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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: Kansas

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 10/2/2013
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EVENT: Hollywood Casino 400
TRACK: Kansas Speedway
LENGTH: 1.5-mile tri-oval
TV: ESPN (Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET)
RADIO: MRN (Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET)

News & Notes

POINTS WITH SEVEN TO GO: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Time Warner Cable SS, advanced to 10th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after finishing second at Dover (Del.) International Speedway last weekend. With seven races remaining in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Earnhardt trails leader Matt Kenseth by 57 points.

2013 STATISTICS: After 29 races in the 2013 season, Earnhardt has earned two pole positions, six top-five finishes and 16 top-10s. His 16 top-10 results tie him for third overall.

POLE POSITION: Earnhardt earned his second pole position of the season last weekend at Dover, setting a new track record of 161.849 mph. This matches Earnhardt’s career best for pole positions in a season. He also captured two poles during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.

TIME WARNER CABLE: Time Warner Cable will adorn the hood of Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Kansas and will be the primary sponsor on the car for one more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this year: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Oct. 12. Fans can support Earnhardt and the No. 88 team by using the hashtag #WinKansas on Facebook and Twitter: http://youtu.be/_vhi98S0RXg.

AT KANSAS: In 14 Cup starts at Kansas, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, one top-five finish and six top-10s. He has completed 97.9 percent of all the laps he's attempted (3,609 laps of 3,686 total) at the 1.5-mile racetrack. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 82 laps there.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-822. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.

INTERMEDIATE TRACK STATS: In 239 Cup starts on intermediate (one- to two-mile) tracks, Earnhardt has recorded six wins, eight pole positions, 45 top-five finishes and 95 top-10s. He has a 16.3 average starting position and an average finishing position of 16.6 on these racetracks.

HENDRICK AT KANSAS: With four victories at Kansas, Hendrick Motorsports ranks tied for first among teams all-time at the 1.5-mile speedway. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon each have two victories at Kansas to rank tied for first all-time with three other competitors. Gordon ranks first with eight top-five finishes, while Johnson ranks first with 12 top-10s and 556 laps led at Kansas.

ALL-TIME AT 1.5-MILERS: Johnson and Gordon rank best among drivers all-time in several categories at 1.5-mile racetracks. Johnson leads drivers with 14 career victories at 1.5-mile racetracks, while Gordon ranks fourth with 11. Gordon can catch second-place drivers Tony Stewart and Kenseth if he wins this weekend at Kansas. Gordon also ranks first in career top-five results with 52, while Johnson has the second-most with 43 top-five finishes. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates rank one-two in top-10 results as well – Gordon is first with 71, and Johnson has 69.

1.5-MILE POLE: Johnson ranks third all-time and second among active drivers with 12 pole positions at 1.5-mile tracks. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS needs one more pole to catch Ryan Newman, who leads active drivers with 13.

Quotes

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY.): “We had a lot of speed the last time we were at Kansas, but just had a bit of bad luck. For two weeks in a row we've had fantastic race cars. I’m proud of my guys for bringing such good cars to the track. We are bringing a new chassis this weekend, and I’m hoping we unload fast.”

Standings
After Brickyard 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 717 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 693 -24
3 -- Brad Keselowski 666 -51
4 -- Matt Kenseth 661 -56
5 -- Jimmie Johnson 628 -89
6 +2 Kyle Busch 609 -108
7 -- Ryan Newman 606 -111
8 -2 Carl Edwards 603 -114
9 -- Joey Logano 591 -126
10 -- Clint Bowyer 577 -140
11 +1 Denny Hamlin 572 -145
12 +1 Kevin Harvick 565 -152
Full Standings