Statistically speaking: a look at Kansas Speedway


This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway near Kansas City, Kan., for Saturday night’s 5-hour Energy 400. It’ll be the first night race for the track. The race is a home game, of sorts for Clint Bowyer of Emporia, Kan., and also Carl Edwards of Columbia, Mo., who claims Kansas as his home track since the circuit doesn’t visit his actual home state of Missouri. It’ll also mark the 300th-career Sprint Cup start for Bowyer. Neither he nor Edwards have won a Sprint Cup race at the home track.

Actually, no driver has more than two wins at Kansas Speedway, and several can claim two — Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart can make that claim. Needless to say, nobody has really dominated Kansas’ victory lane.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of the current top drivers have fared over the years at Kansas (stats provided by NASCAR Media Group):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 10.3

· Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best

· Driver Rating of 106.9, third-best

· 205 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.911 mph, fourth-fastest

· 2,574 Laps in the Top 15 (81.7%), third-most

· 472 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)

· Two top fives, five top 10s

· Average finish of 13.2

· Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· One top five, seven top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 15.9

· Driver Rating of 89.9, 11th-best

· 773 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.549 mph, ninth-fastest

· 1,738 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 12th-most

· 366 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Feneway Racing Ford)

· Five top fives, nine top 10s

· Average finish of 10.8

· Average Running Position of 12.3, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 96.6, sixth-best

· 125 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 820 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.678 mph, fifth-fastest

· 2,166 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7%), sixth-most

· 457 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s

· Average finish of 10.6

· Average Running Position of 9.8, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 99.6, fourth-best

· 109 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

· 735 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.943 mph, third-fastest

· 2,669 Laps in the Top 15 (84.7%), second-most

· 474 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· One win, three top fives, three top 10s

· Average finish of 14.8

· Average Running Position of 14.1, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 89.2, 12th-best

· 69 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

· 1,942 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), ninth-most

· 378 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, two top fives, seven top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 12.1

· Average Running Position of 12.2, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 95.9, seventh-best

· 140 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· Series-high 900 Green Flag Passes

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.653 mph, sixth-fastest

· 2,208 Laps in the Top 15 (70.1%), fifth-most

· 424 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 7.5

· Series-best Average Running Position of 7.4

· Series-best Driver Rating of 118.9

· Series-high 470 Fastest Laps Run

· 853 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 166.603 mph

· Series-high 2,812 Laps in the Top 15 (89.2%)

· Series-high 566 Quality Passes

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 14.0

· Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 91.1, ninth-best

· 133 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· 856 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.547 mph, 10th-fastest

· 1,990 Laps in the Top 15 (63.1%), seventh-most

· 397 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 14.6

· Average Running Position of 9.6, third-best

· Driver Rating of 109.6, second-best

· 232 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.946 mph, second-fastest

· 2,564 Laps in the Top 15 (81.3%), fourth-most

· 400 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s

· Average finish of 12.3

· Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 97.5, fifth-best

· 137 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.625 mph, eighth-fastest

· 1,984 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), eighth-most

· 401 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)

· Three top fives, three top 10s

· Average finish of 19.2

· Average Running Position of 13.8, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 91.5, eighth-best

· 131 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 165.627 mph, seventh-fastest

· 1,791 Laps in the Top 15 (62.1%), 11th-most

 

Kansas Speedway Data

Season Race #: 11 of 36 (05-10-14)

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 to 20 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 17 to 20 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

Frontstretch Length: 2,685 feet

Backstretch Length: 2,207 feet

Race Length: 267 laps / 400 miles

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 118.9

Matt Kenseth……………………….. 109.6

Greg Biffle………………………….. 106.9

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 99.6

Tony Stewart…………………………. 97.5

Carl Edwards………………………… 96.6

Kevin Harvick………………………… 95.9

Martin Truex Jr………………………. 91.5

Kasey Kahne………………………… 91.1

Clint Bowyer…………………………. 90.1

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (12 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2013 pole winner: Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 191.864 mph, 28.145 secs. 04-21-13

2013 race winner: Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 133.611 mph, (02:59:51), 04-21-13

Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 191.864 mph, 28.145 secs. 04-19-13

Track race record: Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 133.611 mph, (02:59:51), 04-22-12

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