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Sprint Cup scouting report: Kansas

SPRINT CUP SCOUTING REPORT

Kansas Speedway

What/when/where/TV: Hollywood Casino 400, 2 today, Kansas City, Kan., ESPN

Brad Keselowski leads five-time champion Jimmie Johnson by seven points. Four drivers in the Chase for the Championship — Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle — have two wins apiece at Kansas Speedway since it held its first Sprint Cup race in 2001. Denny Hamlin won at the 11/2-mile track in April by leading the final 31 laps, but Martin Truex dominated, leading 173 of 267 laps. Clint Bowyer starts third as he returns to his home track coming off of his third victory this season, at Charlotte. If this one comes down to a fuel run, the No. 15 crew has to be considered a favorite; fuel strategy has played a part in all of his wins in 2012. One more wild card: The track has been repaved and modified since the spring race and is much faster: Kasey Kahne's pole run of 191.36 mph was more than 15 mph faster than the top qualifying speed in April, set by AJ Allmendinger.

Times staff

Sprint Cup scouting report: Kansas 10/20/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:41pm]
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