TRACK: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval) DISTANCE: 267 Laps – Stage 1: 80 Laps, Stage 2: 80 Laps, Final Stage: 107 Laps (400.5 miles)
Paved recently which makes this a very difficult track to pass on too. Outside lane is better, but there is a chance to take the lead from the inside. Mostly a restart/track position track. You can gamble on 2 tires or depending on how late you are in the race, 0 tires. Clean air is key here.
- Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman
- Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick.
- Toyota has won half of the last eight Kansas races including two of the last three.
- The eventual race winner scored stage points in every first stage under the stage era and finished in the top five in five of the eight races in Stage 2. The odd thing is, just once has the eventual race winner at Kansas actually won a stage in that race too.
- Five of the last eight Kansas winners have come from the top four of the starting lineup.
- We’ve seen 14 different winners in the last 20 races on intermediates including 12 straight.
So far, we’ve had three 1.5-mile tracks in 2021. One occurred in Homestead. William Byron won. The next was in Las Vegas with Kyle Larson. Then, the last coming in Atlanta. Ryan Blaney won that event. We’re running out of names to keep this going? All that’s left on the big teams not on this list are Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, or Aric Almirola. If we want to keep the streak going to 13, then you can have someone like Truex Jr. or Bell with JGR, Bowman for HMS or the duo at SHR.