Kansas Speedway is the next stop for the left turners for the third Saturday Night Special of the season. Don’t look back at the carnage left by Talledega and think forward to the great racing at Kansas to bring your fantasy teams up to where they belong.
Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers with the most poles at Kansas with three apiece but Jimmie won two-consecutive poles at Kansas.
With that said, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has the best average start the last five years with a staggering 2.5 average in both Kansas races last year. This year will be a different story with the advent of the new Chase format, only some drivers will come back in October to race only for the Chase title.
Denny Hamlin at 9.5 and Joey Logano at 9.6 are the other two drivers under 10.o in starting the races at Kansas but only Hamlin has never recorded a DNF among all active drivers in the land of Dorothy.
Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with eight victories, followed by Ford with four wins, and the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th by Brad Keselowski, driving a Dodge in the spring of 2011.
Matt Kenseth won last year’s spring race, while Kevin Harvick won the October Chase race.
There have been 11 different winners at Kansas Speedway, led by Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway and I’m predicting this track will produce a different winner this season, so tune in for my Ice Picks on Friday.
Here are the ten best at Kansas the past five years:
10 Kasey Kahne- 3 top 5s and 4 top 10s, avg finish 11.7.
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr- 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s, avg finish 11.5.
8 Denny Hamlin- 1 win, 2 top 5s and 2 top 10s, avg finish 11.3.
7 Tony Stewart- 2 top 5s and 3 top 10s, avg finish 11.0.
6 Paul Menard- 1 top 5 and 4 top 10s, avg finish 11.0.
5 Brad Keselowski- 1 win, 2 top 5s and 4 top 10s, avg finish 9.9.
4 Carl Edwards- 3 top 5s and 5 top 10s, avg finish 8.7.
3 Kevin Harvick, 1 win, 2 5s and 4 top 10s, avg finish 7.1.
2 Matt Kenseth- 2 wins, 4 top 5s and 6 top 10s, avg finish 4.9.
1 Jimmie Johnson- 1 win, 4 top 5s and 7 top 10’s, avg finish 4.4.