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Date: Saturday, May 10

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 267

Miles: 400.5

Capacity: 73,635 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 4th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Denny Hamlin, 2012 (144.122 mph)

Qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (191.864 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Matt Kenseth

Runner up: Kasey Kahne

Pole winner: Matt Kenseth (191.864 mph)

Top 10:

1. Matt Kenseth (Start: 1)

2. Kasey Kahne (27)

3. Jimmie Johnson (21)

4. Martin Truex Jr (7)

5. Clint Bowyer (10)

6. Brad Keselowski (33)

7. Jamie McMurray (14)

8. Aric Almirola (6)

9. Mark Martin (8)

10. Paul Menard (12)

Average speed: 133.611 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 59 mins., 51 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.150 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 40 laps

Lead changes: 13 among 8 drivers

Past winners

2013 Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 133.611 mph

2012 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 144.122 mph

2011 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 137.184 mph

Last race

Race: Aaron's 499 (May 4)

Site: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.

Miles: 500

Laps: 188

Finish line order: Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, A.J. Allmendinger

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 17 mins., 16 secs.

Average speed: 152.103 mph

Margin of victory: Under Caution

Caution flags: 8 for 31 laps

Lead changes: 48 among 23 drivers

Lap leaders: Scott-pole, Menard 1-5, Patrick 6-7, J. Gordon 8, Patrick 9-12, Scott-pole, Menard 1-5, Patrick 6-7, J. Gordon 8, Patrick 9-12, Keselowski 13, Menard 14, Cassill 15, Menard 16-19, Kenseth 20, Logano 21-31, Hamlin 32-34, Edwards 35-37, Logano 38, Edwards 39-40, Johnson 41, Logano 42-51, Gilliland 52, Ky. Busch 53, Logano 54-56, Biffle 57-58, Johnson 59, Biffle 60-94, Edwards 95, McDowell 96, Biffle 97-106, Ragan 107, Mears 108, Earnhardt Jr 109-112, Bayne 113-118, Earnhardt Jr 119-134, Ambrose 135-137, Sorenson 138, Newman 139, Mears 140-141, Biffle 142-145, Earnhardt Jr 146-151, Biffle 152-158, Vickers 159-161, Hamlin 162, Vickers 163, Hamlin 164-165, Vickers 166-167, Harvick 168-180, Hamlin 181, Harvick 182, Hamlin 183-185, Harvick 186, Hamlin 187-188.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Wurth

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight

#12 Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC) Ford/SKF

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Novec

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Zest

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Snickers

#20 * Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/AAA Insurance

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta Coatings

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Iowa Chop House

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Shrock

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Kwikset

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/TBA

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/carsforsale.com

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Farmland

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Kingsford Charcoal

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac

Leading contenders

Name 2011 2012 2013
Matt Kenseth 6 4 Won
Kasey Kahne 14 8 2
Jimmie Johnson 7 3 3
Martin Truex Jr 20 2 4
Clint Bowyer 18 36 5
Brad Keselowski Won 11 6
Jamie McMurray 29 14 7
Paul Menard 19 18 10
Kevin Harvick 11 6 12
Jeff Gordon 4 21 13
Ryan Newman 15 20 14
Kurt Busch 9 17 15
Dale Earnhardt Jr 2 7 16
Carl Edwards 5 9 17
Greg Biffle 10 5 19
Tony Stewart 8 13 21
Kyle Busch 12 10 38
Joey Logano 23 15 39
Denny Hamlin 3 Won
Austin Dillon
Kyle Larson

Notes

The 5-Hour Energy at Kansas Speedway is the 11th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

This race is scheduled for Saturday night. It will be the first time a Sprint Cup Series event runs under the lights at Kansas Speedway. Kansas and Darlington Raceway switched their dates for the '14 season.

Construction of Kansas Speedway began in 1999. The first events at this 1.5- mile racetrack -- ARCA Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West -- were held on the same day on June 2, 2001.

During the 2012 NASCAR season, between the April and October race weekends, this track was repaved and variable banking was added in the turns. The banking in all four corners varies from 17-20 degrees. There is 10 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 5 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,685 feet, and the backstretch is 2,207 feet long.

There have been 16 Sprint Cup races held at Kansas, including one event per season from 2001-2010 and two each year since then. The series will return there the first weekend in October for the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kansas on Sept. 30, 2001.

Gordon, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead all drivers with two victories each at Kansas. Gordon has the most top-five finishes at this track with 9, and Johnson's 13 top-10 finishes there is tops among all drivers. Johnson has placed no worse than ninth in the last 10 races at Kansas.

Kasey Kahne and Johnson have the most poles at Kansas with three each.

The race winner at Kansas has started from the pole position four times, including both events during the 2013 season. Kenseth started first and won there one year ago, and Kevin Harvick did the same last October.

The closest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race at Kansas occurred in October 2004 when Joe Nemechek beat Ricky Rudd to the finish line by just 0.081 seconds.

Seven drivers have competed in each of the previous 16 races at Kansas. They are: Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Gordon, Harvick, Kenseth, Mark Martin and Ryan Newman. Burton and Martin are not competing in this weekend's race.

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon are those active drivers who made their first career Sprint Cup starts at Kansas. Hamlin made his debut on Oct. 9, 2005 at this track, while Dillon's first start came on Oct. 9, 2011.

No active driver has scored his or her first Cup race win or pole at Kansas.

Newman holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Kansas. He took the checkered flag there on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was 25 years, 9 months and 27 days old. When Martin was 46 years and 9 months old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 9, 2005.

The May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is next on the Sprint Cup Schedule. Johnson has won the all-star event the past two years.

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