IndyCar Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX drivers share their thoughts about Kansas Speedway in preparation for the races on April 25- 27.
IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick:
“I like Kansas. I think it makes for some really good racing. There’s a lot of passing. I have no doubt we’ll give the fans a good show.”
IndyCar Series driver Tomas Scheckter:
“Kansas should be a warm-up for us, see how everybody works together, see stuff that we need to work on, make sure we’re properly prepared for Indy,” he said. “The test is important for me as well (Scheckter tests at the track on April 22). I haven’t been in a car for awhile. I need to get out there and drive as much as I can.”
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jack Sprague:
“Kansas is a very nice facility. It is really a straight-forward track. You face a headwind down the front stretch and tailwind down the back. The key is getting your truck to turn through the center of the corners.”
“I have had some great trucks here; I have come so close to winning. I really don’t know why this track is so difficult. I guess it is because it’s not like any others on the circuit.”
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver and ARCA RE/MAX Kansas Speedway qualifying record setter Justin Marks:
“I like the Kansas Speedway. It’s the type of track I enjoy racing on and I had a great race in my only trip to the track.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Colin Braun on racing at Kansas Speedway:
“I haven’t raced at Kansas yet, but I was able to run about 40 laps there during an ARCA test a few weeks ago. It’s a really nice track and I think it will be a lot of fun to race there. I know there have been a lot of first-time winners at Kansas and I’d like to add my name to that list.”
Kansas native and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb:
“I couldn’t be more excited. I love racing at Kansas Speedway, and am looking forward to climbing behind the wheel in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I remember when Kansas Speedway was merely the dream of a few, and now look at the magnitude of the support from the community and the corporations both here in Kansas City and nationally. As a hometown driver, it’s exciting to see so many companies embrace the potential NASCAR has in reaching their goals, and we’re constantly pursuing opportunities to help them and other companies achieve their business goals!”
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver David Starr on his sixth career start at
“I am really looking forward to Kansas for a few reasons. First of all, we are all very disappointed in our last performance at a 1.5-mile track. This is our chance to redeem ourselves on the larger tracks and run like we know we should. Secondly, two years ago when I was with this team we did pretty well at Kansas and I really feel like we could have done even better – and that drives you when you get the chance to go back.”
“The track at Kansas is one of the nicest we race on all year. It is a very fan friendly environment and the staff treats everyone great. The race track is set up for multiple racing grooves and that is very nice from a driver’s perspective while also producing some great racing action for the fans. It is always enjoyable when we race in Kansas and I am hoping that it is an enjoyable weekend for us all the way to the checkered flag.”
Colin Braun’s crew chief, Mike Beam:
“This truck has been fast everywhere we’ve taken it so far this year. I’m anxious to see what we can do with it in Kansas this weekend. Colin picks up new tracks pretty quickly so I expect at least another top-10 run if everything goes according to plan.”
ARCA RE/MAX Series driver and two-time Kansas Speedway winner, Frank Kimmel:
"Can't wait to get back to Kansas Speedway. Anytime you win somewhere, it makes it that much more enjoyable to go back. But whether you run well there or not, Kansas Speedway's got everything a team could want out of a track. It's smooth, it's fast, there's plenty of room to race, and the facility is as nice as it gets in our world."
ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Travis Carter:
"I absolutely love the track. Obviously, the facility is first-class, so anybody would be glad to get the chance to race there, but it's the track itself that I like so much. It's a first-class deal, and I'm really looking forward to racing there."
Five-time Daytona winner and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Bobby Gerhart:
“As far as superspeedways go, Kansas Speedway ranks among the very best. We're really fortunate to be able to race there.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday:
“Kansas Speedway is a pretty new track for the NASCAR Truck Series. I have only been in three races there, so we’re still learning different things about the track. Turn three at Kansas can be slippery if the sun is out and the track temperature is hot. One of the main things you have to do if you want a good run there is get through turn three without any trouble.
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