Wednesday, April 17, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Kansas

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 12 starts at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway where he has earned two top-10 finishes and has led 26 laps.  McMurray has an average starting position of 20.8 and an average finishing position of 19.8.  His best start of fourth came in October 2009, while his best finish of seventh came in October 2004.  In his most recent race at Kansas Speedway, he started 21st and finished 15th in October 2012.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has six starts at Kansas, scoring 1 win, 2 top 5's, 3 top 10's and no DNF's. He has an average finish at the track of 9.833.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne set a track record and won the pole award at Kansas in October 2012 after making a qualifying lap in 28.219 seconds at roughly 191.360 mph. Kahne’s three pole positions at Kansas rank tied for first all-time with Johnson there. In 11 Sprint Cup starts at Kansas Speedway, Kahne has earned three pole positions, two top-five finishes, five top-10s and has led a total of 78 laps there. Kahne has qualified in the top 10 in eight of his 11 races there. Most recently, he crossed the finish line fourth at Kansas in October 2012 and scored an eighth-place result in this race one year ago.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has finished in the top-16 in the last three races at the 1.5-mile track, including his best finish of ninth in the fall 2011 event. In his seven starts at Kansas Speedway, he has scored four top-16 finishes since his track debut in 2008.

#11- Brian Vickers - Vickers will make his second start in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The FedEx Racing team returns to the 1.5-mile track as the defending race winner, with Hamlin guiding the car to victory lane one year ago. He led 32 of 267 laps from a fourth-place starting position for his second win of the 2012 season. Vickers is making his eighth career Cup Series start at Kansas this weekend. In seven previous trips to the track, Vickers has one top-10 finish, an eighth-place result in 2006. He has qualified in the top-10 in three races at Kansas, including fourth in 2006 and 2011, his last race there.

#14-Tony Stewart - The STP 400 will mark Stewart’s 508th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 15th Sprint Cup start at Kansas Speedway. Stewart has two wins, six top-fives, nine top-10s and has led a total of 152 laps in his 14 career SprintCup starts at Kansas. His average start is 18.1, his average finish is 11.7 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.8 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Sunday’s race marks Bowyer’s 10th NSCS start at Kansas. In nine previous starts, Bowyer has a top-five (2nd in 2007) and four top-10 finishes. He started third at Kansas last fall. Bowyer has an average starting position of 15th and finish of 14th. He has led 48 laps – 45 laps in his first start at Kansas in 2006 and five last fall. 

#16- Greg Biffle - Kansas is the track where Biffle holds his best average finish of 9.5 from an average starting position of 15.2. In his 13 career Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Biffle has two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Kansas this weekend. Stenhouse has three Nationwide career starts at Kansas, earning one win, two top-five and two top-10 finishes. Stenhouse is currently 20th in the Sprint Cup standings. 107 points behind the leader.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has two top-10 finishes, and has led a total of 84 laps in his 11 career Sprint Cup starts at Kansas. His average 
Kansas finish is 21.0.

#20- Matt Kenseth - Following Kansas Speedway’s 2012 track surface repave, Kenseth is the first Sprint Cup Series driver who has earned a win at the 1.5-mile freshly repaved track with his October 2012 victory.  In 14 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas, Kenseth has completed 3,472 of 3,686 laps (94.2 percent) and has led for a total of 316 laps. Kenseth has earned one win, five top-five, and eight top-ten finishes at Kansas including one pole award.

#22- Joey Logano - Logano will make his 8th Cup race this week at Kansas. His best finish of 15th came last April at the track.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 14 starts at the Kansas track, Gordon’s two victories (2001 and 2002) are tied for the most while his eight top-fives are tops. But the track remains one of four where Gordon has never won a pole – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway being the others.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard has 14 starts at Kansas Speedway. His best start of second came in 2010 and best finish of third came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,079 of 2,084 laps attempted (99.8 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading 17 of them. After the first seven races this year, Menard is one of only three drivers to have completed 100 percent of laps (2,317) attempted this season. Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski also join him in this category. 

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Since 2001, Harvick has made 14 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, collecting one top-five and six top-10 finishes. The California native holds a 19.9 average starting position coupled with a 12.9 average finishing position, has completed 97 percent (3,576 of 3,686) of the laps contested, with 83 laps led. 

#31- Jeff Burton -  Burton has 14 starts at the Kansas City, Kan.-based facility with one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best start of 10th and best finish of fifth both came in the 2006 event. The South Boston, Va., native has completed 3,570 of 3,686 laps attempted (96.9 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading seven of them.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 14 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas, Newman has one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10s. Additionally, the 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., has led 120 laps, has an average starting position of 14.2 and an average finish of 18.4 at the 1.5-mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya has eight NSCS starts at Kansas where he has completed 2079 out of 2084 possible laps (99.8%). His stats include: one top-five and one top-10 finish along with an average starting position of 22.9 and an average finishing position of 18.6. His best start of second came in the spring 2011 race and his best finish of fourth came at the 2009 race.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has two Sprint Cup starts at Kansas Speedway, both in 2012. Last fall, he started fifth and raced into the lead in his sixth race with crew chief Todd Parrott. The No. 43 STP Ford team hopes to get the No. 43 back to victory lane for the first time since 1999 when John Andretti brought home the win with STP on the hood.

#47- Bobby Labonte - In 14 races at Kansas Speedway, Bobby Labonte’s best finish is 16th (10/10/04) and his best start is fourth (10/5/03). His average start is 21.857 and his average finish is 29.714. He has led two laps at the venue.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Notes of Interest: Two wins (October 2008 and April 2011) in 13 starts. Three poles (April 2003, 2007 and 2008). Five top-five finishes (38.5 percent) and 11 top-10s (84.6 percent) in 13 starts. Average start is 10.6 and average finish is 8.0. One DNF (Did Not Finish) – April 2004. Has completed 3,390 of 3,419 laps (99.2 percent) and led 547.
Sprint Cup’s best driver rating (119.5 average of a possible 150 points).

#55- Mark Martin -  In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Kansas, Martin owns one victory (2005) and five top-five finishes. He’s led 212 laps.

#56- Martin Truex Jr -  In nine NSCS starts, Truex has earned two top-five and two  top-10 finishes. His average start is 13th and average finish is 21st. He has led 205 laps in competition.

#81- Elliott Sadler - Sadler has one top-five and three top-10 finishes in 10 Sprint Cup starts at Kansas, with a best finish of fourth in 2004. His last Sprint Cup start at the track came in 2010, but he has earned two top-five finishes in two starts in the Nationwide Series in the two seasons since then.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 13 Cup starts at Kansas, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, one top five-finish and six top-10s. He has completed 97.7 percent of all the laps he's attempted (3,342 laps of 3,419 total) at the 1.5-mile racetrack. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 81 laps there.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his 12th Cup start at Kansas Speedway this weekend.  In his previous starts, Edwards has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.5 and his average finish is 10.8.  His best finish (second) came in 2008. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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