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DATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 73,635 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 13th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Oct. 4/5:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (finished 4)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (191.864)
RACE RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2012 (144.122 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth126Clint Bowyer3
2Martin Truex Jr167Regan Smith39
3Paul Menard148Brad Keselowski25
4Kasey Kahne19Jimmie Johnson7
5Tony Stewart3310Jeff Gordon19
2012 Hollywood Casino 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 115.086 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 28 mins., 48 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.495 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 14 for 66 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (191.360 mph)
Past Hollywood Casino 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Matt Kenseth (12) -- Ford -- 115.086 mph
2011 -- Jimmie Johnson (19) -- Chevrolet -- 137.181 mph
2010 -- Greg Biffle (5) -- Ford -- 138.077 mph
2009 -- Tony Stewart (5) -- Chevrolet -- 137.144 mph
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 133.549 mph
2007 -- Greg Biffle (7) -- Ford -- 104.981 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (21) -- Chevrolet -- 121.753 mph
2005 -- Mark Martin (19) -- Ford -- 137.774 mph
2004 -- Joe Nemechek (1) -- Chevrolet -- 128.058 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (11) -- Dodge -- 121.630 mph
2002 -- Jeff Gordon (10) -- Chevrolet -- 119.394 mph
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 110.576 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Protection One 400 (2001-02), Banquet 400 (2003-06),
Lifelock 400 (2007), Camping World RV 400 (2008). Price Chopper 400
(2009-10).
 
Past Hollywood Casino 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4
2011 -- Greg Biffle -- 8
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 37
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 7
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 33
2005 -- Matt Kenseth -- 5
2004 -- Joe Nemechek -- 1
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 6
2001 -- Jason Leffler -- 28
Last Race Results
RACE: AAA 400 (Sept. 29)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Del.
MILES: 400
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Jeff Gordon
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 3 mins., 20 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.909 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.446 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Earnhardt Jr 1-25; M. Kenseth 26-30; D. Earnhardt Jr 31-39; D.
Gilliland 40-40; Ky. Busch 41-70; R. Newman 71-75; D. Earnhardt
Jr 76-117; J. Gordon 118-119; J. Johnson 120-165; R. Newman
166-166; M. Kenseth 167-197; J. Johnson 198-229; D. Earnhardt Jr
230-230; J. Johnson 231-310; D. Earnhardt Jr 311-312; J. Gordon
313-313; C. Bowyer 314-314; J. Johnson 315-370; D. Earnhardt Jr
371-371; J. Johnson 372-400.
Hollywood Casino 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Tim Warner Cable
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/MAC Tools
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Sherwin-Williams
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20 *Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Splash
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Code 3 Associates
40Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/Moonshine Attitude
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Matt Kenseth175233553974Won
Martin Truex Jr------1138431620362
Kasey Kahne12193392163724
Clint Bowyer------9212211576
Brad Keselowski---------------132338
Jimmie Johnson326143Won92Won9
Jeff Gordon13103954253410
Kevin Harvick35241566243611
Denny Hamlin---321829115121613
Carl Edwards2236372106514
Joey Logano------------2928172919
Mark Martin20Won312187141024
Kurt Busch61425113011131325
Greg Biffle3212Won33Won827
Ryan Newman33232443162291830
Kyle Busch37217412812211131
Dale Earnhardt Jr.934101013362214---
 
Mover of the Week
Clint Bowyer - started 23 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway is the 30th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the fourth in the 10-race Chase.

Construction of Kansas Speedway began in 1999. The first races at this 1.5- mile racetrack -- ARCA Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events -- were held on the same day on June 2, 2001.

During the 2012 NASCAR season, between the April and October race weekends, this track was repaved and variable banking was added in the turns. The banking in all four corners varies from 17-20 degrees. There is 10 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 5 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,685 feet, and the backstretch is 2,207 feet long.

There have been 15 Sprint Cup races held at Kansas, including one event per season from 2001-2010 and two each year since then. The series most recently competed there in April.

Nine drivers have competed in each of the previous 15 races at Kansas: Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart. Labonte and Stewart are not on the entry list for this event. Stewart is sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a leg injury. A.J. Allmendinger is driving the No. 47 car in place of Labonte this weekend.

Gordon won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kansas, the Protection One 400, on Sept. 30, 2001.

Five drivers have two victories at Kansas: Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Gordon, Kenseth and Stewart. Kenseth has won the last two races there. No driver has yet to win three times at this track.

Rick Hendrick and Jack Roush share the record for most car owner wins at Kansas with four each. Joe Gibbs is next in line with three victories.

Gordon has the most top-5 finishes at Kansas with eight, and Johnson's 12 top-10s there is tops among all drivers.

Johnson and Kasey Kahne have the most poles at Kansas with three each.

The race winner at Kansas has started from the pole position three times: Joe Nemechek (2004), Johnson (2008) and Kenseth (April 2013).

The closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Kansas occurred in October 2004 when Nemechek beat Ricky Rudd to the finish line by just 0.081 seconds.

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon are those drivers who made their first career Sprint Cup starts at Kansas. Hamlin made his debut there on Oct. 9, 2005, while Dillon's first start came on Oct. 9, 2011.

No driver has scored his or her first race or pole win at Kansas.

Newman holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Kansas. He took the checkered flag there on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was 25 years, 9 months and 27 days old. When Mark Martin was 46 years and 9 months old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 9, 2005.

Round 5 in the championship Chase is the Oct. 12 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer is the defending race winner.

10/01 13:20:39 ET

As of October 1, 2013, at 01:20 PM ET