Kansas Speedway Quick Facts

June 2, 2011
by Alan

Track Data
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Banking/Corners: 15 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10.4 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,685 feet
Backstretch: 2,207 feet

History
Groundbreaking was held on May 25, 1999.
The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was Sept. 30, 2001.
This is the first season Kansas Speedway will hold two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.

Interesting Facts
There have been 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas since the track opened in 2001.
All of the races have been scheduled for 267 laps.
11 drivers have competed in all 10 races at Kansas.
Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
Seven different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson, with three.
Seven different drivers have posted victories, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart (each with two).
There have been seven different winners.
Seven of the 10 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
Two drivers have won from the pole: Joe Nemechek in 2004 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
The furthest back in the field that race winner started was 21st, by Tony Stewart in 2006. Seven of the 12 races this season have been won from a starting position of 20th or lower.
Denny Hamlin made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Kansas – a 32nd-place finish in 2005.
Three active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Greg Biffle (8.1), Jeff Gordon (8.5) and Jimmie Johnson (9.3).
Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (seven) and top 10s (eight). Gordon’s only two non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006 and a 13th in 2004.
Seven of the nine races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.

Track Records
Qualifying record: Matt Kenseth (180.856 mph, 29.858 seconds,10-08-05)
Race record: Greg Biffle (138.077 mph, 10-03-10)

Driver Rating at Kansas Speedway
Greg Biffle 122.6
Jimmie Johnson 118.7
Jeff Gordon 106.5
Tony Stewart 103.3
Matt Kenseth 97.7
Mark Martin 97.3
Carl Edwards 94.8
Clint Bowyer 88.1
Kevin Harvick 87.1
Kurt Busch 84.6

Driver’s Thoughs on Kansas Speedway (embedded audio files)
Clint Bowyer
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Jeff Gordon
Kevin Harvick
Mark Martin

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