@nascarcasm: Strange yet true facts about Kansas Speedway
By @nascarcasm | Sunday, May 2, 2021
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You know all about the action and excitement that Kansas Speedway delivers on track. But here are some things about the Kansas City track that you might not know. And if you do, thanks for the click anyways.
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If you go by Cup Series races, Kansas Speedway is the youngster of all the ovals, with its first race taking place on September 30, 2001. Other series (Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Menards, etc.) ran even earlier in the year, but we’re trying to keep it simple. It beats out Nashville Superspeedway by mere months, where the first Cup race took place in April of 2001. And you probably thought we didn’t have any Generation-Z tracks out there.
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Yes sir, there’s a twisty in that there infield. The 2.37-mile course was added as part of track improvements during 2012. You can see it right there in red. It’s modeled after a big foam “No. 1” finger.
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If you possess a huge appetite for bizarre race endings, find yourself the 2006 Banquet 400 on YouTube. TL;DR -- a weird set of fuel-mileage circumstances left Smoke with a 17-second gap on second-place car Casey Mears. Tony then ran dry on the final lap, but was able to coast around for the win at roughly the same speed as you or I when Waze alerts us of a cop up ahead.
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This is not to be confused with his first Cup Series appearance. That was in April of 2015 when an about-to-nap Erik was shipped from North Carolina to Bristol during a four-hour rain delay to substitute for Denny Hamlin, who was experiencing neck spasms. But his first start? That was a month or so later, subbing for Kyle Busch, who was still healing from a broken leg. Just out of curiosity, I’d love to see the health-insurance premiums before and after 2015.
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Look at that delightful little ride. You could join up with the Shriners doing the figure-eight in the July-4th parade with that thing.
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The Buschy McBusch Race 400 is the next logical step for the track that in 2015 hosted the SpongeBob Squarepants 400. All the wonderful inhabitants of Bikini Bottom were there in Victory Lane celebrating with Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. Little did Chad know at the time he was soon be crew chief for William Byron — probably an avid viewer of the seafaring cartoon.