After three consecutive short tracks followed by the gargantuan superspeedway at Talladega, NASCAR returns to an intermediate track and makes its first trip to the Midwest this season.
In 10 races so far in 2021, the Cup Series has produced nine different winners, with only Martin Truex Jr. reaching victory lane twice — at Phoenix at Martinsville.
Will we see a 10th winner at Kansas Speedway? Will winless Denny Hamlin, who has been the best and most consistent driver this season with eight top-five finishes, finally take the checkered flag? Will Stewart-Haas Racing celebrate its first victory of the season?
Here's all the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway:
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET. (2 p.m. local)
TV: FS1. Pre-race broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. CT) on Fox Sports 1.
RADIO: Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
STREAMING: Fox Sports Go (must have TV provider) and FOX Sports Go app plus other streaming services.
RACE DISTANCE: 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway for a total of 400.5 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 80, Stage 2: 80, Stage 3: 107.
KANSAS: Why Sunday's race is called the 'Buschy McBusch Race 400'
Kevin Harvick (4) leads a trio of Team Penske drivers, Joey Logano (22), Ryan Blaney (12) and Brad Keselowski (2), during the 2020 playoff race at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)
LAST TIME: Joey Logano took the lead on lap 223 and held it until the checkered flag, holding off Kevin Harvick by 0.312 seconds in the 2020 playoff race to clinch his spot in the championship race. And back in July in the rescheduled spring race, Denny Hamlin led 57 laps, including the final 13, beating Brad Keselowski by 0.510 seconds.
QUALIFYING: There was no on-track qualifying for this race. Instead NASCAR used a performance-metrics formula to determine the lineup:
- 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
- 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
- 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
- 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
LINEUP: Brad Keselowski, who scored his first victory of the season last Sunday at Talladega, will start on the pole alongside William Byron. Keselowski has two career Cup victories at Kansas.
Here is the lineup for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 (with car number in parentheses):
1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
2. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
3. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
4. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
5. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
6. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
7. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
8. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
10. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
11. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
12. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
13. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
14. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
15. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
16. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
17. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
18. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
19. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
20. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
21. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet
22. (38) Anthony Alfredo, Ford
23. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet
24. (42) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
25. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
26. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet
27. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
28. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
29. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
30. (78) BJ McLeod, Ford
31. (77) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
32. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
33. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet
34. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
35. (15) Joey Gase, Chevrolet
36. (53) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet
37. (52) Josh Bilicki, Ford
38. (33) Austin Cindric, Ford
39. (55) Matt Mills, Ford
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