Crunching The Numbers: Kansas

By David Morgan On Wed, Apr. 17, 2013

Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR
Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR

After a trip to the Lone Star State for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a visit to “The Rock” for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last weekend, both series join up this weekend in America’s Heartland for a weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway. After being reconfigured in 2012, the track has become super fast and should provide two great races for the race fans in the Midwest.

Sprint Cup Series

The Sprint Cup Series will make its 15th appearance at Kansas this Sunday, but only the second race since last year’s reconfiguration. With new track records being set last fall on the new track and the Gen6 making its Kansas debut, this race should be a good one to keep an eye on to see just what will happen when the STP 400 goes green on Sunday.

Driver Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
Jimmie Johnson 13 2 5 11 3 547 10.6 8.0
Greg Biffle 13 2 7 9 1 346 15.2 9.5
Brad Keselowski 6 1 2 3 0 17 17.0 9.8
Carl Edwards 11 0 4 8 0 72 18.5 10.8
Jeff Gordon 14 2 8 10 0 208 11.6 11.0
Tony Stewart 14 2 6 9 0 152 18.1 11.7
Kevin Harvick 14 0 1 6 0 83 19.9 12.9
Clint Bowyer 9 0 1 4 0 48 15.2 14.0
Kasey Kahne 11 0 2 5 3 78 11.0 15.0
Mark Martin 14 1 2 5 1 212 16.4 15.3

Who To Watch: As is the case at the majority of tracks the Sprint Cup Series visits, Jimmie Johnson is at the top of the board once again with two wins, five top fives, 11 top tens, three poles, an average start of 10.6, and an average finish of 8.0 in 13 starts. However, Johnson does have some competition in the Ford camp with drivers Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, and Carl Edwards having average finishes of 9.5, 9.8, and 10.8, respectively. Biffle also has two wins at the track with Keselowski taking the win once. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart also join Johnson and Biffle in the two win club at Kansas. One last driver to keep an eye on would be Dale Earnhardt Jr, due to the fact that this race would be his first start on the reconfigured track after missing last year’s race with a concussion that all started in a wreck while tire testing on this very track last summer.

Camping World Truck Series

The Camping World Truck Series’ 13th race at Kansas will feature the series debut on the new reconfiguration, as the track was reconfigured after the series lone race at the track last spring. This should level the playing field for the Trucks, as all of the teams will be trying to get a handle on the new track for the first time.

Driver Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
Kyle Busch 1 0 0 1 0 0 11.0 6.0
James Buescher 4 1 2 2 0 104 7.8 8.2
Ty Dillon 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.0 9.0
Johnny Sauter 4 1 2 3 0 112 8.0 9.0
Todd Bodine 9 1 4 6 0 108 16.3 9.4
Joey Coulter 2 0 1 1 0 1 7.5 9.5
Ron Hornaday Jr 8 1 3 5 3 265 8.0 9.8
Miguel Paludo 2 0 0 1 0 1 14.0 11.5
Brendan Gaughan 8 0 1 5 0 17 21.6 12.2
Dakoda Armstrong 1 0 0 0 0 1 20.0 15.0

Who To Watch: With a top ten finish in his lone start at the track, Kyle Busch is at the top of the heap as far as stats at Kansas. Four former winners at Kansas, James Buescher, Johnny Sauter, Todd Bodine, and Ron Hornaday join Busch as ones to watch in the SFP 250 on Saturday. Also, keep an eye on Ty Dillon, who also has a top ten start and finish in one start at the track.

David Morgan (42 Posts)

David Morgan is a native of Raymond, MS and has been a NASCAR fan since the early 90's. Learning to love the sport from his father and after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993 at the age of 7, he has been hooked ever since. David has attended and covered races all across the country at tracks such as Talladega Superspeedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Daytona International Speedway and hopes to continue to add to that list in the years ahead. David is a graduate of The University of Mississippi and besides NASCAR, is a fan of Ole Miss athletics, as well as the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. Follow on Twitter at @damorgan86


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