NASCAR at Kansas: Live 400 Race Results and Analysis

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Follow along with the Beyond The Flag crew for live news, opinions and analysis from Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ( 400) from Kansas Speedway.

When the green flag waves for the 2016 400 it will be the 11th race of the NASCAR season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR is coming off of a weekend where wrecks were the talk of the town. Last weekend in Talladega you could count on one hand the number of cars that were not involved in a wreck at some point during the race. Last weekend also marked the second win of the season for Brad Keselowski who has firmly put himself into the 2016 NASCAR Chase and in the conversation as a potential threat to win another championship this season. NASCAR and fans should hope that Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series races is just as exciting as the truck race on Friday because those boys put on a show.

Below is some information that you will find useful before the start of the race.

TV Schedule

  • 7:00 PM ET – 400 pre-race coverage on FS1.
  • 7:30 PM ET – 400 race coverage on FS1.
  • 7:31 PM ET – National Anthem
  • 7:37 PM ET – Command To Start Engines
  • 7:47 PM ET (approx.) – Green Flag and live race coverage on FS1.

Predictions and Insights

The Weather

  • Green Flag Temperature – approx. 78 degrees
  • Chance of Rain – 15% chance of rain between 9:00 PM and 12:00 PM (Kansas time)

Staff Predictions

  • Christopher Olmstead – Chase Elliott
  • Alex Herbst – Martin Truex Jr.
  • Mike Hutton – Matt Kenseth
  • Brian Thornsburg – Joey Logano
  • Martin Feigen – Carl Edwards
  • Matthew Lovisa – Jimmie Johnson
  • Michael Guadalupe – Matt Kenseth

Race Coverage

Halfway Point – Thanks for joining the BTF live racing thread for the 400. Join us on Twitter for coverage of the rest of the race.

RUNNING ORDER: 78, 20, 4, 42 and 41.

Lap 137: Harvick is closing on Larson for 3rd and the lead from first to second is down to 2.3 seconds.

Lap 129: 3.3 second lead for Truex, Harvick is coming though, up to 5th.

Lap 119: Truex has a 2.1 second lead over Larson and Kenseth who are battling for second.

Lap 114: If Larson is up front at the end of this and the run to the finish is only a handful of laps, him running high will be a huge advantage.

Lap 108: Truex back to the lead and Larson back to the high side.


Johnson, Earnhardt and Patrick running outside of the top-20 (24th-26th). Biffle, Edwards and McMurray are all at least one lap down.

No. 78 wins the race off of pit road followed by 20, 18, 21, 41 and 42.

CAUTION – Menard into the wall, Patrick will be the lucky dog.

Lap 100: Solid runs for Larson (4th) and Blaney (5th).

Lap 96: Harvick is slowly catching Truex Jr.

Lap 86: Took a while but Edwards finally hits pit road.

RUNNING ORDER: 78, 41, 4, 42 and 21.

Lap 75: Edwards think he has a tire going down.

Lap 70: Truex leads, Bayne loses a tire.

Lap 61: Truex Jr. to the lead on Kyle Busch.


Truex Jr. beats Kyle Busch off of pit road.

CAUTION – Matt DiBenedetto brushes the wall, Cole Whitt missed pit road, Annett is the lucky dog.

Lap 54: Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott slowly moving through the pack, running 17th and 18th right now.

Lap 48: Tony Stewart just outside of the top-15. Nice run for him so far.

Lap 42: Kevin Harvick is in the top-10, up almost 20 spots since the start of the race.

RUNNING ORDER: 18, 41, 78, 20 and 19.

Lap 36: Jamie McMurray lost a bunch of time on pit road, Edwards has a vibration and Earnhardt Jr. is moving through the field in the right direction.

Lap 30: Jamie McMurray being called to pit road for an unapproved body adjustment.

Lap 28: Kyle Busch shoots to the front of the field and leads the pack.


The No. 2 hit the tire so no penalty but Earnhardt Jr. and Regan Smith hit for speeding on pit road.

Busch and Edwards take two tires and win the race off of pit road followed by Truex and Kenseth.

CAUTION: Debris in turn four – this is good for the majority of the field sans Truex.

Lap 21: If this turns into a long green flag run, Truex is going to put a fair amount of cars down a lap. Three cars down a lap already.

RUNNING ORDER: 78, 20, 41, 18 and 31.

Lap 16: Reed Sorenson is the first car to go down a lap.

Lap 13: Truex Jr. has opened a 2.7 second lead on Kenseth.

Lap 9: Kevin Harvick +7 spots and Chase Elliott -7 spots.

Lap 6: Ryan Newman up two spots since the green flag.

Lap 1: Truex Jr. leads the first lap.


Engines are started and the field will be rolling in a moment. Will we see another chapter in the Logano/Kenseth feud tonight? I vote no but many will vote yes.


7:10 PM ET – Joey Logano has done well at Kansas in the past, will he win tonight?

7:14 PM ET – The MLB game on FS1 has pushed NASCAR coverage to Fox Business and the Go Sports App.

7:22 PM ET – Race coverage will not shift back to FS1 until the baseball game is over, hopefully you have the app or the channel. Hopefully the game is over soon.

7:23 PM ET Brian Scott wants you to take your mom bowling.

7:25 PM ET – Michael Waltrip is entertaining in small doses.

7:28 PM ET – Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle are all running tonight and have all won at Kansas at least twice. Are these the favorites to win tonight?

7:30 PM ET – On-track ceremonies underway.

7:31 PM ET – Can’t imagine the stress one has before singing the National Anthem at any live event.

7:33 PM ET – KC Flight Team flyover was awesome.

7:36 PM ET – Top of the 9th with one out in the baseball game, FYI.

11:20 AM ET – Be sure to check back later this afternoon for staff picks from the crew at Beyond The Flag as well as pre-race news, info, commentary and analysis.

1:40 PM ET – On site reports say its a beautiful afternoon in the Kansas City area, six hour until we go racing.

4:32 PM ET – Who do you have tonight? Do you agree with our staff predictions above? Comment below and let us know what you think.

5:56 PM ET – Less than an hour until full race thread coverage begins and less than two hours until the green flag. In case we don’t get a chance to later on, Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there.

6:54 PM ET – Less than an hour until the green flag in Kansas.