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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Fast Facts: Race #2 (Kansas Speedway)
The 2022 season marks the first-time the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs‘ second race has been hosted by Kansas Speedway (2018-2021).Kansas Speedway is the fourth different track in NASCAR Cup Series history to host the second race of the Playoffs; joining Dover International Speedway (2004-2010), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011—2017) and Richmond Raceway (2018-2021).A total of 13 different drivers have won the second race of the Playoffs, led by Jimmie Johnson with three wins (2005, 2009, 2010); followed by Kyle Busch (2017, 2018), Matt Kenseth (2013, 2015) and Martin Truex Jr. (2019, 2021) with two victories each.Second Race Of The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Race Winners (2004-2021)DateTrackPlayoff Race WinnersSaturday, September 11, 2021RichmondMartin Truex JrSaturday, September 12, 2020RichmondBrad KeselowskiSaturday, September 21, 2019RichmondMartin Truex JrSaturday, September 22, 2018RichmondKyle BuschSunday, September 24, 2017LoudonKyle BuschSunday, September 25, 2016LoudonKevin HarvickSunday, September 27, 2015LoudonMatt KensethSunday, September 21, 2014LoudonJoey LoganoSunday, September 22, 2013LoudonMatt KensethSunday, September 23, 2012LoudonDenny HamlinSunday, September 25, 2011LoudonTony StewartSunday, September 26, 2010DoverJimmie JohnsonSunday, September 27, 2009DoverJimmie JohnsonSunday, September 21, 2008DoverGreg BiffleSunday, September 23, 2007DoverCarl EdwardsSunday, September 24, 2006DoverJeff BurtonSunday, September 25, 2005DoverJimmie JohnsonSunday, September 26, 2004DoverRyan NewmanSince the inception of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2004, Kansas Speedway has participated in the postseason each year, and this season will mark the seventh different positions on the Playoff schedule the track has occupied:
1) From 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Kansas Speedway hosted the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
2) From 2006-2010 Kansas Speedway hosted the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
3) From 2015-2016 Kansas hosted the fifth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
4) Then in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Kansas Speedway hosted the sixth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
5) In 2020, Kansas Speedway hosted the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
6) In 2021, Kansas Speedway hosted the eighth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
7) This season, Kansas Speedway will host the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
A total of 13 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Kansas Speedway:NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race Winners – Kansas SpeedwayDateTrackRace WinnersRace No.Sunday, October 10, 2004KansasJoe Nemechek30Sunday, October 9, 2005KansasMark Martin30Sunday, October 1, 2006KansasTony Stewart29Sunday, September 30, 2007KansasGreg Biffle29Sunday, September 28, 2008KansasJimmie Johnson29Sunday, October 4, 2009KansasTony Stewart29Sunday, October 3, 2010KansasGreg Biffle29Sunday, October 9, 2011KansasJimmie Johnson30Sunday, October 21, 2012KansasMatt Kenseth32Sunday, October 6, 2013KansasKevin Harvick30Sunday, October 5, 2014KansasJoey Logano30Sunday, October 18, 2015KansasJoey Logano31Sunday, October 16, 2016KansasKevin Harvick31Sunday, October 22, 2017KansasMartin Truex Jr32Sunday, October 21, 2018KansasChase Elliott32Sunday, October 20, 2019KansasDenny Hamlin32Sunday, October 18, 2020KansasJoey Logano33Sunday, October 24, 2021KansasKyle Larson34Joey Logano leads the NASCAR Cup Series in Playoff wins at Kansas Speedway with three postseason victories (2014, 2015, 2020); followed by four other drivers with multiple Kanas Playoff wins: Tony Stewart (2006, 2009), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011), Greg Biffle (2007, 2010) and Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016).The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Larson, is the most recent Playoff race winner at Kansas Speedway.A non-Playoff driver has never won the second race NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs schedule.When Dover International Speedway hosted the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2004-2010), twice the winning driver went on to win the series title — Jimmie Johnson (2009 and 2010).When New Hampshire Motor Speedway moved to the second race in the Playoffs (2011-2017), only one driver won the event and went on to win the title — Tony Stewart (2011). Stewart won five races in the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (a series-record tied with Kyle Larson, 2021) including the first two (Chicago and New Hampshire).None of the Playoff winners at Richmond Raceway (2018-2021) have gone on to win the title in the same season.The worst finish by a driver in the second race on NASCAR Cup Playoffs schedule that went on to win the title that same season was:At Dover International Speedway — the 2005 series champion, Tony Stewart, finished 18th.At New Hampshire Motor Speedway — the 2015 series champion, Kyle Busch, finished 37th.At Richmond — the 2018 series champion, Joey Logano, finished 14th.Last season‘s champion, Kyle Larson, finished sixth at Richmond, the second race of the 2021 Playoff schedule, and went on to win the title that same season. Larson‘s 2021 Playoff run tied NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart‘s 2011 run for the most wins (five) during a Playoffs‘ single season 10 races.Twice the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway has gone on to win the title that same season:
1) In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race from the pole, leading 124 laps, and then went on to win his third consecutive series title later that season. Kansas was the third race of the Playoffs in 2008. The Kansas win was the first of three Playoff wins for Johnson en route to the 2008 title.
2) In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race from the pole, leading 91 laps, and then went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season. Kansas was the sixth race of the Playoffs in 2017. The Kansas win was the second of four Playoff victories for Truex en route to the championship in 2017.
Three non-Playoff drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway:
1) In 2004, Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was ranked 21st in the point standings at the time of the win.
2) In 2006, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was ranked 11th in point standings at the time of the victory.
3) In 2007, Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was 14th in points at the time of the win.
The worst finish in a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway by a driver that went on to win the championship later that same season was 15th by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart in 2011.
Kansas Speedway Stats & Tidbits:
Season Race #: 28 of 36 (10-11-22)
NCS Playoff Race #: 2 of 10
The Purse: $8,338,881
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turns: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,685 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,207 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Stage 1 Length: 80 laps
Stage 2 Length: 85 laps
Final Stage Length: 102 laps
Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 197.773 mph, 27.304 secs. October 3, 2014
2021 Pole Winner: The starting lineup was determined by Metric Qualifying. Kyle Larson started from the first position.
Track Race Record: Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 152.057 mph, (02:38:02), October 21, 2018
2021 Race Winner: Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 130.728 mph, (03:03:49), October 18, 2020
Groundbreaking for Kansas Speedway was held on May 25, 1999.The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001 with the first events being an ARCA Menards Series race and an ARCA Menards Series West race on the same day — June 2.The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was on September 30, 2001 and the race was won by Hendrick Motorsport‘s driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet).During the 2012 season, between the April and October events, the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave, adding variable banking in the corners (17 to 20 degrees).There have been 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
A total of 163 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 127 drivers have competed in more than one.Two drivers have started all 33 NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway — Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. Five drivers all-time have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway:
1) Matt Mills (May 2, 2021)
2) Erik Jones (May 9, 2015)
3) Ryan Blaney (May 10, 2014)
4) Austin Dillon (October 9, 2011)
5) Denny Hamlin (October 9, 2005)
Of the five drivers that made their NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway, Austin Dillon posted the best finish with a 26th-place result in 2011.Jason Leffler (three starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 3.500.Ryan Blaney (15 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas with a 9.867.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg. StartRaces1Jason Leffler3.50021Ryan Blaney9.867152Daniel Hemric9.00022Brad Keselowski10.360253Ryan Blaney9.867153Martin Truex Jr10.857284Brad Keselowski10.360254William Byron11.88995Martin Truex Jr10.857285Kyle Busch12.103296Brian Vickers11.818116Joey Logano12.192267William Byron11.88997Denny Hamlin12.500288Kyle Busch12.103298Christopher Bell12.60059Joey Logano12.192269Chase Elliott13.3851310Denny Hamlin12.5002810Kevin Harvick13.42433
A total of 17 different drivers have won the pole at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.Six of the 17 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.Active Kansas Pole WinnersPolesSeasonsKevin Harvick52013, ’14 sweep, ’18, ’19Martin Truex Jr22016, ’17Joey Logano22015, ’18Christopher Bell12022Ryan Blaney12017Brad Keselowski12015Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Kansas Speedway with five poles (fall 2013, 2014 sweep, spring 2018 and spring 2019).Jason Leffler won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph (Dodge) driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.Jason Leffler (2001), Ryan Blaney (2017) and Daniel Hemric (2019) are the only three drivers to post their first-career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway.Jimmie Johnson (2007-2008) and Kevin Harvick (three-straight: fall of 2013-2014 sweep) are the only two drivers to win consecutive poles at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.Youngest Cup Series Kansas pole winner: Ryan Blaney (May 13, 2017 — 23 years, 2 months, 43 days).Oldest Cup Series Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (October 4, 2009 — 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).A total of 12 different NASCAR Cup Series organizations have won a pole at Kansas Speedway, led by Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske with five poles each.Hendrick Motorsports — Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2007, 2008), Mark Martin (2009), Kasey Kahne (2012)Team Penske — Kurt Busch (2011), AJ Allmendinger (2012), Joey Logano (2015, 2018), Brad Keselowski (2015).Four manufacturers have won poles at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 11 poles; followed by Ford (nine), Toyota (five) and Dodge (four).
A total of 17 different drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway; 11 have won multiple races at the 1.5-mile track.Eight of the 17 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway winners are active this weekend.Active Kansas Race WinnersWinsSeasonsDenny Hamlin32020, 2019, 2012Joey Logano32020, 2015, 2014Kevin Harvick32018, 2016, 2013Brad Keselowski22019, 2011Kyle Busch22021, 2016Martin Truex Jr22017 sweepKyle Larson12021Chase Elliott12018
Five drivers are tied for the lead all-time in wins in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with three victories each:
Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002, 2014)Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018)Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015)Denny Hamlin (2012, 2019, 2020)Joey Logano (2014, 2015, 2020)NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on September 30, 2001.Youngest Cup Series Kansas winner: Chase Elliott (October 21, 2018 — 22 years, 10 months, 23 days).Oldest Cup Series Kansas winner: Mark Martin (October 9, 2005 — 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin are the only four NASCAR Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway:Jeff Gordon (2001 and 2002) — the first two series events at KansasMatt Kenseth (fall 2012, spring 2013)Martin Truex Jr. (2017 sweep)Denny Hamlin (2019 Playoff race and 2020)NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon is the only NASCAR Cup series driver to win at Kansas in his first appearance (2001).No NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first career race at Kansas Speedway.A total of 17 different starting spots in the field have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.A total of seven of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway (19.3%) have been won from the pole or first starting position; the most proficient starting spot in the field:Joe Nemechek (2004)Jimmie Johnson (2008)Matt Kenseth (spring 2013)Kevin Harvick (Playoffs 2013)Martin Truex Jr. (Playoffs 2017)Kevin Harvick (spring 2018)Kyle Larson (Playoffs 2021)Nine of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races have been won from the front row (27.27%).The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway is 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Kansas Speedway
Starting PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %1721.21%1126.06%226.06%1213.03%313.03%1326.06%439.09%1413.03%539.09%1939.09%613.03%2113.03%713.03%2313.03%913.03%2513.03%1026.06%Additional Starting Positions StatsWinsWinning %Wins from the Front Row:927.27%Wins From The Top Five1648.48%Wins From The Top-102163.64%Wins From Outside The Top 2039.09%Michael McDowell leads the series with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 22; followed by Aric Almirola with 21.A total of nine different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with eight victories: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014), Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015), Chase Elliott (one: Playoffs 2018) and Kyle Larson (one: Playoffs 2021).Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet with 13 victories, Ford with nine, Toyota has nine and Dodge has two.
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 20 different drivers have finished runner-up at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.Kevin Harvick (2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with five second-place finishes.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriverRunner-UpsRankActive DriversRunner-Ups1Kevin Harvick51Kevin Harvick52Martin Truex Jr32Martin Truex Jr33Brad Keselowski23Brad Keselowski2 Carl Edwards2 Chase Elliott2Chase Elliott2 Kyle Larson2 Kasey Kahne2 Kurt Busch2 Kyle Larson2 Ryan Newman2
A total of 38 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Kanas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.Kevin Harvick lead the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 12 top fives.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop FivesRankActive DriversTop Fives1Kevin Harvick121Kevin Harvick122Jeff Gordon112Denny Hamlin103Denny Hamlin103Kyle Busch10 Kyle Busch104Martin Truex Jr95Jimmie Johnson95Joey Logano8 Martin Truex Jr9
A total of 60 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway.Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 19 top 10s each.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop 10sRankActive DriversTop 10s1Jimmie Johnson191Kevin Harvick19 Kevin Harvick192Martin Truex Jr153Martin Truex Jr153Kyle Busch144Jeff Gordon144Brad Keselowski13Kurt Busch145Denny Hamlin11 Kyle Busch14
NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace (five starts) leads the series in average finish at Kansas Speedway with an 8.200.Kevin Harvick (33 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position with a 9.091.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Kansas Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces1Rusty Wallace8.20051Kevin Harvick9.091332Ricky Rudd8.80052Chase Elliott11.231133Kevin Harvick9.091333Brad Keselowski11.600254Jeff Gordon9.950204Martin Truex Jr12.500285Brendan Gaughan10.00025Denny Hamlin13.714286Carl Edwards10.158196Kyle Larson14.600157Chase Elliott11.231137Christopher Bell14.80058Brad Keselowski11.600258Kyle Busch15.172299Jimmie Johnson11.793299William Byron16.111910Martin Truex Jr12.5002810Austin Dillon16.33318
A total of 77 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway; 62 of the 77 have led multiple laps.Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 949 laps led in 33 starts.The most laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway was 197 of the 272 scheduled laps (72.4%) by Jimmie Johnson on October 9, 2011 — he started the race from the 19th position.The most laps led by a driver that did not win in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was 173 laps of the 267 scheduled laps (64.7%) by Martin Truex Jr. on April 22, 2012 — he started sixth and ultimately finished runner-up.The fewest laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway was five of the 267 scheduled laps (1.8%) by Tony Stewart on October 1, 2006 — he started the race from the 21st position.
Top 15 NASCAR Cup Series Lap Leaders at Kansas Speedway (All-Time)
RankAll-Time Laps LeadersRacesLedCompleted% Led1Kevin Harvick339498,66411%2Martin Truex Jr288037,33311%3Matt Kenseth277746,73511%4Jimmie Johnson296017,5138%5Joey Logano265006,6028%6Kyle Larson154553,80612%7Kyle Busch294227,2006%8Kurt Busch333928,3545%9Denny Hamlin283497,3445%10Greg Biffle213465,3197%11Brad Keselowski253276,5725%12Jeff Gordon202185,2504%13Mark Martin162124,1885%14Chase Elliott131973,4706%15Carl Edwards191764,9934%
Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series:Danica Patrick‘s seventh-place finish (2014) at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series is the third-highest finish by a female driver in series history. Patrick‘s series career-best finish is sixth at Atlanta. The best finish by a female driver in the NASCAR Cup Series is Sarah Christian‘s fifth-place finish (Heidelberg) in 1949.DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDateDanica Patrick2238Sunday, October 22, 2017Danica Patrick2436Saturday, May 13, 2017Danica Patrick1918Sunday, October 16, 2016Danica Patrick2320Saturday, May 7, 2016Danica Patrick2922Sunday, October 18, 2015Danica Patrick2727Saturday, May 9, 2015Danica Patrick2916Sunday, October 5, 2014Danica Patrick97Saturday, May 10, 2014Danica Patrick2943Sunday, October 6, 2013Danica Patrick2525Sunday, April 21, 2013Danica Patrick4032Sunday, October 21, 2012Averages25.125.8
TRACK / EVENT STATS
Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway is 0.081-second from the October 10, 2004 race – the inaugural series event – Joe Nemechek beat Ricky Rudd.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway
RankMargin of VictoryWinnerRunner-UpDate10.081Joe NemechekRicky RuddSunday, October 10, 200420.112Jeff GordonKevin HarvickSaturday, May 10, 201430.125Denny HamlinChase ElliottSunday, October 20, 201940.150Matt KensethKasey KahneSunday, April 21, 201350.205Brad KeselowskiAlex BowmanSaturday, May 11, 2019Of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, four have resulted in NASCAR Overtime:Scheduled LapsActual LapsOvertime LapsRace WinnersDate26727710Denny HamlinSunday, October 20, 20192672714Brad KeselowskiSaturday, May 11, 20192672692Joey LoganoSunday, October 18, 20152672725Jimmie JohnsonSunday, October 9, 2011Only one of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:Scheduled LapsActual LapsFewer LapsRace WinnerDate267210-57Greg BiffleSunday, September 30, 2007Of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Kansas Speedway, only the Sept. 30, 2007 event has ended under caution — weather — Greg Biffle won the event.Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway, but it has been cancelled four times due to the pandemic — both races in 2020 and 2021.The NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.
NASCAR IN KANSAS
There has been a total of 84 NASCAR national series races among two tracks held in the state of Kansas.Track NameCityCupXfinityTruckCombinedFirst YearKansas SpeedwayKansas City332224792001Heartland Park TopekaTopeka00551995Totals33222984The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Kansas was on July 29, 1995 at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. The event was a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, and it was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. (Chevrolet) driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
KANSAS IN NASCAR
A total of 18 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.Of the 18 Kansas drivers, only two of them have won a NASCAR national series race; both have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.Kansas Race WinnersCupXfinityTruckCombinedClint Bowyer108321Jim Roper1001Totals118322
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