Driver Handicaps: Kansas

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This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway for Sunday's Camping World RV 400. To help you make your fantasy racing picks, RacingOne brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 267-lap event.

Who's HOT at Kansas
• Jeff Gordon is the only multiple race winner.
• Clint Bowyer leads all drivers with a 5.5 average finish.
• 2005 winner Mark Martin has an average finish of 5.3 in his last three starts.
• Tony Stewart has five top 10s, including a win in 2006.
• Casey Mears is the only driver that has finished in the top five in the last two races
• Defending race winner Greg Biffle has posted three finishes of third or better.

Keep an Eye on at Kansas
• Jimmie Johnson is racing the same car that won at Indy and Auto Club Speedway.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off consecutive top 10s at Kansas.
• Kyle Busch has the best average finish (3.8) on the five 1.5-mile tracks in 2008.
• Series points leader Carl Edwards is shooting for his third consecutive top five in the Chase.
• Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick have posted respective average finishes of 9.2 and 9.8 on the 1.5-mile tracks this season.

2008 Track Performers
Kyle Busch has posted the best average finish (3.8) on the five 1.5-mile tracks in 2008. Busch, who won at Kansas' sister track - Chicago - is currently tied with Carl Edwards with two wins apiece on the 1.5-mile tracks. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has also posted a solid average finish in the five races (7.6) thanks to three top fives. Along with Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick (9.8 average finish on 1.5-mile tracks in 2008), Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart finished in the top five at Chicago in July. 1.5-mile tracks: Las Vegas, Atlanta, Texas, Charlotte and Chicago


Qualifying Tidbits
Last year Jimmie Johnson became the first multiple pole winner at Kansas Speedway. 2004 race winner, Joe Nemechek, is the only driver that has won at Kansas from the pole. Matt Kenseth, the 2005 pole winner, holds the qualifying record at 180.856 mph. Tony Stewart won from the furthest starting position in the 2006 race after starting 21st. Inaugural pole winner Jason Leffler is the only driver that has won a pole who doesn't currently race on the circuit. Five out of the seven events have been won from a position of 11th or better. Past Pole Winners | Starting Positions of Kansas Winners

Kansas Rookie Report
All of the Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates will be making their first Sprint Cup start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Patrick Carpentier was the top finishing rookie at Chicago in 30th. Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose will also attempt their first Cup start at Kansas. In the event qualifying is cancelled all of the rookies, with the exception of Ambrose, will make the field. Rookie Standings

Chase Contenders at Kansas
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Avg. Finish
Driver Rating
1 Carl Edwards
4
0
0
1
2
1
17.0
90.2
2 Jimmie Johnson
6
2
0
1
4
1
12.0
115.6
3 Greg Biffle
6
0
1
3
3
1
11.0
118.5
4 Jeff Burton
7
0
0
1
1
1
19.6
70.4
5 Kevin Harvick
7
0
0
0
2
1
16.1
83.3
6 Clint Bowyer
2
0
0
1
2
0
5.5
106.5
7 Tony Stewart
7
0
1
3
5
1
11.1
108.7
8 Jeff Gordon
7
0
2
4
5
1
10.6
98.3
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7
1
0
0
4
1
17.1
82.0
10 Matt Kenseth
7
1
0
1
2
1
22.1
93.2
11 Denny Hamlin
3
0
0
0
0
0
26.3
73.7
12 Kyle Busch
4
0
0
0
1
1
26.5
80.0


Kansas Loop Data Stat Leaders(2005-2007)
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Tony Stewart
1. Clint Bowyer
1. Greg Biffle - 6.4
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Reed Sorenson
2. Tony Stewart - 7.3
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jimmie Johnson - 7.8
4. Greg Biffle
4. Greg Biffle
4. Clint Bowyer - 9.3
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Mark Martin - 10.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle - 702
1. Jimmie Johnson - 111
1. Greg Biffle - 118.5
2. Jimmie Johnson - 664
1. Tony Stewart - 111
2. Jimmie Johnson - 115.6
3. Tony Stewart - 662
3. Jeff Gordon - 103
3. Tony Stewart - 108.7
4. Jeff Gordon - 599
4. Greg Biffle - 98
4. Clint Bowyer - 106.5
5. Mark Martin - 561
5. Carl Edwards - 96
5. Mark Martin - 105.0

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating : Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


RacingOne Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Jimmie Johnson
Pete Pistone: Tony Stewart
Rachael West: Clint Bowyer
Kym Opalenik: Carl Edwards

Top 20 Driver Notes - Based on Current Standings
1. Carl Edwards: Edwards is coming off his worst finish at Kansas Speedway after a crash took him out of contention, placing him 37th last season. The finish came after two consecutive top-10 runs in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, he started fifth and scored his only top five at the track, finishing third. This weekend Edwards will be behind the wheel of the same car (chassis RK-540) that finished 32nd at Chicagoland Speedway in July.

2. Jimmie Johnson: Johnson is coming off his best finish at Kansas Speedway, in third, after starting from the pole for the second time at the track. The finish lowered his finishing average to 12.0 in six starts. In 2006, he led 105 of his track total 127 laps en route to a 14th-place finish. This weekend Johnson will pilot the same car (chassis No. 504) that won at Indianapolis and Auto Club Speedway.

3. Greg Biffle: Biffle is the defending Kansas winner after leading 37 laps from the seventh position. The win was his first at Kansas and his third top five. This weekend Biffle will be racing the same car (chassis No. RK-585) that finished 13th at Pocono last month.

4. Jeff Burton: In 2006, Burton posted his only top 10 in seven starts at Kansas Speedway after finishing fifth. His previous best finish came in 2001 with Roush Racing when he took the checkered flag in 11th. This weekend Burton will make his fifth Kansas start with Richard Childress Racing driving the same car (chassis No. 255) that finished 11th at Michigan in August.

5. Kevin Harvick: Harvick is coming off his second top 10 at Kansas Speedway after finishing sixth last season. This weekend he will be shooting for his ninth consecutive top 10 of 2008 driving the same car (chassis No. 254) that finished sixth last weekend at Dover.

6. Clint Bowyer: Kansas Speedway is Bowyer's best track on the circuit based on his 5.5 finishing average. Last year he finished second for his first of two runner-up finishes in the Chase. This weekend he will be making his third start at the track driving the same car (chassis No. 237) that finished 10th earlier this month at Auto Club Speedway.

7. Tony Stewart: Stewart's finishing average at Kansas Speedway took a hit last year, falling from 6.5 to 11.1, after he was taken out in a crash on lasp 174. His 39th-place finish was his first outside the top 15 in seven starts. In 2006, he won at Kansas for one of his three top fives.

8. Jeff Gordon: Gordon is the only multiple winner at Kansas Speedway. Although Gordon has only led six laps in his last five Kansas starts, his overall total of 175 laps led currently leads all drivers. His average finish of 10.6 is also best among all drivers that have competed in all seven of the races at the 1.5-mile track.

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Earnhardt Jr. is coming off his fourth top 10 in seven starts at Kansas Speedway after finishing 10th for the second season in-a-row. In the 2006 event, Junior led 18 of his 40 career laps led at the track. This weekend he will make his track debut with Hendrick Motorsports in the same car (chassis No. 499) that led 76 laps and finished fifth in the Coca-Cola 600.

10. Matt Kenseth: In 2005, Kenseth scored his best finish (fifth) at Kansas Speedway after leading 71 laps from the pole. His pole position, which was the third of his career, stands as the qualifying record at 180.856 mph. The only other times Kenseth led laps at the 1.5-mile speedway came in the inaugural race (14), which resulted in his only DNF, and in 2007 (49). This weekend Kenseth will shoot for his third Kansas top 10 driving the same car (chassis No. RK-625) that finished 38th at Indianapolis after blowing a tire.

11. Denny Hamlin: In 2005, Hamlin made his Sprint Cup debut at Kansas Speedway. He finished 31st in that event after having to start at the back of the field because of a spin on his second qualifying lap. At one point in the race, Hamlin was running in the top 10 before a tire problem dropped him back in the field. In the next two events, he finished 18th and 29th, respectively, to give him a 26.3 average finish, which is his worst overall average among all non-restrictor-plate tracks. This weekend Hamlin will be back behind the wheel of the same car (chassis No. 222) that finished third at Indianapolis and Auto Club Speedway.

12. Kyle Busch: Kansas Speedway is Busch's worst 1.5-mile track on the circuit in which he's raced on four or more times in his career. His 41st-place finish in this event last year raised his overall average finish to 26.5. His only finish inside the top 20 came in 2006 when he finished seventh. This weekend he will look to turn around his luck at Kansas by backing up his July win at Chicagoland, which is a sister track to Kansas.

13. Kasey Kahne: Last year Kahne scored his first top 10 at Kansas Speedway after finishing ninth. In his three previous starts he posted one pole, led 50 laps and had an average finish of 21.3.

14. David Ragan: Ragan finished 16th in his Sprint Cup debut at Kansas Speedway in 2007. This weekend he will race the same car (chassis No. RK-613) that finished fifth at Pocono in August.

15. Martin Truex Jr: Truex Jr. made his track debut at Kansas Speedway in 2006, posting an 11th-place finish after starting 23rd. Last year, he finished 38th after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 157.

16. Ryan Newman:
Newman will be making his eighth start at Kansas Speedway. In his first three races at the track, he finished second twice and won in 2003. His last four events have been finishes of 23rd or lower. This weekend Newman will race the same car (chassis No. 577) that finished 10th at Chicagoland in July.

17. Brian Vickers: Vickers has made three starts at Kansas Speedway all coming with Hendrick Motorsports. He posted an average finish of 12.7 in those events. Last year, he failed to qualify in his first track attempt with Team Red Bull.

18. Kurt Busch: Busch's two top 10s at Kansas Speedway came with Roush Racing in 2001 and 2004. His best finish with Penske came last season in 11th. This weekend Busch will race the same car (chassis No. 579) that finished 36th at Michigan last month after cutting a left-rear tire. Prior to the tire going down, the car ran in the top 10.

19. Jamie McMurray: McMurray has posted two top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway. Both of his top 10s came with Chip Ganassi Racing in his first two starts. In his two starts with Roush-Fenway Racing, he has posted an average finish of 33.0. This weekend McMurray will pilot a brand new chassis (No. RK-614) in the Camping World RV 400.

20. Bobby Labonte: Labonte has yet to finish in the top 10 in seven starts at Kansas Speedway. In fact, Kansas and its sister track Chicagoland, are the only tracks on the circuit where Labonte has not posted a top 10. Labonte finished 17th and 42nd, respectively, in his two Kansas starts with Petty Enterprises.

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