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Digital Ally 400

Kansas Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #12 of 36

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:48pm/et
Laps/Stages: 267 laps total. Stages end on laps: 80/160/267


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 7:30pm/et, FS1 and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, May 10, 12:35-1:25pm/et, NASCAR.com/live streaming;
Friday, May 10, 2:35-3:25pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: Friday, May 10 at 7:10pm/et, TV-FS1.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, May 9
5:00 PM 7:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, May 10
8:30 AM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:35 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:35 PM-2:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:05 PM (7:05 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)

Saturday, May 11
1:30 PM6:30 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
1:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:00 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:30 PM (7:30 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (STAGES 80/160/267 LAPS = 400.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Post-race Penalties
Contingency awards
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Qualifying Order
Crew rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Brad Keselowski wins overtime shootout at Kansas Speedway: At the end of a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, race winner Brad Keselowski’s first thoughts sped to the truck owner who helped further his career. “I just want to dedicate this win to Mike Mittler,” Keselowski said of the man for whom he drove for two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races in 2006. “You know, he helped a lot of guys in their career, and I was one of them. He passed away yesterday. It’s just a huge loss to the NASCAR community.[More](5-11-2019)

#2-Brad Keselowski won the Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The win is his 3rd win of 2019, 2nd win at Kansas and 30th career win. He took the lead from #88-Bowman with 6 laps remaining and held on through an Overtime finish.
#88-Bowman finished 2nd (his 3rd 2nd place finish in a row) followed by #20-Jones, #9-Elliott, #14-Bowyer, #48-Johnson, #1-Busch, #42-Larson, #9-Reddick, and #37-Buescher.
Pole winner #4-Harvick finished 13th.
Stage 1 was won by #4-Harvick.
Stage 2 was won by #9-Elliott.
There were 23 lead changes among 12 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 131.023mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Kansas
Brad Keselowski won the 9th Annual Digital Ally 400, his 30th victory in 353 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 19 races at Kansas Speedway.
Alex Bowman (second) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Kansas Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2019.
Erik Jones (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Kansas Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Joey Logano leads the point standings by 9 points over Kyle Busch.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-11-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Kansas:
1) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins]
2) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins]
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins]
4) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [2 wins]
5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win]
6) #9-Chase Elliott [1 win]
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 440, -38
8) #1-Kurt Busch, 387, -91
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 357, -121
10) #12-Ryan Blaney, 340, -138
11) #10-Aric Almriola, 334, -144
12) #88-Alex Bowman, 329, -149
13) #41-Daniel Suarez, 315, -163
14) #20-Erik Jones, 308, -170
15) #42-Kyle Larson, 304, -174
16) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 292, -186
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #14-Bowyer took the 8th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#24-Byron, starts 3rd and chose the 23rd stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-Busch, who starts 9th.
See all pit choices on the Kansas Pit Stall chart.(5-11-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Kevin Harvick leads Stewart-Haas sweep of Kansas qualifying: After Friday afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kansas Speedway, the question “What’s wrong with the Stewart-Haas cars?” may be a dead issue. Hurtling around the 1.5-mile track in 30.131 seconds (179.217 mph), Kevin Harvick led a four-car Stewart-Haas Racing sweep of time trials for Saturday’s Digital Ally 400.[More](5-10-2019)

#4-Kevin Harvick won the Busch pole for the Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 179.217mph for his 3rd pole of 2019, 5th at Kansas and 28th of his career.
#10-Almirola will start 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #4-Suarez, #9-Elliott, #19-Truex, Jr., #24-Byron, #42-Larson, #2-Keselowski, and #88-Bowman.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
UPDATE: Nine teams failed pre-race inspection at Kansas Speedway: #10-Almirola (2nd), #41-Suarez (4th), #9-Elliott (5th), #19-Truex, Jr. (6th), #42-Larson (8th), #13-Dillon (15th), #22-Logano (20th), #34-McDowell (23rd), #00-Cassill (25th), #46-Gase (38th), and #66-Hill (39th). The drivers had their qualifying times disallowed.

Kansas Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Busch Pole Award for the 9th Annual Digital Ally 400 with a lap of 30.131 seconds, 179.217 mph.
This is his 28th pole in 658 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and eighth top-10 start in 2019.
This is his fifth pole in 27 races at Kansas Speedway.
Aric Almirola (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2019 and his sixth in 15 races at Kansas Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his eighth in 12 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (26th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(5-10-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#1-Busch 177.731
#88-Bowman 177.328
#14-Bowyer 177.288
#4-Harvick 177.282
#11-Hamlin 177.241
Slowest: #46-Gase 167.447 & #66-Hill 165.497
Most laps run: #18-Busch, 55
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #4-Harvick, 176.257
Notes: #88-Bowman was second in the session, made slight contact with the wall in the closing minutes.
Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(5-10-2019)

First practice for the Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#10-Almirola 178.153
#14-Bowyer 177.381
#18-Busch 177.160
#2-Keselowski 176.997
#24-Byron 176.939
Slowest: #66-Hill 164.714 & #46-Gase 163.562
Most laps run: #8-Hemric, 53
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 20 drivers): #4-Harvick, 175.974
Notes:
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) page.(5-10-2019)

Entry List for the Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #31-Reddick, #46-Gase, #51-Burton, #52-Currey, #66-Hill, #77-Houff.
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

May 2018: see the Kansas Race Info page
October 2018: see the Kansas Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Former KC Chiefs players Neil Smith & Christian Okoye
Command to start engines: Neil Smith & Christian Okoye
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mark Collins
Honorary Pace Car Driver:
Color Guard:
Invocation: Father Brian Schieber
National Anthem: Navy Veteran Steven Powell
Flyover: A-10s, 303rd Fighter Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base

Saturday Kansas Notebook

Friday Kansas Notebook

Weekend Preview: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Kansas Speedway

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Digital Ally 400


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Bug
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup:
3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race
(8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice)

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4868;
Right-side — D-4796

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi;
Right Front — 52 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

Storyline – Tire wear becoming a factor at Kansas: The track surface at Kansas Speedway has quietly weathered over the past several years, evidenced by the fact that in both of their races in 2018, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup teams experienced two seconds of tire fall-off over the course of a full fuel run. Having said that, the 2019 aerodynamic package with higher downforce has resulted in slightly less tire fall off this season, as the cars slide less in the corners. Still, four-tire stops should be the norm in the race, making the pit crews a critical part of a team’s success.
“The right-side tire we are running at Kansas is the same one the Cup cars ran at Las Vegas and Texas earlier this season, and it is formulated to wear more,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director if racing. “After its repave in 2012, the track surface at Kansas has finally felt the effects of the weather and has started to age and generate more fall off. We expect this tire combination to rubber-in the track from bottom to top, creating multiple racing grooves along the way.”

Notes – Cup cars to run Dover left-side and Vegas/Texas right-side at Kansas this weekend: While teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Gander Outdoors Truck Series will run the same right-side tire code at Kansas this weekend, each series will run its own left-side code . . . for the Cup cars, this is the same left-side tire code they ran at Dover last weekend, while this right-side tire code was run at both Las Vegas and Texas earlier this season . . . compared to what was run at Kansas last year, both of these tires feature construction updates that bring them into line with what is run at other tracks, while this right-side moves teams to a single tread tire vs. a multi-zone tread . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner 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.