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DATE: Sunday, June 5th
SITE: Kansas Speedway (2001) -- Kansas City, Kansas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,685 feet (Frontstretch); 2,207 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 81,687 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/1:15 p.m. (et) Green Flag
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
Last Race Results
RACE: Coca-Cola 600 (May 29th)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 603
LAPS: 402
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: David Ragan
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: A.J. Allmendinger
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (Finished 19th)
TIME OF RACE: 4 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.414 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.703 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 14 for 64 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 38 among 19 drivers
LAP LEADERS: B. Keselowski 1-7; C. Edwards 8-45; J. Burton 46-47; A.
Allmendinger 48-52; C. Edwards 53-75; D. Hamlin 76; J. Burton
77-80; D. Hamlin 81-100; D. Ragan 101-107; M. Kenseth 108-146;
D. Hamlin 147; M. Kenseth 148-171; D. Hamlin 172; M. Ambrose
173-175; J. McMurray 176-180; M. Kenseth 181-193; M. Ambrose
194-198; M. Kenseth 199-223; D. Hamlin 224; D. Earnhardt Jr. 225;
G. Biffle 226; T. Stewart 227-231; Kurt Busch 232-234; M. Ambrose
235-244; Kyle Busch 245-276; M. Kenseth 277-278; K. Kahne 279; J.
Montoya 280; J. Gordon 281-283; Kyle Busch 284-306; J. Gordon
307-319; K. Kahne 320-344; K. Harvick 345; C. Mears 346; J.
Gordon 347-349; G. Biffle 350-398; K. Kahne 399-400; D. Earnhardt
Jr. 401; K. Harvick 402.
STP 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Tums
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
09Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/Walgreens
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Affliction Clothing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/AAA
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Zecol
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/STP
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Clorox/Kleenex
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Toyota/Green Smoke
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Victory Junction
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/TRG Motorsports
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
81Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Whitney's Collision
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
Mover of the Week
Kevin Harvick - Started in the 28th position and finished 1st
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Dale Earnhardt Jr
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 28th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Newman) - Finished 31st
The Sprint Cup Series makes its first of two appearances at Kansas Speedway this weekend with the inaugural running of the STP 400, as the "King," Richard Petty will serve as the Grand Marshal

Of the previous 10 Sprint Cup races held at Kansas Speedway, two have been won by the pole sitter, the last coming in 2008 when Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat. Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle are two-time winners at this track, while Johnson has sat on the pole three times.

With his win last week in Charlotte, Kevin Harvick climbed to second on the points list, 36 behind Carl Edwards. The Sprint Cup leader has amassed nine top-10 finishes in 12 starts. Harvick, with three wins this year, has seven top-10s.

Although winless since 2008, Dale Earnhardt Jr has steadily climbed the points list to fourth and has recorded top-10 finishes in half of his 12 races.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the June 12th running of the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, as Denny Hamlin defends his title.

05/31 13:50:50 ET

As of May 31, 2011, at 01:50 PM ET