The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway today was won by Joey Logano. He led a total of 184 laps and finished ahead of Kevin Harvick in second place.
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NASCAR, or the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, is an American motorsport sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. The largest racing series sanctioned by NASCAR is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, which consists of 36 races each year.
What is NASCAR?
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., more commonly known as NASCAR, is an American motorsport sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. The privately owned company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948, and his son, Jim France, has been the CEO since august 6, 2018. The company is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Each year, NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico and Europe.
How NASCAR races work
The vast majority of NASCAR races are run on oval tracks, ranging in length from 0.533 miles (0.858 km) to 2.66 miles (4.281 km). The race consists of a predetermined number of laps, with the leader at the completion of the final lap referred to as the race winner. Races on speedways longer than two miles are 400 miles ( 640 km), or 600 kilometers (370 mi) long; races on shorter tracks can be 300, 350, 400 or 500 kilometers (190, 220, 250 or 310 mi) long.
NASCAR races are timed events, generally lasting three to four hours; with exceptions such as the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600– which can last closer to six hours due to their length– and the Showtime Southern 500 which was scheduled for 501 laps but was called due to inclement weather after Lap493. If a race is under rain postponement conditions after starting but before halfway mark, it will be suspended and completed on another date. If a race is under red flag conditions at any point during the event, it may be extended beyond its originally scheduled distance and run to completion under green flag conditions at a later date; this has occurred only four times in modern NASCAR history – twice at Bristol Motor Speedway (in 2012 and 2013), once at Darlington Raceway (in 2003), and most recently at Talladega Superspeedway (in 2019).
The winnerCollects prize money and points which contribute towards their championship standings
The Kansas Race
The NASCAR race today was run at the Kansas Speedway. This is a two-mile tri-oval race track with a capacity of 107,000 people. The speedway has been hosting NASCAR races since 2001. This was the first race at the track in the 2021 NASCAR season.
Who won the Kansas race?
The NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was won by Chase Elliott on Sunday. Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet, took the checkered flag for the second time this season and the seventh time in his career.
How the Kansas race was won
The NASCAR race at Kansas was won by Stewart-Haas driver Kevin Harvick. Harvick took the lead on the final restart with just over 10 laps remaining and held off Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott to win the race. This is Harvick’s fourth win of the season and the 41st of his career.
Other NASCAR Races
While the NASCAR race today at Kansas was exciting, there were other races happening as well. The NASCAR race at Charlotte was also interesting, with a different driver winning.
What other NASCAR races are happening?
In addition to the NASCAR Cup Series, races are held in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is a development series for up-and-coming drivers. The series races on Saturdays and occasionally on Sundays as a support race to the Cup series. The Truck series is a development series for future Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers. It races mostly on Fridays and Saturday nights. The ARCA Menards Series is a stock car racing series that races on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as Saturdays and Sundays as a support race to the Cup and Xfinity series. The Whelen Modified Tour is a old-school style of racing with mainly Northeastern teams. It races predominantly on Saturday nights as a support race to the Xfinity series. The Pinty’s Series is Canada’s premier stock car racing series with teams from across the country. It races on Saturday afternoons as well as Thursday evenings. The Whelen Euro Series is Europe’s premier stock car racing league with teams from all over Europe competing. It mainly races on Sundays but also competes on some Saturday afternoons.
How other NASCAR races are going
As the NASCAR season roars on, other races are happening alongside the main event. Here’s a look at how some of them are going:
The Xfinity Series is NASCAR’s second-tier stock car circuit. It race two events this weekend, with Austin Cindric winning the first on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Sunday’s race will be run later in the day.
The Truck Series is NASCAR’s third-tier stock car circuit. It raced once this weekend, with Johnny Sauter winning at Kansas Speedway on Friday night.
The ARCA Menards Series is a stock car racing series that runs mostly as support races to the NASCAR weekend schedule. This series raced twice this weekend, with Michael Self winning both races at Kansas Speedway.