Race Day Preview: STP 400 at Kansas

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

After last October’s Kansas race, fans were left wanting more. More of the great action we saw all day. More of the side-by-side racing. More of the torn-up sheet metal. Well, the “more” the fans wanted will arrive this afternoon as the second race on Kansas’ new surface is set to take-place. We saw great racing during the first race on the surface and now it’s time for another dose of this “New Kansas” racing. The track is now fast, very fast. The fastness of it adds to the growing list of reasons why the races at Kansas have just become a whole lot more exciting.

Race Info Needed for Fans

Start time- 1:16 PM EST/12:16 PM CT

Race Distance- 267 Laps, 400.5 Miles

Race Day Weather- Cloudy with a high of 67 F and a 20% chance of rain

TV Race Broadcast- FOX

Radio Race Broadcast- MRN

Last Year’s Race Winner- Denny Hamlin (Not entered in today’s race)

Starting Lineup- http://turn4racingnews.com/2013/04/20/starting-lineup-for-the-stp-400-at-kansas/

Race Preview- http://turn4racingnews.com/2013/04/17/stp-400-preview/

Race Day Headlines

-Kyle Busch will look to continue his hot start. He’ll be going after his third win of the season today.

-Jimmie Jonson hopes to keep his points lead intact at the end of the race.

-Brian Vickers will be subbing for Denny Hamlin in today’s race.

-Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano hope recent penalties won’t affect their teams’ performances today.

-Many teams are running decals in recognition of the victims from the Boston Marathon Bombings from this past week. All MWR cars, Hendrick Motorsports cars and Roush-Fenway cars are among the teams running the special decals.

-Martin Truex Jr. is going to be going all-out for the win after coming so close last week at Texas.

-The Roush-Fenway Racing cars have been performing very well so far this weekend and they could all be going after the win today.

Race Picks

Tyson- Matt Kenseth

Alanis- Brad Keselowski

Fan Race Picker (@KarenVanhook)- Carl Edwards

Garrett- Greg Biffle

Caleb- Greg Biffle

Jason- Kasey Kahne

For many drivers, today’s race at Kansas is pivotal for them. Some need to get going while some need to get back on track and they all will be looking to do those things during today’s race. Most everyone is excited about the race today and that is a result of the reconfigured Kansas Speedway. Without that being done, the track could have easily fallen off of the map. Last October’s race put Kansas Speedway back on the map and today’s STP 400 should solidify the track on the Cup schedule. Look for action throughout the race and it won’t be difficult to find since there shouldn’t be any shortage of it during today’s race. The green flag is only hours away and the start of a much anticipated Kansas race has almost arrived.

By Jason Schultz

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