Excitement, drama and record setting speeds were the headlines this past weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards took to the newly repaved surface at Pocono, which could be a preview of what fans can expect when NASCAR and ARCA return to Kansas Speedway this fall for the first laps on the newly reconfigured surface at Kansas Speedway.
The first laps on the new surface at Pocono were fast and previous track records were shattered in both Cup and ARCA qualifying. The previous track record was broken 36 times in Cup qualifying before the new record was set by two-time Kansas Lottery 300 winner Joey Logano, whose lap was over seven mph faster than the previous track record held by Kasey Kahne.
Logano would go on to earn his second career Cup victory when he passed former Kansas Speedway winner Mark Martin with only three laps remaining. Tony Stewart finished third with Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer finished just outside the top five, in the sixth position and Missouri natives Jamie McMurray and Carl Edwards finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
Matt Kenseth finished seventh and took over the Sprint Cup series point lead by 10 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr. Greg Biffle fell to third in the point standings, while Hamlin and Johnson round out the top five.
Brennan Poole dominated the ARCA race in Pocono, leading all but three laps to earn his second straight ARCA victory. Chad Hackenbracht finished second, and 2011 Kansas Lottery 98.9 winner Alex Bowman was third.
Poole leads the ARCA Racing Series point standings by 60 points over Chris Buescher, with Hackenbracht in third, 80 points behind.
Tickets to the Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, are on sale now by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets to the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are also on sale now.
Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring their own food and drink into the grandstands in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler.