Sat 10/4: Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 3pm, MRN
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Sun 10/5: Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
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ON TO KANSAS SPEEDWAY
The 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup now moves from Dover to Kansas City for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. It’s the opening race in the Contender Round with twelve drivers hoping to avoid falling out of title contention when the field is reduced to eight in three weeks. All twelve drivers have had their championship points reset to three thousand, and any one of the twelve that wins a race in the next three weeks will automatically advance to the Eliminator Round of eight that opens October 26th at Martinsville Speedway … Chase drivers have won the fall race at Kansas Speedway in seven of the ten years the post-season format has been in place, including the last six. None-chase drivers were victorious in three of the first four years: Joe Nemechek in 2004, Tony Stewart in 2006 and Greg Biffle in 2007 … Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with three wins at Kansas Speedway, including this year’s first race back on May 10th.
TONY STEWART PRESS CONFERENCE
Tony Stewart spoke with reporters for about forty minutes Monday at Stewart-Haas Racing in Kannapolis, North Carolina, still dealing with the aftermath of his involvement in the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Junior on August 9th during a sprint car race in New York State. Stewart did not speak specifically about details of the events that led to Ward’s death, other than to say that he had viewed video of the incident and reaffirmed that it was an accident. A grand jury voted last week to not charge Stewart.
► Chase Elliott of Junior Motorsports had the highest finish by a rookie in any of NASCAR’s three top series that competed this past weekend, placing third in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Dover.
► Erik Jones’ winning average speed of 136.709 miles per hour in Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race is a track record for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The old mark was 135.394 miles per hour, set by David Starr in October 2002. Jones covered the race distance of 219 miles nearly a minute faster than Starr did in his win twelve years ago.
► While both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be busy this coming weekend at Kansas Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series is in the early days of a three-week break in its schedule. Action there won’t resume until Saturday, October 18th, at Talladega Superspeedway. The Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola kicks off a stretch of five straight weekends to close the season. ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are running one-two in the standings with Crafton leading by nineteen points … He is bidding to become the first driver in the twenty-year history of the Truck Series to win back-to-back titles. Crafton topped Ty Dillon by forty points in claiming the 2013 crown … He and Sauter have each posted a series-leading thirteen top-ten finishes in their seventeen starts this season … Crafton has two wins, Sauter one.
ON THIS DATE
September 30th, 2001: Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. He led the final twenty-two laps, holding off Ryan Newman at the finish for his sixth win of the season and the fifty-eighth of his career. Ricky Rudd finished third with Rusty Wallace and Sterling Marlin rounding out the top five. Gordon, now with ninety-two career victories, is returning to Kansas Speedway this week for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sat 10/11: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 7pm, PRN
Sun 10/19: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega 500, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/26: Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger, 12:30pm, MRN
Sun 11/2: Texas Motor Speedway, AAA Texas 500, 2pm, PRN
Sun 11/9: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Sprint Cup 500, 2pm MRN
Sun 11/16: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2pm, MRN
NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Indy Car Series