Start of Coke Zero 400 pushed back because of inclement weather RELATED: Track live weather updates " See all 43 cars in the field DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Intermittent rain showers postponed the start of Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Activities at the track remain on-hold after poor weather pushed back the scheduled 8:08 p.m. ET start. The fleet of Air Titans were deployed to dry Daytona at approximately 9:23 p.m. ET. RELATED: Snapshot from Daytona Light rain began falling about 6 p.m. local time, at times developing into heavier showers and forcing fans to take occasional cover, while drivers waited to participate in the traditional pre-race ceremonies and 20 NASCAR Air Titans and 10 jet dryers ready to dry the 2.5-mile track. Two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr . will start from the pole position alongside second-year Cup driver Austin Dillon . The 43-car grid was set according to Friday's first practice sessions speeds -- per the NASCAR rule book -- after bad weather Saturday evening forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup Series qualifying. RELATED: Relive Dale Jr.'s road trip down to Daytona Drivers seemed to take the situation in stride. Afternoon showers are commonplace in Florida during the summer. Last year's race was delayed a day and called 48 laps short of completion because of poor weather; however, it marked only the second time in this race's history the event was rain-shortened. Competitors this weekend were more concerned with race strategy than radar watching. "There's something about this place -- every time you come here, the facility -- you just get taken in by it," Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer said, addressing media Sunday afternoon. "Watching the XFINITY race last night, learned a lot of things just watching those guys and kind of what you think is going to play out with our program when you get the Cup boys out there on the race track. Learned a little bit of what not to do. That's the thing about this weekend and coming to these restrictor plate tracks, you're constantly learning and you're being a student of what you see and you don't really have a lot of practice time anymore, at least you shouldn't. "It's the same plan everybody else has, which is to roll their happy butt into Victory Lane with a big smile on their face." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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After Race 17 of the 2015 season at Daytona International Speedway
Former owner Ray Evernham: '... There’s a championship driver in there' RELATED: Kahne swims with the sharks In the beginning, it came easy for Kasey Kahne . Fast cars and a great team and all of a sudden there's a new young gun for the established stars to deal with each weekend in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series . "Yeah, everything was pretty simple back then," Kahne, 35, says. "Every time I got in the car we were fast -- practice, qualifying, race. "Today it's a little different; it's more difficult to be on top. I think part of it is the competition, it's so close today that it makes it tougher." The competition's tough, certainly, but finding that feeling behind the wheel, the one that often separates the winners from the losers, can be just as difficult. That's what Kahne enjoyed in those early years, back in 2004 and '05 and '06, and it's what he is searching for today. It's also what crew chief Keith Rodden is trying to find for his driver each and every day when he shows up for work. "If you hit on something that really suits your driving, you can be on top and you can be there for a period of time," Kahne says. "That's what we're looking for, that's what we hope to hit on eventually." The quest continues this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, site of Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). Kasey Kahne has won 17 times at NASCAR’s top level. He has never won a restrictor-plate points race. • • • He was just 23 when he made his Sprint Cup Series debut, finishing near the bottom of the order in the 2004 Daytona 500 after the engine soured just 42 laps into the season-opening race. But any questions about team owner Ray Evernham's decision to hire the youngster were quickly put to rest. A week after his disappointing Daytona debut, Kahne finished second at Rockingham, North Carolina. After an early-season off-week, Kahne was second again, this time at Las Vegas. All told, Kahne finished second five times as a rookie, then added a sixth early the following season. By the season's 11th stop, at Richmond, he was no longer second -- he was in Victory Lane. A year later, he won six times, more than any other driver in the series , including champion Jimmie Johnson . By the time Evernham Motorsports became Gillett Evernham Motorsports in the latter stages of ’07, Kahne had seven wins and the look of a future champion. And then it slowly began to unravel. The wins haven't ceased -- he's won 10 times since that memorable '06 season -- but the championships have thus far failed to materialize. The Gillett Evernham partnership eventually dismantled and by '09, the Enumclaw, Washington, native had moved on to Richard Petty Motorsports for a two-year stint. A stint with Red Bull Racing followed, before team owner Rick Hendrick came calling, looking for a suitable replacement for veteran Mark Martin . In 2012, Kahne settled in as the newest member of one of the most successful organizations in NASCAR. While he's qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup all three years he's been at HMS, he's slowly been trending in the wrong direction, finishing fourth, 12th and 15th in points since his arrival. RELATED: Kahne to become a father Where did the kid with so much talent and promise go? "I don't know," says Evernham, now back at HMS as a member of the organization's executive management team. "I really pushed Mr. Hendrick to hire him because I really feel like Kasey Kahne is a guy that should win a championship. "We've not been able to get him over that hump. I certainly still believe in him. I think Keith Rodden has helped Kasey's confidence. They're still kind of sorting out their cars and things like that. I don't know. I will be disappointed if Kasey Kahne ends his career without winning a championship. "He's got the talent, he's got the ability, and he's got the cars and equipment. I don't know -- communication, changes, where he's at … again, I can't answer that. It's something we talk about a lot." • • • Kahne, who has six top-10 finishes through this year's first 16 races, arrives in Daytona eighth in points. His last win came in Atlanta last season, and it was his only win of the year. Still, he says, he believes his team is making gains. Driver Reports: How will Kahne fare at Daytona? "I think our cars are super close, our engines and our packages are right there," Kahne says. "I feel good about that. "It's just a matter of keep trying to find that little bit of feel. That's what Martin Truex has right now; that's what Kevin Harvick has had for a year and a half. Just that feel. They have it and they know how to find it each week. Their teams do a really nice job with that and the drivers do a great job with it. That's what I'm looking for. I just hope I can find that feel that gives me just … you just floor it a touch sooner every lap and you go as fast as they do." Kahne knows the feel, although he jokes that "it's been a while since I've had it, so it's hard to remember. "I know it feels good," he says. "It gives you confidence; you feel like you can run (with anyone), you feel like you can win and you can battle at any time. You're better on restarts, you're better in traffic and you're better when you're on your own. "When you do have that feel, you just always seem to be a tenth or two better and it helps every part of the race weekend." Every driver that's been around for the past decade has had to deal with tremendous changes in the cars as one generation was pushed aside for newer, safer vehicles. Some have had to alter their driving styles, adapting to cars that suddenly had more downforce but could be a handful around others. A fortunate few found the changes worked in their favor and no changes were necessary. "The interesting thing is today we run so much throttle compared to what we used to run," says Kahne. "When I first came in (to the series ) you were off the throttle for a good period of time, you'd ease back to it and then floor it. "Today it's on and off. It's like a light switch. And the percentage of the time that you're wide open today compared to then is much higher. I think some of those things haven't fit my driving style as well as I would have liked. As a driver, I need to keep working on that stuff and figure out how to make it fit my driving style. "I think when I first came into the sport, it was all about getting off the brake as fast as you could and getting back to throttle as soon as possible. If you weren't wide open that was OK, you were still part throttle and still gaining speed. "Today, it's like push the brake hard for a split second, get off it and hammer the throttle hard. Your off-throttle time is very small. It’s just so much different driving these cars today. I'm up for the challenge, but I think as we’ve gone through the changes (to the cars), it's been a little more difficult for the way I learned to race." • • • For the majority of his career, Kahne was paired with crew chief Kenny Francis. That changed during the most recent off-season when Hendrick officials put former lead engineer Keith Rodden in charge. Rodden is one of the new breed, an engineer that has transitioned into the role of crew chief. But carrying a degree, he said, doesn't mean an engineer will make a successful crew chief. “Absolutely not. It just doesn’t matter,” Rodden says. “When you’re the crew chief, you’ve got to be the leader of the team, you have to work well with all the NASCAR people, you’ve got to be able to take all the information from all the people you have working whether it’s the engineer, the tire guy or literally the janitor sweeping the shop … you have to use everyone's input." Rodney Childers, crew chief for defending series champion Kevin Harvick "is very methodical," he says. "He's a great racer. He probably could have gone to engineering school. He didn't, he went to race. Whereas Matt McCall (crew chief for driver Jamie McMurray ), he's a great racer. He went to engineering school at home and kept racing. "I think there are examples where it's easy to say it works and others where it doesn’t. Just like (Tony Gibson) on the 41, he’s got (Johnny) Klausmeier he relies on a lot." Gibson is crew chief of the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with driver Kurt Busch . "I think the biggest thing is just using all the input from all your guys," Rodden said. "It's too big for one person." His cars have had speed this year, although Rodden takes no credit for that. Part of the reason, he says, may be the current rules package, one that features less downforce and less horsepower. "We don't really worry about the speed as much as trying to get the car to driving good because that always seems to race a little bit better," he says. "You get sad maybe if you're not quite as fast as another car but we work on trying to get our car to drive good and have good speed, instead of just maybe being on the verge of spinning out every lap and being fast. Being smart about it, too." • • • NASCAR is a team sport, but Kahne knows his role is vital. As he goes, the fortunes of the No. 5 team follow. Teams have gotten smarter and worked harder through the various changes in the cars in recent years. "That's where as a driver you need to be able to adapt and be able to do your part," Kahne says. "I feel like I'm always close but I don't feel like I’m ever that guy on top. "There were times in '05 and '06 for sure when I felt I was as fast as anyone in this garage on a lot of occasions. And there have been times like that since, but just not as many. It's the way it goes. "I still have a lot of drive, I still want to race cars. I want to win races. I think if you have all that and you have that passion that eventually you’ll get it figured out and get back on top." No one would be more pleased to see that happen than Evernham, the former championship-winning crew chief with driver Jeff Gordon . "We're still searching for that key to unlock because I know there's a big part of Kasey Kahne in there," Evernham says. "He's 35 years old; we've got to unlock that but I believe that there's a championship driver in there." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Grid for Coke Zero 400 set by Practice 1 times RELATED: Dale Jr. wins Coors Light Pole at Daytona Threatening weather canceled Saturday afternoon's Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. Dark storm clouds and the threat of lightning loomed around the speedway, forcing race officials to delay qualifying shortly before its scheduled start time of 4:35 p.m. ET. Track officials evacuated the speedway, asking fans to take appropriate shelter. NASCAR officials decided to cancel the two-round session at 5:51 p.m. ET. With qualifying abandoned, it handed Dale Earnhardt Jr . the No. 1 starting spot for Sunday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Earnhardt, a three-time winner at the 2.5-mile track, will take the green flag first in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). The starting lineup was determined according to the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book, setting the 43-car field according to speeds recorded in Friday's opening practice. Earnhardt led opening Sprint Cup practice Friday with a lap of 202.284 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. He will start first for the first time since winning the pole position in September 2013 at Dover International Speedway. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where drivers will pit for Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m ET, Sunday, NBC) The pit stall assignments are ready for Sunday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Coors Light Pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who won the pole based on his Practice 1 time after qualifying was canceled, has chosen to pit in stall No. 1, the closest to the exit of pit road and nearest to Turn 1. Austin Dillon , who qualified on the front row alongside Dale Jr., will pit in the No. 21 stall, which has open space in front of it. Clint Bowyer , who qualified third, also has open space in front of him in pit stall No. 34. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
'Two of the biggest names in Hollywood' to develop scripted drama RELATED: Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Q&A at Martinsville DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2015) -- Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have joined forces in a deal with NASCAR® to develop a scripted television drama based on the legendary racing world. The series will weave exciting dramatic stories within the backdrop of this beloved sports franchise. "We have wanted to develop an original, scripted drama inside our sport for some time, but have been waiting to find the right partner," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "Mark and Roma are two of the biggest, most well-respected names in Hollywood. They share our vision for this project and we are very excited to collaborate with them on the show." "From the first time we got to attend NASCAR, we fell in love with their racing world. The teams, the drivers, the fans, it's an electric atmosphere and is quintessentially American," said executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. "Now to be able to partner with NASCAR, Brian France and Zane Stoddard is a dream come true." Burnett and Downey will serve as executive producers of the NASCAR series , along with Zane Stoddard. Through 14 regular season races in 2015, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ™ broadcasts draw an average of 6.5 million viewers per event. Moreover, NASCAR delivers programming to dedicated viewers worldwide in more than 175 countries and territories in over 25 languages each week. Based in Los Angeles, NASCAR's Entertainment Marketing and Content Development division develops and produces quality television, film and digital projects on behalf of the sport. The Entertainment Marketing and Content Development division seeks to access a younger and more diverse audience through the development of original content, the integration of NASCAR drivers into existing programming, and talent acquisition for races and industry events. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
A statistical look ahead to the 18th race of the Sprint Cup season DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 6, 2015) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky going into the Quaker State 400 on July 11 on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET. KENTUCKY-SPECIFIC STATISTICS Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Crispy Toyota) · One win, three top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 4.500, series -best · Average Running Position of 5.270, series -best · Driver Rating of 124.3, series -best · 139 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 172.614, series -best · 1003 Laps in the Top 15 (93.9), series -most · 99 Quality Passes, 11th-most Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Two top 10s · Average finish of 11.500, eighth-best · Average Running Position of 13.430, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 89.4, 11th-best · 21 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.179, 13th-fastest · 603 Laps in the Top 15 (56.5), 12th-most · 112 Quality Passes, seventh-most Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 NATIONWIDE Chevrolet) · Two top fives, two top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.750, 10th-best · Average Running Position of 12.607, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best · 32 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.518, 10th-fastest · 633 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3), 11th-most · 106 Quality Passes, ninth-most Carl Edwards (No. 19 COMCAST MINIONS Toyota) · One top five, one top 10 · Average finish of 15.750, 12th-best · Average Running Position of 12.755, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 87.2, 12th-best · 20 Fastest Laps Run, second-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.201, 12th-fastest · 662 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0), 10th-most · 107 Quality Passes, eighth-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet) · One top five, four top 10s · Average finish of 7.250, fourth-best · Average Running Position of 12.069, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 95.4, sixth-best · 41 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.777, seventh-fastest · 736 Laps in the Top 15 (68.9), seventh-most · 140 Quality Passes, fourth-most Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota) · One top five, one top 10 · Average finish of 22.750, 13th-best · Average Running Position of 18.688, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 85.2, 13th-best · 34 Fastest Laps Run, series -best · Average Green Flag Speed of 172.252, third-fastest · 558 Laps in the Top 15 (52.2), 13th-most · 87 Quality Passes, 13th-most Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · Two top 10s · Average finish of 11.000, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 10.600, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 95.2, seventh-best · 17 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.767, eighth-fastest · 884 Laps in the Top 15 (82.8), fourth-most · 133 Quality Passes, fifth-most Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet) · One top five, four top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 7.000, third-best · Average Running Position of 6.292, second-best · Driver Rating of 116.6, second-best · 127 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 172.573, second-fastest · 963 Laps in the Top 15 (90.2), third-most · 142 Quality Passes, third-most Kasey Kahne (No. 5 LIFTMASTER Chevrolet) · One top five, two top 10s · Average finish of 8.500, fifth-best · Average Running Position of 12.879, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best · 64 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 172.039, fifth-fastest · 709 Laps in the Top 15 (66.4), eighth-most · 145 Quality Passes, second-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · One win, two top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 4.500, second-best · Average Running Position of 9.208, third-best · Driver Rating of 107.2, fourth-best · 79 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 172.189, fourth-fastest · 972 Laps in the Top 15 (91.0), second-most · 181 Quality Passes, series -most Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · Two wins, two top fives, three top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.500, sixth-best · Average Running Position of 10.234, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 116.1, third-best · 171 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.863, sixth-fastest · 840 Laps in the Top 15 (78.7), fifth-most · 88 Quality Passes, 12th-most Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil/AutoTrader Ford) · One top five, two top 10s · Average finish of 12.250, ninth-best · Average Running Position of 11.292, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 94.7, eighth-best · 25 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.579, ninth-fastest · 669 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6), ninth-most · 101 Quality Passes, 10th-most Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Two top fives, two top 10s · Average finish of 13.750, 11th-best · Average Running Position of 12.857, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 90.2, 10th-best · 14 Fastest Laps Run, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 171.476, 11th-fastest · 776 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7), sixth-most · 113 Quality Passes, sixth-most The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Kentucky Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 4 0 0 0 2 0 11 95.2 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr 4 1 0 2 2 0 12.8 90.7 3 Jimmie Johnson 4 1 0 1 4 0 7 116.6 4 Joey Logano 4 0 0 1 2 0 12.2 94.7 5 Martin Truex Jr 4 0 0 0 2 0 13 84.0 6 Jamie McMurray 4 0 0 1 1 1 22.5 76.5 7 Brad Keselowski 4 1 2 2 3 0 10.5 116.1 8 Kurt Busch 4 0 0 0 2 0 11.5 89.4 9 Matt Kenseth 4 0 1 2 4 0 4.5 107.2 10 Jeff Gordon 4 0 0 1 4 0 7.2 95.4 11 Kasey Kahne 4 0 0 1 2 0 8.5 98.9 12 Denny Hamlin 4 0 0 1 1 2 22.8 85.2 13 Paul Menard 4 0 0 0 0 0 20.2 74.5 14 Ryan Newman 4 0 0 2 2 1 13.8 90.2 15 Clint Bowyer 4 0 0 1 1 1 19.2 83.3 16 Aric Almirola 3 0 0 0 0 1 26.7 67.4 * – Based on last four races at Kentucky Speedway. Kentucky Speedway Data Season Race #: 18 of 36 (07-11-15) Track Size : 1.5-miles Banking/Turn 1 & 2 : 14 degrees Banking/Turn 3 & 4 : 14 degrees Banking/Frontstretch : 8 degrees Banking/Backstretch : 8 degrees Frontstretch Length : 1,662 feet Backstretch Length : 1,600 feet Race Length : 200 laps / 300 miles Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky Kyle Busch ............................... 124.3 Jimmie Johnson ........................ 116.6 Brad Keselowski ....................... 116.1 Matt Kenseth ............................. 107.2 Kasey Kahne .............................. 98.9 Jeff Gordon ................................ 95.4 Kevin Harvick .............................. 95.2 Joey Logano .............................. 94.7 Dale Earnhardt Jr . ....................... 90.7 Ryan Newman ............................. 90.2 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (four total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway. Qualifying/Race Data 2014 pole winner : Brad Keselowski , Ford 188.791 mph, 28.603 secs. 06-28-14 2014 race winner : Brad Keselowski , Ford 139.723 mph, (02:51:59), 06-29-14 Track qualifying record: Brad Keselowski , Ford 188.791 mph, 28.603 secs. 06-28-14 Track race record: Brad Keselowski ., Dodge 145.607 mph, (02:45:02), 06-30-12 At Kentucky Speedway: History · In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000. · The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility. · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch . Starts · There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season. · 60 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 45 in more than one. · 28 different drivers have made all four series starts at Kentucky Speedway. · Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Average Starting Position at Kentucky with a 5.75; followed by Kyle Busch with a 6.25. Poles · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book – Kyle Busch started from first. · Brad Keselowski (2014), Dale Earnhardt Jr . (2013) and Jimmie Johnson (2012) are the three drivers that have won Coors Light poles at Kentucky. · Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Brad Keselowski (06/28/2014 – 30 years, 4 months, 16 days). · Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr . (06/30/2013 – 38 years, 8 months, 20 days). Wins · Three different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011), Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012 and 6/28/2014) and Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013). · Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with two. · Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 – 26 years, 2 months, 7 days). · Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 – 41 years, 3 months, 20 days). · Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske are tied for the series lead in wins at Kentucky with two each: Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013); Team Penske (2012, 2014). · Three different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013), Dodge (2012) and Ford (2014). · Brad Keselowski is the only driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the Coors Light poles (2014). · Kyle Busch won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky from the first starting position. Due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race, it was not from the Coors Light pole. · Two of the four (50.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row – both from the first starting position (2011, 2014). · Three of the four (75%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position. · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013. · The fewest laps led in a single race by an eventual NSCS winner at Kentucky is 38 laps by Matt Kenseth in 2013. · The most laps led in a single race by an eventual NSCS winner at Kentucky is 199 laps by Brad Keselowski in 2014. Additional Finishing Position Stats · Four different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013) and Kyle Busch (2014). · 14 different drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky led by Kyle Busch with three; followed by Brad Keselowski , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Matt Kenseth , and Ryan Newman with two each. · 19 different drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky led by Kyle Busch , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth with four each. · Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are tied for the series among active drivers in Average Finishing Position at Kentucky with a 4.5 each. Jimmie Johnson (7.0), Jeff Gordon (7.2), and Kasey Kahne (8.5) are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10. Track Event Stats · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the July 9, 2011 race won by Kyle Busch over David Reutimann with a MOV of 0.179 second. · None of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish. · None of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions. · Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race. · The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky produced the most lead changes (20) at the 1.5-mile track. The fewest lead changes were in the 2013 race at Kentucky (11). · The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky produced the most different leaders (12) at the 1.5-mile speedway. The fewest leaders in a NSCS event at Kentucky were last season’s race with three. · Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 346 laps led in four starts. Female Competitor Stats · Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway . Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Danica Patrick 29 23 6/30/2013 Danica Patrick 10 21 6/28/2014 Averages 19.5 22.0 NASCAR in Kentucky · There have been five NASCAR Sprint Cup races among two tracks in Kentucky. Track Name City NSCS Kentucky Speedway Sparta 4 Corbin Speedway Corbin 1 · 42 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky; three have posted wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series . Driver NSCS NNS NCWTS Jeremy Mayfield 5 0 0 Michael Waltrip 4 11 1 Tommy Thompson 1 0 0 Jeff Green 0 16 0 David Green 0 9 0 Milestones – Kentucky Speedway HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION DRIVER Michael McDowell 174 1 175th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start McDowell is 145th on the all-time NSCS career starts list, two starts behind Walter Ballard and Regan Smith (176 each) in 143rd. Danica Patrick 99 1 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Patrick is 191st on the all-time NSCS career starts list, one start behind Bruce Hill (100) in 190th. Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins). Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 13th on the all-time NSCS wins l
Get on-track times for everything at Kentucky The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Kentucky Speedway this week. Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series practices, qualifying sessions and races can be watched on NBC Sports Live Extra.The Camping World Truck Series events will be on FOX Sports 1. Check out the full schedule below. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br type=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_moz&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; All tim es are ET WEDNESDAY, JULY 8: ON TRACK -- 3-5 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice ( Follow live ) -- 6-8 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice ( Fol low live ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 5:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint C up Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 5:05 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 5:20 p.m.: Jamie McMurray -- 5:45 p.m.: Greg Biffle THURSDAY, JULY 9: ON TRACK -- 8 a.m.-noon: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 coverage starts at 10 a.m. ( Follow live ) -- 2-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) -- 4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) -- 5:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 (150 laps, 225 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Fo llow live) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- 1:30 p.m.: NASCAR X F INITY Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 1:15 p.m.: Erik Jones and Matt Crafton -- 3:30 p.m.: Brendan Gaughan -- 5:40 p.m.: Brad Keselowski -- 9:15 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race press conferences FRIDAY, JULY 10: ON TRACK -- 10:30-11:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) -- 1-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) -- 3:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualiyfing, NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Kentucky race (200 laps, 300 miles), NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 2:30 p.m.: Chase Elliott -- 3:30 p.m.: Jeff Gordon -- 6:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying press conferences -- 9:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race press conferences SATURDAY, JULY 11: ON TRACK -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts (267 laps, 400.5 miles), NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race press conferences