Michael Annett unsteady on 1.5-milers
Michael Annett | 46
(May 6, 2015 10:03 AM EDT)
Michael Annett has had a rocky start to the 2015 season on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He failed to qualify at Atlanta Motor Speedway when the team could not get through the Technical Inspection line on time. He swapped seats with Brian Scott in the No. 33 and finished 29th, but his last two efforts ended in a 39th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 40th at Texas Motor Speedway.
Results on this track type are often cyclical. Annett could rebound this week, but it is just as likely he will suffer through another disappointing result. Caution dictates leaving him in the garage.
Brett Moffitt back in No. 34 for KS
Brett Moffitt | 34
(May 6, 2015 10:02 AM EDT)
Brett Moffitt has made all three starts for the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. Two of these came with Michael Waltrip Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, while the other was in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will continue to gain experience with a fourth start this week.
Moffitt’s best finish was a dramatic eighth at Atlanta early this year subbing for Brian Vickers, but his result with FRM was more typical of what fantasy owners can expect in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. He finished 37th at Vegas after starting 36th.
Ty Dillon making Cup debut at Kansas Speedway
Ty Dillon | 703
(May 6, 2015 9:46 AM EDT)
Ty Dillon is making his Sprint Cup Series debut at the 1.5-mile speedway piloting the No. 33 Plankton Chevrolet SS.
In one NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Kansas Speedway coming last October, Dillon won the pole award and finished fifth. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon has two top-10 finishes. Crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe will be a top the pit box for this weekend's SpongeBob SquarePants 400. Labbe has five wins, 33 top-five and 91 top-10 finishes as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief, including a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011 with Paul Menard.-Richard Childress Racing
Sauter's Kansas Speedway notes of interest
Johnny Sauter | 898
(May 6, 2015 9:38 AM EDT)
In six starts at Kansas Speedway since 2009, Johnny Sauter has one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.
In fact, according to NASCAR'S Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks first among driver's entered in Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 in the following categories; Average Running Position (8.12), Driver Rating (100.9), Fastest Laps Run (61), and Laps Led (112). Furthermore, six of Sauter's 10 NCWTS victories have come at intermediate tracks, including his last win at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.-ThorSport Racing
NAPA to sponsor Elliott's No. 24 in 2016-18
Chase Elliott | 709
(May 6, 2015 9:35 AM EDT)
NAPA AUTO PARTS will grow its relationship with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports in 2016 when it becomes the majority sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and his No. 24 Chevrolet SS team.
The news was announced Tuesday evening in Las Vegas during the NAPA EXPO, which is attended by more than 17,000 store owners, managers and dealers. The expanded partnership will feature NAPA AUTO PARTS as a primary sponsor of the No. 24 team in 24 Sprint Cup races annually, including the season-opening Daytona 500, and as an associate-level partner in all other events. The agreement covers the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons.-Hendrick Motorsports
Cole Whitt consistently in 30s
Cole Whitt | 35
(May 6, 2015 9:33 AM EDT)
Cole Whitt has finished between 32nd and 37th in three similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races this year in the No. 35 Front Row Motorsports Ford.
His best result came at Vegas, but he was five laps off the pace at the checkers. Once he is able to consistently finish within one or two laps of the leaders, he will become a solid value.
Cassill could be a bargain on track type
Landon Cassill | 01
(May 6, 2015 9:32 AM EDT)
In three starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, Landon Cassill has improved every week. He blew an engine at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished 43rd, advanced to 35th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and was 32nd at Texas Motor Speedway.
A top-30 could be in the offing, but not just because of this statistic. Cassill has earned four such finishes in 10 attempts this season, including a 25th on the two-mile, unrestricted intermediate Auto Club Speedway.
Matt Tifft entered in Kansas truck race
Matt Tifft | E52
(May 5, 2015 8:59 PM EDT)
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver Matt Tifft and Venturini Motorsports (VMS) will reunite for their third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) effort this weekend in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.
The early season NCWTS pairing between Tifft and VMS continues to build momentum. Tifft finished ninth at Martinsville Speedway in his VMS prepared Toyota Tundra and claimed a top-20 finish in the NASCAR Trucks' season opener at Daytona. He has five NCWTS career starts with a pair of top-10 and top-20 finishes since making his series debut in 2014. Kansas Speedway will be his second truck start on a 1.5 mile track. Tifft will pilot his unsponsored No. 25 Toyota Tundra with crew chief Dave Leiner in command.-Venturini Motorsports
Cameron Haley to debut at Kansas Speedway
Cameron Hayley | 813
(May 5, 2015 8:53 PM EDT)
The 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, which plays host to Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250, will mark Cameron Hayley's fourth track debut of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Although the young rookie has never raced at Kansas Speedway, he can look for guidance within the ThorSport Racing organization. Hayley's two veteran teammates, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only drivers entered in the 28-truck field that have won at the Midwestern track. Furthermore, his crew chief, Jeff Hensley has 11 NCWTS starts to his resume at Kansas, including two poles (Mike Skinner, 2006 and 2007), 204 laps led, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes.-ThorSport Racing
Timothy Peters Kansas Speedway history
Timothy Peters | 817
(May 5, 2015 8:49 PM EDT)
In seven previous starts at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, Timothy Peters has recorded one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.1 and an average finishing position of 15.1.
He has completed 1059 of 1134 laps (93.4 percent). He will drive chassis number 010 in the Toyota Tundra 250. Peters piloted this chassis to a win at Iowa in 2013 and the chassis was raced at Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway in 2014.-Red Horse Racing