Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 80),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 160), and Final Stage (Ends on lap 267)
What to Watch For:
Defending race winner Kevin Harvick (2016 Fall, 2018 Spring) and 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. (swept 2017) have won four of the last five Kansas Speedway races. … Truex is the only driver to sweep a season’s races (2017).
Two of the last three races have been won from the pole position – Truex in Fall, 2017 and Harvick in Spring, 2018.
The pole position is the winningest spot on the starting grid, producing six winners. Twice it’s happened in consecutive races – Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick 2013 season; Truex and Harvick, 2017-18.
Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Harvick are the winningest active drivers at Kansas with three victories each.
Harvick is the all-time winningest polesitter with four pole positions, including three in a row from 2013-2014.
Only twice in the last 10 races has the driver who led the most laps gone on to win. (Truex in Spring, 2017 and Joey Logano, Fall, 2015).
There are eight former winners in the field this weekend.
The deepest in the starting field a race winner has come is 25thon the grid – Brad Keselowski in Spring, 2011.
Kyle Busch is the only driver with victories in all three marquee series at Kansas Speedway. He has two NASCARGander Outdoors Truck Series trophies, four in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and one in Cup.
Only one time in the last 10 races has a manufacturer won consecutive races – Truex’s Toyota sweep in 2017.
Parity has been evident at Kansas. Chevrolet has four wins in the last 10 races. Ford has three and Toyota has three.
Chase Elliott is the youngest driver to win at Kansas. He took the last trophy at the track in Fall, 2018 at the age of 22 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Mark Martin is the oldest driver to win there – in October, 2005 at the age of 46 years, nine months. … Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with wins (12) and pole positions (10).
Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team at Kansas with seven victories.
Kurt Busch has made the most starts at Kansas (26) without a victory.
Logano leads all active drivers in average starting position (9.632).
Ryan Blaney and the late Jason Leffler are the only drivers to earn their very first Cup series pole position at Kansas.
No Cup driver has scored his career first race victory at Kansas Speedway.
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