Driver Handicaps: Kansas

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Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne have posted respective average finishes of 3.0 and 4.7 in the last three races at Kansas. (Photo: Getty Images)

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To assist with your fantasy racing picks, MotorRacingNetwork.com brings you our weekly analysis to help steer you toward Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Who's HOT at Kansas
• Matt Kenseth, who has finished seventh of better in his last five starts, won the first race on the new track surface configuration.
• Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are the only multiple race winners. 
• Carl Edwards has finished in the top 10 in eight of the last 10 races.
• Brad Keselowski has posted a 5.8 average finish in his last four starts, including a win.
• Martin Truex Jr., who led 173 laps in this event last year, has finished second in the last two races.
• Kasey Kahne has posted an average finish of 4.7 in his last three starts.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Kansas
• Kyle Busch (2.5), Joey Logano (8.5) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the two races with the Gen-6 car on 1.5-mile tracks.
• Aric Almirola and Mark Martin led 69 and 60 laps, respectively, in the first Kansas race on the new track surface configuration.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has yet to race on the new track surface configuration, has finished in the top 10 in two of his last three starts at Kansas.
• Kevin Harvick has posted a 7.4 average finish in his last five starts at Kansas.
• Paul Menard scored his first top five (third) at Kansas last fall.
• Sam Hornish Jr. and Elliott Sadler are entered in this weekend's race.
• Roush Fenway Racing tested at Kansas Speedway.
• Clint Bowyer has finished seventh or better in two of his last three Kansas starts.
• Brian Vickers finished eighth in his first start with in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kansas Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jimmie Johnson - 3
1. Jimmie Johnson - 10.6
Pole - 2 times
Kasey Kahne - 3
2. Kasey Kahne - 11.0
Top Five - 6 times
2. Six drivers with one
3. Jeff Gordon - 11.6
Top 10 - 8 times
4. Joey Logano - 12.3
Top 15 - 10 times
Brian Vickers - 12.3
Worst - 25th, one time

* - Must be entered in the STP 400.

*Best Average Finish at Kansas

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Martin Truex Jr.
2.0
Four Races
Matt Kenseth
3.8
Six Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.2
Eight Races
Jimmie Johnson
4.4
10 Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.5

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Kansas Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2012, 10 Races)

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 7.2
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Greg Biffle
2. Greg Biffle - 7.6
3. Greg Biffle
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Jeff Gordon - 8.9
4. Tony Stewart
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Matt Kenseth - 10.1
5. Matt Kenseth
5. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Tony Stewart - 10.4
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle - 2354
1. Jimmie Johnson - 453
1. Jimmie Johnson - 119.5
2. Jimmie Johnson - 2335
2. Greg Biffle - 435
2. Greg Biffle - 113.0
3. Jeff Gordon - 2331
3. Jeff Gordon - 416
3. Matt Kenseth - 106.4
4. Matt Kenseth - 2104
4. Carl Edwards - 407
4. Jeff Gordon - 101.5
5. Tony Stewart - 1951
5. Tony Stewart - 390
5. Tony Stewart - 100.8

*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.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Kansas, view the STP 400 Pre-Race eBook (pdf).

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Matt Kenseth
1. Brad Keselowski
1. Jimmie Johnson - 6.4
2. Kyle Busch
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Matt Kenseth - 7.9
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Busch - 9.7
4. Denny Hamlin
4. Kasey Kahne
4. Jeff Gordon - 11.5
5. Kasey Kahne
5. Kevin Harvick
5. Brad Keselowski - 11.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 2154
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 415
1. Jimmie Johnson - 115.5
2. Matt Kenseth - 2098
2. Greg Biffle - 379
2. Kyle Busch - 113.0
3. Kevin Harvick - 1969
3. Clint Bowyer - 376
3. Matt Kenseth - 109.7
4. Kasey Kahne - 1928
4. Joey Logano - 340
4. Kasey Kahne - 103.3
5. Kyle Busch - 1830
5. Jeff Gordon - 338
5. Brad Keselowski - 100.2

*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Martin Truex Jr.
Pete Pistone: Jimmie Johnson
Tony Rizzuti: Jimmie Johnson
John Singler: Kasey Kahne

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Kansas unless noted)

Jimmie Johnson: Leads all drivers with a 5.5 average finish in the last 10 races; Last of two wins came in the 2011 fall race; Finished ninth in the first race on the new track surface configuration; Tied for the fourth-best average finish (6.0) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will debut a new chassis (No. 782) in the STP 400.

Kyle Busch: 21.0 average finish in 11 starts; Last of two top 10s came in this event last year; Finished 31st in the first race on the new track surface configuration after an accident took him out of contention; Best average finish (2.5) and most laps led (198) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Greg Biffle: Last of two wins came in the 2010 race; Second-best average finish (7.2) in the last 10 races; Finished 27th in first race on the new track surface configuration; 10.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will return in the same chassis (No. 817) that he finished sixth with at Auto Club Speedway.

Brad Keselowski: Winner of this event in 2011; Finished eighth in the first race on the new track surface configuration; 9.9 average finish in six starts; Tied for the fourth-best average finish (6.0) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Carl Edwards: Third-best average finish (9.7) in the last 10 races; Has finished ninth or better in six of the last seven races; Finished 14th in the first race on the new track surface configuration; Second-best average finish (4.0) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Did not compete in the first race on the new track surface configuration due to a concussion; 15.7 average finish in six starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Finished seventh in this event last year; 18.0 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will return in the same chassis (No. 716) that he finished 10th with at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kasey Kahne: 6.0 average finish in two starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Has finished eighth or better in last three starts; Won the pole and finished fourth in the first race on the new track surface configuration; Tied for the fifth-best average finish (6.5) and third in laps led (114) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will debut a new chassis (No. 793) in the STP 400.

Clint Bowyer: Coming off fourth top 10 (sixth) in nine starts; Finished 36th in this event last year due to an engine issue; 21.0 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Joey Logano: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in seven starts; 8.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Making first track start with Penske Racing.

Paul Menard: Coming off second top 10 in eight starts; 13.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will return in the same chassis (No. 403) that he finished 10th with at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Matt Kenseth: Won the first race on the new track surface configuration; Has finished seventh or better in the last five races; Tied for the fifth-best average finish (6.5) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Kevin Harvick: 7.4 average finish in the last five races; 11.0 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will return in the same chassis (No. 373) that he finished eighth with last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in five starts with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing; Last of two top 10s in 12 starts came in 2004; 14.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Aric Almirola: 26.0 average finish in two starts; Led 60 laps in the first race on the new track surface configuration; 11.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will debut a new chassis (No. 848) in the STP 400.

Jeff Gordon: Finished 10th in the first race on the new track surface configuration; Has finished in the top five in eight of his 14 starts, including two wins in 2001 and 2002; 31.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Ryan Newman: Has posted one top 10 in six starts with Stewart Haas Racing; 24.0 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will return in the same chassis (No. 733) that he last finished seventh with at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Marcos Ambrose: 12.3 average finish in last three starts; 20.5 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Will return in the same chassis (No. 840) that he finished 22nd with at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Mark Martin: 28.5 average finish in two starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Finished 33rd in this event last year because of engine issues; Led 60 laps in the first race on the new track surface configuration; 14.0 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Martin Truex Jr: has finished second in the last two races; Led 173 laps in this event last year; Third-best average finish (5.0) and second in laps led (142) in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr: 29.0 average finish in the two races on 1.5-mile tracks with the Gen-6 car; Making first Cup track start in the same chassis (No. 820) that he finished 18th with at Auto Club Speedway.

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Untitled Document Kansas Driver Stats

Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish Driver Rating
Jimmie Johnson 13 10.6 8.0 119.5
Greg Biffle 13 15.2 9.5 113.0
Matt Kenseth 14 13.7 15.8 106.4
Jeff Gordon 14 11.6 11.0 101.5
Tony Stewart 14 18.1 11.7 100.8
Carl Edwards 11 18.5 10.8 95.1
Mark Martin 14 16.4 15.3 91.3
Kevin Harvick 14 19.9 12.9 90.6
Martin Truex Jr. 9 13.4 20.9 90.5
Brad Keselowski 6 17.0 9.8 90.1
Kasey Kahne 11 11.0 15.0 89.8
Clint Bowyer 9 15.2 14.0 88.9
Kurt Busch 14 18.9 18.1 88.5
D. Earnhardt Jr. 13 13.5 16.5 86.4
Aric Almirola 2 15.5 26.0 85.5
Kyle Busch 11 17.4 21.0 81.8
Paul Menard 8 12.4 18.0 75.0
Elliott Sadler 10 17.8 20.5 71.8
Brian Vickers 7 12.3 17.9 71.6
Juan Montoya 8 22.9 18.6 71.5
Jeff Burton 14 24.9 20.1 70.9
Jamie McMurray 12 20.8 19.8 68.3
Ryan Newman 14 14.2 18.4 67.4
David Ragan 8 20.1 19.8 66.0
Marcos Ambrose 7 25.9 21.0 65.9
Casey Mears 12 28.1 22.0 64.7
D. Reutimann 7 22.9 25.6 63.9
Sam Hornish Jr. 5 19.8 26.4 62.9
Joey Logano 7 12.3 24.3 61.6
Regan Smith 6 23.8 22.8 60.6
David Gilliland 8 30.0 28.1 51.6
Scott Riggs 7 24.0 32.9 50.6
Bobby Labonte 14 21.9 29.7 48.2
Landon Cassill 5 31.6 29.4 48.1
Travis Kvapil 8 34.9 26.4 47.3
Dave Blaney 13 32.0 28.9 47.2
David Stremme 6 32.2 30.8 46.3
Timmy Hill 1 42.0 22.0 45.2
J.J. Yeley 7 27.6 35.9 43.8
Mike Bliss 5 32.4 32.4 42.9
Danica Patrick 1 40.0 32.0 40.4
Joe Nemechek 13 26.5 29.2 36.7
Josh Wise 1 38.0 39.0 36.4
M. McDowell 5 33.2 40.6 34.9
R. Stenhouse Jr. 0 - - -
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Kansas Green Flag Passes

Number of passes a driver had under green conditions in the last 10 races at Kansas.

Rank Driver Green Flag Passes
1 Kevin Harvick 782
2 Ryan Newman 750
3 Juan Pablo Montoya 739
4 Kasey Kahne 725
5 Carl Edwards 723
6 Kyle Busch 722
7 Kurt Busch 709
8 Jamie McMurray 705
9 Jimmie Johnson 703
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 677
11 Tony Stewart 668
12 Denny Hamlin 665
13 Greg Biffle 650
14 Mark Martin 649
15 Clint Bowyer 627
16 Jeff Burton 624
17 Marcos Ambrose 585
17 Jeff Gordon 585
19 David Ragan 583
20 Paul Menard 571
21 Matt Kenseth 569
21 Martin Truex Jr. 569
23 Bobby Labonte 540
24 Casey Mears 533
25 Brad Keselowski 532
26 David Gilliland 523
27 Travis Kvapil 505
27 Joey Logano 505
29 A J Allmendinger 499
30 David Reutimann 470
31 Regan Smith 463
32 Dave Blaney 461
33 Brian Vickers 439
34 Elliott Sadler 360
35 Sam Hornish Jr. 351
36 Landon Cassill 292
37 Joe Nemechek 285
38 David Stremme 283
39 Michael Waltrip 248
40 Scott Riggs 215
41 Ken Schrader 177
42 J.J. Yeley 164
43 Scott Speed 161
44 Mike Bliss 155
45 Aric Almirola 110
46 Trevor Bayne 87
47 Terry Labonte 79
48 Austin Dillon 77
49 Michael McDowell 71
50 Danica Patrick 38
51 Timmy Hill 37
52 Josh Wise 14

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