This week, NASCAR moves to the Kansas Speedway for a three-day-long outing consisting of Cup Series, Xfinity, Truck series and ARCA Menards races.
On Thursday, the show will open with a Cup Series race ‘The Super Start Batteries 400 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts’.
On Friday, the first NASCAR Gander RV race run at Kansas venue. After that, The ARCA Mendes ‘Dawn 150′ race will follow.
Finally, on Saturday, the second NASCAR Truck race will take place at the noon followed by the Xfinity race. The Xfinity race will close out the long racing weekend.
This year, the Kansas outing will be a special one as Kansas City Chiefs’ Defensive Tackle, Chris Jones, will be the grand marshall for the Cup series race.
The 1.5-mile oval at Kansas came into existence in 1999 and was built by ‘International Speedway Corp.’. And the venue had its first motorsports event in 2001.
Additionally, the motorsports venue neighbors a casino and a Major League Soccer stadium.
In the past, the venue has seen many great racing performances from top NASCAR drivers. In the first Cup race at Kansas, Jeff Gordon overcame rookie Ryan Newman.
Gordon took home the victory in the inaugural Cup Series race in 2001. Newman, a rookie at that time, got his then career-best finish of second place in his sixth Cup Series race start.
In 2011, the NASCAR calendar changed and the Kansas Speedway became a ‘bi-annual’ host for the series from an annual host. After that, in 2012, the track was repaved, and some changes were made to modernize the track.
In addition, the most exciting change was transforming the old banking. The turns were modified from a 15-degree slope to variable banking. The new banking traversed from 17 degrees in the lowest lane to 20 degrees in the top lane.