In the Mirror: Kansas Speedway

Is the Truck Series the best to watch?

Looking back at the NASCAR Kansas Speedway Races, to me, the racing was a little bit better than expected and again the best racing was in the Truck series. It’s something about the racing in the Truck Series that makes it more exciting to watch.

I mean this week in the Cup Series it only took a few laps after the restarts to have the field settled and with the cars the way they are now, it is difficult pass without help from behind! While in truck side by side racing and passing held on for most of the runs!

Truck double header this weekend

This was a double header weekend for the trucks at Kansas and the first race seams to be a bit calmer with drivers not taking to many risks trying to take care of the trucks for the next day and avoiding going to a backup, something that showed up in the gren flag pass statistics. Fridays Green flag passes: 1,311 (11.4 per green flag lap) and on Saturday 1,348 (14.0 per green flag lap)* and in case you wonder about the number of passes in the Cup race where 2,017 (9.2 per green flag lap) and 1,432 (9.4 per green flag lap) for the NXS race!

This is some interesting numbers and I will take a closer look into them later on this week, so don’t forget to look in here next week to see if I have come up with something! To sum up the Kansas racing in Trucks two of my favorites won… Austin Hill and Matt Crafton!

How about the Xfinity and the Cup Series Race

Brandon Jones won the Xfinity race after navigating true the front runner on the final Green White Checked restart to make it two in a row at Kansas! In Cup series Danny Hamlin hung around in front for most of the race and took the lead on lap 246 for the second Kansas win in a row for him as well!

For some reason I thought about Danny Hamlin last year being the fastest man on pit road meaning he had the most penalties for Speeding on pit road but looking at the stats that’s not the case Hamlin had no where near as many penalties as Corey LaJoie, for example, who had nine and Hamlin only four so I went over to to find out who is in the lead in the Speeding league this year amongst the cup drivers! This year we have had 31 driver in Cup with pit road speeding penalties so far here is the list with those with more than one penalties!

Pit road Speeding Penalties 

1 Quin Houff 7
2 Corey LaJoie 5
3 Ryan Newman 5
5 JJ Yeley 5
6 Chris Buescher 4
7 Garrett Smithley 4
8 Ty Dillon 4
9 Daniel Suarez 4
10 Timmy Hill 3
11 Reed Sorensen 3
12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 3
13 Christofer Bell 3
14 Brennan Poole 3
15 Austin Dillon 3
16 John Hunter Nemechek 2
17 Danny Hamlin 2
18 Michael McDowell 2
19 Clint Bowyer 2
20 Josh Bilicki 2
21 Brad Keselowski 2
22 Ryan Preece 2

Next to come

A little less racing next this week end with only the Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the low banked 1,058 mile that someone referred to me as being a “Martinsville on steroids” well if the racing is as good as Martinsville is yet remains to be seen!

That’s all for now
Stay Safe

*(Source: NASCAR loop data on Racing

PhotoCredit: 367682 Jamie Squire | Getty Images


  1. And some Not to good Indy Car news per
    IndyCar has confirmed that it will not visit Portland or Laguna Seca this year, and has added new events at Mid-Ohio, World Wide Technology Raceway and the IMS road course in their place.

    Prior to the originally scheduled Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, August 9, the IndyCar field will square off in another event on Saturday, August 8. WWTR will feature races Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, and IMS will add a road course race Friday, October 2 before the existing Saturday, October 3 event.

    Earlier today Nascar announced that the Dover Races would be run without any attendance!

  2. Normally, the truck races are a bit more interesting and competitive so I enjoyed those 2 much more than I did the Xfinity and Cup races. More and more, it seems the broadcasting leaves so many of the racers/drivers unmentioned and the pack or back runners are not even shown on tv or anything mentioned about them and their status. I am hoping things improve as the season progresses and we have a chance to see more actual racing and competition. Once in a while I will watch open wheel (Indy, etc) but not very often.
    Thank you for another well written and thought out article. I look forward to them.

    1. Thanks Viv!! I’m glad you liked it I really appreciate your comments and feedback!!

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