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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - 5-Hour Energy 400 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 10
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 73,635 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 4th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, May 9/6:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 1)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (191.864 mph)
RACE RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2012 (144.122 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth16Brad Keselowski33
2Kasey Kahne277Jamie McMurray14
3Jimmie Johnson218Aric Almirola6
4Martin Truex Jr79Mark Martin8
5Clint Bowyer1010Paul Menard12
2013 5-Hour Energy 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 133.611 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 59 mins., 51 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.150 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 40 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (191.864 mph)
Past 5-Hour Energy 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Matt Kenseth (1) -- Toyota -- 133.611 mph
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (4) -- Toyota -- 144.122 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (25) -- Dodge -- 137.184 mph
 
NOTE: Previously called STP 400 (2011-13).
 
Past 5-Hour Energy 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1
2012 -- A.J. Allmendinger -- 32
2011 -- Kurt Busch -- 9
Last Race Results
RACE: Aaron's 499 (May 4)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
MILES: 500
LAPS: 188
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Greg Biffle
THIRD: Clint Bowyer
FOURTH: Brian Vickers
FIFTH: A.J. Allmendinger
POLE WINNER: Brian Scott (finished 42)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 17 mins., 16 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 152.103 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 48 among 23 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Scott-pole, Menard 1-5, Patrick 6-7, J. Gordon 8, Patrick 9-12,
Keselowski 13, Menard 14, Cassill 15, Menard 16-19, Kenseth 20,
Logano 21-31, Hamlin 32-34, Edwards 35-37, Logano 38, Edwards
39-40, Johnson 41, Logano 42-51, Gilliland 52, Ky. Busch 53,
Logano 54-56, Biffle 57-58, Johnson 59, Biffle 60-94, Edwards 95,
McDowell 96, Biffle 97-106, Ragan 107, Mears 108, Earnhardt Jr
109-112, Bayne 113-118, Earnhardt Jr 119-134, Ambrose 135-137,
Sorenson 138, Newman 139, Mears 140-141, Biffle 142-145,
Earnhardt Jr 146-151, Biffle 152-158, Vickers 159-161, Hamlin
162, Vickers 163, Hamlin 164-165, Vickers 166-167, Harvick
168-180, Hamlin 181, Harvick 182, Hamlin 183-185, Harvick 186,
Hamlin 187-188.
5-Hour Energy 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Wurth
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
12Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/SKF
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Novec
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Snickers
20 *Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/AAA Insurance
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta Coatings
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Iowa Chop House
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Shrock
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Kwikset
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
33David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/carsforsale.com
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
44J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Kingsford Charcoal
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
77Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last three years)
Driver201120122013
Matt Kenseth64Won
Kasey Kahne1482
Jimmie Johnson733
Martin Truex Jr2024
Clint Bowyer18365
Brad KeselowskiWon116
Jamie McMurray29147
Paul Menard191810
Kevin Harvick11612
Jeff Gordon42113
Ryan Newman152014
Kurt Busch91715
Dale Earnhardt Jr2716
Carl Edwards5917
Greg Biffle10519
Tony Stewart81321
Kyle Busch121038
Joey Logano231539
Denny Hamlin3Won---
Austin Dillon---------
Kyle Larson---------
 
Mover of the Week
Denny Hamlin - started 34 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Greg Biffle
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 37
 
NOTES:
The 5-Hour Energy at Kansas Speedway is the 11th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

This race is scheduled for Saturday night. It will be the first time a Sprint Cup Series event runs under the lights at Kansas Speedway. Kansas and Darlington Raceway switched their dates for the '14 season.

Construction of Kansas Speedway began in 1999. The first events at this 1.5- mile racetrack -- ARCA Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West -- 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 16 Sprint Cup races held at Kansas, including one event per season from 2001-2010 and two each year since then. The series will return there the first weekend in October for the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kansas on Sept. 30, 2001.

Gordon, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead all drivers with two victories each at Kansas. Gordon has the most top-five finishes at this track with 9, and Johnson's 13 top-10 finishes there is tops among all drivers. Johnson has placed no worse than ninth in the last 10 races at Kansas.

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

The race winner at Kansas has started from the pole position four times, including both events during the 2013 season. Kenseth started first and won there one year ago, and Kevin Harvick did the same last October.

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

Seven drivers have competed in each of the previous 16 races at Kansas. They are: Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Gordon, Harvick, Kenseth, Mark Martin and Ryan Newman. Burton and Martin are not competing in this weekend's race.

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

No active driver has scored his or her first Cup race win or pole 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 Martin was 46 years and 9 months old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 9, 2005.

The May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is next on the Sprint Cup Schedule. Johnson has won the all-star event the past two years.

05/06 14:55:47 ET

As of May 6, 2014, at 02:56 PM ET