NASCAR – Kansas Speedway Quick Facts

October 6, 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.

Interesting Facts
There have been 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas since the track opened in 2001.
All of the races have been scheduled for 267 laps.
10 drivers have competed in all 11 races at Kansas.
Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
Eight different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson with three.
Eight different drivers have posted victories, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart (each with two).
Seven of the 11 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 a race winner started was 25th, by Brad Keselowski earlier this season.
Three active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Greg Biffle (8.3), Jeff Gordon (8.1) and Jimmie Johnson (9.1).
Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (eight) and top 10s (nine). Gordon’s only two non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006 and a 13th in 2004.
Seven of the 11 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

Greg Biffle 118.8
Jimmie Johnson 116.5
Jeff Gordon 107.3
Tony Stewart 105.3
Carl Edwards 98.7
 Matt Kenseth
98.6
Mark Martin     92.7
Kurt Busch
91.8
Kevin Harvick   89.4
 Clint Bowyer   86.5
Denny Hamlin  85.2
Brad Keselowski 84.8

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (7 total) at Kansas.

Top Performers Statistically:

  Driver Races Poles Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating*

 

1

Kevin Harvick

11

0

0

1

4

1

14.3

89.4

2

Carl Edwards

8

0

0

3

6

1

11.4

98.7

3

Tony Stewart

11

0

2

5

8

1

11.9

105.3

4

Kurt Busch

11

1

0

0

3

1

18.1

91.8

5

Jimmie Johnson

10

3

1

3

8

1

9.1

116.5

6

Brad Keselowski

3

0

1

1

1

0

12.3

84.8

7

Matt Kenseth

11

1

0

2

5

2

19.3

98.6

8

Kyle Busch

8

0

0

0

1

1

22.4

79.5

9

Jeff Gordon

11

0

2

8

9

1

8.1

107.3

10

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

11

1

0

1

5

2

17.5

83.2

11

Ryan Newman

11

0

1

3

4

2

17.3

63.4

12

Denny Hamlin

7

0

0

2

2

0

15.7

85.2

* – Driver Rating based on last six Kansas Speedway races.

Website
http://www.kansasspeedway.com

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