Chase for the Championship

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The 2016 Sprint Cup Series season in numbers

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The 2016 Sprint Cup Series season started with the closest finish in the history of the Daytona 500 and ended with Jimmie Johnson winning a historic seventh championship.

In-between the series saw two drivers, Chris Buescher and Kyle Larson, earn their first career wins. Chase Elliott inherited the No. 24 and earned Rookie of the Year honors for Hendrick Motorsports. Tony Stewart went from missing the first eight races of the season to winning at Sonoma Raceway and qualifying for the Chase in his final season.

From a statistical standpoint, here is what the season looked like:

0 – Laps led by Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray, both of whom finished in the top 20 in points

2 – Last lap passes (Denny Hamlin in the Daytona 500; Carl Edwards at Richmond)

3 – Weekend sweeps for Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas, Indianapolis)

5 – Wins by Jimmie Johnson, which led the series

6 – Poles by Carl Edwards, which led the series

8 – Races run by Jeff Gordon

9.3 – Average running position by Kyle Busch, which led the series

9.9 – Average finish for Kevin Harvick, a series best

16 – Wins by Toyota drivers

18 – Races missed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. after suffering a concussion

80 – Career wins reached for Jimmie Johnson

85 – Points earned by Denny Hamlin at road courses, a series best

92.92 – Percentage of laps run in the top 15 by Brad Keselowski, a series best

106.5 – Driver rating by Kevin Harvick, a series best

198 – Points earned by Kevin Harvick on short-tracks, a series best

815 – Points earned by Kevin Harvick on superspeedways, a series best

1,809 РLaps led by Martin Truex Jr., a series best

2,230 – Miles led by Martin Truex Jr., a series best

5,592 – Laps led by Toyota drivers

10,355 – Laps completed by Kasey Kahne, most in the series

NASCAR America: Analyzing the drivers on the Chase bubble

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The second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup continues this weekend at Kansas Speedway and entering the Hollywood Casino 400, five drivers are looking to rebound from bad days at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR America crew analyzes the drivers sitting outside of a transfer spot and what their outlook is for Sunday afternoon.

NASCAR’s Friday schedule at Kansas Speedway

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The Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series take to the track at Kansas Speedway today as their respective Chase for the Championship continues.

The Xfinity Series will have two practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300, the first race of the second round of the Chase.

The Sprint Cup Series will practice and then qualifying for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

Here is the full schedule for Friday:

All times are Eastern

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Xfinity Series garage open

1 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (NBCSN, MRN)

2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. – Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)

4:35 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)

6:15 p.m. – Sprint Cup qualifying; multi-vehicle/three rounds (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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