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TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: STP

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 12:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:30 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, April 20

12:30 - 1:50 pm NSCS Practice
3:30 - 5:00 pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, April 21

11:10 am NSCS Qualifying

Sunday, April 22

10:20 am Pre-Race Concert: Kenny Wayne Shepherd
11:20 am Driver Introductions
12:00 pm NSCS Race - STP 400


NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 20, 1:30 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 20, 4:30 - 6:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, April 21 at 12:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


2012: $5,327,371
2011: $5,215,984
2011 was the first spring race for the track


  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Banking: corners/turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
    Straights: Frontstretch - 2,685 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
    Asphalt surface is 55-feet wide
    Pit Box Size 30'x18', 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road: 1,573 feet long, 60-feet wide
    Attendence: 81,779, 68 luxury suites
    Seating: Approx 74,000 in the grandstands
    Camping: Approx 2,400 spaces
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshals: Victory Junction Campers, Keyley Bolding, Isaac Roberson, Sarah Roberson and Zac Roberson
    Command to start engines: Victory Junction Campers, Keyley Bolding, Isaac Roberson, Sarah Roberson and Zac Roberson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Cole Cochran, Kansas City Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Jeremy Vitt
    Military Flyover: 3 A-10s, 303rd flight squadron, Whiteman AFB

  • Track Websites:
    Kansas Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Kansas Speedway - Twitter
    Kansas Speedway - Facebook

  • June 2011: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2011: see my Kansas Race Info page

  • June 2011 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 137.184mph, started 25th

  • October 2011 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.181mph, started 19th

  • Track Race Record: #16-Greg Biffle, 10/3/2010, 138.077mph

  • Slowest Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph

  • Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 46 years, 9 months, 0 days, 10/9/2005

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/2003

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/5/2011, started 25th

  • June 2011 Pole Sitter: #22-Kurt Busch, 174.752mph, finished 9th

  • October 2011 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 174.887mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #17-Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph

  • Oldest Kansas Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 24 days, 10/2/2009

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jason Leffler, 26 years, 0 months, 14 days, 9/30/2001

  • The Numbers for Kansas Speedway, Caution Update:
    1 - number of drivers winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway in the same weekend (Joe Nemechek, 2004)
    2 - wins from the pole (Joe Nemechek - 2004, Jimmie Johnson - 2008)
    2 - most wins by driver (Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson & Tony Stewart)
    3 - most poles (Jimmie Johnson)
    5 - fewest cautions (twice, most recently 6/5/2011)
    5 - fewest laps led by race winner (Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    7 - number of races won from top-10 starting position
    8 - different race winners
    8 - most top-five finishes (Jeff Gordon)
    9 - different pole winners
    9 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (9/29/2002)
    9 - fewest leaders (twice, most recently 10/9/2011)
    10 - number of drivers that have competed in all 12 races
    13 - fewest lead changes (9/29/02)
    13 - most cautions (9/30/2001)
    14 - most leaders (10/4/2009)
    22 - fewest caution laps (6/5/2011)
    26 - most lead changes (10/4/2009)
    27 - most cars on lead lap at finish (9/30/2007)
    27 - fewest cars running at finish (9/29/2002)
    42 - most running at finish (9/28/2008)
    70 - most caution laps (9/30/2001)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track
    137.077 mph - track race record
    180.856 mph - track qualifying record
    197 - most laps led by race winner (Jimmie Johnson, 10/9/2011)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana 3/25/2012)
    2 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2012 (Daytona and Martinsville); one in first seven races in 2011 (Daytona)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona, 2/27/2012)
    40 - number of cautions in the first seven races of 2012; 61 in first seven races in 2011
    232 of 2,259 - number of laps under caution in 2012
    272.073 of 2,513.890 - miles under caution in the first seven races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(4-19-2012)

  • Facts and Notes about Kansas Speedway:
    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.
    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.(NASCAR)(4-17-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Kansas Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE and links

  • Hamlin wins at Kansas: #11-Denny Hamlin won the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of the year, 1st at Kansas and his 19th career win. It is the first win for Toyota at Kansas. The win for car #11, is the 199th win, one ahead of the #43 car, which has 198 wins [Richard Petty won races in cars other than the #43].
    #56-Truex Jr., who led the most laps, finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #17-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #29-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #99-Edwards and #18-Busch
    Pole sitter, #22-Allmendinger, had engine problems anf finished 32nd, after leading 44 laps.
    There were only 3 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps, a new record [was 5 and 23 laps]. The race speed average was 144.122mph, breaking the race record set by Greg Biffle in Oct 2010 of 138.077mph. There were 14 lead changes among 9 drivers.
    The estimated attendence was 75,000, down from 80,000 in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Kansas Race Results page (pdf) and the official rundown on the Official Race Report. (4-23-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 8 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 312
    2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 297, -15
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 295, -17
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 291, -21
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 289, -23
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 287, -25
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 275, -37
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 265, -47
    9) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 251, -61
    10) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 249, -63
    Chase wild card drivers:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win, 15th in points], 217, -95
    12) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins, 11th in pts], 227, -85
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(4-22-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
    #83 stays in the top 35, #33 is still 36th and out, but drops further back in points, now 11 points out.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    29) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 126, +34
    30) #34-Ragan/Front Row, 123, +33
    31) #93-Kvapil/BK Racing, 122, +32
    32) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 120, +30
    33) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 111, +21
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 109, +19
    35) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 101, 11 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-TBA/Childress, 90, -11 from the top 35
    37) #49-Yeley/Robinson. 73, -28
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 69, -32
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-22-2012)

  • New record, win 199 for car #11: #11-Denny Hamlin's win in the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was car #11's 199th win in the Sprint Cup Series. This win passes the #43 for all-time wins in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. Richard Petty, who drove the #43 for most of his 200 wins, actually won 192 races running the #43 and 8 in other car numbers [#41 & #42]. The car number in third is the car #3 with 97 wins. See the full list of car number wins and who won the first and last races for those car numbers on my Wins by Car Numbers.(4-22-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Kansas Speedway:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the 2nd Annual STP 400, his 19th victory in 231 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in eight races at Kansas Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2012.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 12 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #26-Josh Wise (39th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #16-Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 15 points over Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-22-2012)

  • Kansas Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Denny Hamlin earned his 19th Cup Series victory in his 231st start and joins Tony Stewart as the second repeat winner of 2012.
    " This is Denny Hamlin's first victory at Kansas in his ninth start.
    " Denny Hamlin is the ninth different driver to win in 13 races at Kansas.
    " This is 199th win for car No. 11, most of all numbers after breaking a tie with #43.
    " Joe Gibbs Racing earned its 95th Cup Series victory, second win of 2012 and second win at Kansas.
    " This is Toyota's first Kansas victory of second victory of 2012.
    " Martin Truex Jr. (second) has top-10 finishes in the past five races, a career high. This is Truex's best Kansas finish and puts him a career-best second in points.
    " Martin Truex Jr. led 173 laps, the most of all drivers, but was passed by Hamlin for the final lead change with 31 laps to go. This is the ninth time in 13 Kansas races that the driver who led the most laps failed to win.
    " Jimmie Johnson (third) scored his seventh consecutive top-10 finish at Kansas and fifth top-10 of 2012.
    " Matt Kenseth (fourth) has top-five finishes in five races in 2012 including four of the past five.
    " Greg Biffle (fifth) scored his fifth top-five finish of 2012 and seventh consecutive top-10 at Kansas.
    " Kevin Harvick (sixth) has finished 11th or better in all but one of the eight races of 2012.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (seventh) has top-10 finishes in the past four races. This is only the second time he has finished in the top 10 in four consecutive races since moving to Hendrick Motorsports.
    " Kasey Kahne (eighth) earned his second top-10 finish of 2012, both of which came in the past two races.
    " The average speed of the race was 144.126 mph -- a new track record.
    " The three cautions for 18 laps was the fewest for a Cup race at Kansas.(Racing Recall/

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #10-Reutimann, 29th
    Caution 2: #27-Menard, 18th
    Caution 3: #20-Logano, 15th

  • Race Coverage of the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, 2012.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Allmendinger chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #29-Harvick took pit stall 8, the first pitstall in front of it.
    #20-Logano, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Martin, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-21-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Recap
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Pit Stall Selections
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds page

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Allmendinger wins pole at Kansas: #22-A.J. Allmendinger won the pole for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 175.747mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 2nd career pole. The pole put Allemdinger into the 2013 Shootout at Daytona. #29-Harvick will start 2nd the #20-Logano [but due to an engine change on Friday, he will fall to the rear of the field before the green flag on Sunday], #11-Hamlin, #55-Martin, #56-Truex Jr., #88-Earnhardt Jr., #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne and #12-Hornish Jr.[top go-or-go homer.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #12-Hornish Jr., #30-Stremme, #49-Yeley, #23-Riggs, #98-McDowell, #26-Wise, #87-Nemechek and #19-Bliss.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #79-Andrews, #33-Jeff Green and #74-Raines.
    See qualifying results, order, pole progression, go-or-go homers & starting lineup on the Kansas Lineup / Qualifying Page.(4-21-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kansas Speedway:
    #22- AJ Allmendinger won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual STP 400 with a lap of 30.683 seconds, 175.993 mph.
    This is his second pole in 160 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in six races at Kansas Speedway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in 13 races at Kansas Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his sixth in eight races this season.
    #26-Josh Wise (38th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-21-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 12:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #20-Logano, slowest in practice [no speed, engine change].
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Kansas Qualifying Page.(4-21-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • Happy Hour Practice for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 174.956
    #55-Martin 174.317
    #56-Truex Jr. 173.801
    #16-Biffle 173.310
    #11-Hamlin 172.89
    slowest: #36-Blaney 166.826 #33-Green 167.390
    Notes: #14-Stewart scraped the wall just into practice, soing some minor damage to the right side of the car.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Kansas Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(4-20-2012)

  • 1st Friday Practice for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 173.728
    #99-Edwards 172.900
    #5-Kahne 172.546
    #83-Cassill 172.469
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 172.276
    slowest: #98-McDowell 167.348 #33-Green 167.593
    no speed listed: #20-Logano (engine change)
    notes: #20-Logano left the garage just as practice began, was on his first lap, when the engine soured, Logano went back to the garage and the team is changing the engine. So Logano will start the race on Sunday from the rear. About 10 minutes into practice, #51-Busch spun off turn 4 and slid thru the frontstretch grass. Busch was able to drive the car to the garage with just some cosmetic damage. #47-Labonte's team changed the fuel cell as they were having fueling problems.
    This practice will set the order for qualifying on Saturday, scheduled for 12:10pm/et on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Kansas 1st Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(4-20-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
    the final practice rank for the go-or-go homers (drivers not in the top 35 of current owners points)
    These drivers would make the race if things stay the same:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 17th fastest overall
    #23-Scott Riggs, 22nd
    #30-David Stremme, 33rd
    #26-Josh Wise#, 35th
    #19-Mike Bliss, 36th
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 37th
    #74-Tony Raines, 38th
    #12-Sam Hornish Jr., 39th
    These drivers would miss the race if things stay the same:
    #79-Andrews, 42nd
    #33-Green, 44th
    #98-Michael McDowell, 45th/last

  • The Entry List for the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #12-Sam Hornish Jr. (none/0)
    #19-Mike Bliss (45the in owners pts/3 attempts)
    #23-Scott Riggs (44/7)
    #26-Josh Wise (40/7)
    #30-David Stremme (37/7)
    #33-TBA (36/7)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (39/7)
    #74-Tony Raines (47/4)
    #79-Tim Andrews (none/0)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/7)
    #98-Michael McDowell (41/7)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 33,30,49,26,98,87,23,74
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 19,12,79
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List.(4-16/18-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #83 stays in the top 35, #10 moves back into the top-35, #33 drops out by 1 point.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    30) #13-Mears/Germain, 119, +29
    29) #34-Ragan/Front Row, 109, +19
    30) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 109, +19
    31) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 104, +14
    32) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 104, +14
    33) #93-Kvapil/BK Racing, 103, +13
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 94, +4
    35) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 91, 1 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Sadler/Childress, 90, -1 from the top 35
    37) #30-Stremme/Inception, 63, -28
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-14-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 273
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 254, -19
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 254, -19
    4) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 253, -20
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 249, -24
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 242, -31
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 234, -39
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 233, -40
    9) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 225, -48
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 219, -54
    wild card drivers:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win, 15th in points], 183, -90
    12) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins, 11th in pts], 215, -58
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(4-14-2012)

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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Kansas: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Kansas Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #18, #24, #56 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald's team will bring Chassis #1208 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis made its debut this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, finishing eighth, McMurray's first top-10 of the season. Did you Know?: It would take 47,520 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (averaging two inches) to circle the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. You would have to place 7,920 six-piece orders to get that many McNuggets.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-822 during Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-717. This is a new car that has not been tested or raced.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt / Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 784 for the 267-lap race at Kansas Speedway. This chassis ran at Kansas in last fall's event.
    #10-David Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 356 in the off-season from Richard Childress Racing. Reutimann drove the chassis at Las Vegas, Auto Club Speedway and Texas this season. At Vegas, he started in the 31st position, and a sparking wire in the cockpit relegated the team to a 31st-place finish. At California, he started 18th and finished in the 27th position. He had his best showing in the chassis at Texas Motor Speedway when he drove from the 31st starting spot to finish in 26th place.
    #12-Sam Hornish Jr.: will debut the #12 SKF Dodge Charger and make his first start of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season Sunday afternoon in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, this weekend the #12 SKF Dodge Charger will race with chassis No. 803.
    #14-Tony Stewart: and crew chief Steve Addington are bringing Chassis No. 14-706  the same #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy that led twice for 42 laps en route to winning the rain-shortened race March 25 at Auto Club Speedway.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: The 5-hour Energy team will race chassis No. 716 at Kansas. Bowyer finished sixth with No. 716 in Las Vegas. Chassis No. 721 will serve as the backup and previously served as backup at Texas, Auto Club and Vegas but never raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M / Novec team is bringing primary chassis RK-777 which last ran Las Vegas and finished third. The backup chassis RK-786 which last ran Homestead and finished 35th.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-741 at Kansas, which last ran at Las Vegas. Kenseth will pilot the #17 Ford EcoBoost.
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be racing their new "PRS-823" AAA Dodge Charger this weekend at Kansas. The "PRS-814" is the backup Dodge Charger for the "Double-Deuce" team. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Las Vegas, Fontana and last weekend at Texas, but has never seen any track time.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 279 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Zecol/Menards Chevy was last seen on track at Las Vegas in March, where Menard earned a seventh-place finish. This chassis was also utilized in 2011 competition at Texas in November and at Kansas in October, where the Brickyard 400 winner finished 15th and 12th, respectively.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 378 prepared from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Rheem chassis was used during the 2011 season when Kevin Harvick earned a second-place finish at Chicago in September and a sixth-place finish at Kansas in October.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 367 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #31 Caterpiller Chevy, originally built in 2011, has seen significant track time including visits to Indianapolis in July 2011 (started-13th, finished-35th), Atlanta in September 2011 (started-27th, finished-13th) and Kansas in October 2011 (started-31st, finished-21st). Burton also tallied a top-10 finish at Homestead last November, finishing 10th after starting 31st with this car.
    #36-Dave Blaney will pilot chassis No. 100 this weekend. TBR bought the chassis from Red Bull Racing. Blaney drove the chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-686 will make its fourth start this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The chassis already has one start to its credit this season, which resulted in Newman's first top-five finish of 2012 at Las Vegas. After qualifying a disappointing 18th, Newman made a strong drive into the top-10, where he ran for most of the race. He drove from eighth to fourth in the final four laps to earn a fourth-place finish. Prior to its start at Las Vegas this year, Chassis 39-686 made two starts at intermediate racetracks during the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, which resulted in one top-10 finish. The chassis made its debut at Charlotte, starting sixth, led six laps and finished a solid 10th. In the second start for the chassis at Texas, Newman recovered from a loose wheel and being two laps down to finish a respectable 16th.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris 'Sunshine' Heroy and the #42 Target team will bring Chassis #1205 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis was originally brought to Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the primary car, but after contact with the wall in practice, Montoya was forced to go to a back-up car.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 STP Ford will run chassis number 752. This is the same chassis the team ran at California earlier this year.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 720 is a new chassis and serves as the primary for Johnson at Kansas. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup running at Las Vegas in 2012 finished 2nd and four races in 2011: Kansas (7th), Kentucky (3rd), Michigan (2nd) and Dover (2nd).
    #51-Kurt Busch This weekend's STP 400 will be the second race of the 2012 season for this chassis No. 665. This is the same car the #51 Phoenix Racing team competed with at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. The car was rebuilt after being caught up in an accident late in the race at Las Vegas. Busch earned his best starting position of the season with this chassis at Las Vegas, where he started 12th. The car was built in 2011 and was used only once last season  the June race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where driver Landon Cassill scored a 12th-place finish after starting 12th.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis (No. 720) at Kansas Speedway this weekend, finished 18th at Las Vegas in 2012. Chassis 708 will serve as backup. It has not raced in 2012.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Aflac crew will unload RK-814 this weekend at Kansas, this is a brand new car.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(4-20-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,300; Right-side -- 1,300

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4382;
    Right-side -- D-4408

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,245 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran twice at Kansas last season . . . more recently, these teams ran this right-side tire code (D-4408) at Fontana earlier this season . . . while Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck teams will run the same right-side code at Kansas this weekend, they will run distinct left-side codes . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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