By the numbers: The 2013 Chasers at Kansas

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The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads into America’s Heartland this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, marking a return to the intermediate tracks that make up the majority of NASCAR’s playoff run.

Last weekend at Dover, Chase leader Matt Kenseth came back to Earth with a seventh-place finish but will likely be the favorite at Kansas, where he triumphed over fellow Chaser Kasey Kahne in the spring. Dover winner Jimmie Johnson came up third behind the pair and may be up for another strong run as well this weekend.

The one to watch may well be Kyle Busch, who has had many struggles on this particular 1.5-mile oval. This past spring was particularly brutal for him at Kansas; during that weekend, he wrecked his primary car in practice, crashed out of a Camping World Truck Series event, and spun twice in the Sprint Cup race – with the second spin ending in a collision with Joey Logano.

At the risk of stating the obvious, he can’t afford another struggle here versus his main title rivals – Kenseth, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, and Johnson, the five-time Cup champion. Here are the Kansas statistics for each of the 13 Chase contenders, as provided by NASCAR.

MATT KENSETH (LEADER, 2,149 points)
Two wins, six Top-5s, nine Top-10s
Average Finish: 14.8 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 9.5, third-best

JIMMIE JOHNSON (Second, -8 points)
Two wins, six Top-5s, 12 Top-10s
Average Finish: 7.6 in 14 races
Average Running Position: 7.4, Series-best

KYLE BUSCH (Third, -12 points)
Two Top-10s
Average Finish: 22.4 in 12 races
Average Running Position: 18.4, 19th-best

KEVIN HARVICK (Fourth, -39 points)
One Top-5, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 12.8 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 12.7, ninth-best

JEFF GORDON (Fifth, -39 points)
Two wins, eight Top-5s, 10 Top-10s
Average Finish: 11.1 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 9.7, fourth-best

GREG BIFFLE (Sixth, -41 points)
Two wins, seven Top-5s, nine Top-10s
Average Finish: 10.1 in 14 races
Average Running Position: 8.2, second-best

RYAN NEWMAN (Seventh, -48 points)
One win, three Top-5s, four Top-10s
Average Finish: 18.1 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 20.9, 24th-best

CLINT BOWYER (Eighth, -51 points)
Two Top-5s, five Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.1 in 10 races
Average Running Position: 15.2, 15th-best

KURT BUSCH (Ninth, -55 points)
Three Top-10s
Average Finish: 17.9 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 14.8, 14th-best

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (10th, -57 points)
One Top-5, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 16.4 in 14 races
Average Running Position: 16.1, 17th-best

CARL EDWARDS (11th, -65 points)
Four Top-5s, eight Top-10s
Average Finish: 11.3 in 12 races
Average Running Position: 12.5, seventh-best

JOEY LOGANO (12th, -66 points)
Average Finish: 26.1 in eight races
Average Running Position: 24.2, 32nd-best

KASEY KAHNE (13th, -78 points)
Three Top-5s, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.9 in 12 races
Average Running Position: 13.9, 11th-best

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis