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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AdventHealth 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, going into the AdventHealth 400 on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Kansas Speedway Data
Season Race #: 13 of 36 (05-15-22)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  2,685 feet
Backstretch Length:  2,207 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 Length: 80 laps
Stage 2 Length: 85 laps
Final Stage Length: 102 laps
Kansas Qualifying Record Data

Track Qualifying Record:

Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 197.773 mph, 27.304 secs., October 3, 2014

2021 Pole Winner:

Starting lineup was determined by Metric Qualifying. Brad Keselowski started from the first position.

Kansas Race Record Data

Track Race Record:

Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 152.057 mph (2:38:02); Oct. 21, 2018

2021 race winner:

Kyle Busch, Toyota, 129.647 mph, (03:05:21), May 2, 2021

Kansas Speedway Stats & Tidbits:

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 ARCA Menards Series West race on the same day – June 2.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race was on September 30, 2001. The event 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 (17-20 degrees).
  • There have been 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.

 STARTS

  • A total of 160 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 126 drivers have competed in more than one Cup Series race at Kansas.
  • Three drivers have started all 32 NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway – Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman.
  • Five drivers all-time have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway:
Drivers Start Finish Date
Matt Mills 39 38 Sunday, May 2, 2021
Erik Jones 12 40 Saturday, May 9, 2015
Ryan Blaney 21 27 Saturday, May 10, 2014
Austin Dillon 26 26 Sunday, October 9, 2011
Denny Hamlin 7 32 Sunday, October 9, 2005
  • Of the five drivers that have made their first career Cup start at Kansas, Austin Dillon posted the best finish in his series debut with a 26th-place result.
  • Jason Leffler leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 3.5 in three starts.
  • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas with a 10.227 in 22 starts.

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 9.542 24
2 Daniel Hemric 9.000 2 2 Ryan Blaney 9.857 14
3 Brad Keselowski 9.542 24 3 Martin Truex Jr 10.926 27
4 Ryan Blaney 9.857 14 4 Joey Logano 11.320 25
5 Martin Truex Jr 10.926 27 5 William Byron 11.750 8
6 Joey Logano 11.320 25 6 Denny Hamlin 12.296 27
7 William Byron 11.750 8 7 Kyle Busch 12.321 28
8 Brian Vickers 11.818 12 8 Kevin Harvick 13.125 32
9 Denny Hamlin 12.296 27 9 Chase Elliott 13.333 12
10 Kyle Busch 12.321 28 10 Daniel Suarez 14.000 6

POLES

  • A total of 16 different drivers have won the pole at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Six of the 16 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners are active this weekend.
Active Kansas Pole Winners (6) Poles Seasons
Kevin Harvick 5 2019, 2018, 2014 sweep, 2013
Joey Logano 2 2018, 2015
Martin Truex Jr 2 2017, 2016
Ryan Blaney 1 2017
Brad Keselowski 1 2015
Kurt Busch 1 2011
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Kansas Speedway with five (fall 2013, 2014 sweep, spring 2018, spring 2019).
  • Jason Leffler won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series 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 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.
  • 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).
  • Four manufacturers have won poles at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, led by Chevrolet with 11; followed by Ford (nine), Toyota and Dodge (four each).

WINS

  • A total of 16 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Kansas Speedway.
  • Eight of the 16 NASCAR Cup Series winners are active this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Active Kansas Race Winners (8) Wins Seasons
Denny Hamlin 3 2020, 2019, 2012
Joey Logano 3 2020, 2015, 2014
Kevin Harvick 3 2018, 2016, 2013
Kyle Busch 2 2021, 2016
Brad Keselowski 2 2019, 2011
Martin Truex Jr 2 2017 sweep
Kyle Larson 1 2021
Chase Elliott 1 2018
  • Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002, 2014), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015), Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018), Joey Logano (2014, 2015, 2020) 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 actually won the first two NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway (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).
  • 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.
  • Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002), Matt Kenseth (2012, 2013), Martin Truex Jr. (2017 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2019, 2020) are the four NASCAR Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway.
  • A total of 17 different starting positions on the grid have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field producing more winners (seven) than any other starting position on the grid: Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013), Kevin Harvick (Playoffs 2013), Martin Truex Jr. (Playoffs 2017), Kevin Harvick (spring 2018), Kyle Larson (Playoffs 2021).
  • A total of six of the 30 (20%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position; the most recent driver to accomplish the feat was Kevin Harvick (May 12, 2018).

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Kansas Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 7 21.9% 11 2 6.25%
2 2 6.3% 12 1 3.13%
3 1 3.1% 13 2 6.25%
4 3 9.4% 14 1 3.13%
5 2 6.3% 19 3 9.38%
6 1 3.1% 21 1 3.13%
7 1 3.1% 23 1 3.13%
9 1 3.1% 25 1 3.13%
10 2 6.3%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 21.9% 7
Winning from the Front Row: 28.1% 9
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 46.9% 15
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 62.5% 20
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 9.4% 3
  • 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.
  • Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers with the most starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 32; followed by Michael McDowell (21 starts), Aric Almirola (20) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (18).
  • A total of eight different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
Organizations Wins Seasons
Hendrick Motorsports 8 2021, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001
Joe Gibbs Racing 7 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2006
Team Penske 6 2020, 2019, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2003
RFK Racing 4 2012, 2010, 2007, 2005
Stewart-Haas Racing 3 2018, 2016, 2009
Furniture Row Racing 2 2017 sweep
Richard Childress Racing 1 2013
MB2 Motorsports 1 2004
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with eight victories among four drivers: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014), Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015), Chase Elliott (one: Playoffs 2018) and Kyle Larson (one: Playoffs 2021).
  • Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 13 victories, Ford with nine, Toyota has eight and Dodge has two.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 20 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with five second-place finishes (2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021).

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Kevin Harvick 5 1 Kevin Harvick 5
2 Martin Truex Jr 3 2 Martin Truex Jr 3
3 Brad Keselowski 2 3 Brad Keselowski 2
  Carl Edwards 2   Chase Elliott 2
Chase Elliott 2   Kurt Busch 2
  Kasey Kahne 2  
Kurt Busch 2  
  Ryan Newman 2  

Top Five Finishes:

  • A total of 37 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kanas Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 12 top fives.

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Kevin Harvick 12 1 Kevin Harvick 12
2 Jeff Gordon 11 2 Denny Hamlin 9
3 Denny Hamlin 9   Kyle Busch 9
  Jimmie Johnson 9   Martin Truex Jr 9
Kyle Busch 9 5 Joey Logano 8
  Martin Truex Jr 9  

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 56 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted top-10 finishes at Kansas.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 19 top 10s each.

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Jimmie Johnson 19 1 Kevin Harvick 19
2 Kevin Harvick 19 2 Martin Truex Jr 14
3 Jeff Gordon 14 3 Brad Keselowski 13
4 Martin Truex Jr 14 4 Kurt Busch 13
5 Brad Keselowski 13 5 Kyle Busch 13
  Carl Edwards 13  
Kurt Busch 13  
  Kyle Busch 13  
Matt Kenseth 13  

Average Finish

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace leads the series in average finish at Kansas Speedway with an 8.2 in five starts.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position with a 8.906 in 32 starts.

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 8.906 32
2 Ricky Rudd 8.800 5 2 Chase Elliott 9.750 12
3 Kevin Harvick 8.906 32 3 Brad Keselowski 11.500 24
4 Chase Elliott 9.750 12 4 Martin Truex Jr 12.741 27
5 Jeff Gordon 9.950 20 5 Denny Hamlin 14.074 27
6 Brendan Gaughan 10.000 2 6 Tyler Reddick 15.200 5
7 Carl Edwards 10.158 19 7 Kurt Busch 15.500 32
8 Brad Keselowski 11.500 24 8 Kyle Larson 15.500 14
9 Jimmie Johnson 11.793 29 9 Kyle Busch 15.607 28
10 Greg Biffle 12.714 21 10 Cole Custer 15.750 4

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 76 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 949 in 32 starts.

Top 15 Lap Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway

Rank All-Time Lap Leaders Races Laps Led Completed % Led
1 Kevin Harvick 32 949 8,397 11.3%
2 Martin Truex Jr 27 803 7,066 11.4%
3 Matt Kenseth 27 774 6,735 11.5%
4 Jimmie Johnson 29 601 7,513 8.0%
5 Joey Logano 25 500 6,335 7.9%
6 Kyle Larson 14 426 3,539 12.0%
7 Kyle Busch 28 404 6,933 5.8%
8 Denny Hamlin 27 349 7,077 4.9%
9 Greg Biffle 21 346 5,319 6.5%
10 Brad Keselowski 24 327 6,305 5.2%
11 Kurt Busch 32 276 8,087 3.4%
12 Jeff Gordon 20 218 5,250 4.2%
13 Mark Martin 16 212 4,188 5.1%
14 Chase Elliott 12 187 3,206 5.8%
15 Carl Edwards 19 176 4,993 3.5%
  • The most laps led by the winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was 197 of the scheduled 272 laps (72.4%) on October 9, 2011 by Jimmie Johnson. He started the race in 19th.
  • The most laps led by a driver that did not win a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was 173 of the scheduled 267 (64.7%) on April 22, 2012 by Martin Truex Jr.; he ultimately finished the race runner-up after Denny Hamlin passed Truex with 37 laps to go and went on to win.
  • The fewest laps led by the winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was five laps of the scheduled 267 on October 1, 2006 by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart. He took the lead over Jimmie Johnson on Lap 263 and led the final five laps to win.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup 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 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 NASCAR Cup Series is Sarah Christian’s fifth-place finish (Heidelberg) in 1949.

TRACK & EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup 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 at Kansas Speedway

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

Top Five Largest Margins of Victory at Kansas Speedway

Margin of Victory Winner Runner-Up Date
12.422 Tony Stewart Casey Mears Sunday, October 1, 2006
7.638 Greg Biffle Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 3, 2010
3.619 Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Sunday, October 24, 2021
2.813 Brad Keselowski Dale Earnhardt Jr Sunday, June 5, 2011
2.284 Martin Truex Jr Kurt Busch Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • In the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, only four have resulted in NASCAR Overtime (12.5%):
Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps Overtime Race Winners
Sunday, October 18, 2015 267 269 2 Joey Logano
Sunday, October 9, 2011 267 272 5 Jimmie Johnson
Saturday, May 11, 2019 267 271 4 Brad Keselowski
Sunday, October 20, 2019 267 277 10 Denny Hamlin
  • Only one of the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:
Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps Fewer Laps Race Winner
Sunday, September 30, 2007 267 210 -57 Greg Biffle
  • Of the 32 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 events from 2019-2021 have had their qualifying sessions cancelled due to the pandemic.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series Kansas race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.
  • The most lead changes in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas was 26 on October 4, 2009.
  • The most leaders in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas was 14 on October 4, 2009.

NASCAR IN KANSAS

  • There has been a total of 82 NASCAR national series races among two tracks held in the state of Kansas.
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Total Races First Year
Kansas Speedway Kansas City 32 22 23 77 2001
Heartland Park Topeka Topeka 0 0 5 5 1995
Totals 32 22 28 82
  • 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 Camping World 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 NASCAR Cup Series.
Kansas Race Winners 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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