The Contenders Round of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup gets underway this weekend at Kansas Speedway, with 12 drivers vying to move into the next round of eight. Kansas Speedway is still one of the newer tracks on the Cup Series circuit, having only hosted 17 races since 2001. Four of this weekend’s Chase competitors in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas have competed in all 17 races, with all four coming up victorious at one time or another.
Kevin Harvick – seeded third in the Contenders Round, Harvick has one win and eight top 10 finishes at Kansas, along with two poles – the last two, to be exact. Harvick is the defending race winner of the Hollywood Casino 400, and finished second in the spring race at Kansas.
Jeff Gordon – fresh off his victory last weekend at Dover, Gordon, seeded fifth in the Contenders Round, comes to Kansas as a three-time winner at the 1.5-mile track – and proving he’s not slowing down, he won this spring for the first time since winning the first two Cup Series races at the track in 2001 and 2002. Gordon has picked up a total of 12 top 10 finishes at Kansas, and has an average finish of 10.1.
Matt Kenseth – Kenseth, seeded eighth, has two wins, 10 top 10 finishes and two poles at Kansas – the two wins came in fall 2012 and spring 2013, when he started from the pole. Kenseth finished 11th last year and 10th this past spring, and comes into the Contenders Round still seeking a win.
Ryan Newman – also looking for his first win of the season is Newman, who is seeded ninth in Round Two. Newman has one win and four top 10 finishes at Kansas, with the win coming in 2003. Newman finished 11th in the spring race.
Other Chase Contenders who have wins at Kansas are Brad Keselowski (one), Jimmie Johnson (two) and Denny Hamlin (one).
Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway takes place Friday at 4:45 p.m. CT, with the race going green Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com.
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