Kansas Speedway has Room to Race and Room to Wreck for NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR cars racing at Kansas Speedway
NASCAR cars racing at Kansas Speedway (Photo credit; YouTube)

The NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the AdventHelath 400.

The track has proven to have the room for the drivers to race hard and fast. However, it has also proven to have the room to wreck and collect other cars in the process. The teams and drivers are starting to get a better feel for the latest version of the Next Gen car. That doesn’t mean they have it completely figured out. Will that make some teams push past the capabilities of the car?

Here is the data the teams will be facing at the track and in the race.

Kansas Speedway Data
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,685 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,207 feet

AdventHelath 400 Data
Season Race #: 13 of 36 (05-15-22)
Race Length: 267 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 Length: 80 laps
Stage 2 Length: 85 laps
Final Stage Length: 102 laps

These are the active drivers that have performed well overall in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway during their careers.

Kevin Harvick – 109.9
Martin Truex Jr. – 100.4
Chase Elliott – 100.2
Kyle Larson – 99.9
Ryan Blaney – 95.1
Greg Biffle – 94.5
Brad Keselowski – 94.0
Kyle Busch – 92.9
Denny Hamlin – 92.0
Kurt Busch – 88.6
* – Based on last 28 races at Kansas Speedway (2005 – 2021)

These active drivers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Denny Hamlin3 Wins2020, 2019, 2012
Joey Logano3 Wins2020, 2015, 2014
Kevin Harvick3 Wins2018, 2016, 2013
Kyle Busch2 Wins2021, 2016
Brad Keselowski2 Wins2019, 2011
Martin Truex Jr2 Wins2017 sweep
Kyle Larson1 Win2021
Chase Elliott1 Win2018

What kind of race will we see?

Will the drivers race more conservatively to make sure they don’t wreck? That would possibly help if they are looking for a decent points day.

Will they get aggressive near the end … middle … or right from the start? That would be the choice if they want to score points in the stages and win the race.

I’m betting on the aggression. That’s just the mentality of a race car driver. It is also the preferred path to the “win and you’re in” scenario for the post-season.

We will see what does happen Sunday, May15th starting at 2 p.m. central time (3 p.m. eastern time) in the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway.

By: Buck Stevens