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2013 Kansas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 21, 2013 - 06:31 AM
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2013 Kansas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series makes its first 2013 visit to the 1.5-mile oval at Kansas Speedway. The 'Cup' series has been racing at the 1.5-mile d-shaped oval since 2001, an inaugural event that was won by 4-time champion Jeff Gordon.

The banking is 15 degrees in the turns with 10.4 degrees on the 2,685 foot frontstretch and five degrees on the 2,207 foot backstretch. If all the seats are sold, over 81,000 NASCAR fans will fill the grandstands today.

Over the 14 races run at Kansas, Jeff Gordon, 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, 5-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle have each won twice. Gordon's first win was mentioned above, with his second coming a year later in 2002. Stewart's victories came in 2006 & 2009. Biffle won is 2007 & 2010 while Johnson won in 2008 and 2011.

One interesting note is that in 14 races, Kansas has twice been won from Pole (Joe Nemechek - 2004, Jimmie Johnson - 2008) and once from a second place (Jeff Gordon - 2001) starting position.

Looking ahead to the checkered flag, the question is who will be first to the finish line.

And there is no clear advantage held by any driver, as we've had six different winners over the last six races at Kansas. And six drivers have finished in the top-five three times in that span.

Overall, only six out of 14 races have been won from the top-five starting positions.

Plus, four different engine manufacturers have won over the last four events - including Dodge.

So today is anyone's race.

While the numbers don't line very well, we are going to call this race for Martin Truex Jr. Where did that pick come from you say ? Truex Jr finished second at Kansas twice last season.

Should Truex fail to secure the victory, keep an eye on Kenseth, he was the only other driver to claim two top-five finishes in 2012 at Kansas - and one of those results was a win.

Enjoy today's race! It's sure to be another exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup event.

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Kansas Speedway
3rd Annual STP 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, April 19, 2013 @ 06:38 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Denny Hamlin 04/22/12 02:46:44 144.122
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 20 Matt Kenseth The Home Depot/Husky Toyota 28.145 191.864
2 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 28.162 191.748
2 3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 28.164 191.734
4 12 Sam Hornish, Jr.(i) SKF Ford 28.213 191.401
3 5 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 28.294 190.853
6 43 Aric Almirola STP/Farmland Ford 28.305 190.779
4 7 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 28.324 190.651
8 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 28.379 190.282
5 9 39 Ryan Newman Code 3 Associates Chevrolet 28.388 190.221
10 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 28.401 190.134
6 11 16 Greg Biffle ACE Brand Ford 28.411 190.067
12 27 Paul Menard Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet 28.454 189.780
7 13 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet 28.491 189.534
14 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 28.538 189.221
8 15 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 28.542 189.195
16 11 Brian Vickers(i) FedEx Freight Toyota 28.544 189.182
9 17 29 Kevin Harvick Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 28.548 189.155
18 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 28.568 189.023
10 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 28.608 188.758
20 31 Jeff Burton American Ethanol Chevrolet 28.620 188.679
11 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 28.656 188.442
22 22 Joey Logano AAA Ford 28.675 188.317
12 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 28.676 188.311
24 81 Elliott Sadler(i) ALERT Energy Gum Toyota 28.724 187.996
13 25 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 28.758 187.774
26 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.809 187.441
14 27 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 85th Anniversary Chevrolet 28.820 187.370
28 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 28.834 187.279
15 29 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 28.835 187.272
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 28.889 186.922
16 31 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 28.891 186.909
32 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 28.919 186.728
17 33 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 28.930 186.657
34 47 Bobby Labonte Pine Sol Toyota 28.945 186.561
18 35 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 28.950 186.528
36 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 28.967 186.419
19 37 32 Timmy Hill # OXY Water Ford Owner Points
38 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota Owner Points
20 39 33 Landon Cassill KCI Chevrolet Owner Points
40 36 JJ Yeley Accell Construction Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 51 Regan Smith(i) Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet Owner Points
42 7 Dave Blaney Sany Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 87 Joe Nemechek(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Toyota 12 1






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