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NASCAR Cup Series: Kansas Speedway Marks The Midway Point Of The Playoffs’ Round Of 16

After an eventful NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener at the historic Darlington Raceway, the 16 postseason contenders turn their attention to the only 1.5-mile track in the round – Kansas Speedway – for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, September 10 at 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson is the first Playoff driver to earn his spot in the Round of 12 with his victory last weekend at Darlington, leaving 11 spots still up for grabs, as the series heads to Kansas for the second of three races in the Round of 16. Four drivers will not move on to the Round of 12, and the contenders currently under the cutline heading into this weekend are 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace (-1 point), Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick (-2 points), JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-4 points) and Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell (-19 points). Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell is currently in the 12th and final transfer spot on points.

The 2023 season marks the second-time the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ second race has been hosted by Kansas Speedway. Kansas (2022-2023) is the fourth different track in NASCAR Cup Series history to host the second race of the Playoffs; joining Dover Motor Speedway (2004-2010), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011–2017) and Richmond Raceway (2018-2021).

A total of 14 different drivers have won the second race of the Playoffs, led by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson with three wins (2005, 2009, 2010); followed by Kyle Busch (2017, 2018), Matt Kenseth (2013, 2015) and Martin Truex Jr. (2019, 2021) with two victories each.

Race No. 2 Of The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Race Winners (2004-2022)
DateTrackPlayoff Race Winners
Sunday, September 26, 2004DoverRyan Newman
Sunday, September 25, 2005DoverJimmie Johnson
Sunday, September 24, 2006DoverJeff Burton
Sunday, September 23, 2007DoverCarl Edwards
Sunday, September 21, 2008DoverGreg Biffle
Sunday, September 27, 2009DoverJimmie Johnson
Sunday, September 26, 2010DoverJimmie Johnson
Sunday, September 25, 2011LoudonTony Stewart
Sunday, September 23, 2012LoudonDenny Hamlin
Sunday, September 22, 2013LoudonMatt Kenseth
Sunday, September 21, 2014LoudonJoey Logano
Sunday, September 27, 2015LoudonMatt Kenseth
Sunday, September 25, 2016LoudonKevin Harvick
Sunday, September 24, 2017LoudonKyle Busch
Saturday, September 22, 2018RichmondKyle Busch
Saturday, September 21, 2019RichmondMartin Truex Jr
Saturday, September 12, 2020RichmondBrad Keselowski
Saturday, September 11, 2021RichmondMartin Truex Jr
Sunday, September 11, 2022KansasBubba Wallace

Since the inception of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2004, Kansas Speedway has participated in the postseason each year, and moving to the second race last season marked the seventh different positions on the Playoff schedule the track has occupied:

  1. From 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Kansas Speedway hosted the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  2. From 2006-2010 Kansas Speedway hosted the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  3. From 2015-2016 Kansas hosted the fifth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  4. Then in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Kansas Speedway hosted the sixth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  5. In 2020, Kansas Speedway hosted the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  6. In 2021, Kansas Speedway hosted the eighth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  7. Since 2022, Kansas Speedway has hosted the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

A total of 14 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Kansas Speedway:

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race Winners – Kansas Speedway (2004-2022)
DateTrackRace WinnersRace No.
Sunday, October 10, 2004KansasJoe Nemechek30
Sunday, October 9, 2005KansasMark Martin30
Sunday, October 1, 2006KansasTony Stewart29
Sunday, September 30, 2007KansasGreg Biffle29
Sunday, September 28, 2008KansasJimmie Johnson29
Sunday, October 4, 2009KansasTony Stewart29
Sunday, October 3, 2010KansasGreg Biffle29
Sunday, October 9, 2011KansasJimmie Johnson30
Sunday, October 21, 2012KansasMatt Kenseth32
Sunday, October 6, 2013KansasKevin Harvick30
Sunday, October 5, 2014KansasJoey Logano30
Sunday, October 18, 2015KansasJoey Logano31
Sunday, October 16, 2016KansasKevin Harvick31
Sunday, October 22, 2017KansasMartin Truex Jr32
Sunday, October 21, 2018KansasChase Elliott32
Sunday, October 20, 2019KansasDenny Hamlin32
Sunday, October 18, 2020KansasJoey Logano33
Sunday, October 24, 2021KansasKyle Larson34
Sunday, September 11, 2022KansasBubba Wallace27

Team Penske’s Joey Logano leads the NASCAR Cup Series in Playoff wins at Kansas Speedway with three postseason victories (2014, 2015, 2020); followed by four other drivers with multiple Kanas Playoff wins: Tony Stewart (2006, 2009), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011), Greg Biffle (2007, 2010) and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016). 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace is the most recent Playoff race winner at Kansas Speedway (2022).

Winning the second the race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has been a springboard for a few competitors throughout the years. When Dover Motor Speedway hosted the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2004-2010), twice the winning driver went on to win the series title that same season – Jimmie Johnson (2009 and 2010). When New Hampshire Motor Speedway moved to the second race in the Playoffs (2011-2017), only one driver won the event and went on to win the title that same year – Tony Stewart (2011). Stewart won five races in the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (a series-record tied with Kyle Larson, 2021). None of the Playoff race winners at Richmond Raceway (2018-2021) went on to win the title in the same season.

Twice the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway has gone on to win the title that same season. In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race from the pole, leading 124 laps, and then went on to win his third consecutive series title later that season. Kansas was the third race of the Playoffs in 2008. The Kansas win was the first of three Playoff wins for Johnson en route to the 2008 title. Then in 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race from the pole, leading 91 laps, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season. Kansas was the sixth race of the Playoffs in 2017. The Kansas win was the second of four Playoff victories for Truex en route to the championship in 2017.

Last season, 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace became the first non-Playoff driver to win the second race on the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ schedule (2004-2022). Wallace was ranked 20th in the standings at the time of the win.

Four non-Playoff drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway. In 2004, Joe Nemechek became the first non-Playoff driver to win the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway. He was ranked 21st in the point standings at the time of the win. In 2006, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was ranked 11th in point standings at the time of the victory – the first spot outside the postseason. In 2007, Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway and was ranked 14th in points at the time of the win. And last season Bubba Wallace added his name to the list with his victory at Kansas Speedway; he was ranked 20th in points.

The worst finish in a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway by a driver that went on to win the championship later that same season was 17th by last season’s champion Team Penske’s Joey Logano. The Kansas Playoff race was the second race of the 2022 postseason schedule.

The worst finish by a driver in the second race on the NASCAR Cup Playoffs schedule that went on to win the title that same season was:

  • At Dover Motor Speedway (2004-2010) – the 2005 series champion Tony Stewart finished 18th.
  • At New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011-2017) – the 2015 series champion Kyle Busch finished 37th.
  • At Richmond Raceway (2018-2021) – the 2018 series champion Joey Logano finished 14th.

All the NASCAR Cup Series on-track activity at Kansas Speedway gets rolling with practice and Busch Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday, September 9 from 12 – 2 p.m. ET on the USA Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Hollywood Casino 400

The Place: Kansas Speedway

The Date: Sunday, September 10

The Time: 3 p.m. ET

The Purse: $8,806,315

TV: USA, 2:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 400.5 miles (267 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 165), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 267)

Playoff Round of 12 Clinch Scenarios: Kansas Speedway

Californian Kyle Larson and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team can sleep easy over these next two weeks after taking the win in the Playoff Round of 16 opener at Darlington Raceway last Sunday. With Larson clinching his spot in the next round, only 11 of the 12 spots remain as the NASCAR Cup Series arrives at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 (Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – one of two chances left to clinch a spot in the Round of 12.

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the 12-driver field of the next round: Kyle Larson.

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 11th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain or Joey Logano.

William Byron: Would clinch with 53 points (55 points if Reddick, Buescher, Hamlin or Truex Jr. wins, needs help if Busch, Keselowski, Blaney, Chastain or Logano win).

    • Tyler Reddick: Could only clinch with help
    • Chris Buescher: Could only clinch with help
    • Denny Hamlin: Could only clinch with help
    • Martin Truex Jr.: Could only clinch with help
    • Kyle Busch: Could only clinch with help
    • Brad Keselowski: Could only clinch with help
    • Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help
    • Ross Chastain: Could only clinch with help
    • Joey Logano: Could only clinch with help

If there is a new winner from Christopher Bell or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 10th winless driver in the standings.

    • William Byron: Could only clinch with help
    • Tyler Reddick: Could only clinch with help
    • Chris Buescher: Could only clinch with help
    • Denny Hamlin: Could only clinch with help
    • Martin Truex Jr.: Could only clinch with help
    • Kyle Busch: Could only clinch with help
    • Brad Keselowski: Could only clinch with help
    • Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help
    • Ross Chastain: Could only clinch with help

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Bubba Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell.

Playoff Bubble: Outside Looking In After One Race

With just two races to go in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 16, tensions are rising as only one of the 16-drivers this postseason have locked themselves into the next round – Kyle Larson.

Currently Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron holds the top spot in the Playoff standings after 2023 Regular Season Champion, Martin Truex Jr., struggled at Darlington dropping him to sixth in the postseason points. Byron is 45 points up on the Round of 12 cutoff, while Truex is 25 points above the cutline.

Four drivers are outside the Playoffs Round of 12 cutoff and chasing Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell in the 12th and final transfer position to the next round on points – 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace (-1 point), Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick (-2 points), JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-4 points) and Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell (-19 points).

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 27
RankDriverPointsStartsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff Pts+ / – Cutoff
1Kyle Larson (P)2,074273322In On Wins
2William Byron (P)2,07527583645
3Tyler Reddick (P)2,0602714930
4Chris Buescher (P)2,05727312127
5Denny Hamlin (P)2,05727272727
6Martin Truex Jr. (P)2,05527363625
7Kyle Busch (P)2,05027321920
8Brad Keselowski (P)2,04827041018
9Ryan Blaney (P)2,0462713816
10Ross Chastain (P)2,04327151113
11Joey Logano (P)2,033271383
12Christopher Bell (P)2,0312712141
13Bubba Wallace (P)2,03027000-1
14Kevin Harvick (P)2,02927014-2
15Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P)2,02727105-4
16Michael McDowell (P)2,01227127-19

Of the four drivers below the Round of 12 cutline, Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell has the biggest hill to climb as he is currently 19 points behind Christopher Bell in 12th. McDowell has made 24 series starts at Kansas posting a best finish of 13th in 2021. Just above McDowell is JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse in 15th, only four points behind Bell in 12th place. Stenhouse has made 21 series starts at Kansas but has just one top-10 finish (eighth). The next two drivers below the cutline Wallace (-1) and Harvick (-2) are former winners at Kansas. Bubba Wallace won this event last season and veteran Kevin Harvick has won at Kansas three times (2013, 2016, 2018).

Top 16 Playoff Driver’s Cup Series Career Performances at Kansas Speedway

RankDriverRacesPolesWinsTop FivesTop 10sDNFsAverage FinishDriver Rating
1William Byron111027214.088.7
2Kyle Larson170169213.5101.7
3Tyler Reddick81003118.888.5
4Chris Buescher150003218.366.1
5Denny Hamlin30041213212.993.8
6Martin Truex Jr30221017112.1101.1
7Kyle Busch31021014516.291.9
8Brad Keselowski2712713112.490.1
9Ryan Blaney171037216.494.2
10Ross Chastain90013118.868.1
11Joey Logano2823811416.787.6
12Christopher Bell71024116.190.8
13Bubba Wallace110123220.372.3
14Kevin Harvick3553121929.9105.4
15Ricky Stenhouse Jr210001319.770.5
16Michael McDowell240000727.547.8

Looking to this weekend at Kansas Speedway, half (eight) of the 16-driver Playoff field are former winners at the 1.5-mile track; including Denny Hamlin (four wins), Joey Logano (three wins), Kevin Harvick (three wins), Martin Truex Jr. (two wins), Kyle Busch (two wins), Brad Keselowski (two wins), Bubba Wallace (one win) and Kyle Larson (one win).

The Rundown: NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway

A staple in the NASCAR Cup Series postseason since the inception of the Playoffs in 2004, Kansas Speedway has provided some great side-by-side racing and this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, September 10 at 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, shouldn’t disappoint.

Groundbreaking for Kansas Speedway was held on May 25, 1999 and the official opening of the 1.5-mile paved four-turn track was in 2001 with the first events being an ARCA Menards Series race and an ARCA Menards Series West race on the same day – June 2. The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was on September 30, 2001 and the race was won by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.

For the most part Kansas Speedway has remained unchanged since it was built, but did undergo a repave during the 2012 season, between the April and October events, adding variable banking in the corners (17 to 20 degrees).

In total there have been 35 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011. The 35 Cup races have produced 19 different pole winners and 18 different race winners.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Kansas Speedway with five poles (fall 2013, 2014 sweep, spring 2018 and spring 2019). A total of nine of the 19 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.

Active Kansas Pole Winners (9)PolesSeasons
Kevin Harvick52019, ’18, ’14 sweep, ’13
Martin Truex Jr22017, ’16
Joey Logano22018, ’15
William Byron12023
Christopher Bell12022
Tyler Reddick12022
Ryan Blaney12017
Brad Keselowski12015
AJ Allmendinger12012

Of the 18 different NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Kansas Speedway, 11 have won multiple races at the 1.5-mile track. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with four victories (2012, 2019, 2020, 2023). A total of nine of the 18 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway winners are active this weekend.

Active Kansas Race Winners (9)WinsSeasons
Denny Hamlin42023, 2020, 2019, 2012
Joey Logano32020, 2015, 2014
Kevin Harvick32018, 2016, 2013
Kyle Busch22021, 2016
Brad Keselowski22019, 2011
Martin Truex Jr22017 sweep
Bubba Wallace12022
Kyle Larson12021
Chase Elliott12018

 Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin is the most recent winner at Kansas Speedway, taking the series-lead in wins at the 1.5-mile track back in May.

NASCAR Cup Series, Etc.

NASCAR Cup Series milestones to watch for this season – Below is a look at some of the upcoming anticipated NASCAR Cup Series milestones to watch for as the 2023 season closes out its final nine races.

Starts

Drivers that are expected to make milestone starts during this season are:

Chase Briscoe – 100th NASCAR Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway (9/10)

Justin Haley – 100th NASCAR Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway (9/10)

Martin Truex Jr. – 650th NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway (9/16)

Ryan Blaney – 300th NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway (9/24)

Erik Jones – 250th NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway (10/1)

Daniel Suarez – 250th NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway (10/29)

Ryan Preece – 150th NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway (10/29)

Ty Gibbs – 50th NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway (10/29)

Denny Hamlin – 650th NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway (11/5)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 400th NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway (11/5)

Car Numbers that are expected to make milestone starts during this season are:

No. 2 car – 2,000th NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway (10/1)

No. 19 car – 1,600th NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway (10/1)

No. 10 car – 1,500th NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway (10/1)

No. 99 car – 1,200th NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway (11/5)

Wins

Driver Wins

Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in career wins with 63, followed by Kevin Harvick (60), Denny Hamlin (50), Brad Keselowski (35), Martin Truex Jr. (34), Joey Logano (32), and Kyle Larson (22).

Closing in on NASCAR Cup Series win number 300, Hendrick Motorsports currently sits at 298 team wins at NASCAR’s highest level – the most all-time in the Cup Series. Note: HMS has 347 wins across all national series, which is second-most all-time.

Organization Wins

Hendrick Motorsports leads all active NASCAR Cup Series organizations in wins with 298, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing (206), RFK Racing (141), Team Penske (137), Richard Childress Racing (116), Wood Brothers Racing (99), Stewart-Haas Racing (69), Trackhouse Racing (5), 23XI Racing (4), Front Row Motorsports (4), JTG Daugherty Racing (2), Kaulig Racing (1), Spire Motorsports (1).

Wood Brothers Racing is looking for their 100th NASCAR Cup Series win this weekend at Kansas.

Manufacturer Wins

Closing in on NASCAR Cup Series win number 850, Chevrolet currently has 846 wins – the most all-time in the Cup Series. Ford has the second most wins all-time in the Cup Series at 712 and Toyota has the fifth-most all-time at 177 (behind Dodge at 213 and Plymouth at 189).

Car Number Wins

No. 2 car’s next win will be its 100th in the NASCAR Cup Series.

No. 3 car’s next win will be its 100th in the NASCAR Cup Series.

No. 99 car’s next win will be its 50th in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Laps Led

Drivers that can possibly reach a milestone in laps led this season are listed below:

Active Lap LeadersLedNext MilestoneLaps Led Needed
Kyle Busch19,14120,000859
Kevin Harvick16,02416,500476
Denny Hamlin13,92014,00080
Martin Truex Jr12,12512,500375
Brad Keselowski9,1669,500334
Joey Logano8,4328,50068
Kyle Larson7,1087,500392
Chase Elliott4,9415,00059
Ryan Blaney3,4893,50011
William Byron2,4822,50018
Alex Bowman1,2881,500212
Ross Chastain1,2491,500251
Aric Almirola1,0711,500429
Christopher Bell9901,00010
Tyler Reddick9781,00022
Erik Jones8201,000180
Chris Buescher5821,000418
AJ Allmendinger5751,000425
Ricky Stenhouse Jr5471,000453
Note: The lap leaders listed above are all active and have led at least 500 laps.

Toyota Invitational at Kansas Speedway’s Putting Pit Stop Set for Friday, Sept. 8 – Media are invited to play Kansas Speedway’s new Putting Pit Stop miniature golf course and challenge their skills against Toyota Racing NASCAR and ARCA Menards Series drivers in the inaugural Toyota Invitational on Friday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. CT at Kansas Speedway’s Putting Pit Stop in the Cabo Wabo Tequila Fan Walk. Several drivers will participate; including John Hunter Nemechek, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Connor Mosack, NASCAR Xfinity Series & ARCA Menards Series, Tanner Gray, NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series, Taylor Gray, NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series, Toni Breidinger, ARCA Menards Series, Jesse Love, ARCA Menards Series & NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series.

Please RSVP to NASCAR Track Communications Director Matt Humphrey (mhumphrey@nascar.com) by Wednesday, Sept. 6, if you would like to participate.

KC Pioneers, eNASCAR to host 3v3 Rocket League Tournament at Kansas Speedway – Building on a partnership with the Kansas City Pioneers and eNASCAR, Kansas Speedway announced today that it will host a 3v3 Rocket League Tournament presented by Army National Guard on Sunday, Sept. 10. The esports tournament, with a prize pool of $2,000, will be held in the Kansas Speedway midway. It is free to enter and open to all, although space is limited. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude just before the green flag drops on the Hollywood  Casino 400 at 2 p.m. Gamers can register for the tournament using this link.

“We’re thrilled to further our partnership with the Kansas City Pioneers and eNASCAR to put on an exciting experience for gamers and our fans,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “The 3v3 Rocket League Tournament will bring yet another thrilling addition to our midway before the Hollywood Casino 400.”

As part of eNASCAR’s involvement, professional eNASCAR drivers Wyatt Tinsley and Derek Justis from the Kansas City Pioneers will be in attendance. Both drivers currently compete in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, the sport’s highest level of iRacing. The 3v3 Rocket League Tournament presented by Army National Guard comes in the second year of an alliance created to introduce an entirely new demographic to the traditional powerhouse sport of NASCAR.

“There is no question that there are unavoidable threads of similarity and intersection between the virtual and online sport of eNASCAR/iRacing and the visceral, very real, and traditional sport of NASCAR,” said Pioneer’s Chief Marketing Officer Sam Kulikov. “It’s exciting to be a catalyst in using those threads to bring the gamer audience into traditional motorsports and vice versa. eNASCAR and the Kansas Speedway have been perfect partners in making that a reality.”

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