NASCAR ready to roll the dice at Kansas

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 22, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway for Sundays Hollywood Casino 400, choosing a favorite might seem easy. Then again past statistics might actually mean nothing at all and it could be anyone’s race.

For the first time in the history of the Chase and since 1999, the top three contenders for the title are the same three who have won the last three races at the track the series is racing at. Denny Hamlin won here in the spring, Jimmie Johnson won this race last season and Brad Keselowski won the Kansas race last spring. You might think it would be easy to pick those three as the favorites this week. You’d be wrong.

Kansas has been repaved since the last visit here and the turns now have variable banking – 17 degrees to 20 degrees – that replaces the 15 degrees (apron to wall) of the former layout. Teams got a chance to try out the new surface  this week during a short two day testing session, but don’t except past success to equal future victory. MORE>>>

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