On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America (LIVE from 5 to 5:30 pm ET), we will focus heavily on this weekend’s fourth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway.
Rick Allen and Kyle Petty are our in-studio hosts.
Here’s today’s show lineup:
Kelli Stavast stopped by Hendrick Motorsports to report on the No. 24 team and why Jeff Gordon’s win at Kansas earlier this season should help the entire organization this weekend.
Only one Roush Fenway Racing driver, Carl Edwards, advanced to the Contender Round. Marty Snider visited the RFR shop to report on if the overall organization will divert its attentions to ensuring success for the No. 99 car as the Chase progresses.
The three Contender round tracks are Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. With Talladega being one of the biggest wildcard tracks on the circuit, is the Contender Round ripe for an upset win?
Kyle Petty breaks down the track nuances of Kansas Speedway, while Parker Kligerman uses the NBC Sports iRacing Simulator to show us the best lines around the oval.
Eli Gold takes us on a tour of the history of auto racing in the Sunflower State in our State by State feature.
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Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto