Kansas Motor Speedway broke ground in May of 1999 and is a 1.5 mile tri-oval.
This midwest track, located 15 miles west of Kansas City, Kansas, between I-435 and I-70, has 17-20 degrees of variable banking in the turns. The front stretch has 9-11 degrees of variable banking and the back stretch has 5 degrees. It seats over 72,000.
July 2011 a reconfiguration, repaving and many improvements were made including a road course.
The inaugural events in June 2001 were NASCAR’s Winston West Series Kansas 150 and ARCA Re/Max Series BPU 200.
In July 2001 The Craftsman Truck Series and Indy Racing League made their inaugural appearance, making it the first time ever NASCAR and IRL held events at the same track, on the same weekend.
The first NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup events, in September 2001, sold out. The first NASCAR Winston cup winner at Kansas Speedway was Jeff Gordon.
Many call Kansas Speedway another cookie cutter race track, but these 1.5-mile tri-oval tracks are like human beings – all different in there own ways – some good some bad. Though similar each 1.5-mile track has its own personality.
Well fans, we have entered the last half of the Chase. The first half gave some drivers hope and victory and others challenges and devastating blows. I would bet the farm, this second half will to prove to be just as wild as the first half.
May the best driver and team win.