NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Kansas Speedway: SpongeBob SquarePants 400 facts

This week’s race

SpongeBob SquarePants 400

What: 267 laps or 400.5 miles

Where: Kansas Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved oval in Kansas City, Kan.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Jeff Gordon

Also this week: Toyota Tundra 250, Camping World Truck Series, Kansas Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: The cars of Cup series drivers Greg Biffle, Michael McDowell, Casey Mears and David Ragan will feature paint schemes of characters from Nickelodeon's “SpongeBob SquarePants” show. Ragan will be making his first start of the season for Michael Waltrip Racing and its No. 55 Toyota team.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Dale Jr. wins his first race of the season and all is right in the NASCAR world ... for now.

Ryan Blaney: Career-best fourth-place finish and ran up front the entire race.

Sam Hornish Jr.: First top-10 finish of the season.

Josh Wise: Please see Sam Hornish.

Joey Logano: Wild blocking move secured win in Talladega Xfinity race.

Joey Gase: His fifth-place in Xfinity race was the first top-10 finish of his NASCAR career.

NOT

Tony Stewart: For the second consecutive week, he appeared to have a car to challenge for a win only to end up with poor finish.

Richard Childress Racing: Odd frequency of late with fires in their pits and cars.

NASCAR: Perhaps it’s time it rewrote the definition of a caution flag.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Cup

1. Kevin Harvick 394.

2. Martin Truex Jr. 354.

3. Jimmie Johnson 342.

4. Joey Logano 335.

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 319.

6. Brad Keselowski 305.

7. Jamie McMurray 297.

8. Matt Kenseth 292.

9. Kasey Kahne 286.

10. Denny Hamlin 281.

11. Paul Menard280.

12. Aric Almirola 279.

13. Jeff Gordon 277.

14. Ryan Newman 271.

15. Kurt Busch 255.

16. Danica Patrick 253.

17. Clint Bowyer 249.

18. Carl Edwards 240.

19. AJ Allmendinger 229.

20. David Ragan 224.

21. Casey Mears 217.

22. Greg Biffle 210.

23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 207.

24. Kyle Larson 207.

25. Austin Dillon 203.

26. David Gilliland 200.

27. Justin Allgaier 193.

28. Sam Hornish Jr. 182.

29. Trevor Bayne 177.

30. Tony Stewart 174.

31. Cole Whitt 168.

32. Brett Moffitt 151.

33. Alex Bowman131.

34. Michael Annett 116.

35. Josh Wise 100.

36. Matt DiBenedetto 90.

37. Michael McDowell 79.

38. Jeb Burton 51.

39. Alex Kennedy 40.

40. Bobby Labonte 38.

41. Brian Vickers 32.

42. Michael Waltrip 26.

43. Reed Sorenson 22.

44. Mike Wallace 8.

45. Ron Hornaday Jr. 2.

Xfinity

1. Ty Dillon330.

2. Chris Buescher321.

3. Chase Elliott293.

4. Darrell Wallace Jr.293.

5. Regan Smith287.

6. Brian Scott 286.

7. Elliott Sadler 282.

8. Ryan Reed 255.

9. Daniel Suarez 254.

10. Brendan Gaughan 249.

Trucks

1. Ty Dillon330.

2. Chris Buescher 321.

3. Chase Elliott 293.

4. Darrell Wallace Jr. 293.

5. Regan Smith 287.

6. Brian Scott 286.

7. Elliott Sadler 282.

8. Ryan Reed 255.

9. Daniel Suarez 254.

10. Brendan Gaughan 249.

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