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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Hollywood Casino 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas going into the Hollywood Casino 400 on October 6. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 
KANSAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.0
2013 Rundown
·        Seven wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 12.8
·        Led 20 races for 1,380 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.8 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 9.5, third-best
·        Driver Rating of 110.0, third-best
·        217 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·        2,366 Laps in the Top 15 (82.0%), fourth-most
2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8
2013 Rundown
·        Five wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 11.9
·        Led 17 races for 1,423 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 7.6 in 14 races
·        Series-best Average Running Position of 7.4
·        Series-best Driver Rating of 119.1
·        Series-high 439 Fastest Laps Run
·        Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 165.518 mph
·        Series-high 2,556 Laps in the Top 15 (88.6%)
·        Series-high 496 Quality Passes
3 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.9
2013 Rundown
·        Four wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 12.8
·        Led 15 races for 1,199 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Two top 10s
·        Average finish of 22.4 in 12 races
·        Average Running Position of 18.4, 19th-best
·        Driver Rating of 79.0, 18th-best
·        59 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
·        762 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·        391 Quality Passes, seventh-most
4 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.6
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, seven top fives, 15 top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.4
·        Led 9 races for 53 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        One top five, six top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.8 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 12.7, ninth-best
·        Driver Rating of 92.0, ninth-best
·        91 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·        Series-high 859 Green Flag Passes
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 164.513 mph, 11th-fastest
·        2,009 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), fifth-most
·        410 Quality Passes, fifth-most
5 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.9
2013 Rundown
·        Six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 14.8
·        Led 13 races for 278 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s
·        Average finish of 11.1 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 9.7, fourth-best
·        Driver Rating of 99.0, fifth-best
·        102 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 164.876 mph, fifth-fastest
·        2,462 Laps in the Top 15 (85.3%), third-most
·        443 Quality Passes, third-most
6 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 Sherwin-Williams Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.6
2013 Rundown
·        One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s
·        Average finish of 14.5
·        Led 4 races for 117 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 10.1 in 14 races
·        Average Running Position of 8.2, second-best
·        Driver Rating of 110.1, second-best
·        205 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·        710 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 165.043 mph, third-fastest
·        2,501 Laps in the Top 15 (86.7%), second-most
·        465 Quality Passes, second-most
7 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 Code 3 Associates Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4
2013 Rundown
·        One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 15.5
·        Led 13 races for 93 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, three top fives, four top 10s
·        Average finish of 18.1 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 20.9, 24th-best
·        Driver Rating of 68.7, 25th-best
·        805 Green Flag Passes, second-most
8 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Raspberry 5-hour ENERGY benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7
2013 Rundown
·        Eight top fives, 15 top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.3
·        Led 8 races for 291 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Two top fives, five top 10s
·        Average finish of 13.1 in 10 races
·        Average Running Position of 15.2, 15th-best
·        Driver Rating of 91.0, 12th-best
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 164.508 mph, 12th-fastest
·        1,553 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), 13th-most
 
9 – Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.2
2013 Rundown
·        Nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 15.0
·        Led 13 races for 441 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Three top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 17.9 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.8, 14th-best
·        Driver Rating of 87.8, 16th-best
·        116 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·        805 Green Flag Passes, second-most
10 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
2013 Rundown
·        Six top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.2
·        Led 10 races for 245 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        One top five, six top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 16.4 in 14 races
·        Average Running Position of 16.1, 17th-best
·        Driver Rating of 86.8, 17th-best
·        78 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·        743 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·        337 Quality Passes, 12th-most
11 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 12.9
·        Led 12 races for 448 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Four top fives, eight top 10s
·        Average finish of 11.3 in 12 races
·        Average Running Position of 12.5, seventh-best
·        Driver Rating of 96.1, seventh-best
·        123 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·        762 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 164.626 mph, eighth-fastest
·        1,950 Laps in the Top 15 (67.6%), eighth-most
·        427 Quality Passes, fourth-most
12 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.3
2013 Rundown
·        One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 15.0
·        Led 11 races for 249 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Average finish of 26.1 in eight races
·        Average Running Position of 24.2, 32nd-best
·        Driver Rating of 60.6, 32nd-best
13 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.5
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.6
·        Led 7 races for 497 laps
Kansas Speedway Outlook:
·        Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 13.9 in 12 races
·        Average Running Position of 13.9, 11th-best
·        Driver Rating of 91.9, 10th-best
·        133 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·        795 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·        1,863 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6%), ninth-most
·        378 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 13
Following Race 29 of 36 / Chase Race #3
 
                                                                                Rank          Season
                                                                                                    Last            Driver
Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Matt Kenseth 2,149 7 2 1 111.0
2. Jimmie Johnson 2,141 5 2 3 106.8
3. Kyle Busch 2,137 4 3 2 103.9
4. Kevin Harvick 2,110 2 0 6 92.6
5. Jeff Gordon 2,110 0 1 8 90.9
6. Greg Biffle 2,108 1 0 5 83.6
7. Ryan Newman 2,101 1 2 9 82.4
8. Clint Bowyer 2,098 0 0 10 93.7
9. Kurt Busch 2,094 0 1 7 94.2
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,092 0 2 11 94.9
11. Carl Edwards 2,084 2 1 4 93.3
12. Joey Logano 2,083 1 2 12 90.3
13. Kasey Kahne 2,071 2 0 13 97.5

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
14. Jamie McMurray 819 34. AJ Allmendinger 378
15. Brad Keselowski 799 35. David Stremme 362
16. Martin Truex Jr. 781 36. Bobby Labonte 347
17. Paul Menard 768 37. Timmy Hill 153
18. Aric Almirola 741 38. Michael McDowell 138
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 727 39. Michael Waltrip 102
20. Jeff Burton 724 40. Scott Speed 99
21. Juan Pablo Montoya 721 41. Ken Schrader 92
22. Marcos Ambrose 714 42. Terry Labonte 77
23. Casey Mears 597 43. Boris Said 48
24. Tony Stewart 594 44. Ron Fellows 31
25. Denny Hamlin 552 45. Alex Kennedy 21
26. David Ragan 542 46. Justin Marks 14
27. Mark Martin 530 47. Victor Gonzalez Jr 11
28. Danica Patrick 529 48. Scott Riggs 10
29. David Gilliland 498 49. Brian Keselowski 9
30. Dave Blaney 441 50. Tomy Drissi 8
31. Travis Kvapil 401 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
32. David Reutimann 395 52. Jason Leffler 1
33. J.J. Yeley 382
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 13 at Kansas Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Matt Kenseth 15 2 2 6 9 2 14.8 110.0
2 Jimmie Johnson 14 3 2 6 12 1 7.6 119.1
3 Kyle Busch 12 0 0 0 2 3 22.4 79.0
4 Kevin Harvick 15 0 0 1 6 1 12.8 92.0
5 Jeff Gordon 15 0 2 8 10 2 11.1 99.0
6 Greg Biffle 14 1 2 7 9 1 10.1 110.1
7 Ryan Newman 15 0 1 3 4 3 18.1 68.7
8 Clint Bowyer 10 0 0 2 5 1 13.1 91.0
9 Kurt Busch 15 1 0 0 3 1 17.9 87.8
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 14 1 0 1 6 2 16.4 86.8
11 Carl Edwards 12 0 0 4 8 1 11.3 96.1
12 Joey Logano 8 0 0 0 0 1 26.1 60.6
13 Kasey Kahne 12 3 0 3 6 1 13.9 91.9
* – Based on last 11 races at Kansas Speedway.
Kansas Speedway:
History
·        Groundbreaking was held on May 25, 1999.
·        The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
·        The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon.
·        During the 2012 season, between the April and October events the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners.
Kansas Speedway Data
Season Race #: 29 of 36 (10-06-13)
Chase Race #: 4
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,685 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,207 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400 miles
Top 13 Driver Rating at Dover
Jimmie Johnson…………….. 119.1
Greg Biffle…………………….. 110.1
Matt Kenseth…………………. 110.0
Ricky Stenhouse Jr………… 101.7
Jeff Gordon…………………….. 99.0
Tony Stewart…………………… 97.5
Carl Edwards………………….. 96.1
Martin Truex Jr……………….. 93.4
Kevin Harvick………………….. 92.0
Kasey Kahne…………………… 91.1
Mark Martin…………………….. 91.0
Clint Bowyer……………………. 91.0
Denny Hamlin………………….. 89.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (11 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner:
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet
191.360 mph, 28.219 secs. 10-19-12
 
2012 race winner:
Matt Kenseth, Ford
115.086 mph, (03:28:48), 10-21-12
 
Track qualifying record:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota
191.864 mph, 28.145 secs. 4-19-13
 
Track race record:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
133.611 mph, (02:59:51), 4-22-12
Notebook
·        There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
·        109 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 82 in more than one.
·        Nine drivers have made all 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway – Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.
·        Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph.
·        10 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each.
·        Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (2007 and 2008).
·        Youngest Kansas pole winner: Jason Leffler (9/30/2001 – 26 years, 0 months, 14 days).
·        Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/4/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
·        10 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
·        Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Kansas in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with four each; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with threeand Penske Racing with two.
·        Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with seven victories; followed by Ford with four wins.
·        Three of the 15 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008) and Matt Kenseth (2013).
·        Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and one from second-place.
·        Nine of the 15 (60%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        Two of the 15 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
·        Youngest Kansas winner: Ryan Newman (10/5/2003 – 25 years, 9 months, 27 days).
·        Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/9/2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).
·        Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for theseries most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with eight; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 12; followed by Jeff Gordon (10).
·        Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 11.357.
·        Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Kansas: Jimmie Johnson(7.6) and Brad Keselowski (9.2).
·        There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272).
·        Only one of the 15 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007.
·        Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
·        Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (10).
·        Jason Leffler (9/30/2001) is the only driver to post his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway.
·        2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin(10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway.
·        Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 – the first two NSCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall of 2012, spring of 2013).
·        Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas in his first appearance.
·        Matt Kenseth competed at Kansas Speedway 13 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas.
·        Matt Kenseth is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win at Kansas Speedway.
·        Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch and Bobby Labonte lead the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 15.
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway was the (10/10/2004) race won by Joe Nemechek with a MOV of 0.081 second.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 556 laps led in 14 starts.
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
40
32
10/21/2012
Danica Patrick
25
25
4/21/2013
NASCAR in Kansas
·        There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Kansas Speedway
Kansas City
15
·        16 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.
·        Two drivers from Kansas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; both have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Clint Bowyer
8
8
3
Jim Roper
1
0
0
 
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kansas Speedway
·        Kansas Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff’s inception in 2004.
·        Once the winner of the Kansas Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship: Jimmie Johnson(2008).
·        Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are tied for the most Chase race wins (two each) at Kansas Speedway.
·        The worst finish by the eventual champion at Kansas Speedway was Tony Stewart in 2011 (15th).
·        Chase Contenders have won six of the nine Chase races at Kansas Speedway. The three drivers that were not Chase Contenders that won the Chase races at Kansas are Joe Nemechek (2004), Tony Stewart (2006) andGreg Biffle (2007).
·        Three of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners at Kansas Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2), Greg Biffle (2) and Matt Kenseth (1).
·        Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Kansas Speedway with five followed by Ford with four.
Eventual champion’s points position and point deficit to the standings leader following the third Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race:
Season
Champion
Points Back From Leader
Points Position Following Third Chase Race
2004
Kurt Busch
0
1st
2005
Tony Stewart
0
1st
2006
Jimmie Johnson
-165
8th
2007
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2008
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2009
Jimmie Johnson
-18
2nd
2010
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2011
Tony Stewart
-9
3rd
2012
Brad Keselowski
0
1st

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