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THE RACE: Price Chopper 400

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #29 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #3 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, October 3, 2010 in Kansas City, KS

  • Title Sponsor: Price Chopper

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN2 - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 4 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, October 6 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

  • This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio

    • motorracingnetwork.com

    • sirius.com

    • Co-Anchors: Barry Hall, Joe Moore

    • Garage/Pit Reporters: Winston Kelley, Steve Post, Woody Cain, Preston Root

    • Turn Announcers: Dave Moody, Mike Bagley, Jeff Striegle, Kyle Rickey, Alex Hayden


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, October 1, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, October 2, 12:30 - 1:15 pm, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 2, 1:50-2:50 pm/et, TV-ESPN2 delay 6:30pm/et


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 1, 12:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, October 1 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 9:30pm/et & 2:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Biffle wins at Kansas: #16-Greg Biffle won the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of 2010 last winning at Pocono, 7 races ago and the 16th win of his career. #48-Johnson finished second followed by #29-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #17-Kenseth, #98-Menard, #39-Newman and #43-Allmendinger. Pole sitter #9-Kahne finished 37th after losing a tire and hitting the wall.
    There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and 5 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 100,000, same as 2009.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Monday, October 4 at 2:00am/et; and SPEED, October 6 at 12:00pm/et.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(10-3-2010)

  • Kansas Races facts and Notes:
    • Greg Biffle won the Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. It was his 16th series victory in his 287th start and his second victory of 2010. He is the third different Chase driver to win in the three Chase races in 2010 and climbed from ninth to eighth in points. He led three times for 60 laps, including the final 29.
    • Biffle started fifth, making him the fourth Kansas winner in a row to start in the top 10. This was his second Kansas victory in his ninth race. He also won in 2007 and has finished third or better in the past four Kansas races. He's the only driver to score eight straight top-15 finishes at Kansas and has finished on the lead lap in the past eight Kansas races.
    • Tony Stewart led the most laps (76) for the 53rd time in his 421-race career
    • Three drivers have won half of the 63 Chase races, Johnson (19), Biffle (seven) and Edwards (six).
    • Biffle's victory was the 118th series win for Roush Fenway racing. It was the team's second win in 2010, both by Biffle, and the team's third win at Kansas, tied with Hendrick Motorsports for the most. It was also the second win of the season for Ford.
    • Four Chase drivers have yet to win in 2010: Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards.
    • Paul Menard finished eighth, the highest finish by a driver outside the Chase.
    • 127 points separate first-place Jimmie Johnson and 10th-place Tony Stewart; this is the smallest gap between first and 10th in points after Race No. 3 of the Chase.(ESPN)(10-5-2010)

  • Chase Drivers Finishing Position at Kansas:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 12th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 21st
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 13th
    6) #14-Tony Stewart, 4th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, WON
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 6th
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 18th
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 7th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 15th
    (10-3-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, his 16th victory in 287 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2010.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Kansas Speedway.
    #7-Kevin Conway (38th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #38-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 8 points over Denny Hamlin.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-3-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 29 of 36, Chase Race 3 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 5503
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin [6 wins], 5495, -8
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5473, -30
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 5450, -53
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5445, -58
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5433, -70
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5423, -80
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5418, -85
    9) #31-Jeff Burton, 5402, -101
    10) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 5376, -127
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5354, -149
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5251, -252
    (Bowyer without penalty 5401, -102)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-3-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 29 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick(X), 4166
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 3938, -228
    3) #18-Kyle Busch(X), 3888, -278
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 3877, -289
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3870, -296
    6) #31-Jeff Burton(X), 3792, -374
    7) #14-Tony Stewart(X), 3783, -383
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 3777, -389
    9) #2-Kurt Busch(X), 3750, -416
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth(X), 3700, -466
    11) #16-Greg Biffle(X), 3585, -581
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 3501, -665
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3479, -687
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer(X), 3472, -694
    15) #5-Mark Martin, 3346, -837
    16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3329, -820
    (X) = chase driver.(10-3-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Auto Club:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th, but their lead falls from 110 points to to 84 over the #38 team. 34) #71-Cassill-Labonte/TRG: 2075, +96
    35) #7-Conway/RGM, 2042, 63 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Blaney/Front Row: 1979, -63 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Carptenier/Latitude43: 1914, -128
    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.(10-3-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Kansas:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #47, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
    #5, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
    #13, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, transmission change
    #00, 52, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #00, 52, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, tail end
    #00, 155, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #9, 165, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #18, 166, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #83, 168, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #00, 168, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, tail end
    #7, 188, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #47, 239, Car/Truck pitting out of the assigned pit box, 1 lap
    #37, 255, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
    #37, 255, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-3-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #36-Yeley, 42nd
    Caution 2: #34-Kvapil, 33rd
    Caution 3: #6-Ragan, 16th
    Caution 4: #12-Keselowski, 23rd
    Caution 5: #33-Bowyer, 15th
    (10-3-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Kansas (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #64-Cassill, 33 laps run
    42nd: #36-Blaney, 49 laps
    41st: #09-Labonte, 58 laps
    40th: #46-McDowell, 60 laps
    39th: #71-Raines, 87 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #64 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(10-3-2010)

  • The Chase Is On: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Kansas: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Oct. 3, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 400 miles at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and ESPN will have a live telecast. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show airs at 12:00pm/et on ESPN2 with the race telecast on ESPN at 1:00pm/et. The race’s green flag is scheduled for 1:16 pm/et.
    Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
    NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.

  • Pit Stall Selections - Kansas: The selections of pit stalls for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #9-Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #98-Menard took pit stall 8, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #24-Gordon, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, the first stall with an opening in back of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 8th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-2-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 3, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et on ESPN2; green flag approx 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 4 at 2:00am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 6 at 12:00pm/et

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing 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 new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and 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)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Happy Hour practice: for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
    #5-Martin 171.027
    #48-Johnson 170.908
    #16-Biffle 170.837
    #20-Logano 170.800
    #24-Gordon 170.751
    slowest: #7-Conway 164.094 & #38-Blaney 166.384
    best 10 lap average speeds
    #24-Gordon 169.210
    #18-Busch 169.081
    #1-McMurray 168.988
    #29-Harvick 168.864
    #48-Johnson 168.860
    ESPN2 will carry same day delay coverge of Happy Hour after the Nationwide race, approx 6:30pm/et
    See fastest speeds, average speeds and laps run on the Kansas Practice Speeds & News Page.(10-2-2010)

  • Happy Hour results for for the Chase drivers at Kansas:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 19th fastest
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 14th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 12th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 24th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 7th
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 17th
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5th
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 3rd
    10) #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 13th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 9th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-2-2010)

  • Saturday's first practice: for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and more:
    #2-Busch 173.027
    #24-Gordon 172.817
    #17-Kenseth 172.778
    #00-Reutimann 172.629
    #16-Biffle 172.601
    slowest: #7-Conway 164.921 & #46-McDowell 166.128
    See fastest speeds, average speeds and laps run on the Kansas Practice Speeds & News Page.(10-2-2010)

  • Kahne wins pole at Kansas: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Pole for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 174.644mph for his 3rd pole of 2010 and 19th of his career. Kahne has won 5 races from the pole. #98-Menard will start 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #20-Logano, #16-Biffle, #39-Newman, #42-Montoya, #17-Kenseth, #2-Busch and #6-Ragan.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Elliott, #09-Labonte, #46-McDowell, #64-Cassill, #26-Carpentier, #13-Mears, #36-Yeley and #38-Blaney.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #87-Nemechek, #55-Bliss and #66-Leffler .
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Kansas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(10-1-2010)

  • Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Kansas:
    Only four of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 12th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 21st
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 19th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 9th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 24th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 31st
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 23rd
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 5th
    10) #14-Tony Stewart, 14th
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 8th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 27th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-1-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods with a lap of 30.920 seconds, 174.644 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 245 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2010.
    This is his second pole in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
    Paul Menard (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2010 and his second in four races at Kansas Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 15th in 29 races this season.
    Kevin Conway (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-1-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2010 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED at 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et & 2:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race 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 #77-Hornish Jr.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #7-Conway.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #87-Nemechek with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #55-Bliss.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(10-1-2010)

  • Friday practice: for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and more:
    #42-Montoya 174.984
    #39-Newman 174.921
    #48-Johnson 174.723
    #1-McMurray 174.436
    #98-Menard, 174.436
    slowest: #66-Leffler 167.874 & #47-Ambrose 167.874
    no speed: #5-Martin [fuel pressure problems, changed engines]
    notes: #47-Ambrose had engine issues and the team changed the engine, so qualifying will be for pit selection only.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds and laps run on the Kansas Practice Speeds & News Page.(10-1-2010)

  • Kansas practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 23rd fatsest overall
    #13-Casey Mears, 25th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 27th
    #38-Dave Blaney, 34th
    #64-Landon Cassill, 35th
    #36-J.J. Yeley, 36th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 37th
    #46-Michael McDowell, 39th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #26-Patrick Carpentier, 40th
    #55-Mike Bliss, 42nd
    #66-Jason Leffler, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Some Chassis selections for Kansas:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 McDonald’s team will bring chassis #1006 to Kansas this weekend. This chassis has been used three times this season capturing the pole position twice at Chicagoland and Darlington and has two top-five finishes of second and fifth. It was also used in August at Michigan where the #1 started 19th and finished 20th. McMurray has led 143 laps with this chassis.
    #2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led “Blue Deuce” team will be debuting their brand new “PRS-735” Dodge Charger at Kansas Speedway this weekend. “It’s a continuing process that we started entering the Chase of bringing the new cars to the track,” offered crew chief Steve Addington. “We’re committed to our total preparation for these Chase races and that means bringing the best Miller Lite Dodge Chargers that we can to each of these races. We know that Kurt is out there giving it 110 percent and if we can put capable cars under him, we’ll be in Victory Lane several more times before the end of the season.”
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-523 for Sunday's race at Kansas. This chassis has been used three times this season with a best finish of fourth at Auto Club Speedway in February. In June 2009, chassis 5-523 took the checkers at Michigan.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-668 last ran Indianapolis and finished 20th. Backup: RK-620 last ran Vegas and finished 23rd. Lenexa Feeders (SLIC 6629 FDR) has been selected as the UPS Maximum Center for this weekend’s race at Kansas. The Central Plans District center will have its number featured on David Ragan’s #6 UPS Ford Fusion.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload JGR 285 – a new car from the JGR stable this weekend at Kansas. JGR 270, a winner at Texas in April, will serve as the backup. The #11 FedEx Freight Camry will carry the letters KCM on the B-posts this weekend in recognition of the Kansas City, MO Service Center. The Kansas City center continues to demonstrate a strong commitment towards achieving FedEx initiatives. During the current fiscal year, Kansas City is one of only a few FedEx National service centers to achieve certain operational metrics which can qualify them the People Service Profit Compass Excellence Award for 2011.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-713 during Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski last drove this chassis to an 18th-place finish at Dover in May.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-515 a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, but it was essentially rebuilt since failing to qualify for the November 2008 race at Texas. Prior to Texas, Chassis No. 14-515 made two starts, with its debut coming in August at Michigan. There, Tony Raines qualified 30th and finished 31st. The car was then tested Sept. 9 at Kentucky in preparation for its next start at Kansas. Raines was again at the wheel, qualifying 25th and finishing 23rd. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte marked Chassis No. 14-515’s third career start, but first of 2009 and first with Stewart at the controls. The non-points race displayed a marked change for the car, as Stewart wheeled Chassis No. 14-515 to the car’s first victory as well as the first win of any kind for Stewart-Haas Racing. The car saw track time again June 1-2 when it participated in a Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis. Last year’s Brickyard 400 was the car’s first point-paying start of 2009, where it qualified seventh and led two laps before finishing third. It sat idle until getting a new body and a trip to the wind tunnel in preparation for its sixth career start this past May at Darlington where it started 24th and finishing 23rd. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-515 returned to the track at Pocono in August, winning the pole before leading two laps and finishing second. It last ran at Atlanta where in its third start of 2010 and the seventh of its career, it found victory lane.
    #16-Greg Biffle: crew chief Greg Erwin on Kansas: “We’re taking a brand new car to Kansas this weekend based on what we’ve learned at tests and races throughout this season."
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-698 was last run at Richmond and will carry the Crown Royal Black colors at Kansas.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 will be the third-ever start for No. 274. Its maiden voyage came at Indianapolis in July, where Busch started 23rd and brought home in an eighth-place finish. Most recently, Busch qualified third and finished a solid fifth earlier this month at Atlanta.
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 282 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the eam utilized in the season's second event at Michigan where Sadler drove to a ninth-place finish. This chassis was also run at Chicagoland and at the Las Vegas event.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevy is a completely brand new car which will see its first laps on the track during Friday's practice session.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis No. 323 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new #31 racer that will be put through its first paces in this weekend's Price Chopper 400.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 306 from the RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this #33 racer was put through its first paces at Michigan in June but contact with the wall in final practice forced the Shane Wilson-led crew to retire this Impala for the #33 team's back up. After cosmetic repair, this chassis made its competitive debut one month later at Chicagoland where Bowyer finished fourth after starting 15th.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the #42 Energizer team are bringing chassis #910 to Kansas this weekend. This chassis has been used three times in 2010 at both Pocono events and at Las Vegas. Montoya has started in the top-10 in all three events, including the outside pole at the Pocono event in August and has a best finish of seventh at the first Pocono event in June.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-599 this weekend at Kansas. Earnhardt notably drove this chassis to two top-10 finishes this year. He took seventh on June 13 at Michigan. In April, Earnhardt started ninth in this car at Texas and led 46 laps before finishing eighth.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 653 for this weekend's vent. This car was last utilized in the race at Pocono where Menard drove it to a 13th-place finish. It has also been run at Darlington and Las Vegas. Zecol will make its second appearance on the hood of the #98 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford this weekend. Zecol Products is a division of Twinco Romax and offers the most innovative automotive chemical line in the industry.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-1-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #71-Tony Raines
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(38/28)
    #13-Casey Mears (40/28)
    #21-Bill Elliott (1988 Champ)(45/9)
    #26-Patrick Carpentier (2009 race winner as owner)(37/28)
    #36-J.J. Yeley (39/28)
    #38-Dave Blaney (36/28)
    #46-Michael McDowell (42/28)
    #55-Mike Bliss (43/28)
    #64-Landon Cassill (46/16)
    #66-Jason Leffler (44/28)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/28)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,21,38,36,13,87,46
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 55,66,64
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List.(9-27/28-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th, but their lead falls from 110 points to to 84 over the #38 team. 34) #71-Cassill-Labonte/TRG: 2029, +120
    35) #7-Conway/RGM, 1993, 84 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Blaney/Front Row: 1909, -84 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Carptenier/Latitude43: 1827, -166
    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.(9-26-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Dover, race 28 of 36, Chase Race 2 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [6 wins], 5368
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 5333, -35
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5323, -45
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5309, -59
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5303, -65
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 5295, -73
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 5288, -80
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5285, -83
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 5228, -140
    10) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 5206, -162
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5203, -165
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5133, -235
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-26-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 28 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3996
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 3788, -208
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3778, -218
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 3722, -274
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3700, -296
    6) #31-Jeff Burton, 3678, -318
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3650, -346
    8) #2-Kurt Busch, 3626, -370
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 3613, -383
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3549, -447
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 3395, -601
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 3363, -633
    13) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3354, -642
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3344, -652
    15) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3253, -743
    16) #00-David Reutimann, 3190, -806
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-26-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Chase Drivers Average Finish at Kansas:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 19.0 finish in 5 races
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 10.3, 8, 1 win
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 24.3, 6
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 19.7, 9
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 15.9, 9
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 13.3, 6
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 18.6, 9
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8.9, 9, 2 wins
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 9.0, 8, 1 win
    10) #14-Tony Stewart, 13.2, 9, 2 wins
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 22.1, 9
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 11.0, 4
    (9-29-2010)

  • Chase stats going in to Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson's win at Dover catapulted him from 6th to 2nd in the 2010 Chase standings. It was Johnson's 19th win in 62 Chase races, a sizzling 31% rate. The next best win rate is #99-Carl Edwards, who has 6 wins in 42 Chase races.(Note only counting wins for drivers in the years they were in the Chase field). #16-Greg Biffle (-140), #14-Tony Stewart (-162), #17-Matt Kenseth (-165) and #33-Clint Bowyer (-235) are all in trouble early in the Chase. Only Johnson has overcome a triple-digit deficit after two races to win the title. In 2006, Johnson was in eighth, down 136 points after Dover. He went on to win his first championship. See more stats after Dover on my Chase stats after Dover page and see Chase history, news and more on my 2010 Chase News and Rules page.(9-29-2010)

  • 2009 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 137.144mph, started 5th

  • 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

  • 2009 Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 175.758mph, finished 6th

  • 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

  • Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart

  • Most Poles: 3 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Top 5s: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 7 - 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: 26 - 10/4/2009

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/2002

  • Most Leaders: 14 - 10/4/2009

  • 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: 6, 10/4/2009

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 23 - 10/4/2009

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 9/28/2008

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 9/29/2002

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 6 - Chevy

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #20-Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006, started 21st

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 9]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 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: 4 of 9
  • Races won from the top 10: 6 of 9

  • PAST RACE WINNERS
    2009: #14-Tony Stewart, 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, 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 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 nine 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.
    · Seven different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson with three.
    · Seven different drivers have posted victories, led by Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart (each with two).
    · There have been seven different winners.
    · Six of the nine 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 race winner started was 21st, by Tony Stewart in 2006.
    · Points leader Denny Hamlin made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Kansas – a 32nd-place finish in 2005.
    · Two active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Greg Biffle (9.0) and Jeff Gordon (8.9).
    · Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (six) and top 10s (seven). Gordon’s only two non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006 and a 13th in 2004.
    · Seven of the eight races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.
    · There have been nine NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas, all at Kansas Speedway. The only other Kansas track to hold a NASCAR national series race was Heartland Park in Topeka, which hosted five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races from 1995-99.
    · 16 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

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #2-Kurt Busch Miller Lite / Operation Homefront none...yet
    #5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M / Sherwin Williams none...yet
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools - Susan G. Komen for the Cure #19 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army #39 Team Schemes Page
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger Insignia HDTV #43 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / John Manville #48 Team Schemes Page
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. NAPA All Out for the Cure #56 Team Schemes Page
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. AAA #77 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Menard's / Zecol #98 Team Schemes Page

  • Pink scheme for Sadler at Kansas: For the third consecutive year Stanley is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sadler's #19 Ford will carry the colors and logo of Susan G. Komen for the Cure this weekend at Kansas. Elliott Sadler on Kansas: "I'm really excited about this weekend's race. Kansas Speedway is a great track and I love to race there, but I'm equally as excited about our Susan G. Komen for the Cure paint scheme. My mom, who has always been my biggest fan, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, so this is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. You very rarely meet a person who hasn't been affected in some way, shape or form by cancer and I'm proud to be wearing pink and driving the pink Stanley/Susan G. Komen Ford Fusion this weekend in support of that organization. This paint scheme is another example of the wonderful organization that my sponsor, Stanley, supports."
    Since 2008, Stanley has donated over $265,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on one of a kind items worn by Richard Petty and Elliott Sadler during the Kansas race weekend. The items available will include a custom Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat made exclusively for Richard Petty and signed by The King himself. Elliott Sadler fans will have the chance to bid on his Kansas race-used uniform, including Sadler's Stanley - Susan G. Komen for the Cure firesuit. All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To learn more about breast health and breast cancer, visit http://komen.org.(RPM), see images of the scheme on my #19 Paint Scheme page.(10-1-2010)

  • Special scheme for Kurt Busch: Miller Lite is announced a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps troops in need. Miller Lite Racing, in its third year of supporting to the organization, is also encouraging consumers to donate and send thank-you postcards to military members. “Operation Homefront does an incredible job of driving awareness to the needs of military members and their families,” said Grant Leech, vice president of marketing for Miller Lite. “The men and women of our armed services, and their families, make incredible sacrifices every day. All of us at Miller Lite are proud to show our appreciation, and we hope everyone who enjoys the great taste of Miller Lite will also make a contribution to Operation Homefront.”
    Consumers can visit www.MillerLite.com/vets to make a donation and visit participating Miller Lite retailers to write thank-you postcards, which will then be sent to local Operation Homefront chapters. Additionally, the # 2 Miller Lite Dodge, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title contender Kurt Busch, will feature a special Operation Homefront paint scheme for each race between October 3 and November 7, including a full-car takeover for the November 7 Texas race. “The Operation Homefront paint scheme shows the racing world that Miller Lite is a strong supporter of the military,” said Busch. “And on a personal level, I’m proud to drive this car. I’m hoping to revisit Victory Lane several times in it, just as I did in Texas last year. And I hope all the fans of the Blue Deuce will chip in, too.”(Tom Roberts PR)(10-1-2010)

  • Sherwin Williams scheme for Biffle: This weekend at Kansas Speedway, the #16 Ford Fusion will feature a Sherwin Williams paint scheme. The car was actually painted with a more environmentally friendly paint by Sherwin Williams called AWX Waterborne Basecoat System which has the following advantages: Up to a 96% decrease in VOC emissions compared to solvent borne basecoats; Reduces hazardous waste generation; Eliminates flammability hazard associated with solvent borne coatings; Uses less material to cover more area.(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-1-2010)

  • Special schemes for Truex Jr. & NAPA: NAPA Auto Parts and driver Martin Truex Jr. are teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to honor breast cancer victims, survivors and supporters during this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. To kick off the campaign, Truex will drive the #56 NAPA All Out for the Cure Toyota to raise awareness of NAPA's efforts which consists of two special paint schemes and initiatives. NAPA Auto Parts is inviting fans to honor loved ones affected by breast cancer by placing their name on the NAPA Signature Toyota to raise funds. From now to Oct. 11, consumers can submit the names by making a minimum donation of $5.60 via the NAPA Know How Facebook page at www.facebook.com/napaknowhow. The NAPA Signature Toyota will race at the Nov. 7 AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (MWR), see images of the car on my #56 Team Schemes page.(9-29-2010)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Kelli Fuller, a Price Chopper contest winner
    Command to start engines: Kelli Fuller
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Steve Schulze, Pastor of Parsons Foursquare Church
    National Anthem: Betti O., Army veteran, Manhattan, KS?
    Military Flyover: T-38's, 3rd Fighter Training Squadron, Vance AFB

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Websites:
    Kansas Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide - Kansas Speedway

  • October 2009: see my Kansas Race Info page


  • Repaving and graduated banking in the furture for Kansas? Darren Cook, vice president of operations at Kansas Speedway, told RacinToday Tuesday that the surface of the 1.5-mile Kansas track has aged to the point where it is just a matter of time before it will need to be replaced and that that time is drawing near. And when it is replaced, Cook said, the current banking of 15 degrees in the corners, 10.4 degrees in the front stretch and five degrees in the back stretch will likely give way to the type of graduated banking that has been so successful at places like Homestead-Miami Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kansas Speedway was completed in time for the 2001 season of racing. The surface at the track was pronounced back then to be high tech and state of the art. Since then, it has hosted 10 seasons of Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Trucks, ARCA and Indy Racing League events. And it has also undergone something which few other tracks hosting major events have undergone – brutal Heartland weather conditions that aggressively attack asphalt surfaces. Cook said that the freeze-and-thaw cycle in the Heartland has issued a beating to the Kansas Speedway surface. He also said that low quality materials and a “less than ideal job” during construction may have contributed to a deterioration of joints in the asphalt. “We’d look at a variable-banking surface because it would create side-by-side racing quicker than waiting for a second groove to come in at a track that is not as banked. You could go up there high because you got greater banking than the guy below you. You got to create a reason to be up above.” Both Homestead and Las Vegas now top out at 20 degrees of banking in the turns. Speeds have gone up at those places and the racing has improved. Progressive banking could be accomplished without a massive re-excavation of the facility. That is a must, Cook said. Speedway officials would not want to institute a fix that would necessitate a reworked apron and infield on the bottom of the track and new walls – and big grandstand reconfigurations – at the top of the track. And, he said, the track will remain a 1.5-miler. Also tricky at Kansas will be the actual construction. In the track’s area of the country, work can stop for long periods in the winter months. Cook said studies will have to be done on which would be the best construction window – after the October race and hope it can be completed for the June race, or after the June race and hope to complete it by the October race. Cook said the talks have just begun on the matter and no timetable has been set for the repave. Construction is currently under way on the Hollywood Casino above Turn 2 of the track. Construction of the casino delayed construction of a planned infield road course at Kansas.(RacinToday)(10-6-2010)

  • Kansas Speedway to introduce tickets for individual races in 2011: Kansas Speedway is changing its ticket policy for 2011 and will allow fans to purchase tickets for each of the four races instead of requiring they buy season tickets. For the first time in the track’s 11-year history, the 2011 schedule will include two NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The 2011 schedule calls for the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series and Sprint Cup Series on June 4 and 5, and the Oct. 8 and 9 weekend will be include the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup. In previous years, fans were required to buy season tickets for all speedway events — the IndyCar Series, the Camping World Trucks Series, the NASCAR Nationwide and the Sprint Cup series. This season, fans had the option of buying weekend packages. Next season, the IndyCar Series will not return, and with two Sprint Cup race weekends, Kansas Speedway officials decided to make tickets for individual races or through a season ticket. Pat Warren, the president of Kansas Speedway said the starting price for the Sprint Cup race in June will be $59, and $64 in October because it’s a Chase for the Sprint Cup event. The Track Pass is for each of the two Sprint Cup races and enables season ticket holders to attend all of the pre-race activities that include concerts, driver introductions, it’s drivers’ appearances on the infield. This weekend, the Nationwide Series on Saturday attracted a crowd of about 70,000, and the Sprint Cup race drew an estimated 100,000 at Kansas Speedway, which seats 82,000 in addition to RVs that fill the infield and overlook the track.(Kansas City Star)(10-4-2010)

  • Kansas announces two race dates for 2011: Kansas Speedway and International Speedway Corporation announced that NASCAR has approved ISC’s request for realignment and beginning in 2011, Kansas Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will be held June 4-5 and the second event weekend will be the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Oct. 8-9.(Kansas Speedway)(8-10-2010)

  • Lights going up at Kansas: Kansas Speedway will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2011 with two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends — one in June, the other in October — and lights for the facility. The addition of lights was estimated in excess of $2 million when Kansas Speedway began requesting them, but much of the conduits and infrastructure for lights were installed when the $260 million track was built. When ISC did not approve the installation of lights, Kansas Speedway eventually moved those races to late April and early May in 2007. Now, with a Cup weekend in June and the casino in operation around the clock in 2011, the timing was right for lights at the track. “The lights are going up,” said Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren, “but whether we have a night race next year is still a question. The lights won’t be functioning this fall, but they’ll be completed by next spring.”(Kansas City Star)(8-9-2010)

  • Kansas Speedway Announces Hiring & Promotion: Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren announced today the hiring of Chris Schwartz as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales and the promotion of Darren Cook to Vice President of Operations. Schwartz will be responsible for all aspects of consumer marketing, ticketing, public relations, and corporate sales at Kansas Speedway. He has worked for Penske Racing, The Valvoline Company, Conseco, M3 Management and most recently he was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Cook has been with Kansas Speedway for eight years overseeing all aspects of facility operations. Prior to joining the Speedway, Cook was the Facilities Director at the University of Kansas for 19 years where he was responsible for the University’s athletic facilities, including Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium. Kansas Speedway tickets for Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010 events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE or going to www.kansasspeedway.com.(KS PR)(7-10-2010)

  • Groundbreaking for casino at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Entertainment, LLC, commenced construction of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway as Company representatives and local officials recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony at Turn 2, the track-side site of the new facility. Kansas Entertainment is a 50/50 joint venture of Penn Hollywood Kansas, Inc, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Inc.and Kansas Speedway Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation. The following company representatives and local officials participated in the groundbreaking ceremony:
    · Tim Wilmott, President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn National Gaming;
    · Troy Findley, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas;
    · William Falstad, Commissioner of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission;
    · Ed Van Petten, Kansas Lottery Executive Director;
    · Jeff Boerger, President of Kansas Speedway Development Corporation; and,
    · Joe Reardon, Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.
    The first phase of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway includes a state-of-the-art casino and is expected to open in early 2012 with 2,300 slot machines, 61 gaming tables and 25 poker tables on a 100,000 square-foot gaming floor. Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will also feature 28,000 square-feet of other amenities including restaurants, clubs and night-life attractions. The addition of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is estimated to bring nearly 440,000 tourists per year and created 1,050 full time positions; elevating the state to a first-class, year-round tourist destination.(Kansas Speedway)(5-3-2010)

  • Price Chopper, Kraft Foods Renew Sponsorship at Kansas: Kansas Speedway announced today that Price Chopper and Kraft Foods have renewed their sponsorship of the facility’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, scheduled for Oct. 3, 2010. Starting with the 2010 season, fans can purchase a weekend only ticket that includes the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods and the Kansas Lottery 300. Individual tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 and the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 are also available. Fans can also purchase a season ticket that includes all four races and the new Kansas Speedway Track Pass that will allow access to driver introductions and Sprint FanWalk prior to each Sunday race. To purchase Kansas Speedway tickets, call 866.460.RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Kansas Speedway continues to offer free parking and allows fans to bring in a 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and drink.(Kansas Speedway)(12-18-2009)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Track News/Rumors - Kansas Speedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side – 1,400; Right-side – 1,400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4382; Right-side -- D-4386

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Kansas this weekend will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4386), they will be running distinct left-side codes . . . the Sprint Cup Series' left-side code is D-4382 . . . teams in both series ran their same exact tire combination at California earlier this season (same right-side, distinct left-sides) . . . . they will also run the same tire codes at California again next weekend . . . this is the first time either of these two tire codes will be run at Kansas . . . compared to what was run at the track last year, this tire set-up features a construction change on both sides to enhance the cars' grip level, and a compound change on the right-side to help "rubber in" the track . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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.


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