Date: Saturday, June 28
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky.
Track: 1.5-mile oval
Capacity: 107,000 (Grandstand seating)
On TV: TNT
On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: Brad Keselowski, 2012 (145.607 mph)
Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, 2013 (183.636 mph)
Defending champion: Matt Kenseth
Runner up: Jamie McMurray
Pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (183.636 mph)
1. Matt Kenseth (Start: 16)
2. Jamie McMurray (23)
3. Clint Bowyer (15)
4. Joey Logano (11)
5. Kyle Busch (4)
6. Kurt Busch (27)
7. Martin Truex Jr (19)
8. Jeff Gordon (12)
9. Jimmie Johnson (3)
10. Kevin Harvick (22)
Average speed: 131.948 mph
Time of race: 3 hrs., 2 mins., 7 secs.
Margin of victory: 0.699 secs.
Caution flags: 10 for 42 laps
Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers
2013 Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 131.948 mph
2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 145.607 mph
2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 137.314 mph
Race: Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 22)
Site: Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, California
Miles: 219 (350 kilometers)
Finish line order: Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 30 secs.
Average speed: 76.583 mph
Margin of victory: 8.133 secs.
Caution flags: 6 for 19 laps
Lead changes: 11 among 9 drivers
Lap leaders: McMurray 1-8, Allmendinger 9-21, Harvick 22-31, Allmendinger McMurray 1-8, Allmendinger 9-21, Harvick 22-31, Allmendinger 32-53, McMurray 54, J. Gordon 55-57, Harvick 58-70, Johnson 71, Logano 72-74, Bowyer 75-79, Ambrose 80-84, Edwards 85-110.
#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Lexar
#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite
#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Cheerios
#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser
#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips
#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Black & Decker
#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO
#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers
#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Fifth Third Bank
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's
#20 * Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General
#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell Pennzoil
#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/corvetteparts.net
#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/Theme Park Connection
#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop
#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation
#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target
#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Eckrich
#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/All City Leasing
#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Scott Products
#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
#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row
#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard
#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/UPS
|Martin Truex Jr.||18||8||7|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||30||4||12|
Located roughly 40 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5- mile oval with 14 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,662 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,600 feet.
Kentucky has hosted 15 Nationwide Series races and 16 Camping World Truck Series events since the track opened in 2000. The Sprint Cup Series began competing here three years ago.
After more than a decade of requesting a Sprint Cup date, Kentucky was added to the 2011 schedule. Speedway Motorsports Inc., the parent company of this racetrack, moved its spring event at Atlanta Motor Speedway to Kentucky. SMI bought this track in 2008.
Before 2011, the Commonwealth of Kentucky had hosted only one race in NASCAR's premier series. The series ran at Corbin Speedway -- a half-mile dirt track in Corbin, Kentucky. -- on Aug. 29, 1954. Lee Petty won that event, while Hershel McGriff finished second. They were the only drivers who finished on the lead lap.
Kyle Busch won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011. Busch, the pole sitter, led the most laps with 125. He held off David Reutimann and Jimmie Johnson in a two-lap shootout to the finish. An incident involving Clint Bowyer with six laps to go setup the two-lap sprint.
Brad Keselowski won the 2012 event at Kentucky. Using a backup car after crashing his primary one in practice the day before the race, Keselowski gambled on fuel in the late going and crossed the finish line 4.4 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne for his third win that year. Keselowski went on to score two more victories during the season, en route to the Sprint Cup championship.
Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner. In last year's event, which was delayed one day due to rain, Kenseth took fuel only and came out of the pits first, while the other frontrunners made two-tire stops during a caution in the late-stages. Jimmie Johnson put on a dominating performance by leading 182 of 267 laps, but Johnson got loose and spun out while running in second following the last restart. He ended up finishing ninth. Kenseth led the final 24 laps to claim his fourth victory of the season.
Busch, Kenseth, Johnson and Jeff Gordon are those drivers who have scored top-10 finishes in each of the first three Sprint Cup races at Kentucky.
Kenseth leads all drivers in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 4.667. Busch is second with a 5.333, followed by Johnson (6.000) and Gordon (7.667). Kasey Kahne has averaged 8.667 in his three race finishes there.
Busch leads all drivers in total laps led at Kentucky with 243. Johnson has led the second-most laps with 203.
The next race is the July 5 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson won last year's race there.