The Sprint Cup Series heads off to the midwest for a Sunday afternoon race at Kansas Speedway. The STP 400 is the eighth race of the 2013 season and will be broadcast live on FOX at 1:00 PM ET. The race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Radio Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 267 laps (400.5 miles) en route to the checkered flag.
Records and Facts:
Kasey Kahne holds the track qualifying record with a speed of 191.360 mph set for last Fall’s Hollywood Casino 400. Kahne led just a single lap before settling into a fourth-place finish to Matt Kenseth. Martin Truex, Jr. and Paul Menard placed second and third, respectively, while Tony Stewart rounded out the top 5.
Denny Hamlin is the defending winner of the sprint race at Kansas. Martin Truex, Jr. actually led the most laps—173 of 267—before finish runner-up to the driver of the No. 11 Toyota. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 5.
Track / Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Banking: turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
Frontstretch: 2,685 feet
Backstretch: 2,207 feet
Grandstand Seating: 74,000
Practices: Friday, April 19, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET on SPEED
Saturday, April 20, 10:00 – 9:55 AM ET on SPEED
Happy Hour: Saturday, April 20, 12:30 – 1:20 PM ET on SPEED
Qualifying: Friday, April 19 at 4:40 PM ET on SPEED
Grand Marshal / Command: Richard Petty
Honorary Officials: Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Allen, Don Stephenson
National Anthem: Season Two X Factor winner Tate Stevens
Race Day Forecast
They Said It:
“We’re looking forward to going back to Kansas because it is a fun racetrack. It’s a very new racetrack as far as being repaved, so I think it’s kind of new to everybody. We really feel like we’re going to be on a level playing field when we get there. Everybody from JGR has done a really good job getting this No. 81 Alert Energy Camry ready to go. They’ve run very, very well on the mile-and-a-half tracks as a company. Matt Kenseth won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kyle Busch won last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. I have high hopes going there. I’ve got a lot of optimism. We feel really good about the setup in the car and everything we have in place. We’re just looking forward to getting on the racetrack.” Elliott Sadler
“There would be nothing better than winning in Kansas. That race track means a lot to me. Our team tested there a couple weeks ago. It went pretty well, but it was only our team, so we really don’t know how we stack up, but it’s lightning fast. I think we were 207 or 209 miles an hour at the end of the straightaway there at Kansas, which was really good and really fast. I’m excited to go back there. It’s amazing how much that area has built up and how much is going on there. It’s a neat place and I’ve got a lot of family and friends coming, so that would be huge to win there in the Aflac Ford.” Carl Edwards
“With the new pavement at Kansas Speedway, everything changed quite a bit. I am looking forward to going back there this weekend. We didn’t do so great there last year, but improving on the 1.5-mile tracks has become a major focus for the No. 31 team. I think we’ve done that with offseason testing. This will be the first smooth 1.5-mile track we’ve raced on with this new Gen-6 car. I think we are going to have to change things up with our setup leading into the weekend.” Jeff Burton