NASCAR - Nationwide - Kansas Lottery 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, October 8th
SITE: Kansas Speedway (2001) -- Kansas City, Kansas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,685 feet (Frontstretch); 2,207 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 81,687
ANNUAL: 11th
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Martin Truex Jr, 2005 (178.938 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Green, 2001 (129.125 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,464,877 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $80,370; 2nd Place - $55,000; 3rd Place - $56,950
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano16Ricky Stenhouse Jr18
2Brad Keselowski87Justin Allgaier10
3Kyle Busch28Paul Menard6
4Kevin Harvick39Brendan Gaughan22
5Martin Truex Jr1610Jason Leffler13
2010 Kansas Lottery 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 119.960 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 30 minutes, 3 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.315 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (173.645 m.p.h.)
Past Kansas Lottery 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 119.960 m.p.h.
2009 -- Joey Logano (7th) -- Toyota -- 121.896 m.p.h.
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (19th) -- Toyota -- 122.296 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kyle Busch (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 107.838 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 111.559 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kasey Kahne (4th) -- Dodge -- 117.328 m.p.h.
2004 -- Joe Nemechek (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 117.504 m.p.h.
2003 -- David Green (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 113.145 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Burton (2nd) -- Ford -- 120.509 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Green (12th) -- Ford -- 129.125 m.p.h. (race record)
 
NOTE: Formerly called Mr. Goodcents 300 (2001-04), United Way 300 (2005),
Yellow Transportation 300 (2006-07).
 
Past Kansas Lottery 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2009 -- Parker Kligerman -- 16th
2008 -- Kevin Harvick -- 13th
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 2nd
2006 -- Matt Kenseth -- 2nd
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 9th
2004 -- Paul Menard -- 17th
2003 -- Michael Waltrip -- 24th
2002 -- Michael Waltrip -- 33rd
2001 -- Kevin Lepage -- 12th
Last Race Results
RACE: One Main Financial 200 (October 1st)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
MILES: 200
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Clint Bowyer
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 14th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 17 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 117.321 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.791 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler 1-10; C. Edwards 11-42; B. Keselowski 43-47; C. Edwards
48-80; M. Wallace 81; C. Edwards 82-157; B. Keselowski 158-162;
C. Edwards 163-200.
Kansas Lottery 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
03Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
04Danny O'Quinn Jr. (Coeburn, VA)Ford/Go Green Racing
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Family Farmers
10To Be AnnouncedDodge/Mark One Electric
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/Mark One Electric
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Poynt
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TBA
20Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Schick
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
27J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/31W Insulation
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Sporting Kansas City
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/Go Green Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
41Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
48Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/Acredale Vending
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/Acredale Vending
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recyclers
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
68Jeremy Petty (Smolan, KS)Chevrolet/Fleur DeLis Farms
70David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
71Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Mike Harmon Racing
75Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/K-Love
82Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/K-Love
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Degree Men
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Joey Logano------------------9thWonWon
Brad Keselowski------------26th36th6th3rd2nd
Kevin Harvick---2nd---4thWon13th13th4th4th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr------------------------6th
Justin Allgaier---------------------6th7th
Paul Menard------17th36th10th7th------8th
Jason Leffler---16th---19th31st21st8th11th10th
Carl Edwards---------27th6th38th4th7th14th
Trevor Bayne------------------------30th
Reed Sorenson---------7th6th------10th36th
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Timmy Hill - Started in the 42nd position and finished 22nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Darkhorse - Kenny Wallace
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Clint Bowyer) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
Not only did Joey Logano become the first two-time winner of this race last year, he also became the first pole-sitter to take the checkered flag in Kansas.

Logano outran his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch after two late-race restarts to win the Kansas Lottery 300 for his eighth career Nationwide title.

Logano, the pole sitter, passed Busch for the lead following a restart with six laps remaining. An accident involving Aric Almirola led to a two-lap shootout to the finish. After the final restart, Logano pulled away from Busch for the win. In 25 starts last year, Logano posted 24 top-10s. This season, Logano has 11 top-10's in 17 starts, as he splits time on the Sprint Cup circuit.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the point standings with only five races remaining. Twenty two points ahead of Elliott Sadler, Stenhouse has recorded four straight top-10s, as he picked up eight points on Sadler last race.

Six days after he flipped several times in a horrifying wreck in the Dover Sprint Cup Series race, Logano bounced back by winning the 2009 Kansas Nationwide race. Kyle Busch once again dominated the race, but after a late- race restart, Logano passed Busch for the lead with four laps remaining. It was the fourth time that year that Logano had taken the lead away from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate with less than 10 laps to go and then go on to victory.

Starting in the 19th position, Denny Hamlin led the final 43 laps to record his ninth career Nationwide Series win in 2008. Hamlin led twice for a race-high 99 laps, as he edged Clint Bowyer by 1.407 seconds. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick placed 13th after leading for 90 laps. Hamlin led 99 of the final 107 laps.

Kyle Busch led only 17 circuits, but it was the final 17 to propel him to victory in 2007, as he defeated pole sitter Matt Kenseth by less than a second. Busch started sixth on the grid, but did not take the lead until lap 184, as he hung on for his 10th career Nationwide Series title. Kenseth, who had started on the pole the last two races and finished second on both occasions, led four times for a race-high 65 laps.

In 2006, Kevin Harvick continued his domination of that season, as he clipped Matt Kenseth by less than a second for his seventh win of that year and 24th of his Nationwide career. Harvick, who now owns 37 Nationwide titles, reclaimed the lead on lap 185 and held on for victory. Kenseth, who started on the pole, led for a race-high 145 laps, but could not regain the lead after losing it on lap 166 to Kyle Busch.

The next Nationwide Series race is the October 14th Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner.

10/07 17:49:46 ET

As of October 7, 2011, at 05:50 PM ET

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