Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon are in a three-way tie to lead this category. Each has 2 victories at the track. Stewart (far left) won the races at the track in 2006 and 2009. Biffle (center) took the checkered flag at Kansas in 2007 and 2010. And Gordon won in the first two Cup races at the track, in 2001 and 2002. Biffle also holds the race record, pacing the field with an average speed of 138.077 mph (2:54:02) on Oct. 3, 2010.
NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers head to Kansas Speedway this weekend to take on the 1.5-mile oval. Historically speaking, it's a place where some of the Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers have fared well. So who has a strong record at the track? Here's a look at some of the top records at Kansas.
Year after year, crashes crop up throughout the NASCAR races at Kansas Speedway. But in 2001, those went at a record-setting pace. That year, the track set a record for cautions with 13 in the Sept. 30, 2001, race.
Closest margin of victory
On Oct. 10, 2004, Joe Nemechek and his Army-backed team overwhelmed the field at Kansas Speedway. The one was hotly contested in the closing laps, though, with Nemechek holding on for a 0.081 of a second margin of victory. That remains the closest margin of victory in track history.
Fewest laps led by a winner
As they say, it doesn't matter how many laps that one leads in the race - as long as one leads the final one. Tony Stewart didn't cut it quite that close on Oct. 1, 2006, but he does hold the record for fewest laps led by a race winner. In gaining his first win at Kansas Speedway, Stewart paced the field for 26 laps.
Most laps led by winner
In 2005, Kansas Speedway witnessed its most dominating performance to date. On Oct. 9, Mark Martin led 139 laps en route to his win. That is the most laps led by a race winner in the history of the track.
Nov. 14, 2009; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon during practice for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Most lead changes
Kansas has offered some hotly contested races over the years. But which has featured the tightest battle? On Oct. 4, 2009, the track reached a new height in that area. At the end, the driver who led the lap that mattered the most was Tony Stewart. But there was a lot of jockeying for position before he took that checkered flag. A total of 26 lead changes set the track record for swaps at the front of the field.
Most top 10s
Hendrick Motorsports' Jeff Gordon is generally a factor at the 1.5-mile track. And he's usually hovering near the frontrunners when the race nears an end. Overall, Gordon has 9 top-10 finishes in 10 races at the track.
Most top fives
Jeff Gordon leads the field in top-five finishes at the track. A two-time Kansas winner, Gordon has 8 top-five finishes in races there.
Most pole positions
Jimmie Johnson has been a qualifying leader at the track. The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has 3 pole positions at Kansas. He paced the field in 2003, 2007 and 2008. Interestingly enough, he does not hold the track qualifying record. That distinction goes to Matt Kenseth, with a lap of 180.856 mph (29.858 sec.) in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford on Oct. 8, 2005.