NASCAR - Nationwide - Kansas Lottery 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, October 20th
SITE: Kansas Speedway (2001) -- Kansas City, Kansas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,685 feet (Frontstretch); 2,207 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 74,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 12th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 3:46 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 2nd)
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: $1,277,889 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $68,175; 2nd Place - $69,550; 3rd Place - $55,893
2011 Finish
1Brad Keselowski26Kevin Harvick19
2Carl Edwards17Joey Logano8
3Elliott Sadler128Brian Vickers14
4Paul Menard49Trevor Bayne17
5Ricky Stenhouse Jr910Ryan Truex3
2011 Kansas Lottery 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.757 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 8 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.795 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 30 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (171.521 m.p.h.)
Past Kansas Lottery 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (2nd) -- Dodge -- 125.757 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 2nd
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: Dollar General 300 (October 12th)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Elliott Sadler
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 7 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.337 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.760 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E.Sadler 1-15; R.Stenhouse Jr. 16-42; K.Harvick 43; R.Stenhouse
Jr. 44-50; K.Harvick 51-53; B.Keselowski 54; J.Logano 55-58;
J.Nemechek 59-60; K.Harvick 61-71; B.Keselowski 72-84; D.Hamlin
85-87; J.Logano 88; D.Hamlin 89-95; J.Logano 96-99; B.Keselowski
100-133; J.Logano 134-154; K.Harvick 155-161; J.Logano 162-185;
B.Keselowski 186-189; K.Busch 190-191; B.Scott 192; J.Logano
Kansas Lottery 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Cargill/Sam's Club
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
08Scott Saunders (Brisbane, Australia)Ford/Broo Premium Australian Beer
8Scott Lagasse Jr (St Augustine, FL)Chevrolet/Hybrid Light BSA
10Charles Lewandoski (Staf Sprngs, CT)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Chevrolet/Mark One Electric
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Lilly Trucking
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/Bandit Chippers
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Derek White (Kahnawake, Canada)Toyota/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Great Clips
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Rheem
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41Nur Ali (Karachi, Pakistan)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/EFS
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/ Auto
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
71Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
74To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Clean Coal
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/American Ethanol
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Elliott Sadler------42nd---------------3rd
Paul Menard---17th36th10th7th------8th4th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------6th5th
Joey Logano---------------9thWonWon7th
Justin Allgaier------------------6th7th11th
Danica Patrick------------------------15th
Kyle Busch---29th8th3rdWon35th2nd3rd---
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Sam Hornish Jr---------------------------
Ryan Blaney---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Robert Richardson Jr - Started in the 41st position and finished 20th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sam Hornish Jr
Darkhorse - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ricky Stenhouse Jr) - Finished 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jason Bowles) - Finished 28th
Four races remain and Elliott Sadler owns a 13-point advantage over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sadler, who claimed the pole for last week races in North Carolina, finished third for his fourth straight top-10 finish and increased his lead over Stenhouse by four points. Austin Dillon, who stands third, also dropped four points to Sadler, falling 29 points behind.

This week's venue in Kansas is the first of three 1.5-mile tracks remaining in the final four races; Texas and Homestead being the other two.

Last season, Brad Keselowski, the 2010 Nationwide champion, led 173 of 200 laps en route to his fourth win of that season and the 16th of his career in the series. His only mishap in the 300-mile race occurred just before the halfway point when he stalled his car on pit road during a caution. After restarting in 14th, Keselowski quickly charged to the front and grabbed the lead again within five laps. Keselowski, who now owns 20 career Nationwide titles, including three this season, will not be on hand to defend, as he ranks first in the race for the Sprint Cup title.

Back in 2010, not only did Joey Logano become the first two-time winner of this race, he also became the first pole-sitter to take the checkered flag in Kansas. Logano outran Kyle Busch after two late-race restarts to win the Kansas Lottery 300 for his eighth career Nationwide title.

Logano, who has won eight times this season and boasts 17 Nationwide flags, 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 18 starts this year, Logano posted 14 top-10s to go along with his eight wins. Logan has won two straight Nationwide starts. In his previous four starts at Kansas he has two victories and hasn't finished any further back than seventh. Logano has never won three consecutive series victories. Teammate Kyle Busch is the only other driver to have more than eight wins in a Nationwide Series season as a part-time driver.

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 38 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.

Following a week off, the Nationwide Series resumes on November 3rd with the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Trevor Bayne is the defending race winner.

10/16 16:12:39 ET

As of October 16, 2012, at 04:12 PM ET

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