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Four drivers and fans have chances to win $100,000 MORE: How Dash 4 Cash works; enter now! CONCORD, N.C. -- Regan Smith said he didn't realize until Friday that Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the qualifier for the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Dash 4 Cash Sweepstakes. But on Saturday in the driver's meeting he tapped Jason Burdett, crew chief of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, on the shoulder and said, "Hey, you know this is the Dash 4 Cash race and we need to be good today." The No. 7 remained steady and in the top 10 for the majority of the race, but what made Saturday good was a late pit stop that propelled Smith to a fourth-place finish, his best at Charlotte. Smith led a group of Dash 4 Cash qualifiers that included Darrell Wallace Jr . (fifth place), Daniel Suarez (sixth) and Ty Dillon (seventh) in a race won by Austin Dillon . The best finisher among the four in next week's Buckle Up presented by Click it or Ticket 200 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) will take home $100,000 and advance to the next round of the Dash 4 Cash. For Wallace, the fifth-place finish at Charlotte was a career best in his young XFINITY Series career and came on the heels of a sixth-place showing at Iowa. Wallace also finished sixth at Texas earlier this season, and the driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford said he's building some momentum. "This is a confidence booster for all of my guys," Wallace said. "We just have to clean up ourselves on pit road. That's been a struggle for us these last couple races, but we've been able to manage a couple spots on restarts and come away with our first top-five in the series. ... This is where we need to be. We're setting up ship for late in the season." As for the immediate future, Wallace said he needed to learn how to translate qualifying success at Dover International Speedway into a race win. In 2012, Wallace won the pole in the fall XFINITY race at Dover only to finish 12th. He also won a pole there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the spring of 2013 but finished 10th. "Dover has been a very successful track for me," Wallace said. "It would be nice if (the Dash 4 Cash) paid for the pole there because I'm pretty good at qualifying there. I haven't got the finishes I wanted, but I'm excited to be in the XFINITY Series and part of the Dash 4 Cash Series, so I'm glad to be one of the four." Wallace and fellow rookie Suarez will mix it up with Smith and Dillon, who are veterans of the Dash 4 Cash battles -- with Dillon winning a Dash 4 Cash race last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . In addition to Dover and Indianapolis, the Dash 4 Cash will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway this year. Suarez, who qualified 19th for Saturday's race in Charlotte, charged through the field early and maintained a top-10 position for the second half of the race. Suarez's sixth-place finish in his first race at CMS was his fourth top 10 of the season. "We had a hard time in qualifying -- maybe one of my worst qualifying runs of the year at 19th," Suarez said. "All these guys, they don't know how to give up and that's something that is really good, and I'm learning to be just like that as well." And like Smith, Suarez was pleasantly surprised that Saturday marked the beginning of the Dash 4 Cash. "That's cool and something new actually," Suarez said. "I saw the Dash 4 Cash, and I don't know exactly how it works or anything, but I'm really proud to be part of this and something new for me." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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A stats-based look ahead to the 11th race of the Sprint Cup season MORE: See the Chase Grid entering Kansas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2015) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas going into the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 on May 9 (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). KANSAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS Greg Biffle (No. 16 Cheez-It/SpongeBob SquarePants Ford) · Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.9 · Average Running Position of 10.0, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 102.8, fourth-best · 207 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 900 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.679 mph, sixth-fastest · 2,868 Laps in the Top 15 (77.8%), third-most · 526 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) · Two top fives, eight top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 16.6 · Driver Rating of 91.3, 10th-best · 133 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 887 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.349 mph, 11th-fastest · 2,103 Laps in the Top 15 (61.5%), 10th-most · 442 Quality Passes, eighth-most Carl Edwards (No. 19 STANLEY Toyota) · Six top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 10.1 · Average Running Position of 12.2, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 96.8, seventh-best · 132 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · 956 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.562 mph, seventh-fastest · 2,552 Laps in the Top 15 (69.2%), sixth-most · 538 Quality Passes, third-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 American Red Cross Chevrolet) · Three wins, 10 top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 10.3 · Average Running Position of 9.9, third-best · Driver Rating of 100.5, fifth-best · 157 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 866 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.910 mph, third-fastest · Series-high 3,064 Laps in the Top 15 (83.1%) · 571 Quality Passes, second-most Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet) · One win, three top fives, eight top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 11.5 · Average Running Position of 11.3, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 100.4, sixth-best · 226 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · Series-high 1,000 Green Flag Passes · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.769 mph, fourth-fastest · 2,667 Laps in the Top 15 (72.4%), fifth-most · 487 Quality Passes, fifth-most Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 9.5 · Average Running Position of 9.4, second-best · Series-best Driver Rating of 112.1 · Series-high 478 Fastest Laps Run · 969 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.998 mph, second-fastest · 3,045 Laps in the Top 15 (82.6%), second-most · Series-high 619 Quality Passes Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet) · Four top fives, seven top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 13.8 · Average Running Position of 13.2, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 92.7, ninth-best · 155 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 989 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.483 mph, eighth-fastest · 2,434 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), seventh-most · 473 Quality Passes, sixth-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 14.2 · Average Running Position of 10.7, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 105.6, second-best · 240 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.723 mph, fifth-fastest · 2,775 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), fourth-most · 453 Quality Passes, seventh-most Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Avaya Ford) · One win, two top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 13.1 · Average Running Position of 14.3, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 88.1, 12th-best Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top five, one top 10 · Average finish of 7.0 · Series-best Average Running Position of 9.3 · Driver Rating of 103.9, third-best · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 168.679 mph Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet) · Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 13.1 · Average Running Position of 11.6, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 95.3, eighth-best · 142 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.416 mph, 10th-fastest · 2,213 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7%), eighth-most · 439 Quality Passes, 11th-most Martin Truex Jr . (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · Four top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 18.2 · Average Running Position of 14.1, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 90.4, 11th-best · 134 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.442 mph, ninth-fastest · 2,060 Laps in the Top 15 (60.3%), 11th-most The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Kansas Speedway Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 18 3 1 3 8 1 11.5 100.4 2 Martin Truex Jr . 13 0 0 4 4 1 18.2 90.4 3 Jimmie Johnson 17 3 2 6 14 1 9.5 112.1 4 Joey Logano 11 0 1 3 3 1 19.8 79.7 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 17 1 0 2 8 2 16.6 91.3 6 Brad Keselowski 10 0 1 2 4 0 13.1 88.1 7 Jamie McMurray 16 0 0 0 3 2 20.3 73.4 8 Matt Kenseth 18 2 2 6 10 2 14.2 105.6 9 Kasey Kahne 15 3 0 4 7 1 13.8 92.7 10 Denny Hamlin 13 0 1 3 4 0 14.5 87.9 11 Paul Menard 12 0 0 1 5 0 15.6 80.3 12 Aric Almirola 6 0 0 0 3 1 18.2 84.4 13 Jeff Gordon 18 0 3 10 12 2 10.3 100.5 14 Ryan Newman 18 0 1 3 5 3 18.0 71.9 15 Kurt Busch 18 1 0 1 4 2 19.0 83.7 16 Danica Patrick 5 0 0 0 1 2 24.6 59.0 * – Based on last 14 races at Kansas Speedway . Kansas Speedway Data Season Race #: 11 of 36 (05-10-15) Track Size : 1.5-miles Banking/Turn 1 & 2 : 17 to 20 degrees Banking/Turn 3 & 4 : 17 to 20 degrees Banking/Frontstretch : 10 degrees Banking/Backstretch : 5 degrees Frontstretch Length : 2,685 feet Backstretch Length : 2,207 feet Race Length : 267 laps / 400 miles Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas Jimmie Johnson ........................ 112.1 Matt Kenseth ............................. 105.6 Kyle Larson ............................... 103.9 Greg Biffle ................................ 102.8 Jeff Gordon .............................. 100.5 Kevin Harvick ............................ 100.4 Carl Edwards .............................. 96.8 Tony Stewart ............................... 95.3 Kasey Kahne .............................. 92.7 Dale Earnhardt Jr . ....................... 91.3 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (14 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway . Qualifying/Race Data 2014 pole winner : Kevin Harvick , Chevrolet 194.252 mph, 27.799 secs. 05-08-14 2014 race winner : Jeff Gordon , Chevrolet 128.149 mph, (03:07:31), 05-10-14 Track qualifying record: Kevin Harvick , Chevrolet 197.773 mph, 27.304 secs. 10-3-14 Track race record: Denny Hamlin , Toyota 144.122 mph, (02:59:51), 04-22-12 Kansas Speedway : History · Groundbreaking was held on May 25, 1999. · The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2. · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon . · During the 2012 season, between the April and October events the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners. Notebook · There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway , one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011. · 117 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 89 in more than one. · Five drivers have started all 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway – Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman . · Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph. · 11 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each. · Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only two drivers to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (Johnson – 2007, 2008 and Harvick – fall 2013, spring 2014 and fall 2014). · Youngest Kansas pole winner: Jason Leffler (09/30/2001 – 26 years, 0 months, 14 days). · Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/04/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days). · 12 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway , led by Jeff Gordon with three. · Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with five: Jeff Gordon (three) and Jimmie Johnson (two). · Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NSCS; led by Chevrolet with nine victories, Ford with four, Toyota and Dodge each have two. · Four of the 18 (22.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013) and Kevin Harvick (fall 2013). · Five of the 18 (27.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place. · 11 of the 18 (61.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. · Two of the 18 (11.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011. · Youngest Kansas winner: Joey Logano (10/05/2014 – 24 years, 4 months, 11 days). · Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days). · Martin Truex Jr ., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each. · Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 10; followed by Greg Biffle with seven. · Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 14; followed by Jeff Gordon (12) and Carl Edwards (11). · Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with an 10.818. · Kyle Larson (7.000) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway – Jimmie Johnson (9.529) is the only other driver with an average finish inside the top 10. · There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway : fall of 2011 (267/272). · Only one of the 18 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007. · Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway . · Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (13). · 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011), Ryan Blaney (5/10/2014) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway . · Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway : Gordon (2001 and 2002 – the first two NSCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall of 2012, spring of 2013). · Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas in his first appearance. · Kevin Harvick competed at Kansas Speedway 15 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas. · Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway . · Kurt Busch leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 18. · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway was the (10/10/2004) race won by Joe Nemechek with a MOV of 0.081 second. · Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 586 laps led in 17 starts. · Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Danica Patrick 29 16 10/5/2014 Danica Patrick 9 7 5/10/2014 Danica Patrick 29 43 10/6/2013 Danica Patrick 25 25 4/21/2013 Danica Patrick 40 32 10/21/2012 NASCAR in Kansas · There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas. Track Name City NSCS Kansas Speedway Kansas City 18 · 17 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas. · Two drivers from Kansas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; both have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Driver NSCS NNS NCWTS Clint Bowyer 8 8 3 Jim Roper 1 0 0 MILESTONES - KANSAS DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE Kyle Larson 49 1 50th NSCS Start - Larson is tied with Boris Said and Justin Allgaier for 272nd on the all-time NSCS starts list with 49 starts. Justin Allgaier 49 1 50th NSCS Start - Allgaier is tied with Boris Said and Kyle Larson for 272nd on the all-time NSCS starts list with 49 starts. Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NSCS Win - Stewart is 12th on the all-time NSCS wins list. Matt Kenseth 32 1 33rd NSCS Win - Kenseth is tied with Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time NSCS wins li
Full-time rookie pleased with 2015 Truck Series performance KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Take a look at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings. At the top, you see familiar names -- two-time defending champion Matt Crafton , Brad Keselowski Racing product Tyler Reddick , 18-year-old phenom Erik Jones , 2012 series champion James Buescher … But there's also another, lesser-known name -- Ray Black Jr . With just 11 NASCAR national series starts under his belt -- all of which have come in the Truck Series over the past two seasons -- many fans aren't familiar with the SS Green Light Racing driver. "I'd say we’re doing a really good job with the team we have," Black said Thursday at Kansas Speedway . "We're growing a lot. This is our first full season with them and they're really respected in the series, and they've been around for a long while. (Team owner) Bobby Dotter is a good guy and he's taken us under his wing and showed us the ropes and I'm glad to be able to give him a good season so far." With an average finish of 23.0 in seven starts scattered throughout last season behind the wheels of the Nos. 07 and 08 Chevrolets, Black struggled to find the stability necessary to make much noise. Shuffling through three different crew chiefs (Doug Weddle, Keith Wolfe and Jason Miller) will do that. Now that he's secured a full season with the team and seems to have found a fit with Miller, the results are already showing. Black came out of the gate firing with a fifth-place finish at Daytona and hasn't looked back. "I like the bigger tracks because I like to go fast. (Daytona) played out very well," Black said "It's just all luck there. You just kind of ride and stay on the bottom and stay out of trouble, but I don't know. We got really lucky there with two big wrecks and somehow stayed out of both of them. I don't know how we did, but somebody was looking out for us. "We ran good at Atlanta, we were in the top 15 and … had some problems with the truck and couldn't finish the race, which limited us to 25th place. Things like that, that's 10 spots right there and 10 points. We'd be doing a lot better if it wasn't for those circumstances, I'd say." Ten extra points would've had him in sixth heading into Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 , ahead of John Wes Townley and one point behind Buescher. After Black recovered with a 13th-place finish at Martinsville, the series had more than a month of downtime before getting back on track. The driver -- who moonlights as a certified scuba instructor, once leaving racing for two years to focus on that -- spent that time diving in his private spring, surfing and road-tripping, but also thinking about how he'd approach Kansas. A blown engine on Lap 110 sent Black to a 21st-place finish in the Toyota Tundra 250 . That puts him ninth in the standings heading to Charlotte. Black has developed a close, mentoring relationship with his spotter, Stevie Reeves, who also spots for Paul Menard in the Sprint Cup Series. The advice he's gotten from Reeves has proven invaluable thus far. "(Stevie's) really helpful and he tells me what I'm doing wrong or if I need to change something or try something or whatever it is," Black said. "That's usually who I look to, to help me out. Just because they can tell you all day (what to do), but it's when you're out there on the track that I really see it and feel it the most. "(The best advice he's given me) is just give and take. You've got to respect other drivers. They're long races. I've come up running 25-lappers and there's no give-and-take at those kind of things. These races are 200 laps-plus, so you've got to make sure you know who you're racing with because some of these drivers are different and some are more aggressive than others. Some are good to follow and some aren't. He's really smart on that edge and he looks out for me so I have to give him props." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule