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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Digital Ally 400

The Monster Energy Series 2019 Top 16 at Kansas Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kyle Busch

22

0

1

6

10

4

16.3

91.1

2

Joey Logano

19

2

2

7

8

3

17.6

88.6

3

Kevin Harvick

26

4

3

8

14

1

9.7

108.6

4

Denny Hamlin

21

0

1

6

7

2

15.7

87.1

5

Martin Truex Jr

21

2

2

8

9

1

14.0

100.1

6

Brad Keselowski

18

1

1

3

9

1

12.8

91.0

7

Chase Elliott

6

0

1

2

3

0

14.3

90.3

8

Kurt Busch

26

1

0

3

9

2

16.1

87.6

9

Ryan Blaney

8

1

0

3

5

1

13.0

98.7

10

Clint Bowyer

21

0

0

2

6

2

16.6

79.0

11

Aric Almirola

14

0

0

0

6

3

19.1

77.0

12

Daniel Suarez

4

0

0

0

1

1

23.8

65.1

13

Alex Bowman

7

0

0

0

2

1

25.0

57.7

14

Ryan Newman

26

0

1

3

7

6

18.5

73.4

15

Kyle Larson

10

0

0

3

4

2

17.5

93.3

16

Erik Jones

5

0

0

1

2

1

21.6

79.4

* – Based on last 22 races at Kansas Speedway (2005 – 2018).

 Kansas Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for Kansas Speedway was held on May 25, 1999.
  • The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA Menards Series race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Hendrick Motorsport’s Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet).
  • During the 2012 season, between the April and October events, the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave, adding variable banking in the corners.
  • There have been 26 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.

Starts

  • A total of 136 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 108 drivers have competed in more than one.
  • Three drivers have started all 26 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway – Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman.
  • Four drivers all-time have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway: Erik Jones (5/09/2015), Ryan Blaney (5/10/2014), Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005).
  • Jason Leffler (three starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 3.500.
  • Joey Logano (19 starts) leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas with a 9.632.  

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Average Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Average Start

Starts

1

Jason Leffler

3.500

3

1

Joey Logano

9.632

19

2

Joey Logano

9.632

19

2

Daniel Suarez

10.500

4

3

Daniel Suarez

10.500

4

3

Martin Truex Jr

10.524

21

4

Martin Truex Jr

10.524

21

4

Brad Keselowski

11.222

18

5

Brad Keselowski

11.222

18

5

Denny Hamlin

12.143

21

6

Brian Vickers

11.818

12

6

Ryan Blaney

12.500

8

7

Denny Hamlin

12.143

21

7

Kyle Busch

12.636

22

8

Ryan Blaney

12.500

8

8

Chase Elliott

13.333

6

9

Kyle Busch

12.636

22

9

Erik Jones

13.600

5

10

Bill Elliott

12.714

7

10

Kevin Harvick

13.808

26

Poles

  • A total of 15 different drivers have won Busch Pole Awards at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; seven of the 15 are active this weekend.

Monster Energy Series

Kansas Pole Winners

Active Pole Winners

Poles

Kevin Harvick

4

Jimmie Johnson

3

Joey Logano

2

Martin Truex Jr

2

Brad Keselowski

1

Kurt Busch

1

Ryan Blaney

1

  • Kevin Harvick leads the Monster Energy Series in poles at Kansas Speedway with four (fall 2013, 2014 sweep and spring 2018).
  • Jason Leffler won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph (Dodge) driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Jason Leffler (2001) and Ryan Blaney (2017) are the only drivers to post their first-career Monster Energy Series pole at Kansas.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2007-2008) and Kevin Harvick (three-straight: fall of 2013-2014 sweep) are the only two drivers to win consecutive Busch poles at Kansas Speedway.
  • Youngest Kansas pole winner: Ryan Blaney (May 13, 2017 – 23 years, 2 months, 43 days).
  • Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (October 4, 2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
  • Four manufacturers have won Busch Pole Awards at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy Series; led by Chevrolet with 10; followed by Ford (eight), Toyota and Dodge (four each). 

Wins

  • A total of 15 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, nine of the 15 are active this weekend.

Monster Energy Series

Kansas Race Winners

Active Race Winners

Wins

Jimmie Johnson

3

Kevin Harvick

3

Joey Logano

2

Martin Truex Jr

2

Brad Keselowski

1

Chase Elliott

1

Denny Hamlin

1

Kyle Busch

1

Ryan Newman

1

  • Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with three victories each – Gordon (2001, 2002, 2014), Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018) and Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on September 30, 2001. Gordon won the first two series races at Kansas (2001, 2002).
  • Youngest series Kansas winner: Joey Logano (October 5, 2014 – 24 years, 4 months, 11 days).
  • Oldest series Kansas winner: Mark Martin (October 9, 2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).
  • Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. are the only three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway:

o   Jeff Gordon (2001 and 2002) – the first two series events at Kansas

o   Matt Kenseth (fall 2012, spring 2013) 

o   Martin Truex Jr. (2017 sweep) 

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon is the only series driver to win at Kansas in his first appearance (2001). 
  • No Monster Energy Series drivers have won their first career race at Kansas Speedway.
  • A total of six of the 26 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Busch Pole Award; the most proficient starting spot in the field: Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013), Kevin Harvick (Playoffs 2013), Martin Truex Jr. (Playoffs 2017), Kevin Harvick (spring 2018). 

Monster Energy Series Wins by Starting Positions at Kansas Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

6

23.08%

11

2

7.69%

2

1

3.85%

12

1

3.85%

3

1

3.85%

13

2

7.69%

4

2

7.69%

14

1

3.85%

5

2

7.69%

19

3

11.54%

6

1

3.85%

21

1

3.85%

7

1

3.85%

25

1

3.85%

10

1

3.85%

 

 

 

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the First Starting Position:

23.08%

6

Winning from the Front Row:

26.92%

7

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

46.15%

12

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

57.69%

15

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

7.69%

2

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway is 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (17), Kyle Busch (16) and Kevin Harvick (15) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.

Monster Energy Series

Organization Wins at Kansas

Organizations

Wins

Hendrick Motorsports

7

Joe Gibbs Racing

4

Team Penske

4

Roush Fenway Racing

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

3

Furniture Row Racing

2

MB2 Motorsports

1

Richard Childress Racing

1

  • Kurt Busch leads the series with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 26.
  • A total of eight different organizations have won in the Monster Energy Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with seven: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014), Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015) and Chase Elliott (Playoffs 2018)
  • Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy Series; led by Chevrolet with 12 victories, Ford with seven, Toyota has five and Dodge has two.

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 18 different drivers have finished runner-up at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy Series.
  • Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. lead the Monster Energy Series in runner-up finishes at Kansas with three second-place finishes each.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Kevin Harvick

3

1

Kevin Harvick

3

2

Martin Truex Jr

3

2

Martin Truex Jr

3

3

Carl Edwards

2

3

Kurt Busch

2

4

Kasey Kahne

2

4

Ryan Newman

2

5

Kurt Busch

2

5

Brad Keselowski

1

 

Ryan Newman

2

 

Clint Bowyer

1

 

Denny Hamlin

1

 

Jimmie Johnson

1

 

Kyle Busch

1

 

Kyle Larson

1

  • A total of 34 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Kanas Speedway in the Monster Energy Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11 top fives.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy Series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with nine top fives.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Jeff Gordon

11

1

Jimmie Johnson

9

2

Jimmie Johnson

9

2

Kevin Harvick

8

3

Kevin Harvick

8

3

Martin Truex Jr

8

4

Martin Truex Jr

8

4

Joey Logano

7

5

Carl Edwards

7

5

Denny Hamlin

6

 

Greg Biffle

7

 

Kyle Busch

6

Joey Logano

7

 

 

Matt Kenseth

7

 

  • A total of 52 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have posted top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 17 top 10s.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Jimmie Johnson

17

1

Jimmie Johnson

17

2

Jeff Gordon

14

2

Kevin Harvick

14

3

Kevin Harvick

14

3

Kyle Busch

10

4

Carl Edwards

13

4

Brad Keselowski

9

Matt Kenseth

13

 

Kurt Busch

9

 

Martin Truex Jr

9

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace (five starts) leads the series in average finish at Kansas Speedway with an 8.200.
  • Kevin Harvick (26 starts) leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position with a 9.692.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Average Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Average Finish

Start

1

Rusty Wallace

8.200

5

1

Kevin Harvick

9.692

26

2

Ricky Rudd

8.800

5

2

Jimmie Johnson

10.520

25

3

Kevin Harvick

9.692

26

3

Brad Keselowski

12.778

18

4

Jeff Gordon

9.950

20

4

Ryan Blaney

13.000

8

5

Brendan Gaughan

10.000

1

5

Martin Truex Jr

14.000

21

6

Carl Edwards

10.158

19

6

Chase Elliott

14.333

6

7

Jimmie Johnson

10.520

25

7

Denny Hamlin

15.714

21

8

Greg Biffle

12.714

21

8

Kurt Busch

16.115

26

9

Brad Keselowski

12.778

18

9

Kyle Busch

16.318

22

10

Ryan Blaney

13.000

8

10

Clint Bowyer

16.571

21

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy Series at Kansas Speedway is 0.081 second. The race was held on October 10, 2004 – the inaugural series event – Joe Nemechek beat Ricky Rudd.  
  • Below you find the top five closest margins of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993:

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.081

Joe Nemechek

Ricky Rudd

10/10/2004

0.112

Jeff Gordon

Kevin Harvick

5/10/2014

0.150

Matt Kenseth

Kasey Kahne

4/21/2013

0.280

Jimmie Johnson

Carl Edwards

9/28/2008

0.390

Kevin Harvick

Martin Truex Jr.

5/12/2018


  • In the 26 Monster Energy Series races at Kansas Speedway, only two have resulted in NASCAR Overtime:

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

Overtime Laps

Race Winners

Date

267

269

2

Joey Logano

10/18/2015

267

272

5

Jimmie Johnson

10/9/2011


  • Only one of the 26 Monster Energy Series races at Kansas Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

Fewer Laps

Race Winner

Date

267

210

-57

Greg Biffle

9/30/2007


  • Of the 26 Monster Energy Series races held at Kansas Speedway, only the Sept. 30, 2007 event has ended under caution – weather – Greg Biffle won the event.
  • Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway. 
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kansas race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions. 
  • A total of 67 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the Monster Energy Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 774 laps led in 25 starts.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in the series in laps led with 751 in 26 starts.

Top 10 in Laps Led at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Matt Kenseth

774

6324

12%

1

Kevin Harvick

751

6781

11%

2

Kevin Harvick

751

6781

11%

2

Martin Truex Jr

726

5451

13%

3

Martin Truex Jr

726

5451

13%

3

Jimmie Johnson

601

6504

9%

4

Jimmie Johnson

601

6504

9%

4

Joey Logano

400

4811

8%

5

Joey Logano

400

4811

8%

5

Kyle Busch

327

5326

6%

6

Greg Biffle

346

5319

7%

6

Kurt Busch

263

6541

4%

7

Kyle Busch

327

5326

6%

7

Brad Keselowski

203

4690

4%

8

Kurt Busch

263

6541

4%

8

Ryan Blaney

154

2114

7%

9

Jeff Gordon

218

5250

4%

9

Ryan Newman

128

6392

2%

10

Mark Martin

212

4188

5%

10

Kyle Larson

104

2457

4%

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the series:

 

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

22

38

10/22/2017

Danica Patrick

24

36

5/13/2017

Danica Patrick

19

18

10/16/2016

Danica Patrick

23

20

5/7/2016

Danica Patrick

29

22

10/18/2015

Danica Patrick

27

27

5/9/2015

Danica Patrick

29

16

10/5/2014

Danica Patrick

9

7

5/10/2014

Danica Patrick

29

43

10/6/2013

Danica Patrick

25

25

4/21/2013

Danica Patrick

40

32

10/21/2012

Averages

25.1

25.8

 

  • Danica Patrick’s seventh-place finish (2014) at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the third-highest finish by a female driver in series history. Patrick’s series career-best finish is sixth (Atlanta).
  • The best finish by a female driver in the Monster Energy Series is Sarah Christian’s fifth-place finish (Heidelberg) in 1949. 

NASCAR in Kansas

  • There has been a total of 67 NASCAR national series races among two tracks held in the state of Kansas.

Tracks in Kansas

Track Name

City

Monster Energy

Xfinity

Gander Outdoors

Total Races

First Year

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City

26

18

18

62

2001

Heartland Park Topeka

Topeka

0

0

5

5

1995

Totals

26

18

23

67

  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Kansas was on July 29, 1995 at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. The event was a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race and it was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. (Chevrolet) driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Kansas Drivers In NASCAR

  • A total of 17 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.
  • Of the 17 Kansas drivers, only two of them have won a NASCAR national series race; both have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Drivers From  Kansas

Rank

Driver

Monster Energy

Xfinity

Gander Outdoors

Combined

1

Clint Bowyer

10

8

3

21

2

Jim Roper

1

0

0

1

Totals

11

8

3

22