In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ most recent trip to Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth led a race-high 78 of the 267 laps to beat Martin Truex Jr. to the finish line by 0.495 seconds.
This Sunday, the top-two finishers from last October’s race return to the 1.5-mile intermediate track with 41 other competitors all vying for the STP 400 trophy.
With one win, five top fives, eight top 10s and one pole in 14 starts at Kansas, Kenseth has the better record between the two. In the past five Kansas races, Kenseth’s lowest finish is seventh (fall 2010). Additionally, he has a sixth and a pair of fourth-place finishes during that span. His driver rating in Kansas is third highest among active drivers – 106.4.
In nine starts at Kansas, Truex has two top fives and a driver rating of 90.5 (ninth best). After his second-place performance in last weekend’s Texas race, which had him visibly upset, the Kansas track could rekindle visions of his second-place angst. He was the runner-up in both 2012 races. The 2012 spring race was particularly hard to swallow after leading the race for a race-high 173 laps, only to give up the lead to Denny Hamlin with 31 laps to go.