NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Quaker State 400 Preview

The Sports NetworkJune 24, 2014 

Date: Saturday, June 28

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky.

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 267

Miles: 400.5

Capacity: 107,000 (Grandstand seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 4th

On TV: TNT

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Brad Keselowski, 2012 (145.607 mph)

Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, 2013 (183.636 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Matt Kenseth

Runner up: Jamie McMurray

Pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (183.636 mph)

Top 10:

1. Matt Kenseth (Start: 16)

2. Jamie McMurray (23)

3. Clint Bowyer (15)

4. Joey Logano (11)

5. Kyle Busch (4)

6. Kurt Busch (27)

7. Martin Truex Jr (19)

8. Jeff Gordon (12)

9. Jimmie Johnson (3)

10. Kevin Harvick (22)

Average speed: 131.948 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 2 mins., 7 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.699 secs.

Caution flags: 10 for 42 laps

Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers

Past winners

2013 Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 131.948 mph

2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 145.607 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 137.314 mph

Last race

Race: Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 22)

Site: Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, California

Miles: 219 (350 kilometers)

Laps: 110

Finish line order: Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 30 secs.

Average speed: 76.583 mph

Margin of victory: 8.133 secs.

Caution flags: 6 for 19 laps

Lead changes: 11 among 9 drivers

Lap leaders: McMurray 1-8, Allmendinger 9-21, Harvick 22-31, Allmendinger McMurray 1-8, Allmendinger 9-21, Harvick 22-31, Allmendinger 32-53, McMurray 54, J. Gordon 55-57, Harvick 58-70, Johnson 71, Logano 72-74, Bowyer 75-79, Ambrose 80-84, Edwards 85-110.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Lexar

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Cheerios

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Black & Decker

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Fifth Third Bank

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 * Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/corvetteparts.net

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Theme Park Connection

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Eckrich

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/All City Leasing

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Scott Products

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/UPS

Leading contenders

Name 2011 2012 2013
Matt Kenseth 6 7 Won
Jamie McMurray 36 15 2
Clint Bowyer 35 16 3
Joey Logano 14 22 4
Kyle Busch Won 10 5
Kurt Busch 9 19 6
Martin Truex Jr. 18 8 7
Jeff Gordon 10 5 8
Jimmie Johnson 3 6 9
Kevin Harvick 16 11 10
Kasey Kahne 13 2 11
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 30 4 12
Ryan Newman 4 34 14
Tony Stewart 12 32 20
Carl Edwards 5 20 21
Paul Menard 24 12 30
Brian Vickers 27 31
Brad Keselowski 7 Won 33
Greg Biffle 21 21 34
Denny Hamlin 11 3 35
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon

Notes

The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is the 17th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Located roughly 40 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5- mile oval with 14 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,662 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,600 feet.

Kentucky has hosted 15 Nationwide Series races and 16 Camping World Truck Series events since the track opened in 2000. The Sprint Cup Series began competing here three years ago.

After more than a decade of requesting a Sprint Cup date, Kentucky was added to the 2011 schedule. Speedway Motorsports Inc., the parent company of this racetrack, moved its spring event at Atlanta Motor Speedway to Kentucky. SMI bought this track in 2008.

Before 2011, the Commonwealth of Kentucky had hosted only one race in NASCAR's premier series. The series ran at Corbin Speedway -- a half-mile dirt track in Corbin, Kentucky. -- on Aug. 29, 1954. Lee Petty won that event, while Hershel McGriff finished second. They were the only drivers who finished on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011. Busch, the pole sitter, led the most laps with 125. He held off David Reutimann and Jimmie Johnson in a two-lap shootout to the finish. An incident involving Clint Bowyer with six laps to go setup the two-lap sprint.

Brad Keselowski won the 2012 event at Kentucky. Using a backup car after crashing his primary one in practice the day before the race, Keselowski gambled on fuel in the late going and crossed the finish line 4.4 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne for his third win that year. Keselowski went on to score two more victories during the season, en route to the Sprint Cup championship.

Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner. In last year's event, which was delayed one day due to rain, Kenseth took fuel only and came out of the pits first, while the other frontrunners made two-tire stops during a caution in the late-stages. Jimmie Johnson put on a dominating performance by leading 182 of 267 laps, but Johnson got loose and spun out while running in second following the last restart. He ended up finishing ninth. Kenseth led the final 24 laps to claim his fourth victory of the season.

Busch, Kenseth, Johnson and Jeff Gordon are those drivers who have scored top-10 finishes in each of the first three Sprint Cup races at Kentucky.

Kenseth leads all drivers in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 4.667. Busch is second with a 5.333, followed by Johnson (6.000) and Gordon (7.667). Kasey Kahne has averaged 8.667 in his three race finishes there.

Busch leads all drivers in total laps led at Kentucky with 243. Johnson has led the second-most laps with 203.

The next race is the July 5 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson won last year's race there.

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