No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
KANSAS: regular season race 12 of 26
Coverage: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, Sirius XM Channel 90
Current point standings: 23rd — 51 points behind 16th
Jamie McMurray’s Cup Series record at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway:
22 Cup starts
4 Top-10 finishes
21.0 Average Finish (ranks 22nd among active tracks)
- Last year, McMurray finished 8th in the spring race at Kansas Speedway after starting 12th.
- McMurray’s home town of Joplin, Mo. is 155 miles south of Kansas Speedway.
- Cessna, the primary sponsor on the No. 1 Chevrolet this weekend, has their corporate headquarters in Wichita, Kan., just 167 miles away as the crow flies.
- McMurray has led a total of 54 laps at Kansas throughout his career and has logged 93.6 percent of the total laps.
“Kansas has changed since the repave. It wasn’t but three or four years ago we ran really and high some guys would run the bottom. Then the last couple of years it seems like we have gravitated back towards the bottom with the different rules packages. I think it is just about getting your car to work on the bottom and the most successful guys can run down there.
“Because of the repave Kansas is really fast. It has got a lot of grip. But with the tire that they take there it is one of those tracks and tire combinations that has a ton of grip and when you lose a little you wreck or you spin out. Those are really hard to figure out. Some of the slicker race tracks you can slide the car around and catch it, places like Texas and Kansas with the repaves you have a lot of grip until you don’t have any.”