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Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
Sun, Oct 5, 2014
2:15pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Chase #: 4 of 10
Race #: 30 of 36 Events
Event: Hollywood Casino 400
Location: Kansas City, Ks
Track Size: 1.5 Mile
Track Type: D Oval
Total Laps: 267
Total Miles: 400.5
2014-1 Winner: Jeff Gordon
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

3- Jeff Gordon 01/02/14
2- Tony Stewart 09
2- Greg Biffle 07/10
2- Jimmie Johnson 08/11
2- Matt Kenseth 13
1- Ryan Newman 03
1- Joe Nemechek 04
1- Mark Martin 05
1- Brad Keselowski 11
1- Denny Hamlin 12
1- Kevin Harvick 13

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Tony Stewart not facing any charges

A grand jury has decided Tony Stewart will not face charges for his role in the on-track death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Prosecutors in upstate New York made the announcement Wednesday, just hours after the grand jury finished hearing testimony in the case.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo also said Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, according to toxicology reports. Tantillo looked at the evidence and could have brought charges or dropped the case himself, but said last week that the matter would be decided by the grand jury.

Statement from Tony Stewart
"This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I'm very grateful for all the support I've received and continue to receive. I respect everything the District Attorney and Sheriff's Office did to thoroughly investigate this tragic accident. While the process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known. While much of the attention has been on me, it's important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers."

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Statistical Advance:
Analyzing the Hollywood Casino 400

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2014) - Below is a look at the 12 Contenders - and beyond - at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas going into the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, October 5. Coverage begins on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

KANSAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.0

2014 Rundown

         Five wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s; five poles

         Average finish of 12.4

         Led 23 races for 1,496 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         One win, two top fives, four top 10s

         Average finish of 10.6 in nine races

         Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 89.2, 11th-best

 

2 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.5

2014 Rundown

         Four wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 12.2

         Led 19 races for 794 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two top fives, two top 10s

         Average finish of 21.7 in 10 races

         Average Running Position of 20.3, 24th-best

         Driver Rating of 73.2, 21st-best

 


 

3 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.8

2014 Rundown

         Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; seven poles

         Average finish of 14.0

         Led 21 races for 1,592 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         One win, three top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 11.5 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 11.8, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 99.1, fifth-best

         202 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         Series-high 969 Green Flag Passes

         468 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

4 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.8

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.4

         Led 15 races for 1,035 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 7.6 in 16 races

         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.5

         Series-best Driver Rating of 117.4

         Series-high 478 Fastest Laps Run

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 167.549 mph

         Series-high 3,042 Laps in the Top 15 (89.0%)

         Series-high 614 Quality Passes

 

5 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.4

2014 Rundown

         Four wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 10.0

         Led 20 races for 665 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Three wins, 10 top fives, 12 top 10s

         Average finish of 10.1 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 9.7, third-best

         Driver Rating of 101.1, fourth-best

         147 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         2,878 Laps in the Top 15 (84.2%), second-most

         536 Quality Passes, second-most

 

 

6 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.6

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 17.1

         Led 13 races for 411 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two top 10s

         Average finish of 22.7 in 14 races

         Average Running Position of 18.7, 19th-best

         Driver Rating of 76.8, 19th-best

         864 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         404 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

7 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.2

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s

         Average finish of 11.0

         Led 12 races for 220 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 15.2 in 16 races

         Average Running Position of 14.5, 12th-best

         Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best

         108 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

         855 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 166.627 mph, eighth-fastest

         1,981 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), 10th-most

         424 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

8 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5

2014 Rundown

         11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.8

         Led 17 races for 467 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 14.3 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 10.4, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 107.4, second-best

         235 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 166.855 mph, third-fastest

         2,623 Laps in the Top 15 (76.7%), fourth-most

         418 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

 

9 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.1

2014 Rundown

         Two top fives, 11 top 10s

         Average finish of 14.0

         Led 4 races for 24 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         One win, three top fives, four top 10s

         Average finish of 18.7 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 20.6, 25th-best

         Driver Rating of 69.6, 25th-best

         908 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

 

10 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.5

2014 Rundown

         Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s

         Average finish of 14.8

         Led 10 races for 134 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Five top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 10.5 in 14 races

         Average Running Position of 12.1, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.1, seventh-best

         131 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         877 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 166.689 mph, seventh-fastest

         2,352 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), sixth-most

         493 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

11 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.8

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 15.5

         Led 12 races for 195 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         One win, three top fives, three top 10s

         Average finish of 15.1 in 12 races

         Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 87.7, 14th-best

         69 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

         2,002 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), ninth-most

         399 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

 

12 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmer's Insurance Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.7

2014 Rundown

         One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 16.5

         Led 10 races for 204 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Four top fives, seven top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 13.2 in 14 races

         Average Running Position of 13.6, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 93.0, eighth-best

         147 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         939 Green Flag Passes, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 166.619 mph, ninth-fastest

         2,208 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6%), seventh-most

         436 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

13 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.1

2014 Rundown

         One win, two top fives, four top 10s

         Average finish of 20.7

         Led 5 races for 68 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 22.8 in nine races

         Average Running Position of 22.7, 27th-best

         Driver Rating of 68.2, 26th-best

 

14 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.5

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 19.3

         Led 11 races for 181 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         One top five, four top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 17.6 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 14.9, 14th-best

         Driver Rating of 87.3, 16th-best

         121 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

         923 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

         1,980 Laps in the Top 15 (57.9%), 11th-most

         405 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

 

15 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Filtrete Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.4

2014 Rundown

         Three top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.8

         Led 6 races for 109 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 10.7 in 16 races

         Average Running Position of 9.5, second-best

         Driver Rating of 104.7, third-best

         205 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         837 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 166.836 mph, fourth-fastest

         2,755 Laps in the Top 15 (80.6%), third-most

         506 Quality Passes, third-most

 

16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Farmland Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.5

2014 Rundown

         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 20.6

         Led 5 races for 23 laps

Kansas Speedway Outlook:

         Three top 10s

         Average finish of 15.6 in five races

         Average Running Position of 15.3, 15th-best

         Driver Rating of 88.1, 13th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 166.561 mph, 11th-fastest

 

 

The 12 Challengers at Kansas Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Brad Keselowski

9

0

1

2

4

0

10.6

89.2

 

2

Joey Logano

10

0

0

2

2

1

21.7

73.2

 

3

Kevin Harvick

17

2

1

3

8

1

11.5

99.1

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

16

3

2

6

14

1

7.6

117.4

 

5

Jeff Gordon

17

0

3

10

12

2

10.1

101.1

 

6

Kyle Busch

14

0

0

0

2

4

22.7

76.8

 

7

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

16

1

0

2

8

2

15.2

91.5

 

8

Matt Kenseth

17

2

2

6

10

2

14.3

107.4

 

9

Ryan Newman

17

0

1

3

4

3

18.7

69.6

 

10

Carl Edwards

14

0

0

5

10

1

10.5

97.1

 

11

Denny Hamlin

12

0

1

3

3

0

15.1

87.7

 

12

Kasey Kahne

14

3

0

4

7

1

13.2

93

 

* - Based on last 13 races at Kansas Speedway.

 

 

Kansas Speedway:

History

         Groundbreaking was held on May 25, 1999.

         The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day - June 2.

         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 - won by Jeff Gordon.

         During the 2012 season, between the April and October events the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners.

Notebook

         There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.

         116 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 86 in more than one.

         Five drivers have started all 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway - Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.

         Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph.

         11 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each.

         Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only two drivers to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (Johnson - 2007, 2008 and Harvick - fall 2013, spring 2014).

         Youngest Kansas pole winner: Jason Leffler (09/30/2001 - 26 years, 0 months, 14 days).

         Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/04/2009 - 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).

         11 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon with three.

         Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with five: Jeff Gordon (three) and Jimmie Johnson (two).

         Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with nine victories; followed by Ford with four wins.

         Four of the 17 (23.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013) and Kevin Harvick (fall 2013). 

         Five of the 17 (29.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place.

         10 of the 17 (58.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

         Two of the 17 (11.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.

         Youngest Kansas winner: Ryan Newman (10/05/2003 - 25 years, 9 months, 27 days).

         Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 - 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).

         Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.  

         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 10; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.

         Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 14; followed by Jeff Gordon (12), Edwards, Kenseth each have 10.

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with an 11.000.

         Jimmie Johnson (7.625) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway - he is the only driver with an average finish in the top-10 at Kansas. 

         There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272).

         Only one of the 16 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007.

         Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway. 

         Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (12).

         2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway.

         Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 - the first two NSCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall of 2012, spring of 2013). 

         Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas in his first appearance.  

         Kevin Harvick competed at Kansas Speedway 15 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas.

         Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.

         Kurt Busch leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 17.

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway was the (10/10/2004) race won by Joe Nemechek with a MOV of 0.081 second.

         Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 586 laps led in 16 starts.

         Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

40

32

10/21/2012

Danica Patrick

25

25

4/21/2013

Danica Patrick

29

43

10/6/2013

Danica Patrick

9

7

5/10/2014

 

NASCAR in Kansas

         There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City

17

         17 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.

         Two drivers from Kansas have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series; both have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Clint Bowyer

8

8

3

Jim Roper

1

0

0








Gordon makes a statement in final
Challenger Round race at Dover

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DOVER, Del. - Now we are 12.

Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, but four other drivers got the axe in the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elimination race in the history of the sport.

AJ Allmendinger, 2004 series champion Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola missed the cut for the next round of the Chase, as the field was pared from 16 drivers to 12 following the third and final Challenger Round race.

After the dominant car of Coors Light Polesitter Kevin Harvick had a major issue with the left front wheel on Lap 254 of 400, Gordon took control of the event on Lap 305, passing runner-up Brad Keselowski for the lead on Lap 305.

After a cycle of green-flag pit stops, Gordon led the last 71 laps, pulling away to win by a comfortable 4.352 seconds.

Jimmie Johnson ran third, followed by Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, as all of the top-five drivers advanced to the Contender Round, a three-race elimination with visits to Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Harvick (13th Sunday), Kyle Busch (10th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17th), Ryan Newman (eighth), Carl Edwards (11th) and Denny Hamlin (12th) also advanced to the Contender Round.

The victory was Gordon's fourth of the season, fifth at the Monster Mile and 92nd of his career, third most all-time behind Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

And victory No. 92 had special significance beyond an automatic ticket to the next round of the Chase-especially after a blown tire last week at New Hampshire produced a 26th-place finish and put the four-time champion one disaster away from elimination from NASCAR's 10-race playoff.

"I think this is huge," Gordon said in Victory Lane. "We came in here with a little bit of extra pressure because we weren't guaranteed to be in. If we hadn't finished where we were running at New Hampshire last week (sixth when the tire blew), it would have been kind of an easy day for us.

"But all we did was focus on executing as a team and trying to win this race and nothing else. It wasn't about the points; it wasn't about just squeezing by to get to the next round. It was about making a statement. I don't know how you make a bigger statement than what this team just did right there."

If Gordon took the suspense out of the closing laps, making what he called a "statement" with the victory, there was plenty of drama mid-pack, as Kasey Kahne rallied from four laps down to claim the 12th and final spot in the next round by two points over Allmendinger, who finished 23rd to Kahne's 20th.

On Lap 161, Kahne brought his No. 5 Chevrolet to pit road with a loose left rear wheel and lost two laps in the process. He lost two more during a subsequent green-flag pit stop.

Thanks to a wave-around and a timely caution for Harvick's issue on Lap 254, Kahne ran the rest of the race one lap down and gained enough positions to knock both Busch and Allmendinger out of the Chase.

Keselowski already had a victory in the Chase and a guaranteed spot in the Contender Round, but he wanted more.

"Yeah, we've had a really good start, so we can't really complain that much having won a race, and a second and a seventh," Keselowski said. "But it's hard to look at that. All I can think about is how I wanted to win all three races, and now it's time to move forward.

"Three more races, a new start, and what we were able to do in these last three, other than getting us to this next round, really mean nothing. We've got to keep our head on straight and push forward these next three like we have these last three."

All 12 remaining Chase drivers start the Contender Round with a baseline of 3,000 points. Any Chase driver who wins at Kansas, Charlotte or Talladega will advance automatically to the Eliminator Round. The Chase field will be reduced from 12 to eight drivers at Talladega.