Newly Repaved Kansas Speedway Will Be Fast This Weekend
Both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are at the newly repaved and reconfigured Kansas Speedway this weekend. Nationwide goes tomorrow with Race Six in the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday.
It’ll be a homecoming for Clint Bowyer. The Kansas native is coming off last Saturday’s win at Charlotte and it moved him up to fourth in the standings
, within 28 points of points leader Brad Keselowski. And he’s on a roll.He has a career-best three wins, eight top-five finishes and 19 top-10s this season.
In eight appearances at Kansas Bowyer has three top-10 finishes, including a second-place run a few years ago.
The last time he was there didn’t go so well. His engine quit and he ended up 36th, so he’s looking for a much better day this weekend.
Because this is a new track surface, drivers will get additional practice time this weekend. Some drivers were able to get on the track this week and one thing they found out – the track is fast. 30 of the 47 cars posted speeds
faster than the current track qualifying record. Greg Biffle turned the fastest lap at nearly 185 miles and hour, four miles an hour over the record.
Jeff Gordon says the track went from pretty abrasive and wearing the tires out to smooth and super fast.
Kansas is the third track to get a re-pave this year joining Pocono and Michigan.
Jimmie Johnson won last year’s fall race at Kansas. He’s second in the standings, seven points behind Keselowski. Denny Hamlin is third, 15 points out of the lead. Hamlin was the winner in April.