SpongeBob SquarePants 400 2015

April 24, 2015 by  
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This NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race covers a distance of 400.5 miles in 267 laps. Previously known as the STP 400, the race was renamed in 2014. Last year’s winner was Jeff Gordon, driving for Hendrick Motorsports. For more information visit nascar.com or www.kansasspeedway.com

Date: 9 May 2015
Venue: Kansas Speedway
City: Kansas City
State: Kansas State
Country: United States

Logano Secures Spot in Sprint Cup Eliminator Round

October 6, 2014 by  
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Joey Logano raced to victory in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, securing his spot in the eight-driver Eliminator round of NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup format, irrespective of his performance in the next two races – the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway – the latter being one of four Sprint Cup races run with restrictor plates. The other three races run with restrictor plates are Aaron’s 499 (won in 2014 by Denny Hamlin), the Coke Zero 400 (won in 2014 by Aric Almirola), and the Daytona 500 (won in 2014 by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.).

Kevin Harvick started in pole position in Sunday’s race, finishing in 12th position. Starting in 4th position in the Team Penske #22 Ford, Joey Logano held the lead in 122 laps of the 267 lap race, notching up his 5th win of the season. Kyle Larson took 2nd place, followed by Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Carl Edwards in that order. Three of Sunday’s top five winners are in the Chase, being Logano, Busch and Edwards.

The Eliminator round begins October 26 at Martinsville Speedway with the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, followed by the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, and Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9. Drivers start this three-race round with 4,000 points each.

As has been tradition since 2002, the final race of the season will be the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race forms part of the Ford Championship Weekend, featuring the Ford EcoBoost 300 and Ford EcoBoost 200. Taking place on November 16, the last four competing drivers start the Ford EcoBoost 400 with 5,000 points each. The highest finisher in the race wins the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Car Champion title.

Hollywood Casino 400 2014

August 27, 2014 by  
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Covering a distance of 400.5 miles in 267 laps the Hollywood Casino 400 is the fourth event in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 2013 event was won by Kevin Harvick, driving for Richard Childress Racing. Drivers who have won the event twice include Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson. For more information visit nascar.com

Date: 5 October 2014
Venue: Kansas Speedway
Kansas City

NASCAR Sprint Cup May Kansas Race

April 9, 2014 by  
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For the first time at Kansas Speedway, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will take place under the lights on May 10, 2014. Be sure to book your tickets soon and be part of the action. For more information visit kansasspeedway.com or nascar.com

Date: 10 May 2014
Venue: Kansas Speedway
City: Kansas City
State: Kansas

Harvick Wins at Kansas, Third in Chase Standings

October 7, 2013 by  
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The recently repaved surface at Kansas Speedway received some sharp criticism following the wreck-filled Hollywood Casino 400, which was won from pole position by Kevin Harvick driving the #29 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Kurt Busch took 2nd spot in Furniture Row Racing’s #78 Chevrolet; with Jeff Gordon in Hendrick Motorsports’ #24 Chevrolet; Joey Logano in Penske Racing’s #22 Ford; and Carl Edwards in Roush Fenway Racing’s #99 Ford, following in 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively. Points leader Matt Kenseth finished the race in 11th place, which have Harvick the opportunity to gain ground on the top two drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth remains in the points lead, just three points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, with Harvick in 3rd place, followed by Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.

Driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, Danica Patrick wrecked the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet on the first lap of the race, saying in a post-race press release that if she did something wrong resulting in the wreck she apologizes to everybody on her team and to GoDaddy. Having crashed in practice, Kyle Busch started the race at the rear of the field, and narrowly missed a crash on Lap 1. But later in the race, after using pit strategy to make his way to the front, on lap 187 Busch made contact with Juan Pablo Montoya, resulting in Busch spinning out and Mark Martin crashing. Just thirteen laps later, Busch made contact with Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers, causing him to slam into the wall and sending him to the garage. Busch finished 34th in the race, after having started third in points. Busch was later quoted as saying that both the racetrack and the new tire are the worst he had ever driven on. Matt Kenseth referred to the track as being treacherous, noting that it had been a struggle all day and he felt as though he was about to crash ‘pretty much at all times in the race’.

The next race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In other NASCAR news, it has been announced that NASCAR will be keeping ESPN and TNT as its television partners through the 2014 season.

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