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By the Numbers: Digits favor usual dominating suspects in Kansas

October 19, 2012, , NASCAR.com

For Starters

1 -- Joe Nemechek is the only driver to sweep both the Nationwide and Cup series races at Kansas in the same weekend (2004); it marks his last wins to date in each series.

NATIONWIDE SERIES

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Breakout Number

6 --- Points leader Elliott Sadler has six top-five finishes on 1.5-mile tracks this season, most of all drivers. He finished third last year's race at Kansas. Second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who leads all drivers with four wins on 1.5-milers in 2012, has finished sixth and fifth in his two Kansas races. Third-place Austin Dillon, who has scored the most points on 1.5-mile tracks (362), will be making his first series start at Kansas. He made two starts there in the Truck Series with a pole and best finish of sixth. Incidentally, Sadler is second in points scored on 1.5-mile tracks in 2012 with 356 and Stenhouse is third with 354.

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Track Tidbits

2 -- The driver leading the most laps has won only two of the prior 11 races at Kansas: Denny Hamlin in 2008 (99 laps led) and Brad Keselowski in '11 (173). The winner at Kansas has led less than 20 laps in seven of the past nine races.

2 --- Non-Cup regulars won two of the first three races at Kansas: Jeff Green (2001) and David Green ('03). A Nationwide-only regular has not won at Kansas since, spanning eight races. The Green brothers, both former series champions, each finished second in points they year they won at Kansas. David Green was 45 years, 8 months, 6 days, the oldest winner in track history.

6 -- The final green-flag stretch has been six laps or less in six of the past nine races at Kansas. However, there only has been one green-white-checkered finish (2004).

Recent Trends

7 --- The past seven races this season have been won from a top-three starting position. The past two races at Kansas have been won from the front row, including Joey Logano's win in 2010, the only race won from the pole. Eight of the 11 races at Kansas have been won from a top-seven starting position.

8 -- Joey Logano leads all drivers with eight wins in 2012, in 18 starts (a 44 percent winning percentage). He has won in three of his past four starts. Logano is the only repeat winner in the 11-race history at Kansas, having won in back-to-back years in 2009 and '10. He was 19 years, 4 months, 9 days when he won in 2009, making him the youngest winner in track history.

16 --- Sixteen track records have been set in 2012. Last year's race at Kansas set a track record for fewest leaders with five: Brad Keselowski (173 laps led), Carl Edwards (12), Marcos Ambrose (11), Jason Leffler (3) and Jeremy Clements (1). The nine lead changes marked just the second time there were fewer than 10 -- the 2001 inaugural had eight.

SPRINT CUP SERIES

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1 --- The leader of the most laps at Kansas has won only one of the past five races -- Jimmie Johnson in October 2011 -- and just four of 13 races overall (two by Johnson). Johnson led 197 laps in last year's Chase win, the most in a Kansas race. He led 124 laps in his 2008 Chase win there, becoming just the second and most recent driver to win at Kansas from pole. He is the first driver to pass the 500 laps-led mark at Kansas; he's led 503. The next best driver is Greg Biffle with 346 laps led. Incidentally, the only other driver to win at Kansas from the pole is Joe Nemechek in 2004; he led the third-most laps (41) in that race.

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Track Tidbits

3 --- The past three races at Kansas have been won by the top three drivers in points: Brad Keselowski (June 2011), Jimmie Johnson (October 2011) and Denny Hamlin (April 2012).

4 --- Four drivers have two wins each at Kansas; all are in the Chase: Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. Two Chasers have one win at Kansas: Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Three Chase drivers have finished second there: Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (not entered/concussion). Truex finished runner-up in the first race at Kansas this year.

6 --- The average race speed (144.122 mph) in April 2012 bettered the former record by more than 6 mph.

Recent Trends

1 --- Kevin Harvick has only one top-10 finish in the past six races held for the first time on repaved or configured tracks. Harvick has posted five top-10s in the past seven races at Kansas, including sixth-place finishes in the past two races.

70 --- Three of the past four races at Kansas have had a final green-flag stretch of more than 70 laps. The lone exception in that span was last year's Chase race, the first green-white-checkered finish in the track's 13-race history.

51 -- Ryan Newman is expected to make his 400th career Cup Series start this at Kansas. He will be the 51st driver with 400 or more starts. Newman was the first driver not named Jeff Gordon to win at Kansas (2003). Newman finished runner-up to Gordon in the first two races there and has only one top-10 since his victory, finishing ninth in 2010. He has finished 20th or worse in six of his other nine races at Kansas.

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