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DATE: Sunday, October 9th
SITE: Kansas Speedway (2001) -- Kansas City, Kansas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,685 feet (Frontstretch); 2,207 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 81,779
ANNUAL: 11th
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 2:16 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 37th)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Matt Kenseth, 2005 (180.856 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2010 (138.077 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $6,012,504 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $298,525; 2nd Place - $259,252; 3rd Place - $216,426
2010 Finish
1Greg Biffle56Carl Edwards31
2Jimmie Johnson217Matt Kenseth8
3Kevin Harvick248Paul Menard2
4Tony Stewart149Ryan Newman6
5Jeff Gordon310AJ Allmendinger30
2010 Hollywood Casino 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.077 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 54 minutes, 2 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.638 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (174.644 m.p.h.)
Past Hollywood Casino 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Greg Biffle (5th) -- Ford -- 138.077 m.p.h. (race record)
2009 -- Tony Stewart (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 137.144 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 133.549 m.p.h.
2007 -- Greg Biffle (7th) -- Ford -- 104.981 m.p.h.
2006 -- Tony Stewart (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 121.753 m.p.h.
2005 -- Mark Martin (19th) -- Ford -- 137.774 m.p.h.
2004 -- Joe Nemechek (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 128.058 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (11th) -- Dodge -- 121.630 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Gordon (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 119.394 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 110.576 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Protection One 400 (2001-02), Banquet 400 (2003-06),
Lifelock 400 (2007), Camping World RV 400 (2008). Price Chopper 400
Past Hollywood Casino 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 37th
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 7th
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3rd
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 33rd
2005 -- Matt Kenseth -- 5th
2004 -- Joe Nemechek -- 1st
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7th
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 6th
2001 -- Jason Leffler -- 28th
Last Race Results
RACE: AAA 400 (October 2nd)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
MILES: 400
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Kurt Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Carl Edwards
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr. (Finished 30th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 30 minutes, 59 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 119.413 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.908 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 13 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Truex Jr. 1-2; Kurt Busch 3-41; M. Bliss 42; M. McDowell 43;
R. Sorenson 44; Kurt Busch 45-51; C. Edwards 52-110; Kyle Busch
111; J. Johnson 112-113; B. Keselowski 114-115; C. Edwards
116-138; J. Burton 139-142; C. Edwards 143-176; A. Allmendinger
177-184; K. Harvick 185-194; J. Johnson 195-247; M. Kenseth 248;
J. Burton 249-252; M. Kenseth 253-254; J. Johnson 255-300; Kurt
Busch 301; J. Johnson 302-353; Kurt Busch 354; J. Johnson
355-358; Kurt Busch 359-400.
Hollywood Casino 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
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/Mapei
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16 *Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Sherwin Williams
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Schrock
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Street King
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/A&W All American Food
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Big Red
37Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)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/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans/Kingsford
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Chevrolet/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Victory Junction
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
95David Starr (Houston, TX)Ford/AdvoCare
98Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Pres.Reagan Centennial
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Greg Biffle36th12th3rd2nd12thWon3rd3rdWon
Jimmie Johnson10th7th32nd6th14th3rdWon9th2nd
Kevin Harvick11th6th35th24th15th6th6th24th3rd
Tony Stewart8th4th14th4thWon39th40thWon4th
Jeff GordonWon5th13th10th39th5th4th2nd5th
Carl Edwards------22nd3rd6th37th2nd10th6th
Matt Kenseth---36th17th5th23rd35th5th39th7th
Paul Menard---------------27th27th30th8th
Ryan Newman2ndWon33rd23rd24th43rd16th22nd9th
Jamie McMurray---8th7th18th42nd24th17th31st11th
Denny Hamlin---------32nd18th29th11th5th12th
Kurt Busch31st40th6th14th25th11th30th11th13th
Mark Martin25th20th20thWon3rd12th18th7th14th
Clint Bowyer------------9th2nd12th21st15th
Joey Logano------------------39th28th17th
Jeff Burton29th13th15th28th5th36th7th23rd18th
Martin Truex Jr------------11th38th43rd16th20th
Kyle Busch------37th21st7th41st28th12th21st
Dale Earnhardt Jr6th18th9th34th10th10th13th36th22nd
Brad Keselowski---------------------13th23rd
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------28th20th4th29th
David Reutimann---------------31st19th8th35th
Kasey Kahne------12th19th33rd9th21st6th37th
Brian Vickers------19th11th8th---15th37th---
Mover of the Week
Jeff Gordon - Started in the 34th position and finished 12th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Clint Bowyer
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Greg Biffle) - Finished 27th
Greg Biffle continued his impressive running at Kansas Speedway, as he raced to victory last year for his second win in the last four at the midwest track. Unfortunately, Biffle is on the outside looking in this year, as he ranks 15th on the points list and out of the Chase.

After three races, the standings have tightened up, as Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick are deadlocked at the top, with Tony Stewart and last week's winner Kurt Busch just nine points back. With seven races to go, just 19 points separate the top nine drivers. The other three championship contenders -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin -- aren't out of the title hunt yet, but they do have a lot of catching up to do.

Although out of the race, Biffle might be the man to beat, as he has recorded six top-4 finishes at this race in the past seven seasons, including the two wins. Biffle reclaimed the lead last year with 29 laps to go and held on to defeat Jimmie Johnson by 7.6 seconds. Other drivers to look out for are; Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon. Stewart owns two wins and 5 top-4 finishes in the past eight years, while Speed Racer boasts one win and seven top-10's the last nine years.

In 2009 Tony Stewart gambled with a two-tire stop late in the race. He exited the pits first and grabbed the lead with 30 laps remaining. The two-time Cup Series champion then held off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon in the closing laps for his fourth win of the season and the 37th of his Cup career. Stewart, who also won at Kansas in 2006, joined Gordon and now Biffle as the only repeat winners. Stewart's win total now stands at 41.

Jimmie Johnson became the second pole sitter in the history of this race to take the checkered flag, as he defeated the hard-charging Carl Edwards by 0.280 of a second in 2008. Johnson dominated the race, leading five times for a race- high 124 laps. Edwards started 34th on the grid and led for 31 laps, but was overtaken by Johnson on lap 220.

In 2007, Greg Biffle led the final 37 laps, as he defeated Clint Bowyer under the caution for the 12th of his 16 career Sprint Cup titles. Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson led only for the first lap and placed third. Kurt Busch, who was fairly dominant during the middle of the race, led three times for a race- high 76 laps.

When Tony Stewart won in 2006, he led only for five laps, but it was the last five, as he finished well ahead of Casey Mears for the title. Starting in the 21st position, Stewart inched his way to the top and took the lead on lap 263 to post a whopping 12.422 seconds win over Mears. Pole sitter Kasey Kahne, who led the first 11 laps, finished a distant 33rd. Jimmie Johnson, who led three times for a race-high 105 laps, placed 14th. Stewart finished the race coasting across the finish line, as he was out of fuel.

In 2005, Mark Martin, starting from the 19th position, recorded his first win of that season, as he crossed the finish line 0.557 of a second ahead of teammate Greg Biffle. Winless since Dover 2004, Martin registered his 35th of 40 career Sprint Cup titles. Before a crowd of 125,000, Martin reclaimed the lead on lap 220 of the 267-lap event and held on for the win. Overall, Martin led three times for a total of 139 laps, while Biffle led twice for 47 laps. Pole sitter Matt Kenseth led for 71 laps and finished fifth.

Back in 2004, Joe Nemechek raced to victory, as he fought off Ricky Rudd at the finish line to win by just 0.081 seconds for his fourth and last career win. Nemechek captured both races that year at Kansas Speedway, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday prior to the NASCAR Sprint event on Sunday.

THIS AND THAT FROM KANSAS: The top-5 position has won this race five times in the ten-year history, twice coming from the pole. The furthest back a driver has come to win this race was from the 21st position on the grid, when Tony Stewart won in 2006. Seven of the nine races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution. There have been ten NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas, all at Kansas Speedway. The only other Kansas track to hold a NASCAR national series race was Heartland Park in Topeka, which hosted five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races from 1995-99.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues with the October 15th running of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jamie McMurray is the defending race winner.

10/04 17:55:59 ET

As of October 4, 2011, at 05:56 PM ET