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Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, going into the Hollywood Casino 400 Presented by Barstool Sportsbook on Sunday, September 11, at 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Fast Facts: Race #2 (Kansas Speedway)

  • The 2022 season marks the first-time the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ second race has been hosted by Kansas Speedway (2018-2021).
  • Kansas Speedway is the fourth different track in NASCAR Cup Series history to host the second race of the Playoffs; joining Dover International Speedway (2004-2010), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011–2017) and Richmond Raceway (2018-2021).
  • A total of 13 different drivers have won the second race of the Playoffs, led by Jimmie Johnson with three wins (2005, 2009, 2010); followed by Kyle Busch (2017, 2018), Matt Kenseth (2013, 2015) and Martin Truex Jr. (2019, 2021) with two victories each.
Second Race Of The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Race Winners (2004-2021)
Date Track Playoff Race Winners
Saturday, September 11, 2021 Richmond Martin Truex Jr
Saturday, September 12, 2020 Richmond Brad Keselowski
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Richmond Martin Truex Jr
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Richmond Kyle Busch
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Loudon Kyle Busch
Sunday, September 25, 2016 Loudon Kevin Harvick
Sunday, September 27, 2015 Loudon Matt Kenseth
Sunday, September 21, 2014 Loudon Joey Logano
Sunday, September 22, 2013 Loudon Matt Kenseth
Sunday, September 23, 2012 Loudon Denny Hamlin
Sunday, September 25, 2011 Loudon Tony Stewart
Sunday, September 26, 2010 Dover Jimmie Johnson
Sunday, September 27, 2009 Dover Jimmie Johnson
Sunday, September 21, 2008 Dover Greg Biffle
Sunday, September 23, 2007 Dover Carl Edwards
Sunday, September 24, 2006 Dover Jeff Burton
Sunday, September 25, 2005 Dover Jimmie Johnson
Sunday, September 26, 2004 Dover Ryan Newman
  • Since the inception of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2004, Kansas Speedway has participated in the postseason each year, and this season will mark the seventh different positions on the Playoff schedule the track has occupied:

1)     From 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Kansas Speedway hosted the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

2)     From 2006-2010 Kansas Speedway hosted the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

3)     From 2015-2016 Kansas hosted the fifth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

4)     Then in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Kansas Speedway hosted the sixth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

5)     In 2020, Kansas Speedway hosted the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

6)     In 2021, Kansas Speedway hosted the eighth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

7)     This season, Kansas Speedway will host the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

  • A total of 13 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Kansas Speedway:
NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race Winners – Kansas Speedway
Date Track Race Winners Race No.
Sunday, October 10, 2004 Kansas Joe Nemechek 30
Sunday, October 9, 2005 Kansas Mark Martin 30
Sunday, October 1, 2006 Kansas Tony Stewart 29
Sunday, September 30, 2007 Kansas Greg Biffle 29
Sunday, September 28, 2008 Kansas Jimmie Johnson 29
Sunday, October 4, 2009 Kansas Tony Stewart 29
Sunday, October 3, 2010 Kansas Greg Biffle 29
Sunday, October 9, 2011 Kansas Jimmie Johnson 30
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Kansas Matt Kenseth 32
Sunday, October 6, 2013 Kansas Kevin Harvick 30
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Kansas Joey Logano 30
Sunday, October 18, 2015 Kansas Joey Logano 31
Sunday, October 16, 2016 Kansas Kevin Harvick 31
Sunday, October 22, 2017 Kansas Martin Truex Jr 32
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Kansas Chase Elliott 32
Sunday, October 20, 2019 Kansas Denny Hamlin 32
Sunday, October 18, 2020 Kansas Joey Logano 33
Sunday, October 24, 2021 Kansas Kyle Larson 34
  • Joey Logano leads the NASCAR Cup Series in Playoff wins at Kansas Speedway with three postseason victories (2014, 2015, 2020); followed by four other drivers with multiple Kanas Playoff wins: Tony Stewart (2006, 2009), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011), Greg Biffle (2007, 2010) and Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016).
  • The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Larson, is the most recent Playoff race winner at Kansas Speedway.
  • A non-Playoff driver has never won the second race NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs schedule.
  • When Dover International Speedway hosted the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2004-2010), twice the winning driver went on to win the series title – Jimmie Johnson (2009 and 2010).
  • When New Hampshire Motor Speedway moved to the second race in the Playoffs (2011-2017), only one driver won the event and went on to win the title – Tony Stewart (2011). Stewart won five races in the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (a series-record tied with Kyle Larson, 2021) including the first two (Chicago and New Hampshire).
  • None of the Playoff winners at Richmond Raceway (2018-2021) have gone on to win the title in the same season.
  • The worst finish by a driver in the second race on NASCAR Cup Playoffs schedule that went on to win the title that same season was:
    • At Dover International Speedway – the 2005 series champion, Tony Stewart, finished 18th.
    • At New Hampshire Motor Speedway – the 2015 series champion, Kyle Busch, finished 37th.
    • At Richmond – the 2018 series champion, Joey Logano, finished 14th.
    • Last season’s champion, Kyle Larson, finished sixth at Richmond, the second race of the 2021 Playoff schedule, and went on to win the title that same season. Larson’s 2021 Playoff run tied NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart’s 2011 run for the most wins (five) during a Playoffs’ single season 10 races.
  • Twice the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway has gone on to win the title that same season:

1)     In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup Series 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. The Kansas win was the first of three Playoff wins for Johnson en route to the 2008 title.

2)     In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup Series 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. The Kansas win was the second of four Playoff victories for Truex en route to the championship in 2017.

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

1)     In 2004, Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was ranked 21st in the point standings at the time of the win.

2)     In 2006, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was ranked 11th in point standings at the time of the victory.

3)     In 2007, Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was 14th in points at the time of the win.

  • The worst finish in a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway by a driver that went on to win the championship later that same season was 15th by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart in 2011.

Kansas Speedway Stats & Tidbits:
Season Race #: 28 of 36 (10-11-22)
NCS Playoff Race #: 2 of 10
The Purse: $8,338,881
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turns: 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 / 400.5 miles
Stage 1 Length: 80 laps
Stage 2 Length: 85 laps
Final Stage Length: 102 laps

RECORD DATA

Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 197.773 mph, 27.304 secs. October 3, 2014

2021 Pole Winner: The starting lineup was determined by Metric Qualifying. Kyle Larson started from the first position.

Track Race Record: Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 152.057 mph, (02:38:02), October 21, 2018

2021 Race Winner: Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 130.728 mph, (03:03:49), October 18, 2020

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 September 30, 2001 and 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 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.

STARTS

  • A total of 163 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 127 drivers have competed in more than one.
  • Two drivers have started all 33 NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway – Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.
  • Five drivers all-time have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway:

1)     Matt Mills (May 2, 2021)

2)     Erik Jones (May 9, 2015)

3)     Ryan Blaney (May 10, 2014)

4)     Austin Dillon (October 9, 2011)

5)     Denny Hamlin (October 9, 2005)

  • Of the five drivers that made their NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway, Austin Dillon posted the best finish with a 26th-place result in 2011.
  • Jason Leffler (three starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 3.500.
  • Ryan Blaney (15 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas with a 9.867.

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 2 1 Ryan Blaney 9.867 15
2 Daniel Hemric 9.000 2 2 Brad Keselowski 10.360 25
3 Ryan Blaney 9.867 15 3 Martin Truex Jr 10.857 28
4 Brad Keselowski 10.360 25 4 William Byron 11.889 9
5 Martin Truex Jr 10.857 28 5 Kyle Busch 12.103 29
6 Brian Vickers 11.818 11 6 Joey Logano 12.192 26
7 William Byron 11.889 9 7 Denny Hamlin 12.500 28
8 Kyle Busch 12.103 29 8 Christopher Bell 12.600 5
9 Joey Logano 12.192 26 9 Chase Elliott 13.385 13
10 Denny Hamlin 12.500 28 10 Kevin Harvick 13.424 33

POLES

  • A total of 17 different drivers have won the pole at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Six of the 17 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.
Active Kansas Pole Winners Poles Seasons
Kevin Harvick 5 2013, ’14 sweep, ’18, ’19
Martin Truex Jr 2 2016, ’17
Joey Logano 2 2015, ’18
Christopher Bell 1 2022
Ryan Blaney 1 2017
Brad Keselowski 1 2015
  • 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 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 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 Cup Series Kansas pole winner: Ryan Blaney (May 13, 2017 – 23 years, 2 months, 43 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (October 4, 2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
  • A total of 12 different NASCAR Cup Series organizations have won a pole at Kansas Speedway, led by Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske with five poles each.
    • Hendrick MotorsportsJimmie Johnson (2003, 2007, 2008), Mark Martin (2009), Kasey Kahne (2012)
    • Team Penske Kurt Busch (2011), AJ Allmendinger (2012), Joey Logano (2015, 2018), Brad Keselowski (2015).
  • Four manufacturers have won poles at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 11 poles; followed by Ford (nine), Toyota (five) and Dodge (four).

WINS

  • A total of 17 different drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 11 have won multiple races at the 1.5-mile track.
  • Eight of the 17 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway winners are active this weekend.
Active Kansas Race Winners Wins Seasons
Denny Hamlin 3 2020, 2019, 2012
Joey Logano 3 2020, 2015, 2014
Kevin Harvick 3 2018, 2016, 2013
Brad Keselowski 2 2019, 2011
Kyle Busch 2 2021, 2016
Martin Truex Jr 2 2017 sweep
Kyle Larson 1 2021
Chase Elliott 1 2018

 Five drivers are tied for the lead all-time in wins in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with three victories each:

    • Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002, 2014)
    • Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015)
    • Denny Hamlin (2012, 2019, 2020)
    • Joey Logano (2014, 2015, 2020)
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on September 30, 2001.
  • Youngest Cup Series Kansas winner: Chase Elliott (October 21, 2018 – 22 years, 10 months, 23 days).
  • Oldest Cup 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 NASCAR Cup 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 17 different starting spots in the field have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • A total of seven of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway (19.3%) 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)
    • Kyle Larson (Playoffs 2021)
  • Nine of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races have been won from the front row (27.27%).
  • 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 7 21.21% 11 2 6.06%
2 2 6.06% 12 1 3.03%
3 1 3.03% 13 2 6.06%
4 3 9.09% 14 1 3.03%
5 3 9.09% 19 3 9.09%
6 1 3.03% 21 1 3.03%
7 1 3.03% 23 1 3.03%
9 1 3.03% 25 1 3.03%
10 2 6.06%
Additional Starting Positions Stats Wins Winning %
Wins from the Front Row: 9 27.27%
Wins From The Top Five 16 48.48%
Wins From The Top-10 21 63.64%
Wins From Outside The Top 20 3 9.09%
  • Michael McDowell leads the series with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 22; followed by Aric Almirola with 21.
  • A total of nine different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with eight victories: 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 nine 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, 2020, 2021) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with five second-place finishes.

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

Rank All-Time Driver 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   Kyle Larson 2
  Kasey Kahne 2  
Kurt Busch 2  
  Kyle Larson 2  
Ryan Newman 2  

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 38 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Kanas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Kevin Harvick lead the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 12 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 Kevin Harvick 12 1 Kevin Harvick 12
2 Jeff Gordon 11 2 Denny Hamlin 10
3 Denny Hamlin 10 3 Kyle Busch 10
  Kyle Busch 10 4 Martin Truex Jr 9
5 Jimmie Johnson 9 5 Joey Logano 8
  Martin Truex Jr 9  

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 60 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 19 top 10s each.

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 Kevin Harvick 19
  Kevin Harvick 19 2 Martin Truex Jr 15
3 Martin Truex Jr 15 3 Kyle Busch 14
4 Jeff Gordon 14 4 Brad Keselowski 13
Kurt Busch 14 5 Denny Hamlin 11
  Kyle Busch 14

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 (33 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position with a 9.091.

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 9.091 33
2 Ricky Rudd 8.800 5 2 Chase Elliott 11.231 13
3 Kevin Harvick 9.091 33 3 Brad Keselowski 11.600 25
4 Jeff Gordon 9.950 20 4 Martin Truex Jr 12.500 28
5 Brendan Gaughan 10.000 2 5 Denny Hamlin 13.714 28
6 Carl Edwards 10.158 19 6 Kyle Larson 14.600 15
7 Chase Elliott 11.231 13 7 Christopher Bell 14.800 5
8 Brad Keselowski 11.600 25 8 Kyle Busch 15.172 29
9 Jimmie Johnson 11.793 29 9 William Byron 16.111 9
10 Martin Truex Jr 12.500 28 10 Austin Dillon 16.333 18

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 77 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway; 62 of the 77 have led multiple laps.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 949 laps led in 33 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 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 15 NASCAR Cup Series Lap Leaders at Kansas Speedway (All-Time)

Rank All-Time Laps Leaders Races Led Completed % Led
1 Kevin Harvick 33 949 8,664 11%
2 Martin Truex Jr 28 803 7,333 11%
3 Matt Kenseth 27 774 6,735 11%
4 Jimmie Johnson 29 601 7,513 8%
5 Joey Logano 26 500 6,602 8%
6 Kyle Larson 15 455 3,806 12%
7 Kyle Busch 29 422 7,200 6%
8 Kurt Busch 33 392 8,354 5%
9 Denny Hamlin 28 349 7,344 5%
10 Greg Biffle 21 346 5,319 7%
11 Brad Keselowski 25 327 6,572 5%
12 Jeff Gordon 20 218 5,250 4%
13 Mark Martin 16 212 4,188 5%
14 Chase Elliott 13 197 3,470 6%
15 Carl Edwards 19 176 4,993 4%

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series:
  • 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 at Atlanta. The best finish by a female driver in the NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway is 0.081-second from the October 10, 2004 race – 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 33 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 33 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 33 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, but it has been cancelled four times due to the pandemic – both races in 2020 and 2021.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.

NASCAR IN KANSAS

  • There has been a total of 84 NASCAR national series races among two tracks held in the state of Kansas.
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Combined First Year
Kansas Speedway Kansas City 33 22 24 79 2001
Heartland Park Topeka Topeka 0 0 5 5 1995
Totals 33 22 29 84
  • 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 IN NASCAR

  • A total of 18 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.
  • Of the 18 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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