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NASCAR Pre-Race Primer: 5-Hour Energy 400 From Kansas

Every week Beyond The Flag will present the NASCAR Pre-Race Primer which will have a handful of fun factoids that will help you prepare for the upcoming race. This Saturday the circuit is heading to the Kansas Speedway for the 5-Hour Energy 400.

The race can be seen live on FOX with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET. The green flag is expected to wave at approximately 7:46 PM ET. Last season Matt Kenseth found his was to victory lane during this event. Kenseth has yet to find his way to Victory Lane in 2014 and you would have to imagine that he would love to break into the win column on Saturday night. Kenseth has had to deal with a thorn in his side (Brad Keselowski) the last couple of weeks, it will be interesting to see if anything between them happens at Kansas. Jeff Gordon is the points leader heading into this race and Denny Hamlin was the winning driver last weekend.

Fun Factoids about Kansas Speedway:

  • The first Sprint Cup race at Kansas was in September of 2001 and was won by Jeff Gordon.
  • Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman are the only drivers to race in every Sprint Cup race at Kansas.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne lead all drivers with Kansas pole awards, they each have three.
  • Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson have each won at Kansas twice, no driver has ever won three times.
  • In 16 starts at Kansas; Jeff Gordon has nine top-five finishes. Greg Biffle is next with seven career top-five finishes at Kansas.
  • In 16 Kansas starts; Jimmie Johnson has 13 top-10 finishes. Jeff Gordon is next with 11. Edwards, Kenseth, Biffle and Stewart each have nine.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in average starting position (10.800) and average finishing position (7.533)
  • Kansas has only seen one green-white-checkered finish in the history of the track.
  • Denny Hamlin has never posted a DNF at Kansas.
  • Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to win back-to-back races at Kansas.
  • Danica Patrick is the only female to ever race in Sprint Cup at Kansas.

The action on the track Sunday will be electric because most races at Talladega are. It will also be electric because of the fallout from Richmond last weekend. After punch Casey Mears in the face I don’t expect much from Marcos Ambrose and Mears since they are both on probation until May 28th. Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth might be a different story though. After intentionally tearing up Kenseth’s car after the race Saturday night I would imagine that Kenseth has had enough of Keselowski. Although I don’t think Kenseth  seek to wreck Keselowski on purpose, I do think he will move him at the end of the race if he needs to.

Be sure to check back with Beyond The Flag for Qualifying Results.

Christopher Olmstead is the Editor of BeyondTheFlag.com on the FanSided Network. Follow us on Twitter @Beyond_The_Flag and “Like” us on Facebook.

Tags: Greg Biffle Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth NASCAR

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