Penske Racing and its No. 22 Ford entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series continue to roll on, regardless of who’s in the seat.
The four drivers who have piloted the No. 22 to Victory Lane 11 times this season – including Joey Logano’s win last Saturday in Dover – have kept the team in contention for the owners’ championship standings – leading Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota primarily driven by Kyle Busch.
Although the No. 22 Ford took its largest owner’s points lead of the season, the car failed post-race inspection at Dover and was docked six owner points. Its lead now stands at 28 points.
Logano has won three times in the No. 22, while Brad Keselowski leads the groups with five wins, AJ Allmendinger has two trips to Victory Lane and Ryan Blaney scored his first series win in the Penske-fielded Ford at Kentucky.
Keselowski, who won the 2011 event, takes another turn behind the wheel at Kansas Speedway in search of victory No. 6. His win tally trails only Busch, who has grabbed 10 checkered flags. Busch will make his 700th NASCAR national series start this Saturday at Kansas.
The track has hosted 12 NNS events, dating to September 2001, with Penske Racing claiming one trophy – Keselowski’s 2011 win – and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers celebrating in Victory Lane three times, including two wins by then JGR driver Logano.