Crunching the Numbers: KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway

The KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway might seem like a typical NASCAR Saturday night, cookie-cutter track; but this time around, it just might be different. The return of everyone’s favorite sarcastic drive, Matt Kenseth, is certain to stir up some great conversations with his return to the sport. How will the veteran fair after 11 weeks out of a car? Will Kevin Harvick’s domination ways continue this Mother’s Day weekend? The crystal ball reveals all below!

Kansas Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Length: 1.5 Miles
    • Scheduled Laps: 267 (400.5 miles)
    • Stage 1 End: 80
    • Stage 2 End: 160
  • 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

KC Masterpiece 400 Trends of the Race

There have only been 7 races at Kansas Speedway in the Spring

  • Overtime: 0
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0
  • 2017 Go Bowling 400 Winners
  • Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
    • Finished P5
  • Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney
    • Finished P4
  • Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
    • P2 in Stage 1, P3 in Stage 2

Trends of the past 5 KC Masterpiece 400:

  • Margin of Victory 0.592 seconds
  • 9 cautions
  • First Caution: Lap 24
  • Final Caution: Lap 237 (30 laps before the end)
  • 19 drivers on the lead lap

KC Masterpiece 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 9.6
  • 14.3% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Average laps lead: 108.9 laps (40.8% of the race)
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 172 (64.4% of the race) by Martin Truex Jr. in 2016
    • Truex finished P14

KC Masterpiece 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 10.1
    • Race winner’s median starting position: 6
    • Race winner’s mode starting position: N/A
    • Brad Keselowski started from P25 in 2011, the furthest back a KC Masterpiece 400 winner has started
  • 42.9 of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 57.1% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 56.6 laps (21.2% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Brad Keselowski (driving for Team Penske) and Jeff Gordon (driving for Hendrick Motorsports) led 9 laps (3.4% of the race) in 2011 and 2014 respectively
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Matt Kenseth (driving for Joe Gibbs Racing) led 163 laps (61.0% of the race) in 2013
  • The KC Masterpiece 400 has seen 7 unique winners from 4 different teams
    • No drive has repeated victory at Kansas Speedway in the Spring
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 3 wins
  • Fun Facts
    • No Ford has won the KC Masterpiece 400

KC Masterpiece 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

7 races at Kansas Speedway and Ford has yet to find victory lane.

11 races this 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Ford has found victory lane 54.5% of the time, including last week with Kevin Harvick. It might be time for the muscle flexing of Ford to crack the Land of Oz’s victory lane.

 

 

KC Masterpiece 400 Predictions

Why is Matt Kenseth at the top of the leaderboard you ask? He has not raced at all this year, you state. Well, Matt Kenseth has the second best average finish in the KC Masterpiece 400 (right behind, you guessed it, Kevin Harvick). But, this veteran of the NASCAR circuit will most certainly have his groove the moment he steps into the car. Sure, he might be a longshot to win in his first race back after 11 races off, but I can bet he is as determined as ever to show he still has what it takes.

But, if you are looking for a safer bet, you can always go with Happy Harvick to add another trophy to his stack this year.

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