Snapshot: Quaker State 400
June 28, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Catch up quickly before the Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky
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What: 4th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky.
When: Saturday, June 28, 2014.
TV/Radio: TNT, PRN.
Distance: 267 laps (400.5 miles).
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET.
Pit road speed: 45 mph.
Caution car speed: 55 mph.
*Track qualifying record
Failed to qualify
Rear of the field
Tony Stewart (had qualified 13th)
Slow start for Earnhardt Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 29th, the third time this season he has qualified outside the top 25. "We've been fighting the car all day and haven't had any gains," he said. "... The car is just way too rough and has way too much movement and it's hard to control it that way."
• Best driver rating average at Kentucky based on past three races:
• Worst driver rating average at Kentucky based on past three races:
1. Joe Nemechek (30.8), Jay Robinson Racing No. 66 Toyota.
2. David Gilliland (47.5), Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford.
3. Travis Kvapil (47.8), Go FAS Racing No. 32 Ford.
Of the 23 tracks that host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Kentucky is the only one where Jeff Gordon has yet to win. In three career starts, he has finished 10th, fifth and eighth. He has yet to lead a lap on the 1.5-mile track.
Defending Quaker State 400 champion
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota.
Former Kentucky winners in field
Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski (1).
Favorite or frustrating?
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson made his first career start in one of NASCAR's three premier divisions when he competed in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky. But that doesn't mean it's the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate's favorite stop. "It's not really special to me," Larson said. "It's kind of my least favorite (of the) mile and a halves. It's a pretty frustrating track."
Going the distance
Nine drivers in the starting lineup have completed all 801 laps.
Fantasy sleeper, presented by Rotowire
Paul Menard. The driver of the No. 27 Chevrolet is on pace to blow away his 2013 performance for Richard Childress Racing. Menard has been solid everywhere the series competes, including the intermediate ovals. Finishes of third-, ninth-, 17th- and eighth-place has been his resume on the 1.5-mile tracks this season. That's pretty impressive, reliable and safe from a fantasy racing standpoint.