Kansas mind-blowers: 10 intriguing facts about this weekend
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will reach the halfway point with Sunday’s running of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Following are 10 things you need to know about this weekend.
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Add ‘em up
Joey Logano is the defending race winner of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. When Logano captured last Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it game him nine wins since the start of 2014, most of any Sprint Cup driver.
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Believe in the ‘Biff
Greg Biffle, a two-time winner at Kansas Speedway, has demonstrated admirable consistency at the 1.5-mile track. In 18 starts here, all with Roush Fenway Racing, Biffle has finished on the lead lap 16 times, most of any NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.
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Go the distance
The driver who’s made the most starts at Kansas Speedway without a DNF is Paul Menard of Richard Childress Racing. Menard, who has a best finish here of third and a worst finish of 30th, has run 13 races at Kansas without a DNF.
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By the numbers
In the history of Kansas Speedway, the driver with the best average finish is NASCAR Hall of Fame member Rusty Wallace, at 8.2. Among active drivers, the best average finish belongs to future NASCAR Hall of Fame member Jimmie Johnson (pictured) at 9.056. Johnson is also the all-time leader in laps led at Kansas, with 596.
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Rapper Eminem was the headliner at the Kanrocksas music festival at Kansas Speedway in 2001. Other performers on the bill included Muse, Fitz & The Tantrums, Kid Cudi, Artic Monkeys, Flogging Molly and The Black Keys.
Bring out the broom
The only driver to sweep the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races on the same weekend at Kansas Speedway was 'Front-Row' Joe Nemechek, who turned the feat in 2004. It was the last time Nemechek won a race in either series.
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Jeff Gordon (pictured) won the first two races at Kansas Speedway in 2001 and 02. He became the first three-time winner at the track in May 2014. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, won his third Kansas race earlier this year.
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Kevin Harvick won three poles in a row at Kansas Speedway, taking the top spot two years ago in this race and sweeping both events last year. Harvick also set the track qualifying record a year ago with a blistering lap of 197.773 miles per hour.
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New kid on the block
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway took place on Sept. 30, 2001. That makes this the youngest track on the Sprint Cup circuit. The inaugural race was won by Jeff Gordon, with the late Jason Leffler (pictured) taking the pole.
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Down but not out
Matt Kenseth might be 12th in points right now, but his prospects of advancing are still good. Kenseth has two victories at Kansas, where he has also won two poles and led 505 laps.