KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 5, 2012) – Matt Kenseth really likes Kansas Speedway.
After winning the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth continued to make a statement about his preference for the Sunflower State as he won today’s Kansas Lottery 300. Kenseth has the chance to become only the second driver to win both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in a weekend at Kansas Speedway (Joe Nemechek accomplished the feat in 2004).
“We had a lot of speed today, we didn’t qualify where we wanted to but we had a fast car all day,” said Kenseth. “The race track isn’t as forgiving when it’s not hot out, and I almost lost out there, so I hope I haven’t used up all of the my luck for tomorrow.”
Paul Menard finished second today, while the highest finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series regular was Regan Smith, who finished third and is currently third in the point standings.
Austin Dillon took over the series point lead after a disappointing day for Sam Hornish Jr., who now trails Dillon by eight points.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice today for tomorrow’s Hollywood Casino 400, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the first practice with a speed of 186.027 mph and local favorite Carl Edwards led final practice with a speed of 184.982. Kenseth finished both practices in the top four in speeds.
Tickets for tomorrow’s Hollywood Casino 400 (the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) start at just $64 and can be purchased at the Kansas Speedway box office (Gate B/Ticket Booth B). Season ticket holders have access to the Kansas Army National Guard Pre-Race, which features an Everclear concert and driver introductions, with their TrackPass.
Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.