NASCAR: Sprint Cup In Kansas; Preview, Broadcast Information

By James Williams
Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR has come to the great plains this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400, Sunday at  Kansas Speedways. There are just seven more races in the Chase,  making this Sunday’s battle at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway huge for a number of drivers.

It would be easy to say this race will be yet another battle between the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports, Chevy of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by the present Chase leader Matt Kenseth. A quick look at their history on the track in Kansas makes a compelling argument for either man and his team.

Johnson, in 14 starts at Kansas Speedway, has picked up a dozen top-10 finishes, six top fives and two wins. He has finished 10th or better at Kansas every race since 2007 and, oh, yes, he won last week at Dover.

But Kenseth has the most impressive resume of the two, at least for now. He has won the last two Sprint Cup races at Kansas. He has 15 career starts at the track, has nine top 10s, six top fives and two wins.  Of course, those back-to-back wins here in Kansas has to have Kenseth confident coming into Sunday’s race.

But there are a few drivers that also have had success in Kansas and they know that time is running out of both the Chase and the 2013 NASCAR season. Let’s take a look at a few drivers who could out duel the favorites Kenseth and Johnson.

No. 16 Ford of Gregg Biffle has nine top 10s, seven top fives and two wins at the speedway. How about the No. 24 Chevy of Jeff Gordon. He is sixth in the Chase, tied with Kevin Harvick, -39 points behind the leader. In 15 starts, Gordon has finished in the top-10 10 times and has eight top fives, plus two wins, as well, at the track.

Lastly, if your looking for a wildcard, then your man would be the No. 2 Ford of Brad Keselowski. He is not in the Chase, but no one loves to crash the party better than Keselowski, and while this has not been his year, you really have a feeling that he might a winner in Kansas because the pressure seems to be off the defending Sprint Cup Champion.

So, Kansas will be a very interesting challenge for the entire field as it always seems to be. Add to that there are at least a dozen drivers with a legitimate chance and you have the right mix for day-long drama on Sunday.

Here is all you need to know if you plan on not missing the race come Sunday on the broadcast side of the slate.

Television: Fox Sports 1 — 10 a.m. EDT has NASCAR Race Day. At 1 p.m., the action shifts over to ESPN for NASCAR countdown. The race will begin at 2 p.m. EDT for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race.

Radio: Sirius-XM has the pre-race show starting at 8 a.m. EDT. At 2 p.m., both Sirius-XM and the Motor Racing Network have the call of the race .

Broadband coverage can be found on Watch ESPN or via the website.

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award winning producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc and add him to your Google circles.

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