- Hamlin wins at Kansas: #11-Denny Hamlin won the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of the year, 1st at Kansas and his 19th career win. It is the first win for Toyota at Kansas. The win for car #11, is the 199th win, one ahead of the #43 car, which has 198 wins [Richard Petty won races in cars other than the #43].
#56-Truex Jr., who led the most laps, finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #17-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #29-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #99-Edwards and #18-Busch
Pole sitter, #22-Allmendinger, had engine problems anf finished 32nd, after leading 44 laps.
There were only 3 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps, a new record [was 5 and 23 laps]. The race speed average was 144.122mph, breaking the race record set by Greg Biffle in Oct 2010 of 138.077mph. There were 14 lead changes among 9 drivers.
The estimated attendence was 75,000, down from 80,000 in 2011.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Kansas Race Results page (pdf) and the official rundown on the Official Race Report. (4-23-2012)
- 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Kansas, race 8 of 36]
1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 312
2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 297, -15
3) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 295, -17
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 291, -21
5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 289, -23
6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 287, -25
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 275, -37
8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 265, -47
9) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 251, -61
10) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 249, -63
Chase wild card drivers:
11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win, 15th in points], 217, -95
12) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins, 11th in pts], 227, -85
(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(4-22-2012)
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
#83 stays in the top 35, #33 is still 36th and out, but drops further back in points, now 11 points out.
Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
29) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 126, +34
30) #34-Ragan/Front Row, 123, +33
31) #93-Kvapil/BK Racing, 122, +32
32) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 120, +30
33) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 111, +21
34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 109, +19
35) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 101, 11 ahead of 36th
these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
36) #33-TBA/Childress, 90, -11 from the top 35
37) #49-Yeley/Robinson. 73, -28
38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 69, -32
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-22-2012)
- New record, win 199 for car #11: #11-Denny Hamlin’s win in the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was car #11’s 199th win in the Sprint Cup Series. This win passes the #43 for all-time wins in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. Richard Petty, who drove the #43 for most of his 200 wins, actually won 192 races running the #43 and 8 in other car numbers [#41 & #42]. The car number in third is the car #3 with 97 wins. See the full list of car number wins and who won the first and last races for those car numbers on my Wins by Car Numbers.(4-22-2012)
- Race Fast Facts – Kansas Speedway:
#11-Denny Hamlin won the 2nd Annual STP 400, his 19th victory in 231 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
#56-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in eight races at Kansas Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2012.
#48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 12 races at Kansas Speedway.
#26-Josh Wise (39th) was the highest finishing rookie.
#16-Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 15 points over Martin Truex Jr.
- Kansas Notes-n-Nuggets:
" Denny Hamlin earned his 19th Cup Series victory in his 231st start and joins Tony Stewart as the second repeat winner of 2012.
" This is Denny Hamlin’s first victory at Kansas in his ninth start.
" Denny Hamlin is the ninth different driver to win in 13 races at Kansas.
" This is 199th win for car No. 11, most of all numbers after breaking a tie with #43.
" Joe Gibbs Racing earned its 95th Cup Series victory, second win of 2012 and second win at Kansas.
" This is Toyota’s first Kansas victory of second victory of 2012.
" Martin Truex Jr. (second) has top-10 finishes in the past five races, a career high. This is Truex’s best Kansas finish and puts him a career-best second in points.
" Martin Truex Jr. led 173 laps, the most of all drivers, but was passed by Hamlin for the final lead change with 31 laps to go. This is the ninth time in 13 Kansas races that the driver who led the most laps failed to win.
" Jimmie Johnson (third) scored his seventh consecutive top-10 finish at Kansas and fifth top-10 of 2012.
" Matt Kenseth (fourth) has top-five finishes in five races in 2012 including four of the past five.
" Greg Biffle (fifth) scored his fifth top-five finish of 2012 and seventh consecutive top-10 at Kansas.
" Kevin Harvick (sixth) has finished 11th or better in all but one of the eight races of 2012.
" Dale Earnhardt Jr. (seventh) has top-10 finishes in the past four races. This is only the second time he has finished in the top 10 in four consecutive races since moving to Hendrick Motorsports.
" Kasey Kahne (eighth) earned his second top-10 finish of 2012, both of which came in the past two races.
" The average speed of the race was 144.126 mph – a new track record.
" The three cautions for 18 laps was the fewest for a Cup race at Kansas.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(4-22-2012)
- Victory Junction asks Pattie Petty to take a back seat: If the planned Victory Junction Midwest becomes a reality, it likely will be without the help of Pattie Petty, the driving force who created the original NASCAR-themed camp in North Carolina for children with chronic diseases. The Victory Junction board of directors has informed Petty, wife of former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and daughter-in-law of Hall of Famer Richard Petty, that she will no longer be part of the day-to-day operations of the camp. The board has offered her emeritus status, but she is balking at serving in a purely ceremonial role. "They don’t want anything to do with me," said Pattie Petty, who has been living in Kansas City part time while raising funds for the camp in Wyandotte County. "They gave me not one reason. They said they wanted to make a change. & I’m not sure what I did wrong, but the word came back to me I was making irrational decisions. Two board members who wanted me to leave gave me an ultimatum & never go to the camp, not talk to anybody with the camp. & It was probably the most hurtful thing that’s ever happened to me in my life." John McKee, president of Victory Junction and who was hired by Pattie Petty, said he has been instructed by the board not to have any comment "because there is an ongoing employment negotiation."(see full story and more quotes at the Kansas City Star)….what the [blank]?(4-22-2012)
- Another spotter for Kahne: #5-Kasey Kahne is still searching for the best spotter for his Hendrick Motorsports program as he will use his third different spotter of the year when he starts the STP 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway and plans to work with a fourth sometime next month. Kahne replaced longtime spotter Kole Kahne (his cousin) with former #24-Jeff Gordon spotter Shannon McGlammery after the fifth race of the season. That tryout was designed for two races (Martinsville and Texas) and now Kahne will use Richard Childress Racing spotter Kevin Hamlin the next three weeks. "(Hamlin) is just spotting for a few weeks and someone else will spot after that," Kahne said Saturday at Kansas Speedway. "That’s kind of where we’re at right now."(Sporting News)(4-22-2012)
- Kansas Speedway patches hole in track: A small patch job was needed to repair the Kansas Speedway track, which will be repaved following Sunday’s STP 400. Loose asphalt was found, but not missing, at the exit of turn 1 Friday night. The hole, approximately five inches long, was patched with Polygem. Drivers all weekend have questioned the need for a repave at the 11-year-old track, but the asphalt problem was pretty strong evidence of the need for the repave. The piece of asphalt was displayed in the Speedway media center Saturday.(Topeka Capital Journal)(4-22-2012)
- Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #22-Allmendinger chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #29-Harvick took pit stall 8, the first pitstall in front of it.
#20-Logano, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Martin, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-22-2012)