THE RACE: Go Bowling 400
TRACK: Kansas Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #11 of 36

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Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Kansas, KS
Title Sponsor: Go Bowling
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et

NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 7:00pm/et on FoxSports1
Television Race Coverage:
FS1, 7:30pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, 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:
Monday, May 15 at 6:30am/et on FS1

TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski’s TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports – TV Times
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule – Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule – Canada
TV Racer
Armed Forces Network – Search NASCAR

Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90<!– Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90 –><!– –>

FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports –
Radio: MRN Live Streaming<!– Radio: PRN Live Streaming –>
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 12
10:30 – 11:25 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE

Saturday, May 13

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

(these times in eastern time)

Friday, May 12, 11:30 am/et – 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Happy Hour ‘Final’ practice: Friday, May 12, 1:30 – 2:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, May 12 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: none


Track Specifications:
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Banking in turns…variable (17-20 degrees); previous banking: 15 degrees
Banking on front stretch… 10 degrees; previous banking: 10.4 degrees
Banking on back stretch… 5.5 degrees; previous banking: 5 degrees
Straights: front stretch – 2,721 feet; Backstretch – 2,207 feet
Asphalt surface is 55-feet wide
Pit Box Size 30’x18′, 44 individual pit stalls
Pit Road: 1,573 feet long, 60-feet wide
Attendance: 81,779, 68 luxury suites
Seating: approx. 74,000 in the grandstands
Camping: approx. 2,400 spaces
Repaved & Reconfigured: Summer 2012
Opened: 2001

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Flyover: TBA

Track Websites & Social Media:
Kansas Speedway website
ISC Motorsports
You Tube
Track Stats –

May 2016: see the Kansas Race Info page
October 2016: see the Kansas Race Info page

May 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota, 141.909mph, started 6th
October 2016 Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 133.155mph, started 11th
Track Race Record: #11-Denny Hamlin, 4/22/2012, 144.122mph
Slowest Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph
Oldest Race Winner: Mark Martin, 46 years, 9 months, 0 days, 10/9/2005
Youngest Race Winner: Joey Logano, 24 years, 4 months, 11 days, 10/5/2014
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #2-Brad Keselowski, 6/5/2011, started 25th

May 2016 Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 190.921mph, finished 14th
October 2016 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 192.089mph, finished 9th
Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Kevin Harvick, 10/3/2014, 197.612mph, during 2nd round of qualifying
Track Qualifying Record [old layout 2001 – 4/2012]: Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph
Oldest Kansas Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 24 days, 10/2/2009
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 24 years, 11 months, 14 days, 5/8/2015

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 428
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1], 374, -54
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 367, -61
4) #24-Chase Elliott, 353, -75
5) #1-Jamie McMurray, 318, -110
6) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 318, -110
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 309, -119
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2], 305, -123
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 289, -139
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 277, -151
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 267, -161
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [1], 250, -178
13) #21-Ryan Blaney, 240, -191
14) #31-Ryan Newman [1], 237, -191
15) #41-Kurt Busch [1], 201, -201
16) #6-Trevor Bayne, 223, -205
* encumbered finish, can’t be used to make the playoffs
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).

<!– a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Go Bowling 400 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 going into the Go Bowling 400 on May 13, 2017,
see the stats on the Statistical Advance – Analyzing the Go Bowling 400 page –>’s Kansas Speedway Track News/Stats/Links page

RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

<!– Lucky Dogs – Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: no driver a lap down
Caution 2: #33-JEarnhardt, 38th
(5-7-2017) –>

Race Coverage of the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Television (TV): FS1 at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et on FS1; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
<!– Radio:
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90 –>Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, May 15 at 6:30am/et on FS1

<!– See the starting lineup for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on the Texas Starting Lineup Page (pdf). –>

<!– To the back: none reported –>

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 Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (X,X,X) have been eliminated, are not in play and don’t count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #24-Elliott chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #88-Earnhardt, Jr. took pit stall 21, with an opening in front of it.
#1-McMurray, who starts 3rd, took the 20th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 7th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on’s Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-8-2017) –>

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF’s: (will be added as available)<!–
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds –>
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR’s Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

See’s – 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.


<!– Happy Hour (final) practice for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#24-Elliott 188.015
#2-Keselowski 187.602
#41-Busch 187.576
#47-Allmendinger 187.519
#11-Hamlin 187.506
slowest: #51-Ware 164.628 & #55-Cope 173.864
best 10 consecutive lap ave #31-Newman 181.429
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the
Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-8-2017) –>
<!– Harvick wins Kansas pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with speed of 190.398mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 2nd at Kansas and 18th of his career. Harvick has won 5 times from the 17 previous poles.
#31-Newman will start 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #11-Hamlin, #24-Elliott and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
#31-Newman was fastest in the second round with a speed of 189.772mph, will start 2nd
#18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 190.280mph, will start 3rd
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Kansas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Kansas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-12-2017) –>
<!– With stellar final lap, Kevin Harvick wins Kansas pole:
(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-12-2017) –>
<!– Kansas Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
(NASCAR Statistics)(5-12-2017) –>
<!– Second Round of Qualifying for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#31-Newman 189.772
#18-Busch 189.694
#4-Harvick 189.519
#2-Keselowski 188.925
#42-Larson 188.751
the rest of the top 12: 11 78 24 22 1 17 88
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 41 21 6 20 27 48 3 47 19 32 77 10
(5-12-2017) –>
<!– First Round of Qualifying for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 190.280
#31-Newman 189.850
#1-McMurray 189.571
#11-Hamlin 189.526
#4-Harvick 189.396
the rest of the top 24: 41 6 24 17 47 42 19 32 21 78 3 27 2 22 48 88 10 77;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2:
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
(5-12-2017) –>

Coverage of Qualifying for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 6:30pm/et
<!– Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN) –>Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 — All entries will have 20 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 Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #27-Menard.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #19-Edwards.
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).(5-12-2017) –>
<!– Friday practice for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#22-Logano 193.116
#43-Almirola 193.054
#2-Keselowski 193.046
#42-Larson 193.034
#21-Blaney 192.980
slowest: #33-JEarnhardt 183.906 & #51-Hill 184.219
most laps run: #18-Busch, 32; #42-Larson, 31
No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(5-12-2017) –>

Entry List for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #66-TBA*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #66-TBA*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

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 Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 11 – Go Bowling 400
Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval) – Kansas City, Kan.
Fast Facts for May 12-13, 2017

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4698; Right-side — D-4720

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side — 88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi;
Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

Storyline – Multi-zone Right-side and New Left-side Enhance Drivers’ Grip on Kansas:
When Goodyear Racing introduced its multi-zone tread tire at Atlanta back in 2013,
it did so to improve racing by protecting the inboard portion of the tread that sees the
most heat and takes the most abuse, while adding grip with a “softer” compound on the
outboard portion of the tread. This has never been more important, as the Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series is running its lower downforce package in 2017. The less
downforce there is on the car, the more the tires are asked to contribute grip and keep
the cars “in the track.” Without the ability to protect the inboard two inches of the tread,
you could not give as much grip with the outboard 10 inches. And in addition to its
multi-zone right-side tire, Goodyear is bringing a new left-side tire with a more tractive
tread compound to Kansas this week. This tire set-up was verified at a test at Kansas last
fall and should make for great racing this weekend.

Notes: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will run a completely different tire set-up
than those in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kansas this week . . . this is the
first time Cup teams have run either of these two tire codes at Kansas, though they did run
this left-side code at Charlotte last season . . . compared to what was run at Kansas in 2016,
this left-side tire code (D-4698) features a compound change for more grip . . . like at Kansas
last year, this year’s right-side tire code (D-4720) is one of Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tires,
with two different compounds on the same tire — one on the inboard two inches (Endurance
Zone) for more heat and wear resistance, and one on the outboard 10 inches (Traction Zone)
for more grip . . . this right-side has the same tread compounds as the 2016 Kansas tire, but
features a construction change to bring it into line with what is run at Texas . . . this tire
combination came out of a Goodyear test at Kansas last October 17 . . . drivers participating
in that test were Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Martin Truex Jr. . . . as on
all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all
four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater
than that of the outer tire.

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