Three drivers with more than one start have averaged a top- 10 finish: Greg Biffle (9.9), Clint Bowyer (7.7) and Jeff Gordon (9.8).
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (five) and top 10s (six).Gordon’s only two non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006 and a 13th in 2004.
• Three of the last four races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.
• There have been eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas, all at Kansas Speedway.
• 15 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Kansas, including Jim Roper who won the very first NASCAR Sprint Cup race – Charlotte in 1949.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
McDonald's Monoploy scheme for Sorenson: Monopoly is back at McDonald's, starting Tuesday, October 6th. This Sunday at Kansas Speedway, the #43 McDonald's Monopoly Dodge Charger will feature Mr. Monopoly rolling McDonald's dice to promote the new exciting element in this year's event: The $1 Million dollar daily roll. For 29 straight nights, a McDonald’s customer has a chance to win as much as $1 million, in primetime on NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" and "Sunday Night Football." An NBC celebrity will roll two dice into a see-through lottery machine. If both show sixes, the contestant wins the top prize. Other combinations are worth $10,000. Go to www.playatmcd.com to enter for the chance to be the one person each day to take part in the roll for $1 million.(McDonalds), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(10-1-2009)
Harvick to sport different colors at Kansas: Reese’s, a major associate sponsor of RCR’s #29 Chevy that Kevin Harvick drives, kicks into high gear this weekend in Kansas as Harvick and the #29 team transform their bright yellow-and-red Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet into a bright orange Reese’s racing machine for the Price Chopper 400. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are peanut butter-filled chocolate cups. They were created in 1928 by H.B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and foreman for Milton S. Hershey. The H.B. Reese Candy Co., established in the basement of Reese’s house in Hershey, Pa., went on to merge with The Hershey Company in 1963 due to the popularity of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Today, Reese’s has become the No. 1 selling candy bar in the United States and the Reese’s brand is the most successful brand owned by The Hershey Company.(RCR), see images of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(10-1-2009)
Different look for Ragan's #6 at Kansas: For the second and final time this season, UPS Freight will be featured on the #6 Ford that David Ragan drives. Ragan ran the same design earlier this season at Richmond im May. The Wichita North Center (SLIC - 6720) in the Kansas District was selected as the UPS Maximum Center featured on Ragan’s car at Kansas Speedway. The center’s 6720 SLIC number will be featured on the wing of the #6 UPS Freight Ford.(RFR), see images of the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(9-30-2009)
4-H emblem to appear on #24 car at Kansas: National 4-H Week will take off with a speedy start on October 4th, as the 4-H emblem makes its debut appearance in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The well-known national icon will be featured on the ‘TV panel’ of the #24 DuPont Chevy driven by Jeff Gordon at Kansas Speedway that day. The placement of the 4-H clover on the #24 Chevy was made possible through a generous donation by DuPont, sponsor of both the #24 team and of 4-H. “The appearance of the 4-H emblem on Jeff Gordon’s car in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a wonderful salute to 4-H by DuPont, and an amazing way for us to begin National 4-H Week,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “Now, millions of current 4-H’ers, 4-H alumni and racing fans alike can watch with excitement as the clover takes to the track for the first time.” National 4-H Week is the annual celebration for the 100-year old youth development organization. The highlight of the week includes the highly anticipated, 4-H National Youth Science Day, which brings together millions of youth to participate in the National Science Experiment. This year’s experiment, Biofuel Blast, will introduce youth to alternative energy. DuPont is a premier sponsor of 4-H National Youth Science Day and the Biofuel Blast National Science Experiment (4-H Site), see an image of the car on my #24 Team Schemes page.(9-18-2009)
Wave Energy sponsoring TBR: Wave Energy Drink announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Patrick Capentier [now Michael McDowell] in six Sprint Cup Series races this season. Wave Energy Drink branding will appear on the #36 for the following six races [in a row]: Atlanta, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and Auto Club Speedway. “The partnership between Wave Energy Drink and Tommy Baldwin Racing will provide the brand with immediate access to a significant number of the core target audience vital to the brand’s success,” said Jason Wolter, V.P. of Marketing for Wave Energy. “The partnership will help us turbo-charge Wave Energy’s upcoming consumer launch. We are also excited about our involvement with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that has a loyal following like TBR. For more information about Wave Energy Drink visit www.tastethewave.com.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(8-31-2009)
IMAGEs: see images of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page (9-1-2009)
AAA sponsoring Hornish in select 2009 races: Penske Racing announced the establishment of a multi-year agreement for its Sprint Cup Series program with the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) and its affiliated clubs. Starting in 2009, the Auto Club will be displayed as primary sponsor for select events on the Penske Racing South #77 Dodge, driven by three-time IndyCar Series Champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Hornish will debut the #77 Auto Club Dodge in:
February at the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
In addition, the motor club will serve as primary sponsor of the #77 Car in Sprint Cup Series events at:
Kansas Speedway in October and
Texas Motor Speedway in November
and as co-primary sponsor for Hornish and the Car #77 team, alongside Penske Truck Rental, at the April Talladega Superspeedway and June New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series races.(Penske Racing PR)(11-11-2008)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Banking: corners/turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
Straights: Frontstretch - 2,685 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
Pit Box Size 30’x18’
Attendence: 81,779, 68 luxury suites
Grand Marshal: Price Chopper Director Ken Blair
Command to start engines: Ken Blair
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: Jimmy Ybarra, Pastor of Hispanic Ministries, Antioch Church, Overland Park, KS
National Anthem: Treehouse recording artist Blaine Larsen
Military Flyover: Four F-15's, 122nd Fighter Squadron, Air National Guard, New Orleans, LA
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
Track Website: kansasspeedway.com
ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Kansas Speedway
October 2008: see my Kansas Race Info page
Kansas: Tar of Death?: It seems there could be trouble with the racing surface at Kansas Speedway. That trouble would be with the seams. The tar filling the seams, to be exact, is sending the Sprint Cup cars off their intended course. #2-Kurt Busch called it, “The tar of death”. #24-Jeff Gordon said, “The seams are unreal. I don’t know if they put a different sealer on them or what’s going on. The seams, beside the wind, are playing havoc today.” The four-time champion said the tar-covered seams are forcing drivers to make decisions. “You either got to go above them, straddle them or somehow get below them,” Gordon said. “It’s definitely challenging.” Busch said, “Last year I had a hard time here at Kansas. I don’t know when they put that tar sealant down to help with drainage, water getting into the cracks and pot holes developing or big bumps…(but) I couldn’t go from the second lane to the third lane or the second lane back to the first lane without crossing the ‘tar of death’. It was tough.”(Racin' Today)(10-3-2009)
Kansas Speedway donates tix to National Guard: The Kansas Speedway has donated approximately 3,000 tickets for Kansas National Guard personnel to attend an upcoming NASCAR race, the Adjutant General's Department announced Thursday. Tickets for the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 Sunday were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger said the tickets were donated to thank the men and women of the military and their families for everything they do for the country. "Our men and women who serve at home and overseas work in a fast-paced environment," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, "and since there aren't many things faster than NASCAR, this provides them and their families a great opportunity. We appreciate the generosity of Kansas Speedway and their ongoing support of our soliders and airmen." The Kansas Speedway has donated tickets to other racing events in the past, and the facilities have been used for Kansas National Guard training events.(Topeka Capital Journal)(10-2-2009)
K-State solar car to be on display at Kansas Speedway: Members of Kansas State University’s solar car team will be displaying their car, Paragon, at two locations in the Kansas City area: at the Kansas Speedway Friday, Oct. 2; and at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3, for the K-State football game against Iowa State University. The Kansas City Catbackers helped arrange the solar car’s display in conjunction with the K-State football game at Arrowhead and NASCAR events at the Kansas Speedway. The K-State solar car team has been building and racing solar cars since 1995. Paragon was built by the team in 2005 for the North American Solar Challenge. Members of the team are primarily K-State students in electrical and mechanical engineering, but all disciplines are welcome on the team. The cars take about two years to design and build and are built for cross-country endurance races rather than racing at tracks like the Kansas Speedway. It will be the first time the K-State team has shown the solar car at a NASCAR event.(Reflector-Chronicle)(9-30-2009)
Blaine Larsen Performing National Anthem at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced today that Treehouse recording artist Blaine Larsen will perform the national anthem prior to the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods on Oct. 4. Kansas Speedway ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging on kansasspeedway.com. Packages include the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 IndyCar Series and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Fans are permitted to bring in one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and drinks, and parking is always free.(Kansas Speedway)(9-30-2009)
Kansas Performing Pre-Race Concert at Kansas Speedway: It's only fitting that when local drivers Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards race at their "home track" in the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, that classic rock band Kansas plays a pre-race concert at their "home track" as well. Kansas, who has a host of platinum and gold records, will be performing at Kansas Speedway in a pre-race concert for the first time on Oct. 4. Kansas Speedway ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging on kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas PR)(8-27-2009)
New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Kansas Speedway
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
Left-side – 1,450, Right-side – 1,450;
Nationwide: Left-side – 575; Right-side – 575
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4132; Right-side -- D-4150
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 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 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas this weekend . . . this is the same tire combination that teams in these two series ran at Kansas last season . . . this tire set-up is run at just one other NASCAR track -- California Speedway . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Petty says merger neogiations still ongoing: Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Richard Petty says that negotiations on the team’s proposed merger with Yates Racing are continuing, and he still expects the deal to be completed. RPM and Yates officials announced Sept. 10 that they planned to merge. At the time, Petty said he thought the deal would close within a few weeks. “It’s still in negotiations, and so far they ain’t signed nothing,” Petty said Wednesday following a news conference to promote the upcoming races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “I feel like if it went this far, we are going to go forward with it.”(SceneDaily)(10-1-2009)
Kahne using R5 Engine at Kansas...and beyond? UPDATE: #9-Kasey Kahne, Teleconference Transcript (in part) from September 29, 2009:
Q: What engine will you run this weekend at Kansas?
Kahne: I'm using the R5 again this weekend, the same as what we had last week.
Q: Do you anticipate going back to the R6?
Kahne: I think it will be all about reliability. If they think they can get it back where it's really reliable like the R5, then I would think we would probably go back to it. What I told them was that we have some points to make up and if we have anymore issues where we fall outside of the top 35, we're screwed…we have no chance. The very little power that you gain with the R6, it's not nearly enough power for me to say let's take a chance. We definitely want it to be reliable. Maybe we're down a couple horsepower, but that's it. At the end of the day it's not a big deal.(Dodge Motorsports NASCAR PR )(9-30-2009)
UPDATE: Kahne will be using the old R5 Dodge engine this weekend for the second consecutive race, and Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Richard Petty said time will tell if he gets an R6 back in the car. Teammate #19-Elliott Sadler will have a developmental R6 in his car at Kansas. “Until it proves its reliability, we feel like it’s already got us behind, so we don’t want to take that chance,” Petty said.(SceneDaily)(10-1-2009)
More on Kevin Hamlin's Cup debut: Kevin Hamlin will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in the Front Row Motorsports #37 Long John Silver’s Dodge. Bob Jenkins, owner of the Front Row Motorsports entry, has given the thirty year old driver his first opportunity to compete in motorsport’s top series for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400. The #37 Dodge Avenger is currently in 45th in owner points. Hamlin must qualify the Long John Silver’s Dodge in on time to make the race. “For Mr. Jenkins to give me this opportunity is a dream come true. Front Row Motorsports has made huge strides this year with the dedication that Jerry Freeze and the entire Front Row team has put towards it, and hopefully we can get the car in the show. I look forward to working with Peter (Sospenzo) and appreciate the confidence he has in me. I like Kansas, it’s where I got my first truck start in 2005,” noted Hamlin. He has two previous starts at Kansas Speedway, both in 2005, in the Craftsman Truck Series and the Nationwide Series.
Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo is looking forward to working with Hamlin at Kansas and California, “We're real excited about Kevin being in the car for Kansas and California. We have to qualify in to race, but Kevin can do it. He has experience in a truck and Nationwide car at Kansas, and his experience testing in the Cup car will really be beneficial for his first time in a Cup race. Kevin's a young guy with a lot of enthusiasm and he has a great attitude." Hamlin is no stranger to Front Row Motorsports, he can be found during most Sprint Cup races spotting for FRM’s John Andretti. Hamlin has also practiced and qualified the team’s Nationwide Series entry driven by Tony Raines on non-companion race weekends when Raines had conflicts traveling between a Sprint Cup and Nationwide track. During the week Hamlin is a test driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, putting in laps on various tracks and straight line testing for the team’s Sprint Cup program. Hamlin was heavily involved in testing during the development of the Car of Tomorrow.(Rising Star Management)(9-30-2009)
Martin brings 'hot' car to Kansas: #5-Mark Martin's crew chief Alan Gustafson, has chosen Chassis No. 5-527 for this Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. This is the same chassis Martin drove to Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway in May and Chicagoland Speedway in July. Martin most recently raced the car to a fifth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.(HMS)(9-30-2009)
See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.