Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Kansas Race Info
The final race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs round of 12 is on Sunday, October 22 at Kansas Speedway. Green flag 3:16pm/et.
Martin Truex Jr. wins pole-and bonus-at Kansas Speedway
By posting the fastest lap in Friday's qualifying session at Kansas, Truex got a leg up on a trip to the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami, because the time trials at Kansas came with a significant bonus-first choice of pit stalls at Martinsville.
Kansas Race Information.
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #83-Moffitt 173.924, #00-Cope 165.996
best 10 consecutive lap average (of 30 drivers): #4-Harvick 180.120
notes: Daniel Hemric took a few laps in the #27. Paul Menard's wife is expecting a baby any day.
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (22,43,44) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 8, with an opening in front of it.
#20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd, took the 41st and final pit stall.
Martin Truex, Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with speed of 188.029mph for his 3rd pole of 2017, 2nd at Kansas and 15th of his career. Truex, Jr. has won 1 time from the 14 previous poles.
#4-Harvick will start 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray, #14-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, an d #48-Johnson.
#21-Blaney had qualified 3rd fastest but failed post-qualifying inspection. He will start 40th.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 187.533mph, will start 2nd.
#41-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 186.335mph, will start 16th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots.
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Starting Positions at Kansas
[by current playoff standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 1st
2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 10th
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4th
6) #24-Chase Elliott, 14th
7) #21-Ryan Blaney, 39th
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 12th
9) #18-Kyle Busch, 7th
10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 24th
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 8th
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2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Talladega, race 31 of 36 for the season, 5 of 10 in Playoffs, 2 of 3 in Round of 12]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) (A), 3120
2) #2-Brad Keselowski (1 win) (A), 3101 -19
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 3096 -24
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3089 -31
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3088 -32
6) #24-Chase Elliott, 3087 -33
7) #21-Ryan Blaney, 3076 -44
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3074 -46
These drivers would not advance to Round 3
9) #18-Kyle Busch, 3067 -53 (7 points behind 8th)
10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3066 -54 (-8)
11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 3052 -68 (-22)
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3045 -75 (-29)
(A) automatically advances to the next round of the playoffs with a win
Saturday Kansas Notebook
Dale Earnhardt Jr. overjoyed at prospect of first child's birth; Qualifying penalty is double whammy for Ryan Blaney; Short Strokes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about hearing the news of his wife being pregnant and the heartbeat. His wife, Amy, is due to give birth to their first child May 2.
Inspection issue sends Blaney to the rear at Kansas
Team co-owner Eddie Wood said that in today's competitive environment, teams tend to take chances when it comes to preparing their cars.
Friday Kansas Notebook
Lackluster qualifying has put Jimmie Johnson on the Playoff bubble; Kyle Busch facing first do-or-die test at Kansas Speedway; William Byron is prepping for Cup career in simulator.
Kyle Busch will wear this helmet the next two weeks and will raffle it off through his foundation website. The helmet, created by noted helmet designer Jason Beam, actually glows in the dark.
Speedway Children's Charities getting into the holiday spirit at Bristol
New this year is Tastings, Bites and Twinkling Lights, a gourmet tasting that benefits the local community while overlooking the holiday lights spectacular.
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What to Watch For: Kansas
Final Race in Round of 12; Champs on the Bubble; Martin Truex Jr. Dominates 1.5-Mile Tracks; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Kansas (Playoff Driver Edition)
Aspen Dental not expected to return
The dental-care chain signed on to sponsor Stewart-Haas in 2015.
Phoenix camping sold out
Hospitality club Curve also sold out for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Weekend.
Talladega final TV ratings
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing at Talladega earned a 2.8 rating for NBC.
Dave Pericak will leave his role as head of Ford Performance after the NASCAR season to move to a role as Ford's engineering director for North American unibody applications – a major role in mainstream passenger-car production. Mark Rushbrook, who has been the lead engineer for global racing programs the past three years under Pericak, will replace him in directing Ford's racing efforts. Motorsport.com first reported the news of Pericak's upcoming departure.
Kansas Weekend Preview
Kyle Busch faces elimination at Kansas; Byron leads XFINITY Series into Round of 8.
Alon Day looking to run another Cup race this year
He won the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship this year and looks to race more in the U.S.
Drivers tackle Charlotte Motor Speedway's Roval in Goodyear tire test
Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Hemric took part in a Goodyear tire test at Charlotte Motor Speedway's Roval on Tuesday and Wednesday.
NASCAR Related Racing Birthdays
Happy Birthday [10/21]: Bob Jeffrey, Pete Wright, David Gebhardt
Today, Phoenix Raceway installed one of the highest steel beams as part of the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar along with its partner Okland Construction. NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace, longtime Phoenix Raceway season ticket holders and government officials joined Okland Construction team members and Phoenix Raceway staff to celebrate this important milestone in the project. Attendees and workers left their mark on Phoenix Raceway history by signing the steel beam before it was hoisted into the air. The topping out of the $178 million modernization project marks approximately one year until the completion of the upgraded venue.(Phoenix Raceway)
Roush Fenway Racing carries its ‘Driven for a Cause' platform, in support of breast cancer awareness, into Kansas Speedway this weekend as Trevor Bayne's #6 AdvoCare Ford and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s #17 Fastenal Ford will both sport pink numbers this weekend. In addition to the pink numbers on the AdvoCare and Fastenal Ford Fusions, all Roush Fenway Fords have sported ‘Driven for a Cause' pink ribbon decals on the C-Post during the month of October. Roush Fenway personnel have supported the cause through at track apparel, wearing #DrivenForACause ribbons each weekend.(Roush Fenway Racing)
Heavy rains overnight and throughout the morning combined with track conditions in the afternoon to wash out Day 3 of the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators. The 12 participants competing for a spot on the 2018 Rev Racing roster were slated to take laps in the team's NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars. The early end to the session, however, did not adversely affect the evaluation process. Drivers took part in media and physical assessment at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona on Monday, and each of them got two sessions in a Late Model Stock Car Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway.(NASCAR)
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Kansas
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway
This weekend will be #32-Matt DiBenedetto's 100th race in the top series of NASCAR. DiBenedetto made his first Cup Series start in 2015 and has recorded three top-10's, two of which were this season. His average finish in 2015 was 32nd and he has seen that statistic improve this year with Go Fas Racing where his average finish is 27th - a huge feat for a smaller team. With DiBenedetto re-signed through 2018, the team will continue to grow throughout the offseason and will look to improve their average finish up into the top-25.(Go Fas Racing)
2018 MENCS Team Chart
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Gaulding back in the #55 at Kansas
Harrah's North Kansas City will provide sponsorship.
Omnicraft returns to the #21
Omnicraft is thefirst new parts brand offered by Ford Motor Company in 50 years. Kansas will be the second time this scheme has run in 2017.
M&Ms Halloween scheme for Kyle Busch at Kansas
Busch is looking to overcome a seven-point deficit to the all-important eighth-place spot in the playoff standings.
Truex, Jr., Pollex win NMPA Spirit Award
The Spirit Award recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Hollywood Casino 400
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Kansas
NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine gets on track on day 2
After a day of media training and physical assessment, the 12 drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators finally got on track Tuesday.
Driver appearances and autograph sessions
First 30,000 fans at Texas 500 receive collectible Harvick bobblehead
Harvick is the final driver in the three-race bobblehead collectible series for 2017. He joins fellow Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick (April) and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal (June).
Martinsville Speedway joins Team Chevy and the American Cancer Society to Paint the Curbs Pink
Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson joined 24 Breast Cancer Survivors to Paint the Curbs Pink and take a few laps to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
This weekend at Kansas Speedway marks Kasey Kahne's 500th start in the NASCAR Cup Series. Kahne's rookie year in the Cup Series was in 2004, when he won four pole awards and took home Rookie of the Year honors. At the time, the 24-year-old was the youngest rookie of the year since Jeff Gordon won the honor at the age of 22 in 1993.(Hendrick Motorsports)
The Mentholatum Company joins Leavine Family Racing
Jolt cooling eye drops will be featured on the #95 at Martinsville Speedway.
Congrats to Landon & Katie Cassill
Daphne Plum Mayola Cassill was born Monday night. The couple also have a son, Beckham.
StarCom Racing to debut at Kansas
The team, lead by NASCAR veteran Derrike Cope, will showcase the StarCom Racing brand on the big stage for the 400 mile event in the #00 Chevrolet. Tony Furr will serve as crew chief.
Pat Green returns to Texas to headline Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show
Green and his legendary Texas country sound hit the stage at 11am/ct for an hour-long concert on the frontstretch.
Cassill will not return to Front Row Motorsports in 2018 UPDATE
The team comments about the team's future, as well as David Ragan's.
Amy Earnhardt expecting a baby
Dale Jr said Tuesday that the couple has a daughter on the way.
NASCAR expected to mandate standard pit gun
Teams have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into developing specialized pit guns that help gain valuable time for tire changers.
#88 spotter change next season
T.J. Majors will leave Hendrick Motorsports as Kevin Hamlin serves as Alex Bowman's spotter.
Testing at Homestead
Testing will take place Tuesday, October 24 on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval, where one car from most of the major Monster Energy Series teams are slated to participate.
Bass Pro Shops & 5-Hour Energy to sponsor Truex, Jr for 30 races
Bass Pro will be featured as primary for 16 races, while 5-Hour Energy will be primary in 14.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017; Stages at laps: 80/160/267; green flag scheduled 3:16pm/et, TV=NBCSN
41 teams entered.
Kyle Larson was fastest at 189.056mph. Kevin Harvick was second.
Round-by-round results of qualifying.
Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole at 188.029mph, Kevin Harvick will start second.
Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick were fastest.
#21-Blaney was fastest, #18-Busch was second.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs moves to Kansas Speedway on Sunday, October 22 for the final race in the Round of 12 of the NASCAR playoffs. Scheduled green flag approx. 3:16pm/et. Get all the information, times, TV info, weather, odds and updates here.
Sunday, October 15. Stages at laps: 55/110/188; green flag scheduled for 2:13pm/et; TV=NBC
40 cars entered
#2-Keselowski was fastest at 197.859mph with #41-Busch second.
#5-Kahne was fastest, #88-Earnhardt Jr. was second. No incidents.
Round by round qualifying results.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr wins pole at 190.544mph, #24-Elliott starts 2nd.
#2-Brad Keselowski won at Talladega. #31-Newman finished second.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. leads #2-Keselowski by 19 points.
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