Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Who’s HOT at Kansas
- Brad Keselowski won in the spring for his third top 10 in the last five races.
- Kevin Harvick has scored two wins, an average finish of 6.3 and has combined to lead 380 laps in the last six races.
- Chase Elliott has posted a 5.2 average finish in his last four starts, including a win last fall.
- Martin Truex Jr. has posted two wins, an average finish of 5.6 and has combined to lead 208 laps in the last five races.
- Kyle Larson and Erik Jones are the only drivers to finish in the top 10 in each of the last three races.
- Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 in eight of his last nine starts, including a win in the 2016 spring race.
- Joey Logano has finished in the top 10 in eight of the last 12 races, including wins in the fall race in 2014 and 2015.
Keep an Eye On at Kansas
- Ryan Blaney has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races at Kansas, including the last two in the fall.
- Alex Bowman (8.9), Denny Hamlin (11.3), Aric Almirola (11.4), Jimmie Johnson (11.9) and William Byron (12.0) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package this season.
- Clint Bowyer finished fifth in the spring at Kansas after finishing eighth in both stages.
- Kurt Busch has five top 10s at 1.5-mile tracks this season, including a win at Kentucky.
- Ryan Newman has finished in the top 10 in the last two races at 1.5-mile tracks.
- Daniel Suarez has the fifth-best average finish in the races run this season with the right-side tire that will be used this weekend.
Notes: Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Kansas will mark the 15th race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts…Atlanta featured the 550 package, but with no aero ducts…Teams will run the same right-side tire code they used at Kansas in May…The left-side tire will be new this weekend with a construction update…Sunday’s race will mark the 15th since Kansas was repaved and reconfigured to include variable banking…The pole position has produced the most winners at Kansas with six…Kevin Harvick was the last to win from the pole last year in the spring race.
Best Average Finish at Kansas
|Last # of Races||Driver||Average Finish|
|Two Races||Chase Elliott||2.5|
|Four Races||Chase Elliott||5.2|
|Six Races||Kevin Harvick||6.3|
|Eight Races||Kevin Harvick||7.0|
|Ten Races||Kevin Harvick||7.0|
*Must have competed in every race in that span
Laps Led Leaders at Kansas
|Last # of Races||Driver||Laps Led|
|Two Races||Kevin Harvick||180|
|Four Races||Kevin Harvick||296|
|Six Races||Kevin Harvick||380|
|Eight Races||Kevin Harvick||401|
|Ten Races||Kevin Harvick||515|
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Kansas Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)
|Average Running Pos.||Laps in Top 15|
|1. Kevin Harvick – 5.3||1. Kyle Busch – 1,262|
|2. Kyle Busch – 5.9||2. Kevin Harvick – 1,232|
|3. Ryan Blaney – 7.4||3. Ryan Blaney – 1,068|
|4. Martin Truex Jr. – 9.8||4. Clint Bowyer – 1,032|
|5. Alex Bowman – 10.9||5. Martin Truex Jr. – 1,022|
|Fastest Laps Run||Driver Rating|
|1. Kevin Harvick – 228||1. Kevin Harvick – 124.6|
|2. Martin Truex Jr. – 133||2. Kyle Busch – 110.6|
|3. Kyle Busch – 126||3. Martin Truex Jr. – 108.6|
|4. Ryan Blaney – 104||4. Ryan Blaney – 102.8|
|5. Brad Keselowski – 81||5. Kyle Larson – 99.4|
Top 10 Stage 1 & 2 Points Earned at Kansas
|Martin Truex Jr.||21|
2019 Spring Kansas Stage Finishes
|Stage 1||Stage 2|
|1. Kevin Harvick||1. Chase Elliott|
|2. Chase Elliott||2. Kevin Harvick|
|3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||3. Erik Jones|
|4. Kyle Larson||4. Alex Bowman|
|5. Kurt Busch||5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|6. Chris Buescher||6. Chris Buescher|
|7. Brad Keselowski||7. Kurt Busch|
|8. Clint Bowyer||8. Clint Bowyer|
|9. Erik Jones||9. Kyle Busch|
|10. Joey Logano||10. Kyle Larson|
Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (31 Races)
|Driver||Stage Points||Stage Wins|
|Martin Truex Jr.||236||6|
MRN.com Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Kevin Harvick
Pete Pistone: Martin Truex Jr.
Tyler Burnett: Martin Truex Jr.
Kenneth Lee: Chase Elliott
Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Kansas
Martin Truex Jr. finished 19th in the spring to snap a streak of four consecutive top fives that included a sweep of both races in 2017. He has not scored any stage points in the last two races at Kansas. Truex won the last race with the 550 rules package at Las Vegas last month and has the third-best average finish in the last five 550 races.
Brad Keselowski won the spring race for his second top five, and third top 10, in the last five races at Kansas. He also has the second-best starting average (6.0) in the last four races. Last month, Keselowski finished third at Las Vegas for his third top 10 in the last five races with the 550 rules package.
Kevin Harvick led 104 laps from the pole in the spring, but finished 13th after having to pit on Lap 178 while leading for debris on the grille of his Ford. Harvick has posted five top 10s in the last seven races at Kansas and has combined to lead 380 laps in that span. Harvick has not finished worse than sixth in the last five races with the 550 rules package, which includes wins at Michigan and Indianapolis.
Alex Bowman has finished seventh or better in three of his last four starts at Kansas, including a runner-up finish in the spring when he led 63 laps. This season, Bowman has one win and the third-best average finish in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package. He has two top 10s in the last four 550 races, including a sixth-place finish at Las Vegas last month.
Chase Elliott is the defending race winner at Kansas. He finished fourth after starting 32nd (failed inspection) in the spring, and has combined to lead 89 laps in the last two races. This season, Elliott ranks second in average finish (8.6) in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.
Kurt Busch scored points in both stages and finished seventh in the spring in his first Kansas start with Chip Ganassi Racing. It marked his third top 10 in the last four races. Busch has only posted two top 10s in the last seven races with the 550 rules package, which includes his win at Kentucky in July.
Kyle Busch finished second in this event last year for his eighth consecutive top 10 at Kansas, which includes a win in the 2016 spring race. In the spring Busch was penalized for driving through too many pit stalls and then had a tire rub late in the race, relegating him to a 30th-place finish. This season, Busch has posted a 12.7 average finish in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.
Kyle Larson started 35th after his car failed inspection in the spring but was able to score points in both stages and finish eighth. The finish was his third consecutive top 10 at Kansas. Larson has finished in the top 10 in six of the last seven races this season with the 550 rules package, including two second-place finishes (Chicagoland and Darlington).
Clint Bowyer scored points in both stages and finished fifth in the spring at Kansas. The finish lowered his average finish in five track starts with Stewart-Haas Racing to 12.2. Bowyer has posted two top 10s in the last eight races this season with the 550 rules packages with sixth-place finishes at Kentucky and Darlington.
Denny Hamlin finished 16th in the spring for his worst finish in the last four races at Kansas that includes two fifth-place finishes. Hamlin won in the spring of 2012, the last race before the track was reconfigured. Hamlin has the fifth-best average finish (10.6) in the last five races this season with the 550 rules package that includes a win at Pocono. He also won at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in the spring.
Erik Jones is one of two drivers (other Kyle Larson) that has finished in the top 10 in the last three races at Kansas. He has also scored stage points in the last five stages at the 1.5-mile track. Jones has scored four top 10s in the last seven races with the 550 rules package, including a win at Darlington.
Austin Dillon scored his last of three top 10s at Kansas in this event in 2016. This season, Dillon has only scored one top 10 (Chicagoland) in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package. He does have the ninth-best average finish (13.2) in the last five races with the 550 rules.
Aric Almirola has posted a 10.0 average finish, with three top 10s, in the last four races at Kansas. This season, Almirola ranks eighth in average finish (11.4) in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.
Jimmie Johnson finished sixth in the spring at Kansas. Johnson has three wins at the 1.5-mile track with the last coming in the 2015 spring race. Johnson ranks ninth this season in average finish (11.9) in the seven races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored points in both stages en route to an 11th-place finish at Kansas in the spring. Stenhouse has yet to post a top 10 in 13 starts at Kansas and his best finish in the fall race was 13th in 2015. His last top 10 (fifth) with the 550 rules package not at a superspeedway came in May at Charlotte.