Driver Handicaps: Kansas

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Matt Kenseth (R) has won the two races on Kansas Speedway's newly resurfaced surface while Martin Truex Jr. has posted and average finish of 3.0 in that span. (Photo: Getty Images)

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To assist in making your fantasy racing picks, MRN.com's Jeff Wackerlin breaks down all the stats and information to help steer you toward Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Who's HOT at Kansas
Matt Kenseth has won both races and has led the most laps (241) on the new track surface configuration.
Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. each have average finishes of 3.0 in the two races (both top-five finishes) on the new track surface configuration.
Jimmie Johnson has finished ninth or better in the last nine races, including two wins.
Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard each have finished in the top 10 in the two races on the new track surface configuration.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Kansas
Kevin Harvick (8.1), Kyle Busch (12.7), Carl Edwards (12.3), Jamie McMurray (12.4), Kurt Busch (12.7) and Ryan Newman (13.9) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the seven races with the Gen-6 car on 1.5-mile tracks.
• Two-time Kansas winners Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle (participated in tire test) have posted respective average finishes of 11.5 and 23.0 in the two races on the new track surface configuration.
Joey Logano led the most laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the first race with Goodyear's first version of the multi-zone tread tire.  Edwards (68), Bowyer (48) Juan Pablo Montoya (38) and Kyle Busch (36) rounded out the top five in laps led in that event.
• Aric Almirola finished eighth in the spring Kansas race and led 69 laps in this event last year before an accident took him out of contention.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will return in the same car he led 26 laps and finished 11th with in his first Kansas Cup start in the spring.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who did not race in this event last year, will debut a new chassis in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Chase drivers in bold.

Note: Sprint Cup teams will be running a new left- and right-side tire setup at Kansas that features Goodyear's new multi-zone tread tire on the right side.  The tire combination came out of a test back in July with drivers Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman.

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Kansas Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jimmie Johnson - 3
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1 race) - 3.0
Pole - 3 times
Kasey Kahne -3
2. Jimmie Johnson - 11.4
Top Five - 7 times 
2. Matt Kenseth - 2
3. Kasey Kahne - 12.3
Top 10 - 9 times
3. Six drivers with one 4. Paul Menard - 12.3
Top 15 - 11 times
5. Aric Almirola (3 races) - 12.3
Worst - 25th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Hollywood Casino 400.

*Best Average Finish at Kansas

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Matt Kenseth
1.0
Four Races
Matt Kenseth
2.5
Six Races
Matt Kenseth
3.8
Eight Races
Jimmie Johnson
4.4
10 Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.2

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

Gen-6 Car Performers (29 Races)

Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
1. Matt Kenseth - 7
1. Kyle Busch - 14
1. Jimmie Johnson - 18
2. Jimmie Johnson - 5
2. Jimmie Johnson - 12
Kyle Busch - 18
3. Kyle Busch - 4
3. Kurt Busch - 9
2. Matt Kenseth - 16
4. Kevin Harvick - 2
Joey Logano - 9
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 16
Kasey Kahne - 2
4. Four drivers with 8
3. Three drivers with 15
Carl Edwards - 2
Laps Led
Average Finish
Poles
1. Jimmie Johnson - 1423
1. Jimmie Johnson - 11.9
1. Denny Hamlin - 4
2. Matt Kenseth - 1380
2. Clint Bowyer - 12.3
2. Kyle Busch - 3
3. Kyle Busch - 1199
3. Kevin Harvick - 12.4
3. Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman 
4. Kasey Kahne - 497
4. Matt Kenseth - 12.8
Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson
5. Carl Edwards - 448
Kyle Busch - 12.8
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 2

Chase Drivers at Kansas (by standings)

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Avg. Fin. *Driver Rating
Matt Kenseth 15 2 2 6 9 2 14.8 110.0
Jimmie Johnson 14 3 2 6 12 1 7.6 119.1
Kyle Busch 12 0 0 0 2 3 22.4 79.0
Kevin Harvick 15 0 0 1 6 1 12.8 92.0
Jeff Gordon 15 0 2 8 10 2 11.1 99.0
Greg Biffle 14 1 2 7 9 1 10.1 110.1
Ryan Newman 15 0 1 3 4 3 18.1 68.7
Clint Bowyer 10 0 0 2 5 1 13.1 91.0
Kurt Busch 15 1 0 0 3 1 17.9 87.8
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 14 1 0 1 6 2 16.4 86.8
Carl Edwards 12 0 0 4 8 1 11.3 96.1
Joey Logano 8 0 0 0 0 1 26.1 60.6
Kasey Kahne 12 3 0 3 6 1 13.9 91.9

*Based off last 11 races.

Kansas Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2013, 11 Races)

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 7.4
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1 race)
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2. Greg Biffle - 8.2
3. Matt Kenseth
3. Greg Biffle
3. Matt Kenseth - 9.5
4. Aric Almirola
4. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Jeff Gordon - 9.7
5. Greg Biffle
5. Matt Kenseth
5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - 11.1
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 2556
1. Jimmie Johnson - 496
1. Jimmie Johnson - 119.1
2. Greg Biffle - 2501
2. Greg Biffle - 465
2. Greg Biffle - 110.1
3. Jeff Gordon - 2462
3. Jeff Gordon - 443
3. Matt Kenseth - 110.0
4. Matt Kenseth - 2366
4. Carl Edwards - 427
4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - 101.7
5. Kevin Harvick - 2009
5. Kevin Harvick - 410
5. Jeff Gordon - 99.0

*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.


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

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Matt Kenseth
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Matt Kenseth - 8.3
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Jimmie Johnson - 10.3
3. Kasey Kahne
3. Brad Keselowski
3. Kyle Busch - 10.9
4. Kyle Busch
4. Kevin Harvick
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 12.4
5. Brad Keselowski
5. Kasey Kahne
5. Carl Edwards - 12.5
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth - 7294
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 1397
1. Matt Kenseth - 111.0
2. Kevin Harvick - 6595
2. Kurt Busch - 1303
2. Jimmie Johnson - 106.8
3. Kyle Busch - 6554
3. Martin Truex Jr. - 1301
3. Kyle Busch - 103.9
4. Jimmie Johnson - 6291
4. Matt Kenseth - 1289
4. Kasey Kahne - 97.5
5. Kasey Kahne - 6139
5. Brad Keselowski - 1238
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 94.9

*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.


MRN.com Writer Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Joey Logano
Pete Pistone: Brad Keselowski
Dustin Long: Matt Kenseth
John Singler: Jeff Gordon

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

Matt Kenseth: Won both races and combined to lead 241 laps in the two races on the new track surface; Leads all drivers in wins, average finish (6.1) and laps led (444) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013.

Jimmie Johnson: 6.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; Fifth-best average finish (11.3) and third in laps led (297) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 784) in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Kyle Busch: 34.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; Two wins, 366 laps led and a 12.7 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Led 36 laps en route to the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Goodyear's first version of the multi-tread tire.

Kevin Harvick: 11.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; Third-best average finish (8.1) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 431) in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Jeff Gordon: 11.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 18.7 average finish and 54 laps led in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013.

Greg Biffle: 23.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 19.4 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 863) that he finished ninth with at Michigan International Speedway.

Ryan Newman: 22.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 13.9 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 748) that he finished in the top 10 with in its last three starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

Clint Bowyer: 5.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 15.1 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Led 48 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Goodyear's first version of the multi-tread tire before engine expired; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 790) in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Kurt Busch: 20.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; Tied for the eighth-best average finish (12.7) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Finished 16th in the spring in first start on the new track surface; 20.9 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 822) in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Carl Edwards: 15.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; Sixth-best average finish (12.3) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Led 68 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Goodyear's first version of the multi-tread tire; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 861) that he finished 13th with at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano: 29.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 14.9 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Led 78 laps en route to a second-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Goodyear's first version of the multi-tread tire; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 857) that he won with at Michigan International Speedway.

Kasey Kahne: Tied for the second-best average finish (3.0) in the two races on the new track surface; Fourth-best average finish (10.9) and fourth in laps led (275) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 820) in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Jamie McMurray: 11.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; Seventh-best average finish (12.4) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013.

Brad Keselowski: 7.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 18.4 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Led 31 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Goodyear's first version of the multi-tread tire up until the engine expired; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 866) in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Martin Truex Jr.: Tied for the second-best average finish (3.0) in the two races on the new track surface; Second-best average finish (7.3) and fifth in laps led (188) in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013.

Paul Menard: 6.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 18.0 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 427) that he last finished 32nd with at Pocono Raceway in August.

Aric Almirola: 18.5 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 16.0 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 843) that he finished seventh with at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Started third and led 26 laps en route to an 11th-place finish in first Cup track start in the spring; 17.7 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 820) that he raced in the spring at Kansas.

Jeff Burton: 23.0 average finish in the two races on the new track surface; 20.9 average finish in the seven races held at 1.5-mile tracks in 2013; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 416) that he last finished 36th with at Pocono Raceway.

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Untitled Document Kansas Driver Stats
Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish *Driver Rating
Jimmie Johnson 14 11.4 7.6 119.1
Greg Biffle 14 14.9 10.1 110.1
Matt Kenseth 15 12.9 14.8 110.0
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 3.0 11.0 101.7
Jeff Gordon 15 13.7 11.1 99.0
Carl Edwards 12 17.2 11.3 96.1
Martin Truex Jr. 10 12.8 19.2 93.4
Kevin Harvick 15 19.7 12.8 92.0
Kasey Kahne 12 12.3 13.9 91.9
Mark Martin 15 15.9 14.9 91.0
Clint Bowyer 10 14.7 13.1 91.0
Denny Hamlin 10 13.6 14.0 89.8
Aric Almirola 3 12.3 20.0 89.4
Brad Keselowski 7 19.3 9.3 89.1
Kurt Busch 15 18.5 17.9 87.8
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 14 14.2 16.4 86.8
Kyle Busch 12 16.3 22.4 79.0
Paul Menard 9 12.3 17.1 76.8
Juan Pablo Montoya 9 22.4 19.6 72.5
A J Allmendinger 7 17.3 22.1 71.6
Jeff Burton 15 24.6 19.9 71.4
Jamie McMurray 13 20.3 18.8 69.4
Brian Vickers 8 12.8 19.5 69.2
Ryan Newman 15 13.9 18.1 68.7
Marcos Ambrose 8 24.5 20.9 67.0
David Ragan 9 20.8 20.9 63.7
Casey Mears 13 28.2 22.9 63.4
Joey Logano 8 13.5 26.1 60.6
David Reutimann 8 23.9 25.9 60.4
David Gilliland 9 29.8 27.6 52.2
Reed Sorenson 8 29.3 29.9 49.5
Danica Patrick 2 32.5 28.5 48.1
Travis Kvapil 9 34.6 27.4 47.0
Dave Blaney 14 32.7 29.9 45.9
Landon Cassill 6 32.8 29.3 45.6
Tony Raines 6 34.2 29.2 44.7
J.J. Yeley 8 29.1 35.8 42.8
Timmy Hill 2 39.5 27.5 39.6
Josh Wise 2 37.0 32.5 39.0
Joe Nemechek 13 26.5 29.2 36.7
Michael McDowell 6 32.5 40.8 33.8
Justin Allgaier 0 - - -
Cole Whitt 0 - - -

*Last 11 Races

Coast to Coast
Kansas Green Flag Passes

Number of passes a driver had under green conditions in the last 11 races at Kansas.

Rank Driver Green Flag Passes
1 Kevin Harvick 859
2 Kurt Busch 805
2 Ryan Newman 805
4 Jamie McMurray 800
5 Kasey Kahne 795
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 792
7 Jimmie Johnson 780
8 Kyle Busch 762
8 Carl Edwards 762
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 743
11 Mark Martin 723
11 Tony Stewart 723
13 Greg Biffle 710
14 Jeff Burton 703
15 Clint Bowyer 673
16 Jeff Gordon 671
17 Denny Hamlin 665
18 Marcos Ambrose 648
19 Paul Menard 644
19 Martin Truex Jr. 644
21 Matt Kenseth 620
21 Brad Keselowski 620
23 Bobby Labonte 616
24 David Ragan 603
25 Casey Mears 602
26 David Gilliland 588
27 Travis Kvapil 583
28 Regan Smith 532
29 Joey Logano 518
30 A J Allmendinger 499
30 Brian Vickers 499
32 David Reutimann 488
33 Dave Blaney 473
34 Sam Hornish Jr. 407
35 Elliott Sadler 371
35 Reed Sorenson 371
37 Landon Cassill 323
38 David Stremme 303
39 Joe Nemechek 285
40 Michael Waltrip 248
41 Tony Raines 229
42 Scott Riggs 215
43 Ken Schrader 177
43 J.J. Yeley 177
45 Aric Almirola 173
46 Scott Speed 161
47 Mike Bliss 157
48 Danica Patrick 105
49 Trevor Bayne 87
50 Terry Labonte 79
51 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 78
52 Austin Dillon 77
53 Johnny Sauter 76
54 Michael McDowell 73
55 Timmy Hill 72
56 Boris Said 63
57 Max Papis 57
57 Josh Wise 57
59 Kenny Wallace 41
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