This week’s race
5-Hour Energy 400
What: 267 laps or 400.5 miles
Where: Kansas Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved tri-oval located in Kansas City, Kan.
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When: 7:45 p.m. ET Saturday
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Matt Kenseth
Also this week: SFP 250, Camping World Truck Series, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.
Worth mentioning: There are 1.28 miles of energy-absorbing SAFER barrier around Kansas Speedway – the longest length of protective barrier of any track in NASCAR. This weekend also marks the first night-time NASCAR races at the track.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Denny Hamlin: Won his first restrictor-plate race and pretty much earned a berth in the Chase.
Greg Biffle: Ran as competitive at Talladega as he has anywhere this season.
A.J. Allmendinger: Already has as many Top-10 finishes as his team earned all of last season.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: First Top-10 finish since mid-March.
Elliott Sadler: Picked up his first Nationwide Series win since moving to Joe Gibbs Racing after the 2012 season.
Landon Cassill: An 11th-place finish for his Cup team is just as important as a victory.
Brad Keselowski: Involved in two wrecks at Talladega and didn’t make a lot of friends.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Got caught in the back of the pack late in the race and ran out of time to make it back to the front.
Trevor Bayne: Got knocked around quite a bit in two races at Talladega.