Everything you need to know about Sunday’s race at Kansas

The action is about to get real at Kansas Speedway, host to Race No. 5 of the Chase.

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The second race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is on tap for Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Of the 12 remaining Chase drivers, only Joey Logano has punched his ticket to the next round of the Chase, having done so with a victory in last weekend’s Contender Round opener at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

While Logano faces no pressure in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas, the other 11 title hopefuls will all be looking to get a win to assure themselves a berth in the Eliminator 8 that commences in two weeks at Martinsville Speedway.

Three-time Kansas winner Jeff Gordon will be making his final start at the 1.5-mile track, a place where he won the first two Sprint Cup races ever held in 2001 and 2002 and picked up another victory in 2014. Gordon has yet to win a race this season.

With that, here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400: 

Green flag:

2:31 p.m. ET


The forecast for today is excellent, with partly cloudy skies becoming sunny skies, a zero percent chance of rain and a high of 69 degrees. It is perfect for racing.



US Army Chaplain Joseph Lea

National anthem:

Singer/songwriter Gracie Schram


KC Flight Team

Grand marshal:

Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Color guard:

Leavenworth High School JROTC Color Guard

Defending race winner:

Joey Logano. Full recap here

Kansas May winner:

Jimmie Johnson. Full recap here

Fastest in Practice 1:

Brad Keselowski. Full recap here.

Fastest in Practice 2:

Brad Keselowski. Full recap here.

Fastest in Final Practice:

Jimmie Johnson. Full recap here.

Chase standings: 

1. Joey Logano: 3,048

3. Martin Truex Jr.: 3,041

4. Denny Hamlin: 3,040

5. Kurt Busch: 3,039

6. Carl Edwards: 3,039

7. Jeff Gordon: 3,037

8. Brad Keselowski: 3,035

9. Ryan Newman: 3,029

10. Kyle Busch: 3,025

11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 3,016

12. Matt Kenseth: 3,003

Front row:

Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards. Full qualifying recap here.

Starting lineup: