Crunching The Numbers: 400 at Kansas

After surviving Talladega, the field heads to a less chaotic track in Kansas Speedway. The only stat I cannot provide you for this weekend is how many times a reference to Dorothy, The Yellow Brick Road, or The Wizard Of Oz will be mentioned, but just keep an eye out for tornadoes while you are at it.

Kansas Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Length: 1.5 Miles
    • Scheduled Laps: 267 (400.5 miles)
  • Track Configuration: D-Shaped Oval
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 17° – 20°
  • Frontstretch
    • Banking: 10°
    • Length: 2,721 feet
  • Backstretch
    • Banking: 5.5°
    • Length: 2,207 feet

Trends of the Race

Kansas 1 Track Stats

*There have only been 5 races run at Kansas Speedway in the Spring

In the 5 year history of Kansas Speedway hosting a Spring race, 2011 saw a margin of victory at almost 3 seconds. If we remove that outlier, the average margin of victory drops to 0.362 seconds. No races have ended under caution.

Past 400 Pole Sitters

Year Driver Team Finish Laps Led
2011 Kurt Busch Team Penske 9 152
2012 AJ Allmendinger Team Penske 32 44
2013 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing 1 163
2014 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing 2 119
2015 Joey Logano Team Penske 5 29
  • Pole winners have an average finish of 9.8
  • Average laps lead: 101.4 laps (267 scheduled laps)
    • 37.98% of the scheduled race


Past 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 12.4
    • Brad Keselowski won in 2011 from starting P25, which is the furthest back a race winner has started
    • Since the inagural race (2011), the average starting position of the race winner has been 9.25
  • 20% of pole winners have gone on to win the race
    • Matt Kenseth: 2013
  • 40% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 40% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 44.6 laps (16.7% of the scheduled 267 lap race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon lead 9 laps (3.37% of the scheduled 188 lap race) in 2011 and 2014 repsectively
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Matt Kenseth led 163 laps (61.05% of the race) in 2013
  • There have been 5 different race winners from 3 different teams since 2011

7-9 May, 2014, Kansas City, Kansas USA Jimmie Johnson celebrates his win in Victory Lane © 2015, Nigel Kinrade NKP

SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Top 5 – 5/10/15

Driver Finish Start
Jimmie Johnson 1 19
Kevin Harvick 2 6
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 17
Jeff Gordon 4 11
Joey Logano 5 1
Matt Kenseth 6 18



Hollywood Casino 400 – 10/18/15

Driver Finish Start
Joey Logano 1 14
Denny Hamlin 2 5
Jimmie Johnson 4 21
Kasey Kahne 5 24
Kyle Busch 6 3


Kansas 1 Team Stats

Kansas 1 Manufacturers

Thanks to his victory at Talladega, Brad Keselowski has boosted his team in the standings as well as bringing Ford back into the 2016 picture; we now await a victory from Joey Logano. When it comes to Kansas, Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing lead the way; this could be good news for Roush Fenway Racing as their season seems to be turning around. When it comes to the Spring event at Kansas, Joe Gibbs Racing matches Hendrick Motorsports, and with the way JGR’s season is going, they could pull ahead come the end of the evening on Saturday.

Kansas 1 Predictions

Looking ahead to what Saturday night could bring, we see another repeat winner might be in store for the season. With only 5 races, there has not been a repeat winner yet, but that could change. This could also be the time that Matt Kenseth throws his bad luck of 2016 out the window and rounds out Joe Gibbs Racing with a victory for each team member.

Kansas 1 Past Finishes

If you want someone else, try Dale Earnhardt Jr. As long as they do not repair Amelia and bring her to Kansas, Dale Jr. might have a chance to redeem his season.

This weekend’s race is on Saturday night, so be sure you have plenty of rest the night before; and don’t forget Mother’s Day is this Sunday! I know one lucky mom will be getting a great gift in victory from her child. What about you?


Ashley Hobbs

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