Sights & Sounds: Chase racing at Kansas Speedway

Fans rush to Jeff Gordon's autograph before his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway. 

Robert Laberge

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Race day is finally here and the second race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup takes place today at Kansas Speedway. The Hollywood Casino 400 is sure to have a long-lasting impact on the championship battle, as 11 drivers look to punch their ticket to the Eliminator Round, which starts in two weeks at Martinsville Speedway. 

Team Penske’s Joey Logano already secured his spot in the next round thanking to a dominant victory last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Unlike last weekend, weather has not been a factor at Kansas Speedway, and it is perfect racing weather this Sunday. 

Like each and every weekend, teams and crew members have been busy in the Sprint Cup garage and along pit road, putting the final touches on their cars, pushing them through the NASCAR technical inspection process and to set up the pit boxes. 

While the crews are hard at work in the garage, the drivers have been spending the morning with fans, sponsors and hospitality guests. 

Grand marshal Mark Paul Gosselaar, better known as Saved By The Bell‘s Zack Morris, is taking in all the sights and sounds of Sunday’s NASCAR race, taking a ride in the pace car and meeting drivers such as Danica Patrick. 

Almost time to go racing! #HC400 @kansasspeedway @nascar

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