THE RACE: KC Masterpiece 400
TRACK: Kansas Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #12 of 36
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Kansas City, KS
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:10 pm/et
NASCAR RaceDay: 7:00pm/et on FS1
Television Race Coverage: FS1, 8:00pm/et
Friday, May 11, 12:35-1:25pm/et, TV-FS1;
Friday, May 11, 2:05-2:55pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, May 11 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, May 12, 6:30am/et, TV-FS1
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 am/et on FS1
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, May 10
5:00 PM 7:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, May 11 - REVISED
8:30 AM-9:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:35 AM-1:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:45 PM (6:45 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, May 12
1:00 PM-7:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
1:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (FAN ZONE TENT)
6:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM (8:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahome, Chiefs' GM Brett Veach, and Vietnam veterans
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Kansas City Chiefs' Anthony Sherman
Color Guard: Kansas Highway Patrol Honor Guard
Invocation: Master Trooper Dave Golden, Kansas Highway Patrol
National Anthem: Michael Tyler
Flyover: A-10's, 303d Fighter Squadron, 442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO
Saturday Kansas Notebook: Matt Kenseth's comeback hits a snag at Kansas; Justin Allgaier gets a taste of international racing; Short Strokes.[More](5-12-2018)
Friday Kansas Notebook: Clint Bowyer comes to Kansas Speedway with a fighting chance to win; Expectations rise for William Byron as summer approaches; Accident and injury behind him, Aric Almirola relishes return to Kansas.[More](5-11-2018)
What to watch for - Kansas: Harvick Connects Four (Wins) Early in the Season; Kenseth Returns to Roush Fenway Racing; Kansas No Longer a Struggle for Busch; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Kansas.[More](5-11-2018)
Kansas Weekend Preview: Kevin Harvick vs. Kyle Busch moves to Kansas; Camping World Truck Series at Kansas is always unpredictable. [More](5-10-2018)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Kansas Speedway
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Kansas Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Kansas Speedway page
Late pass lifts Kevin Harvick to Victory Lane at Kansas: Charging from sixth place and chasing race leader Martin Truex Jr. after a restart on Lap 259 of 267, Harvick found speed in the top lane with five laps left and passed Truex on the outside through Turns 3 and 4 on the penultimate lap.[More](5-12-2018)
Kevin Harvick won the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The win is his 5th win of 2018, 3rd win at Kansas and 42nd career win.
#78-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #21-Menard, #20-Jones, #41-Busch, #10-Almirola, and #18-Busch.
Harvick led 78 laps during the race but had to pass Truex, Jr. at the white flag to get the win.
#6-Kenseth, making his first start of the year, was caught in a late accident and finished 35th.
Stage 1 was won by #12-Blaney, finished 37th.
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 4th.
There were 13 lead changes among 7 drivers and 6 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 128.395mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
MENCS at Kansas
- Kevin Harvick: 5th win of season, ties career-high (with 24 races remaining)
- Harvick: 1st driver since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to win 5 of the first 12 races of the season (5th driver since 1980 to achieve feat, 3 of previous 4 won championship)
- Harvick: 3rd MENCS win at Kansas, ties Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for the most in 25 races all-time at track
- Harvick: 3 wins, 1 2nd-place finish in 4 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
- Martin Truex Jr.: finished 2nd, was leading with 2 laps to go, latest final pass for lead all-time at Kansas
- Truex Jr.: 7th top-5 finish in 12 races this season; set career-high with 19 last season, previous career-high was 8
- Kyle Larson: led race-high 101 laps, finished 4th; 1 win in 9 career races when leading 100 or more laps
(ESPN Stats & Info)
Race Fast Facts - Kansas
Kevin Harvick won the 8th Annual KC Masterpiece 400, his 42nd victory in 622 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Kansas Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 20 races at Kansas Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2018.
Joey Logano (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 18 races at Kansas Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 12 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-12-2018)
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Kansas, race 12 of 36]
#4-Kevin Harvick [5 wins - 4 can be used for playoffs], 484
#18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 503
#22-Joey Logano [1 win], 491
#14-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 386
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 376
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 241
#2-Brad Keselowski, 396, -107
#41-Kurt Busch, 393, -110
#11-Denny Hamlin, 380, -123
#12-Ryan Blaney, 365, -138
#42-Kyle Larson, 356, -147
#10-Aric Almirola, 342, -161
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 386, -217
#20-Erik Jones, 285, -218
#88-Alex Bowman, 271, -232
#9-Chase Elliott, 266, -237
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 160) of the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway (lap 160/267):
#42-Larson, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 1pt
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 80) of the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway (lap 80/267):
#12-Blaney, 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #6-Kenseth, 34th
Caution 2: #47-Allmendinger, 16th
Caution 3: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 11th
Caution 4: #31-Newman, 30th
Caution 5: #38-Ragan, 13th
Caution 6: #2-Keselowski, 14th
See the starting lineup for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the rear: #42-Larson (tire change)
Kansas Saturday pre-race schedule (ET):
7:54pm Presentation of Colors by Kansas Highway Patrol Honor Guard
7:54pm Invocation by Master Trooper Dave Golden, Kansas Highway Patrol
7:55pm National Anthem by Michael Tyler, Reviver Records Recording Artist
7:56pm Flyover: (2) A-10's, 303d Fighter Squadron, 442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO
8:01pm "Drivers, Start Your Engines"
8:10pm Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
With 38 cars entered, pit stalls 13, 22, 32, 42, 43, 44 are not in use.
Pole winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #12-Blaney. took pit stall 8, with an opening in front of it.
#18-Busch, who starts 3rd, took the 23rd stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-12-2018)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Final Practice Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Kevin Harvick continues dominance with pole run at Kansas:Kevin Harvick has been the dominant force in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing this season. In knockout qualifying on Friday at Kansas Speedway, the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford showed no sign of relinquishing his grip on NASCAR's foremost series. Harvick navigated the 1.5-mile speedway in 28.600 seconds (188.811 mph) in the final round of time trials to win the top starting spot for Sunday's KC Masterpiece 400.[More](5-11-2018)
Kevin Harvick won the Busch pole for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with speed of 188.811mph for his 2nd pole of 2018, 4th at Kansas and 23rd of his career. Harvick has won 5 times from the 22 previous poles.
#12-Blaney will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #10-Almirola, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex, Jr., #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #37-Buescher, #21-Menard, and #20-Jones.
#4-Harvick was also fastest in the second round with a speed of 189.102mph.
#12-Blaney was quickest in the first round with a speed of 189.043mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-11-2018)
Kansas Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Busch Pole Award Pole Award for the 8th Annual KC Masterpiece 400 with a lap of 28.600 seconds, 188.811 mph.
This is his 23rd pole in 622 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2018.
This is his fourth pole in 25 races at Kansas Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2018 and his fourth in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his eighth in 12 races this season.
William Byron (13th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 41 20 78 2 21 37 11
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 24 19 31 17 9 47 88 38 43 42 48 1
First Round of Qualifying for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 21 18 22 88 2 20 17 37 19 11 9 24 31 78 47 48 43 1 38
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 3 13 72 15 23 55 00 51 14 95 32 34 6 66
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 38 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 6:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #23-Gaulding.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #95-Kahne.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(5-11-2018)
Final practice for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 140 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
most laps run: #22-Logano, 66 laps.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 22 drivers):#42-Larson 179.685
slowest: #51-McLeod 170.719 & #66-Hill 169.561.
notes: After morning rain at the track, NASCAR combined the two scheduled Cup practices into a longer, single practice.
There was a delay early in the session because of weepers on the track.
#6-Kenseth, in his first race of the season, was 28th fastest.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (5-11-2018)
Entry List for the KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Cassill, #6-Kenseth, #15-Chastain, #51-TBA, #55-Sorenson, #66-Long, #72-LaJoie, #99-Cope.
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
UPDATE: BJ McLeod will drive the #51. #99-Cope has withdrawn.(5-8-2018)
UPDATE 2: Timmy Hill will drive the #66.(5-11-2018)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Kansas(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
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