DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas going into the STP 400 on April 22.

KANSAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M / Novec Ford)

  • Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.3
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.5
  • Driver Rating of 118.0, second-best
  • 190 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 162.291 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 1,957 Laps in the Top 15 (93.9%)
  • 346 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • One top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.0
  • Average Running Position of 15.4, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.7, 11th-best
  • 566 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.540 mph, seventh-fastest

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • Three top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.7
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.9, eighth-best
  • 110 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 534 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.435 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,186 Laps in the Top 15 (56.9%), 10th-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)

  • Four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.7
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.3, sixth-best
  • 113 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 540 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.654 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,368 Laps in the Top 15 (65.6%), sixth-most
  • 302 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.3
  • Average Running Position of 8.3, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.4, fourth-best
  • 99 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 162.136 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,884 Laps in the Top 15 (90.4%), second-most
  • 321 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.8
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.1, 12th-best
  • 44 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 555 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.427 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 1,324 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), ninth-most
  • 297 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet)

  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.6
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.0, 10th-best
  • 64 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 599 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.418 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 1,335 Laps in the Top 15 (64.1%), eighth-most
  • 270 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, four top fives, nine top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 8.4
  • Average Running Position of 7.0, second-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 120.6
  • Series-high 316 Fastest Laps Run
  • 566 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 162.485 mph
  • 1,879 Laps in the Top 15 (90.2%), third-most
  • Series-high 364 Quality Passes

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • One top five, three top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 17.0
  • Average Running Position of 15.7, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.0, 13th-best
  • 66 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 568 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.277 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 1,146 Laps in the Top 15 (55.0%), 12th-most
  • 216 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 18.0
  • Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.5, fifth-best
  • 108 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.583 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,589 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fifth-most
  • 259 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

  • One win, two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.0
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.8, ninth-best

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)

  • One win, two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.1
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.9, seventh-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.426 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 1,358 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), seventh-most
  • 210 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.2
  • Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.9, third-best
  • 137 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.960 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 1,740 Laps in the Top 15 (83.5%), fourth-most
  • 322 Quality Passes, third-most
 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12  Following Race 7 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Rank Last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle 273 1 1 1 109.1
2. Matt Kenseth  254 1 0 4 103.0
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 254 0 0 2 100.1
4. Martin Truex Jr. 253 0 1 6 100.2
5. Kevin Harvick  249 0 0 5 99.6
6. Denny Hamlin  242 1 1 7 100.1
7. Tony Stewart 234 2 0 3 97.8
8. Jimmie Johnson  233 0 0 10 101.8
9. Ryan Newman  225 1 0 8 84.9
10. Clint Bowyer  219 0 0 9 88.0
11. Carl Edwards 215 0 1 11 79.5
12. Paul Menard 192 0 0 14 75.1

  ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Joey Logano                    192 32. Dave Blaney                 104
14. Kyle Busch                       184 33. Landon Cassill                91
15. Brad Keselowski              183  34. Travis Kvapil                   85
16. Jeff Burton                       179 35. Brian Vickers                   66
17. Jeff Gordon                      177 36. David Stremme               63
18. Juan Pablo Montoya        174  37. J.J. Yeley                         60
19. AJ Allmendinger                172 38. Brendan Gaughan          50
20. Mark Martin                      170 39. Michael McDowell            47
21. Regan Smith                    167 40. Ken Schrader                  47
22. Aric Almirola                     166 41. Tony Raines                    35
23. Jamie McMurray               160 42. Terry Labonte                 27
24. Marcos Ambrose              159 43. Josh Wise                       26
25. Bobby Labonte                152 44. Hermie Sadler                 13
26. Kurt Busch                       147 45. Scott Riggs                     12
27. Kasey Kahne                   130 46. Robby Gordon                  6
28. Casey Mears                   119 47. Scott Speed                      1
29. David Ragan                    109  
30. David Gilliland                  109  
31. David Reutimann             106  

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Kansas Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

11

1

2

6

8

1

8.3

118.0

 

2

Matt Kenseth

12

1

0

3

6

2

18.0

101.5

 

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12

1

0

1

5

2

17.3

83.6

 

4

Martin Truex Jr.

7

0

0

0

0

1

26.3

80.7

 

5

Kevin Harvick

12

0

0

1

5

1

13.6

90.0

 

6

Denny Hamlin

8

0

0

2

2

0

15.8

85.1

 

7

Tony Stewart

12

0

2

5

8

1

12.2

105.9

 

8

Jimmie Johnson

11

3

2

4

9

1

8.4

120.6

 

9

Ryan Newman

12

0

1

3

4

2

17.3

64.1

 

10

Clint Bowyer

7

0

0

1

3

0

12.0

88.7

 

11

Carl Edwards

9

0

0

4

7

1

10.7

97.3

 

12

Paul Menard

6

0

0

0

1

0

20.5

70.9

 

* – Based on last eight Kansas Speedway races


At Kansas Speedway:

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.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 12 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 12 races at Kansas.
  • Jeff Gordon won the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
  • Jason Leffler won the first pole in September 2001.
  •  Nine different drivers have won poles, led by Jimmie Johnson with three.
  • Eight different drivers have posted victories, led by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart (each with two).
  • Seven of the 12 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 25th, by Brad Keselowski last season.
  • Two active drivers with more than one start have averaged a top-10 finish: Greg Biffle (8.2) and Jimmie Johnson (8.3).
  • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (eight) and top 10s (nine). Gordon’s three non-top 10s were a 39th in 2006, a 13th in 2004 and 34th in last season’s fall event.
  • Eight of the 12 races that ended under green had a margin of victory under one second. The 2007 race ended under caution.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas Speedway winner: Ryan Newman (10/05/2003 – 25 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas Speedway winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days)

 

Kansas Speedway Data

Race #: 8 of 36 (04-22-12)

Track Size: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 400.5 miles

  • Banking/corners: 15 degrees
  • Banking/straights: 10.4 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 2,685 feet
  • Backstretch: 2,207 feet

Top 12 Driver Rating at Kansas

  1. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 120.6
  2. Greg Biffle………………………….. 118.0
  3. Tony Stewart……………………….. 105.9
  4. Jeff Gordon………………………… 105.4
  5. Matt Kenseth……………………….. 101.5
  6. Carl Edwards………………………… 97.3
  7. Mark Martin…………………………… 92.9
  8. Kurt Busch……………………………. 90.9
  9. Brad Keselowski……………………. 90.8
  10. Kevin Harvick………………………… 90.0
  11. Clint Bowyer…………………………. 88.7
  12. Denny Hamlin……………………….. 85.1

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

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Kurt Busch, 174.752 mph, 30.901 seconds
  • 2011 race winner: Brad Keselowski, (137.184 mph, 06-05-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, (180.856 mph, 29.858 seconds, 10-08-05)
  • Track race record: Greg Biffle, (138.077 mph, 11-03-10)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Brad Keselowski

2011 Spring

76.1

17th

Greg Biffle

2010

132.3

2nd

Tony Stewart

2009

91.3

9th

Jimmie Johnson

2008

115.6

2nd

Greg Biffle

2007

115.4

3rd

Tony Stewart

2006

117.6

3rd

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Kansas Speedway (2011 spring race and previous five races).

 

NASCAR in Kansas

  • There have been 12 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.
  • 16 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Kansas, including Jim Roper who won the very first NASCAR Sprint Cup race – Charlotte in 1949.
  • There have been two race winners in the top three NASCAR national series from Kansas:

 

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Clint Bowyer

5

8

3

Jim Roper

1

0

0

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