STP 400 Preview

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When the Kansas Speedway was reconfigured prior to last October’s race there, they created a track that could feature some action-packed and intense racing. The drivers attempted to figure-out their way around the mile and a half track last October, but they left with some knowledge and mainly torn up sheet-metal. The race featured multiple incidents and it went down in the history books as one of the most exciting races in the history of the Kansas Speedway. Fans are hoping for a repeat performance when the cars take to the track this weekend and they likely won’t be disappointed.

The STP 400 will be taking place on Sunday, April 21, 2013 and the green-flag is scheduled to wave at 1:16 PM EST (12:16 PM CT). 267 Laps and 400.5 miles will make up the race distance and with the favorable weather forecast for race day; all 267 laps will likely get in the books. Sunday’s weather will be cloudy with a high of 62 F and only a 10% chance of rain. You can catch the TV broadcast of the race on FOX and you can listen to the race via MRN’s radio coverage.

Last time we were at Kansas in April was when a fierce battle closed out the race. Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. put on a show for the fans and the battle for the win went down to the final laps. Hamlin was able to hold off Truex Jr. for the win and another second-place finish for Truex Jr. left him without his second career Cup win. Following last week’s race at Texas, where a similar battle between Truex Jr. and Hamlin’s teammate, Kyle Busch, took place, Truex Jr. was left just one position shy of his second Cup win. Being that close could motivate Truex Jr. to come out this weekend and go after the victory and it will be exciting to see if he can do so. A win for him this weekend would definitely create some headlines.

As the season continues to progress, the storylines from each race continue to grow. Last week’s race at Texas had its fair share of headlines and even more will develop following the race this weekend. Most notable from last weekend was the dominant performance Kyle Busch put on which led him to his second victory of the season. The win proved Busch is here to compete this season and he has visions to go all the way. Some stories that came out of last week weren’t as good as Busch’s and they included   penalties for both Penske cars.

Both of the Penske Racing cars had an illegal rear-end housing and had to make a change prior to last week’s race. Penalties for that were handed down by NASCAR and they most notably included suspensions for both crew chiefs. They did indeed appeal the penalty, but if the appeal isn’t dealt with before this weekend’s race, both the No.2 and No.22 cars will be with new crew chiefs. Penske Racing also is making news for this weekend’s race since they have entered Sam Hornish Jr. in a third Penske car. Joe Gibbs Racing has also entered another car for this weekend and their extra car will be driven by Elliot Sadler. Hornish Jr. and Sadler could easily be threats on Sunday and we’ll have to watch out for them.

Jimmie Johnson will be the point’s leader heading into this weekend and he hopes to maintain it after the race, but that will be difficult due to the fact that drivers like Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch will be gunning for that position. A fight for the points lead will surely be a part of the STP 400 this weekend and it will be a fight that you don’t want to miss.

NASCAR has been waiting since the checkered flag fell last October for another race on Kansas’ reconfigured surface. The new surface created lots of action and overall great racing which is what fans enjoy best. The wait will be over once the cars hit the track this weekend and the learning game with the Gen 6 car on Kansas’ surface will begin. With last year’s winner of this race not competing this year, the field is wide-open and we’ll likely see a new winner of the STP 400. Your eyes will be glued to the TV on Sunday because this race is shaping up to be one heck of an event which will easily be considered one of the best races so far this season.

Event Schedule

12:00-1:30 PM CT (1:00-2:30 PM EST) (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

3:40 PM CT (4:40 PM EST) (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED

9:00-9:55 AM CT (10:00-10:55 AM EST) (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

11:30 AM- 12:20 PM CT (12:30-1:20 PM EST) (Saturday) Final Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

12:00 PM CT (1:00 PM EST) (Sunday) the Sprint Cup Series’ race, the STP 400, televised on FOX

Next Race- the Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Virginia

Entry List via Jayski.com

Car#

Driver

Manu

Sponsor

Owner

Owner
Points
Rank/
Attempts

1

1

Jamie McMurray

Chevy

McDonald’s

Felix Sabates

15/7

2

2

Brad Keselowski (PC1)

Ford

Miller Lite

Roger Penske

2/7

3

5

Kasey Kahne

Chevy

Farmers Insurance 85th Anniversary

Linda Hendrick

7/7

4

7

Dave Blaney

Chevy

SANY America

Tommy Baldwin

29/7

5

9

Marcos Ambrose

Ford

Stanley

Richard Petty

21/7

6

10

Danica Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene Haas

27/7

7

11

Brian Vickers (i)

Toyota

FedEx Freight

J D Gibbs

8/7

8

12

Sam Hornish, Jr. (i)

Ford

SKF

Roger Penske

0/0

9

13

Casey Mears

Ford

GEICO

Bob Germain

23/7

10

14

Tony Stewart (PC2)

Chevy

Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1

Margaret Haas

24/7

11

15

Clint Bowyer

Toyota

5 Hour Energy

Rob Kauffman

9/7

12

16

Greg Biffle

Ford

ACE Brand

Jack Roush

4/7

13

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Zest

John Henry

22/7

14

18

Kyle Busch

Toyota

M&Ms

Joe Gibbs

3/7

15

19

Mike Bliss (i)

Toyota

Plinker Tactical

Randy Humphrey

44/7

16

20

Matt Kenseth (PC5)

Toyota

Home Depot / Husky

Joe Gibbs

12/7

17

22

Joey Logano

Ford

AAA

Walter Czarnecki

10/7

18

24

Jeff Gordon (PC6)

Chevy

Drive to End Hunger

Rick Hendrick

18/7

19

27

Paul Menard

Chevy

Menards / Pittsburgh Paints

Richard Childress

11/7

20

29

Kevin Harvick

Chevy

Bad Boy Buggies

Richard Childress

14/7

21

30

David Stremme

Toyota

Swan Racing

Brandon Davis

31/7

22

31

Jeff Burton

Chevy

American Ethanol

Richard Childress

25/7

23

32

Timmy Hill

Ford

OXYWater

Frank Stoddard

3/7

24

33

Landon Cassill

Chevy

Little Joe’s Auto

Joe Falk

38/7

25

34

David Ragan

Ford

TBA

Bob Jenkins

33/7

26

35

Josh Wise (i)

Ford

MDS Transport

Jerry Freeze

39/7

27

36

J.J. Yeley

Chevy

Accell Construction

Allan Heinke

29/7

28

38

David Gilliland

Ford

Long John Silver’s

Brad Jenkins

35/7

29

39

Ryan Newman

Chevy

Code 3 Associates

Tony Stewart

20/7

30

42

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target

Chip Ganassi

28/7

31

43

Aric Almirola

Ford

STP / Farmland

Richard Petty

17/7

32

44

Scott Riggs

Ford

JPO Absorbents

John Cohen

45/5

33

47

Bobby Labonte (PC7)

Toyota

Pine Sol

Tad Geschickter

32/7

34

48

Jimmie Johnson (PC3)

Chevy

Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools

Jeff Gordon

1/7

35

51

Regan Smith (i)

Chevy

Phoenix Construction

James Finch

16/7

36

55

Mark Martin

Toyota

Aaron’s Dream Machine

Michael Waltrip

13/

37

56

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA Auto Parts

Michael Waltrip

19/7

38

78

Kurt Busch (PC4)

Chevy

Furniture Row/Serta

Barney Vissar

26/7

39

81

Elliott Sadler (i)

Toyota

ALERT Energy Gum

JD Gibbs

0/0

40

83

David Reutimann

Toyota

Burger King / Dr Pepper

Ron Devine

34/7

41

87

Joe Nemechek (i)

Toyota

MaddiesPlaceRocks.com

Andrea Nemechek

41/7

42

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

National Guard

Rick Hendrick

6/7

43

93

Travis Kvapil

Toyota

Burger King / Dr Pepper

Ron Devine

36/7

44

98

Michael McDowell

Ford

Phil Parsons Racing

Mike Curb

42/6

45

99

Carl Edwards

Ford

Aflac

Jack Roush

5/7

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