Watch today’s NASCAR 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation at Kansas Speedway streaming online live by following the link at the bottom of this NASCAR Sprint Cup preview. Today’s NASCAR 5-Hour Energy 400 is scheduled to start tonight at 7:30 pm eastern standard time.
The 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation is the first of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events to be held at Kansas Speedway this year. The other is the Hollywood Casino 400 on October 5 – the fourth race in the Chase for the Cup. Today’s race benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been killed in the line of duty.
It was all Kevin Harvick at the qualifying round of the NASCAR 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Harvick took the pole for the second straight year – last year he won the race after starting on the pole – and he destroyed Matt Kenseth’s speed record at Kansas Speedway. Joey Logano took second, Brad Keselowski took third and Carl Edwards starts in the fourth position.
The 5-Hour Energy 400 is one of the newer races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was first run in 2011, with Brad Keselowski taking the checkered flag that year. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have since gone to the winner’s circle in the 5-Hour Energy 400.
Kansas Speedway, located on the Kansas side of Kansas City, is a 1.5 mile tri-oval. Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle have each recorded two wins at the track, between the 5-Hour Energy 400 and the Hollywood Casino 400 events.
Jeff Gordon comes into today’s 5-Hour Energy 400 with a razor thin lead in the point standings after a disappointing finish at Talladega last week. Gordon is a mere three points ahead of Matt Kenseth and four points ahead of Kyle Busch. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards round out the top five, tied at 19 points behind Jeff Gordon.
Kenseth has a history of success at Kansas Speedway, winning the pole and the race at last year’s NASCAR 5-Hour Energy 400 while also setting the track qualifying record with a speed of 191.864 mph and a time of 28.145 seconds, according to an article on NASCAR’s website. Look for him to make a move to try to pass Gordon up in the points standings.
Danica Patrick, who many NASCAR fans believe is overly timid in her racing style, has raced three times at Kansas Speedway, the only woman to do so. Her best performance at the track came in 2013, when she started and finished in the 25th position at last year’s NASCAR 5-Hour Energy 400. Patrick, who has recently taken a ribbing for her comments revealing that she was concerned about crashing at the Toyota Owners 400 – had a solid qualifying round and will start from the ninth position tonight.
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