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NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts Race No. 7: Kansas Speedway

  • The 2020 season marks the first time Kansas Speedway has hosted the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and the first race of the Round of 8.
  • Since the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff inception in 2004, Kansas Speedway has occupied five different positions on the Playoff schedule:

    • From 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Kansas hosted the fourth race in the Playoffs,
    • From 2006-2010 Kansas hosted the third race in the Playoffs,
    • From 2015 to 2016 Kansas hosted the fifth race of the postseason and
    • From 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Kansas hosted the sixth race of the Playoffs.

  • Kansas Speedway is the fourth different track to host the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs; joining Atlanta Motor Speedway (2004-2008), Talladega Superspeedway (2009-2010) and Martinsville Speedway (2011-2019).

NASCAR Cup Series
Kansas Playoff Race Winners
Race Winners Wins
Greg Biffle 2
Jimmie Johnson 2
Joey Logano 2
Kevin Harvick 2
Tony Stewart 2
Chase Elliott 1
Denny Hamlin 1
Joe Nemechek 1
Mark Martin 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Matt Kenseth 1

  • A total of 11 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Kansas Speedway:
  • Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011), Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016), Joey Logano (2014, 2015), Greg Biffle (2007, 2010) and Tony Stewart (2006, 2009) lead the series in Playoff wins at Kansas Speedway with two each.
  • Twice the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway has gone on to win the title that same season:

    • In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won the Kansas Playoff race from the pole, leading 124 laps, and then went on to win his third consecutive series title later that season. Kansas was the third race of the Playoffs in 2008.
    • In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won the Kansas Playoff race from the pole, leading 91 laps, and then went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season. Kansas was the sixth race of the Playoffs in 2017.

  • Three non-Playoff drivers have won a Playoff race at Kansas Speedway:

    • Joe Nemechek (2004) was ranked 21st in the points at the time of the win.
    • Tony Stewart (2006) was 11th in points at the time of the win.
    • Greg Biffle (2007) was 14th in the points at the time of the win.

  • The worst finish in a Playoff race at Kansas Speedway by a driver that went on to win the title later that same season was 15th by Tony Stewart in 2011. Last season’s champion, Kyle Busch, finished third in the Kansas Playoff race.

NASCAR Cup Series
Playoff Race No. 7 Winners
Race Winners Wins
Jimmie Johnson 4
Carl Edwards 2
Jeff Gordon 2
Tony Stewart 2
Clint Bowyer 1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 1
Jamie McMurray 1
Joey Logano 1
Kyle Busch 1
Martin Truex Jr 1

  • A total of 10 different drivers have won the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, led by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Jimmie Johnson with four victories (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2016).
  • Four times the winner of the seventh NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race has gone on to win the title later that same season:

    • In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the sixth starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship.
    • In 2011, Tony Stewart won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville Speedway, and went on to win his third NASCAR Cup Series championship.
    • In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Martinsville Speedway, and went on to win his record tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.
    • In 2018, Joey Logano won from the 10th starting position at Martinsville Speedway, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship.

  • Three non-Playoff drivers have won the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:

    • In 2006, Tony Stewart won the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he was 11th in points at the time of the win.
    • In 2009, Jamie McMurray won the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway, he was ranked 22nd in the points at the time of the win.
    • In 2010, Clint Bowyer won the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway, he was 12th in the points at the time of the win.

  • The worst finish by a driver in the seventh NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race that later went on to win the title that same season was a 42nd-place finish by Kurt Busch in 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The finish was due to engine failure.

NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 8 in the Playoff Standings at Kansas Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kevin Harvick 29 5 3 9 16 1 9.6 108.6
2 Denny Hamlin 24 0 3 8 9 2 14.5 90.4
3 Brad Keselowski 21 1 2 5 11 1 12.0 92.8
4 Chase Elliott 9 0 1 4 5 0 11.6 95.2
5 Joey Logano 22 2 2 7 8 4 18.2 87.4
6 Martin Truex Jr 24 2 2 9 11 1 13.4 100.7
7 Alex Bowman 10 0 0 1 4 1 19.6 69.8
8 Kurt Busch 29 1 0 4 12 2 15.1 88.6

* – Based on last 24 races at Kansas Speedway (2005 – 2020).

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 an ARCA Menards Series West race on the same day – June 2.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was on Sept. 30, 2001. The race was won by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer 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 (17 to 20 degrees).
  • There have been 29 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.

STARTS

  • A total of 150 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 115 drivers have competed in more than one.
  • Three drivers have started all 29 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 NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway:

    • Erik Jones (May 9, 2015)
    • Ryan Blaney (May 10, 2014)
    • Austin Dillon (October 9, 2011)
    • Denny Hamlin (October 9, 2005)

  • Jason Leffler (three starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 3.500.
  • Brad Keselowski (21 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas with a 10.333.

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Start Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Start Races
1 Jason Leffler 3.500 3 1 Brad Keselowski 10.333 21
2 Daniel Hemric 9.000 2 2 Ryan Blaney 10.909 11
3 Brad Keselowski 10.333 21 3 Joey Logano 11.091 22
4 Ryan Blaney 10.909 11 4 Martin Truex Jr 11.167 24
5 Joey Logano 11.091 22 5 Denny Hamlin 12.458 24
6 Martin Truex Jr 11.167 24 6 Kyle Busch 12.480 25
7 Brian Vickers 11.818 12 7 Matt Kenseth 13.577 26
8 Denny Hamlin 12.458 24 8 Kevin Harvick 13.828 29
9 Kyle Busch 12.480 25 9 Ryan Newman 13.897 29
10 Bill Elliott 12.714 7 10 Erik Jones 14.375 8

POLES

  • A total of 16 different drivers have won the pole at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; eight of the 16 are active this weekend.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Kansas Speedway with five poles (fall 2013, 2014 sweep, spring 2018 and spring 2019).
  • Jason Leffler won the inaugural pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph (Dodge) driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Jason Leffler (2001), Ryan Blaney (2017) and Daniel Hemric (2019) are the only three drivers to post their first-career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2007-2008) and Kevin Harvick (three-straight: fall of 2013-2014 sweep) are the only two drivers to win consecutive poles at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Youngest series Kansas pole winner: Ryan Blaney (May 13, 2017 – 23 years, 2 months, 43 days).
  • Oldest series Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (October 4, 2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
  • A total of 12 different organizations have won a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Team Penske (2011, 2012, 2015 sweep and 2018) and Hendrick Motorsports (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) lead the series in poles at Kansas Speedway with five each.
  • Four manufacturers have won poles at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 11 poles; followed by Ford (nine), Toyota and Dodge have four each.

WINS

  • A total of 15 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, 10 of the 15 are active this weekend.
  • Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002, 2014), Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015) and Denny Hamlin (2012, 2019, 2020) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with three victories each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won the first 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: Chase Elliott (October 21, 2018 – 22 years, 10 months, 23 days).
  • Oldest series Kansas winner: Mark Martin (October 9, 2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).
  • Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin are the only four NASCAR Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway:

    • Jeff Gordon (2001 and 2002) – the first two series events at Kansas, Matt Kenseth (fall 2012, spring 2013), Martin Truex Jr. (2017 sweep), Denny Hamlin (2019 Playoff race and 2020)

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon is the only series driver to win at Kansas in his first appearance (2001).
  • No NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first career race at Kansas Speedway.
  • A total of six of the 29 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway (20.69%) have been won from the pole or first starting position; 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).

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway is 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Kansas Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 6 20.69% 11 2 6.90%
2 1 3.45% 12 1 3.45%
3 1 3.45% 13 2 6.90%
4 3 10.34% 14 1 3.45%
5 2 6.90% 19 3 10.34%
6 1 3.45% 21 1 3.45%
7 1 3.45% 23 1 3.45%
10 2 6.90% 25 1 3.45%

  • Kurt Busch leads the series with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 29; followed by Clint Bowyer with 24.
  • A total of eight different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with seven victories:

    • Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014),
    • Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015)
    • Chase Elliott (Playoffs 2018).

  • Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 12 victories, Ford with eight, Toyota has seven and Dodge has two.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 20 different drivers have finished runner-up at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Kevin Harvick (2014, 2015, 2016) and Martin Truex Jr. (2012, spring 2018 and Playoff race 2018) lead the NASCAR Cup 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 Brad Keselowski 2 3 Brad Keselowski 2
Carl Edwards 2 Kurt Busch 2
Kasey Kahne 2 Ryan Newman 2
Kurt Busch 2
Ryan Newman 2

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 36 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Kanas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11 top fives.
  • Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. lead all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with nine top fives each.

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 Kevin Harvick 9
Kevin Harvick 9 Martin Truex Jr 9
Martin Truex Jr 9 4 Denny Hamlin 8
5 Denny Hamlin 8 5 Joey Logano 7
Kyle Busch 7
Matt Kenseth 7

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 55 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 19 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 19 1 Jimmie Johnson 19
2 Kevin Harvick 16 2 Kevin Harvick 16
3 Jeff Gordon 14 3 Matt Kenseth 13
4 Carl Edwards 13 4 Kurt Busch 12
Matt Kenseth 13 5 Brad Keselowski 11
Kyle Busch 11
Martin Truex Jr 11

Average Finish:

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace (five starts) leads the series in average finish at Kansas Speedway with an 8.200.
  • Kevin Harvick (29 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position with a 9.586.

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Finish Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Finish Races
1 Rusty Wallace 8.200 5 1 Kevin Harvick 9.586 29
2 Ricky Rudd 8.800 5 2 Tyler Reddick 11.000 2
3 Kevin Harvick 9.586 29 3 Jimmie Johnson 11.107 28
4 Jeff Gordon 9.950 20 4 Chase Elliott 11.556 9
5 Brendan Gaughan 10.000 2 5 Brad Keselowski 12.000 21
6 Carl Edwards 10.158 19 6 Martin Truex Jr 13.417 24
7 Tyler Reddick 11.000 2 7 Denny Hamlin 14.500 24
8 Jimmie Johnson 11.107 28 8 Matt Kenseth 15.038 26
9 Chase Elliott 11.556 9 9 Kurt Busch 15.138 29
10 Brad Keselowski 12.000 21 10 Erik Jones 15.375 8

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 74 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway; 58 of the 74 have led multiple laps.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 864 laps led in 29 starts.
  • The most laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway was 197 of the 272 scheduled laps (72.4%) by Jimmie Johnson on October 9, 2011 – he started the race from the 19th position.
  • The most laps led by a driver that did not win the race in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was 173 laps of the 267 scheduled laps (64.7%) by Martin Truex Jr. on April 22, 2012 – he started sixth and ultimately finished runner-up.
  • The fewest laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway was five of the 267 scheduled laps (1.8%) by Tony Stewart on October 1, 2006 – he started the race from the 21st position.

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Kevin Harvick 29 864 7,596 11%
2 Martin Truex Jr 24 803 6,265 13%
3 Matt Kenseth 26 774 6,591 12%
4 Jimmie Johnson 28 601 7,252 8%
5 Joey Logano 22 431 5,534 8%
6 Kyle Busch 25 380 6,138 6%
7 Greg Biffle 21 346 5,319 7%
8 Denny Hamlin 24 284 6,276 5%
9 Kurt Busch 29 270 7,356 4%
10 Brad Keselowski 21 247 5,505 4%
Rank Active Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Kevin Harvick 29 864 7,596 11%
2 Martin Truex Jr 24 803 6,265 13%
3 Matt Kenseth 26 774 6,591 12%
4 Jimmie Johnson 28 601 7,252 8%
5 Joey Logano 22 431 5,534 8%
6 Kyle Busch 25 380 6,138 6%
7 Denny Hamlin 24 284 6,276 5%
8 Kurt Busch 29 270 7,356 4%
9 Brad Keselowski 21 247 5,505 4%
10 Ryan Blaney 11 171 2,921 6%

FEMALE COMPETITORS

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

Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Danica Patrick 22 38 Sunday, October 22, 2017
Danica Patrick 24 36 Saturday, May 13, 2017
Danica Patrick 19 18 Sunday, October 16, 2016
Danica Patrick 23 20 Saturday, May 7, 2016
Danica Patrick 29 22 Sunday, October 18, 2015
Danica Patrick 27 27 Saturday, May 9, 2015
Danica Patrick 29 16 Sunday, October 5, 2014
Danica Patrick 9 7 Saturday, May 10, 2014
Danica Patrick 29 43 Sunday, October 6, 2013
Danica Patrick 25 25 Sunday, April 21, 2013
Danica Patrick 40 32 Sunday, October 21, 2012
Averages 25.1 25.8

TRACK / EVENT 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.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway

Rank Margin of Victory Winner Runner-Up Date
1 0.081 Joe Nemechek Ricky Rudd Sunday, October 10, 2004
2 0.112 Jeff Gordon Kevin Harvick Saturday, May 10, 2014
3 0.125 Denny Hamlin Chase Elliott Sunday, October 20, 2019
4 0.150 Matt Kenseth Kasey Kahne Sunday, April 21, 2013
5 0.205 Brad Keselowski Alex Bowman Saturday, May 11, 2019

  • Of the 29 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, four have resulted in NASCAR Overtime:

Scheduled Laps Actual Laps Overtime Laps Race Winners Date
267 277 10 Denny Hamlin Sunday, October 20, 2019
267 271 4 Brad Keselowski Saturday, May 11, 2019
267 269 2 Joey Logano Sunday, October 18, 2015
267 272 5 Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 9, 2011

  • Only one of the 29 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:

Scheduled Laps Actual Laps Fewer Laps Race Winner Date
267 210 -57 Greg Biffle Sunday, September 30, 2007

  • Of the 29 NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series Kansas race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.
  • Last season’s Kansas NASCAR Cup Playoff race produced 26 green flag passes for the lead and 3,051 green flag passes.

NASCAR IN KANSAS

  • There has been a total of 77 NASCAR national series races among two tracks held in the state of Kansas.

Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Total Races Years
Kansas Speedway Kansas City 29 20 21 72 2001
Heartland Park Topeka Topeka 0 0 5 5 1995
Totals 29 20 26 77

  • 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.
  • 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 NASCAR Cup Series.

Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Clint Bowyer 10 8 3 21
Jim Roper 1 0 0 1
Totals 11 8 3 22

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