Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kansas Driver Previews

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - McMurray has 10 starts at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has earned two top-10 finishes and has led 26 laps at the track. He has an average starting and finishing position of 19.3 and 20.9, respectively. His best start of fourth came in October 2009, while his best finish of seventh came in October 2004.

#2- Brad Keselowski - After seven points-paying events, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team are ranked 15th in the 2012 driver point standings and 16th in the owner point rankings. The team is coming off a 36th-place finish in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday night. Brad has earned one win, two top fives, two top 10s at Kansas.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In nine starts at Kansas Speedway, Kasey Kahne has earned two pole positions, one top-five finish and three top-10s. Kahne has qualified in the top eight in six of his nine races there, and he most recently collected a runner-up finish at the 1.5-mile oval in October.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Marcos Ambrose has made five career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas. Ambrose enters the weekend in 24th place in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. Ambrose’s best finish (ninth) at the 1.5-mile track came in 2011.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann has six career starts at Kansas Speedway. He collected one top-10 finish with an eighth-place run in 2009. He tallied his best start of 13th in the same event. The Zephyrhills, Fla., native made three starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas, where he brought home top-20 finishes in each event. He also made three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finished in the top-15 in each, including a third-place finish in 2005.

#14- Tony Stewart - Stewart has two wins, five top-fives, eight top-10s and has led a total of 152 laps in his 12 career Sprint Cup starts at Kansas. His average start is 16.5, his average finish is 12.2 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.6 percent. 

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his eighth career NSCS start at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. In seven previous starts, he has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best second in 2007. On average he starts 18th and finishes 12th. Bowyer’s lone win at Kansas came last spring in the Truck Series where he led 124 of 167 laps for Kevin Harvick Inc.

#16- Greg Biffle - Kansas is the track where Biffle holds his best average finish. Biffle has an average starting spot of 15.5 and an average finish of 8.3 at Kansas. In 11 starts Biffle has earned two wins, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Biffle is currently leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings; 19 points ahead of second.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has an average starting position of 13.5 and an average finishing position of 18.0 at Kansas. Kenseth has achieved one pole, three top-five and six top-10 finishes at Kansas in the Cup series. Kenseth has completed 2,938 of 3,152 (93.2 percent) laps at Kansas and led for a total of 236 laps.

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger will be making his sixth start at Kansas this weekend where he has scored two top 10 finishes. A J is coming off a 15th-place finish at Texas last Saturday night that moved him up to 19th in the current point standings.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon has scored Two wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s, Average finish of 10.3, average Running Position of 8.3, third-best.

#27- Paul Menard - In his six career Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas, Menard has finished each of his contested races and completed 99.7 percent of his laps (1,546 of 1,550), leading for 11 circuits. He has an 11th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 20.5. Menard made his best start of second and logged his best finish of eighth in his October 2008 appearance. He holds three top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, claiming the pole position in his first visit to the 1.5-mile oval (October 2004) and made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in July 2003.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Since 2001, Harvick has made 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at the Kansas City, Kan.-based facility and has collected one top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has completed 3,042 laps of the 3,152 run at the intermediate-style track (96.5 percent), with 83 laps led. The 36-year-old driver has an average starting position of 22.2 and an average finishing position of 13.6.

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton sits 16th in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, just 40 points out of the final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup spot. At Kansas he has score 1 top five and 2 top tens.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will make his 12th start this weekend at Kansas Speedway. He scored his best finish of 10th in his first start at the speedway in 2001, and he wheeled to his best starting spot of 17th in 2006, both while driving for Bill Davis Racing. Last season, the Hartford, Ohio native drove from the 38th starting spot in the fall event to finish in 31st place.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman’s only win at Kansas Speedway came in 2003. In that race, Newman started 11th and led the final 28 laps of the 267-lap event. · Newman also has two runner-up finishes at the 1.5-mile D-shaped Kansas oval. The runner-up finishes came in 2001 (when Newman was running a partial schedule for Penske Racing) and in 2002 (Newman’s rookie-of-the-year season).

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya looks to make his seventh NSCS start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. In his previous six starts, the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has accumulated one top-five finish, one top-10 finish and has led 11 laps. He has an average starting position of 20th and an average finishing position of 20.2. Montoya’s best start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval came in June 2011, when he started second. His best finish of fourth came in October 2009. In his NSCS career at Kansas Speedway, Montoya has completed 1,545 of 1,550 laps (99.7%).

#43- Aric Almirola - Aric Almirola will be making his first Sprint Cup start at Kansas Motor Speedway. Almirola has one top-10 finish at the track in the Camping World Truck Series

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has two wins in 11 starts at Kansas,  three poles at the 1.5-mile track, four top-five (36.4 percent) and nine top-10 finishes (81.8 percent) in 11 starts.

#51- Kurt Busch -  Sunday’s STP 400 mark’s Busch’s 408th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 13th Sprint Cup start at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Busch has one pole at Kansas, winning the top starting spot at the 1.5-mile track during the June race in 2011. Busch has scored three top-10 finishes and led 239 laps led in 12 career Sprint Cup starts at Kansas. Busch’s average Kansas finish is 17.7.  

#55- Mark Martin - Martin owns a win and five top-10 finishes in 12 starts at Kansas Speedway. He’s led 152 laps, has one pole, Average finish of 13.1, Average Running Position of 12.9, seventh-best.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 12 Cup starts at Kansas, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, one top five-finish and five top-10s. He has completed 97.6 percent of all the laps he's attempted (3,075 laps of 3,152 total) at the 1.5-mile racetrack. The 37-year-old driver has led a total of 81 laps there.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards enters Kansas 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings.  In seven starts this season, Edwards has accumulated two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Edwards will make his 10th Cup start at Kansas Speedway this weekend.  In his previous starts, Edwards has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.4 and his average finish is 10.7.  His best finish (second) came in 2008.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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