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The KC Masterpiece 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on May 12, 2018, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) asphalt speedway, it was the 12th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 KC Masterpiece 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 12 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date May 12, 2018 (2018-05-12)
Location Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)
Average speed 128.395 miles per hour (206.632 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 28.600
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 101
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 1.2/1.23 (Overnight)[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Kansas Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval race track in Kansas City, Kansas. It was built in 2001 and hosts two annual NASCAR race weekends. The Verizon IndyCar Series also raced at here until 2011. The speedway is owned and operated by the International Speedway Corporation.

Entry listEdit

Matt Kenseth, who last raced in the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400, made his first Cup series return, in the No. 6 for Roush Fenway Racing, doing so part-time. This was also the first Cup race since the 2014 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 where Trevor Bayne did not participate.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

Final PracticeEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 29.009 seconds and a speed of 186.149 mph (299.578 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 29.009 186.149
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.035 185.982
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.163 185.166
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kevin Harvick scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.600 and a speed of 188.811 mph (303.862 km/h).[11]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.569 28.556 28.600
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.565 28.722 28.750
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.760 28.760 28.792
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.666 28.790 28.811
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.841 28.909 28.916
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.974 29.013 28.963
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 29.011 28.882 29.001
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.746 28.850 29.002
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.812 28.816 29.048
10 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.904 29.007 29.080
11 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.749 28.961 29.115
12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.841 28.862 29.169
13 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.991 29.051
14 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.962 29.090
15 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.995 29.094
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.879 29.101
17 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.980 29.173
18 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 29.027 29.281
19 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.833 29.311
20 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.132 29.321
21 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 29.128 29.367
22 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.618 0.000
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.087 0.000
24 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.131 0.000
25 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.214
26 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 29.558
27 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 29.943
28 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 30.031
29 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 30.035
30 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 30.181
31 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 30.216
32 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 30.623
33 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 0.000
34 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 0.000
35 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.000
36 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 0.000
37 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 0.000
38 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 0.000
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 8
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2
10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 107

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 58
2 7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 267 36
3 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 267 47
4 22 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 49
5 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 36
6 11 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 267 31
7 12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 32
8 8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 35
9 4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 38
10 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 37
11 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 26
12 17 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 25
13 20 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 267 24
14 5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 31
15 33 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 26
16 18 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 266 21
17 25 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 20
18 19 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 266 19
19 23 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 265 18
20 36 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 17
21 34 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 264 16
22 37 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 263 15
23 21 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 262 14
24 27 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 262 13
25 31 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 260 12
26 28 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 259 0
27 30 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 259 10
28 14 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 258 9
29 29 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 257 8
30 15 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 253 7
31 24 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 253 6
32 38 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 253 0
33 13 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 252 4
34 10 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 252 3
35 32 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 251 0
36 35 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 1
37 2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 247 19
38 26 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 247 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 7 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 31
  • Red flags: 1 for 13 minutes and 13 seconds
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 53 minutes and 38 seconds
  • Average speed: 128.395 miles per hour (206.632 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their eighth race at the Kansas Speedway. Mike Joy, three-time Kansas winner Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip called in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the action on pit road for the television side.

FS1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace called the race in the booth when the field raced through the tri-oval. Dave Moody covered the race from the Sunoco spotters stand outside turn 2 when the field is racing through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley called the race from a platform outside turn 4. Pete Pistone, Kim Coon, and Steve Post worked pit road for the radio side.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Pete Pistone
Kim Coon
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kansas Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 7, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "KC Masterpiece 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kansas final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ Utter, Jim (May 11, 2018). "Kevin Harvick fastest in Kansas Cup practice delayed by weepers". Motorsport.com. Kansas City, Kansas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Skretta, Dave (May 11, 2018). "Harvick keeps hot streak going with pole at Kansas". Associated Press. Kansas City, Kansas: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved May 11, 2018.


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