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The engine on Jimmie Johnson’s car apparently started running backwards about 15 minutes into the second practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. He attempted to shut the engine down, but the team has not yet reported if this created a catastrophic issue. The ECU seems to have malfunctioned.

Johnson has experienced several strange occurrences such as his steering wheel coming off in his hands at Phoenix. If Johnson replaces his engine, he will be forced to roll off from the back of the grid regardless of where he qualifies.
May 6 - 1:52 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with a top speed of 185.893 mph.

Busch has the longest string of consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and there is no reason to believe this week will snap that streak. If he fits an appropriate slot on a fantasy player’s roster, he is an easy choice this week.
May 6 - 12:32 PM

In a 50-race career on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Aric Almirola has earned seven top-10s. Three of these were earned at Kansas including eighth-place results in spring 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Almirola swept the top 10 on this track type with another 10th in the fall. Last year, he earned a pair of 10th-place results at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has made this a track type on which he should be watched closely.
May 6 - 12:15 PM

Matt DiBenedetto’s best finish on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks came at Kansas last May. In the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, he started 35th and finished 25th.

That gave him a positive place-differential of 10 points. In fact, in races on this track type, he has finished better than he started eight times and finished 39th from 39th once.
May 6 - 12:14 PM

Landon Cassill has scored two top-20 finishes in 11 Kansas Speedway starts. His most recent came in fall 2012.

In fact, both of Cassill’s top-20s came in the fall along with another 21st in 2014. His best effort in the spring ended in 29th on two occasions. These were scored in 2013 and last May.
May 6 - 12:13 PM

Brad Keselowski won the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which was his 13th consecutive top-10 finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. That turned out to be a pyrrhic victory for the No. 2 team as he saw that streak snapped one month later at Texas Motor Speedway.

Still, the balance is in his favor this week and he should be able to rebound quickly. Most of his results during his long streak were outside the five, however, so he is expected to land somewhere between sixth and 10th in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.
May 6 - 12:12 PM

Paul Menard had a four-race, top-20 streak going when he rolled into Texas Motor Speedway a month ago for the Duck Commander 500. He finished that race in 26th.

He should be able to rebound to finish at least 20th because that was only the third time since the beginning of 2015 that he failed to do so. Even with three disappointing results, his average result on this track type in the past 13 races is better than 20th at 19.77.
May 6 - 12:11 PM

Last year was not what Tony Stewart expected on any track and the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses were no exception. He finished 42nd last fall with an accident at Texas Motor Speedway and scored only one top-25 after May’s Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 2016 season was supposed to be his opportunity to contend for a championship in his last fulltime season, but now he needs to gain more than 70 points to climb into the top 30 as well as score a victory. Given the performance of the team, the points will not be a problem, but unless he wins on a wild card track like Daytona this July or Sonoma Raceway/Watkins Glen International in the summer, he still faces a significant obstacle.
May 5 - 9:16 PM

Brian Scott has finished 27th in his last two attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Before doing so, he stared 32nd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 27th at Texas Motor Speedway in route to those results.

Scott has been losing value in salary cap games and could stabilize and become a roster-filler if he does not qualify well at Kansas Speedway. This spring, he dropped 21 place-differential points after starting 10th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
May 5 - 9:15 PM

In three starts with BK Racing this season, David Ragan has finished either 32nd or 33rd. He had a pair of 32nds at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway before falling one spot at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ragan’s consistency also manifests in qualification. He has a 33rd-place start and two 31sts in that span, so if he starts in the same range this week, he will probably finish within a position or two of there.
May 5 - 9:14 PM

One week after leaving Daytona International Speedway where he made an unforced error and crashed, Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished second. Last week at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Earnhardt also spun on his own. This week the series rolls onto the similarly-configured Kansas Speedway.

Junior should have been an easy pick in both restrictor-plate, superspeedway races and wasn’t. He seems to have transferred his luck to this week’s track type because he enters with four consecutive top-10s at Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
May 5 - 9:13 PM

In his last 12 starts on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track, Jamie McMurray has finished 20th or better in 11 races. His outlier was a 21st at Atlanta Motor Speedway this spring and his average finish in that span of race was slightly worse than 14th.

McMurray would have an almost perfect record on this track type if not for an accident in the 2015 Atlanta race. He has not scored a top-five on these courses since 2014, but he ended that season with back-to-back results of third and fifth at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively.
May 5 - 9:12 PM

Clint Bowyer will make a return to NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition with JR Motorsports (JRM).

Bowyer, a veteran racer and 19-time NASCAR national series winner, will drive JRM’s No. 88 Morton Buildings Chevrolet Camaro at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 17). Bowyer, who currently races full-time for HScott Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is named as the ninth driver to pilot JRM’s No. 88 "All-Star" Chevrolet in 2016. He joins Josh Berry, Alex Bowman, Cole Custer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul, Kevin Harvick and Regan Smith. In nine starts this season, the team holds two wins (Daytona and Richmond), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.-JRM
May 5 - 8:34 PM

Matt Crafton (#88 IdealDoor/Menards Toyota Tundra) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250.

The average speed of 174.823 mph was best of the 12 trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #24 Clint Bowyer, #19 Daniel Hemric, #00 Cole Custer and #4 Christopher Bell are the rest of the top five on this list.
May 5 - 8:13 PM

John Wes Townley (#05 Jive Communications Chevrolet Silverado) led the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Kansas Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 176.980 mph. #23 Spencer Gallagher, #13 Cameron Hayley, #29 Tyler Reddick and #88 Matt Crafton round out the top five of the 32 trucks practicing for the Toyota Tundra 250. Jennifer Jo Cobb in the #10 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest.
May 5 - 8:10 PM


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