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Mid-race Snapshot: 5-hour Energy 400

May 10, 2014, Staff report,

Get leader and caution details as well as what to watch as the race nears its close

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Time elapsed as of Lap 133: 1:32:24

Lap leaders:
Kevin Harvick, Laps 1-41
Joey Logano, Lap 42
Carl Edwards, Lap 43
Jeff Gordon, Lap 44
Brad Keselowski, Laps 45-52
Kevin Harvick, Laps 53-73
Brad Keselowski, Lap 74
Kevin Harvick, Laps 75-101
Carl Edwards, Lap 102
Joey Logano, Laps 103-112
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Laps 113-121
Joey Logano, Laps 122-half

Lead changes as of Lap 133: 11
Record at Kansas Speedway: 26

Lap 47: Clint Bowyer spins on the backstretch
Lap 60: Ryan Truex, David Ragan, Michael Annett wreck
Lap 71: Denny Hamlin spins out in Turn 2
Lap 110: Marcos Ambrose gets into the grass

Best lap: Kevin Harvick, 28.557 seconds

What to watch for:

Winless in the top ten: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart have yet to notch a win this season, a fact that has resulted in loads of questions from the media about whether the veterans are nervous about making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Will Kansas add another new winner to the Chase grid?

Nerve-wracking restarts: With the possibility of rain lingering over the track, drivers have been making the most of restarts, taking it three- and four-wide after the green flag drops. So far, an instant yellow has not followed, but look for the excitement to continue.

Under the lights: As the track cools down, teams will see significant changes in how their cars handle during night racing. With practices and qualifying occurring in daylight, crew chiefs who accurately predicted their car's handling will hold an advantage.

Lucky cautions: Brad Keselowski was the only driver who hadn't yet pitted when the first caution of the race came out. He's wasn't as lucky at the last caution before the half, pitting shortly before Marcos Ambrose's No. 9 spun into the infield. Will bold strategy calls win a race once again?