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KANSAS SPEEDWAY – SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(*Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)
  • Three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average Finish of 17.286, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.540, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.1, fifth-best
  • 189 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,937 Laps in the Top 15 (78.2%), ninth-most
  • 491 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
  • Two wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average Finish of 14.815, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.974, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.9, eighth-best
  • 330 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 4,982 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), fourth-most
  • 1,042 Quality Passes, second-most
Kurt Busch (No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota)
  • Five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average Finish of 14.643, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.991, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.6, 10th-best
  • 177 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 4,919 Laps in the Top 15 (66.1%), fifth-most
  • 1,033 Quality Passes, third-most
William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average Finish of 16.125, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.212, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.7, 12th-best
  • 99 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 1,264 Laps in the Top 15 (58.8%), 17th-most
  • 341 Quality Passes, 15th-most
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average Finish of 9.750, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.847, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.2, third-best
  • 164 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 2,510 Laps in the Top 15 (78.0%), 11th-most
  • 602 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
  • Three wins, nine top fives, ten top 10s
  • Average Finish of 14.074, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.470, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.0, ninth-best
  • 193 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 5,057 Laps in the Top 15 (70.5%), third-most
  • 1,025 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
  • Three wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; five poles
  • Average Finish of 7.750, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.529, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 109.9, series-best
  • 649 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 6,126 Laps in the Top 15 (82.3%), series-most
  • 1,124 Quality Passes, series-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 6 RFK Racing Ford)
  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average Finish of 11.500, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.386, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.0, seventh-best
  • 262 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 4,622 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), sixth-most
  • 1,006 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kyle Larson (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s
  • Average Finish of 15.500, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.287, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.9, fourth-best
  • 320 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 2,793 Laps in the Top 15 (74.4%), 10th-most
  • 596 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)
  • Three wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 17.120, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.646, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.5, 11th-best
  • 242 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 3,921 Laps in the Top 15 (58.6%), seventh-most
  • 757 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Tyler Reddick (No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
  • Two top 10s
  • Average Finish of 15.200, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.495, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.5, 13th-best
  • 38 Fastest Laps Run, 18th-best
  • 896 Laps in the Top 15 (66.9%), 19th-most
  • 237 Quality Passes, 19th-most
Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
  • Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
  • Average Finish of 12.741, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.186, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.4, second-best
  • 493 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 5,255 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), second-most
  • 961 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kansas Race Record Data

Track Race Record:

Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 152.057 mph (2:38:02); Oct. 21, 2018

2021 race winner:

Kyle Busch, Toyota, 129.647 mph, (03:05:21), May 2, 2021

STARTS
  • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas with a 10.227 in 22 starts.
POLES
  • Six of the 16 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners are active this weekend.
Active Kansas Pole Winners (6)PolesSeasons
Kevin Harvick52019, 2018, 2014 sweep, 2013
Joey Logano22018, 2015
Martin Truex Jr22017, 2016
Ryan Blaney12017
Brad Keselowski12015
Kurt Busch12011
WINS
  • Eight of the 16 NASCAR Cup Series winners are active this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Active Kansas Race Winners (8)

Wins

Seasons

Denny Hamlin

3

2020, 2019, 2012

Joey Logano

3

2020, 2015, 2014

Kevin Harvick

3

2018, 2016, 2013

Kyle Busch

2

2021, 2016

Brad Keselowski

2

2019, 2011

Martin Truex Jr

2

2017 sweep

Kyle Larson

1

2021

Chase Elliott

1

2018

  • No NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first career race at Kansas Speedway.
  • A total of 17 different starting positions on the grid have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field producing more winners (seven) than any other starting position on the grid: Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013), Kevin Harvick (Playoffs 2013), Martin Truex Jr. (Playoffs 2017), Kevin Harvick (spring 2018), Kyle Larson (Playoffs 2021).
WINS
  • A total of six of the 30 (20%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position; the most recent driver to accomplish the feat was Kevin Harvick (May 12, 2018).
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Kansas Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

7

21.9%

11

2

6.25%

2

2

6.3%

12

1

3.13%

3

1

3.1%

13

2

6.25%

4

3

9.4%

14

1

3.13%

5

2

6.3%

19

3

9.38%

6

1

3.1%

21

1

3.13%

7

1

3.1%

23

1

3.13%

9

1

3.1%

25

1

3.13%

10

2

6.3%

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the First Starting Position:

21.9%

7

Winning from the Front Row:

28.1%

9

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

46.9%

15

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

62.5%

20

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

9.4%

3

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway is 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (17), Kyle Busch (16) and Kevin Harvick (15) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.
  • Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers with the most starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 32; followed by Michael McDowell (21 starts), Aric Almirola (20) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (18).
  • A total of eight different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.

Organizations

Wins

Seasons

Hendrick Motorsports

8

2021, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001

Joe Gibbs Racing

7

2021, 2020, 2019, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2006

Team Penske

6

2020, 2019, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2003

RFK Racing

4

2012, 2010, 2007, 2005

Stewart-Haas Racing

3

2018, 2016, 2009

Furniture Row Racing

2

2017 sweep

Richard Childress Racing

1

2013

MB2 Motorsports

1

2004

  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with eight victories among four drivers: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014), Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015), Chase Elliott (one: Playoffs 2018) and Kyle Larson (one: Playoffs 2021).
  • Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 13 victories, Ford with nine, Toyota has eight and Dodge has two.
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Runner-Up Finishes:
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with five second-place finishes (2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021).
Top Five in Second-Place Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Kevin Harvick

5

1

Kevin Harvick

5

2

Martin Truex Jr

3

2

Martin Truex Jr

3

3

Brad Keselowski

2

3

Brad Keselowski

2

Carl Edwards

2

Chase Elliott

2

Chase Elliott

2

Kurt Busch

2

Kasey Kahne

2

Kurt Busch

2

Ryan Newman

2

Top Five Finishes:
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 12 top fives.
Top Five in Top Fives at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Kevin Harvick

12

1

Kevin Harvick

12

2

Jeff Gordon

11

2

Denny Hamlin

9

3

Denny Hamlin

9

Kyle Busch

9

Jimmie Johnson

9

Martin Truex Jr

9

Kyle Busch

9

5

Joey Logano

8

Martin Truex Jr

9

Top-10 Finishes:

  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 19 top 10s each.
Top Five in Top 10s at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Jimmie Johnson

19

1

Kevin Harvick

19

2

Kevin Harvick

19

2

Martin Truex Jr

14

3

Jeff Gordon

14

3

Brad Keselowski

13

4

Martin Truex Jr

14

4

Kurt Busch

13

5

Brad Keselowski

13

5

Kyle Busch

13

Carl Edwards

13

Kurt Busch

13

Kyle Busch

13

Matt Kenseth

13

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Average Finish
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position with a 8.906 in 32 starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Rusty Wallace

8.200

5

1

Kevin Harvick

8.906

32

2

Ricky Rudd

8.800

5

2

Chase Elliott

9.750

12

3

Kevin Harvick

8.906

32

3

Brad Keselowski

11.500

24

4

Chase Elliott

9.750

12

4

Martin Truex Jr

12.741

27

5

Jeff Gordon

9.950

20

5

Denny Hamlin

14.074

27

6

Brendan Gaughan

10.000

2

6

Tyler Reddick

15.200

5

7

Carl Edwards

10.158

19

7

Kurt Busch

15.500

32

8

Brad Keselowski

11.500

24

8

Kyle Larson

15.500

14

9

Jimmie Johnson

11.793

29

9

Kyle Busch

15.607

28

10

Greg Biffle

12.714

21

10

Cole Custer

15.750

4

LAP LEADERS
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 949 in 32 starts.
Top 15 Lap Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway

Rank

All-Time Lap Leaders

Races

Laps Led

Completed

% Led

1

Kevin Harvick

32

949

8,397

11.3%

2

Martin Truex Jr

27

803

7,066

11.4%

3

Matt Kenseth

27

774

6,735

11.5%

4

Jimmie Johnson

29

601

7,513

8.0%

5

Joey Logano

25

500

6,335

7.9%

6

Kyle Larson

14

426

3,539

12.0%

7

Kyle Busch

28

404

6,933

5.8%

8

Denny Hamlin

27

349

7,077

4.9%

9

Greg Biffle

21

346

5,319

6.5%

10

Brad Keselowski

24

327

6,305

5.2%

11

Kurt Busch

32

276

8,087

3.4%

12

Jeff Gordon

20

218

5,250

4.2%

13

Mark Martin

16

212

4,188

5.1%

14

Chase Elliott

12

187

3,206

5.8%

15

Carl Edwards

19

176

4,993

3.5%

LAP LEADERS
  • The most laps led by the winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was 197 of the scheduled 272 laps (72.4%) on October 9, 2011 by Jimmie Johnson. He started the race in 19th.
  • The most laps led by a driver that did not win a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was 173 of the scheduled 267 (64.7%) on April 22, 2012 by Martin Truex Jr.; he ultimately finished the race runner-up after Denny Hamlin passed Truex with 37 laps to go and went on to win.
  • The fewest laps led by the winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was five laps of the scheduled 267 on October 1, 2006 by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart. He took the lead over Jimmie Johnson on Lap 263 and led the final five laps to win.
TRACK & EVENT SPECIFIC STATS
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway is 0.081-second. The race was held on October 10, 2004 – the inaugural series event – Joe Nemechek beat Ricky Rudd.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at Kansas Speedway

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.081

Joe Nemechek

Ricky Rudd

Sunday, October 10, 2004

0.112

Jeff Gordon

Kevin Harvick

Saturday, May 10, 2014

0.128

Denny Hamlin

Chase Elliott

Sunday, October 20, 2019

0.150

Matt Kenseth

Kasey Kahne

Sunday, April 21, 2013

0.205

Brad Keselowski

Alex Bowman

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Top Five Largest Margins of Victory at Kansas Speedway

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

12.422

Tony Stewart

Casey Mears

Sunday, October 1, 2006

7.638

Greg Biffle

Jimmie Johnson

Sunday, October 3, 2010

3.619

Kyle Larson

Chase Elliott

Sunday, October 24, 2021

2.813

Brad Keselowski

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Sunday, June 5, 2011

2.284

Martin Truex Jr

Kurt Busch

Sunday, October 22, 2017

  • In the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, only four have resulted in NASCAR Overtime (12.5%):

Date

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

Overtime

Race Winners

Sunday, October 18, 2015

267

269

2

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 9, 2011

267

272

5

Jimmie Johnson

Saturday, May 11, 2019

267

271

4

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 20, 2019

267

277

10

Denny Hamlin

  • Only one of the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:

Date

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

Fewer Laps

Race Winner

Sunday, September 30, 2007

267

210

-57

Greg Biffle

  • Of the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Kansas Speedway, only the Sept. 30, 2007 event has ended under caution – weather – Greg Biffle won the event.
  • Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series events from 2019-2021 have had their qualifying sessions cancelled due to the pandemic.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series Kansas race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.
  • The most lead changes in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas was 26 on October 4, 2009.
  • The most leaders in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas was 14 on October 4, 2009.
KANSAS DRIVERS IN NASCAR

A total of 17 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.

  • Of the 17 Kansas drivers, only two of them have won a NASCAR national series race; both have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Kansas Race Winners

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Combined

Clint Bowyer

10

8

3

21

Jim Roper

1

0

0

1

Totals

11

8

3

22

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