SpongeBob SquarePants 400

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SpongeBob SquarePants 400
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Venue Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas
Sponsor Nickelodeon
First race 2011
Distance 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
Laps 267
Previous names

STP 400 (2011–2013)

5-Hour Energy 400 (2014)

The SpongeBob SquarePants 400[1] is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas received a second date beginning in 2011 as part of NASCAR's latest round of schedule realignment; since 2001 the track had always held a race in late September/early October that became part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup starting in 2004.

History[edit]

The inaugural STP 400 was held on June 5, 2011. Like the fall race at Kansas, the distance of the race was 400.5 miles (644.542 km).[2] Brad Keselowski won the inaugural running of the race ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. after saving fuel.[3] Unlike 2011, the 2012 race was moved to April 22, 2012 to allow more time for the Kansas Speedway to complete the track's reconfiguration.[4] During the 2012 STP 400, A. J. Allmendinger won the pole position with a time of 30.683 seconds,[5] but Denny Hamlin won the race after passing Martin Truex Jr..[6] For 2013, the race remained as the eighth race of the season in April, and was held on April 21, 2013.

In 2014, the race swapped dates with the Bojangles' Southern 500, and was held in May under the lights for the first time.[7]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2011 June 5 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:55:10 137.184 Report
2012 April 22 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:46:44 144.122 Report
2013 April 21 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing (2) Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:51 133.611 Report
2014 May 10 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:07:31 128.149 Report
2015 May 9/10* Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports (2) Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:11:50 125.265 Report
  • 2015: Race started on Saturday and finished shortly after midnight on Sunday due to rain delays.

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
2 Joe Gibbs Racing 2012, 2013
Hendrick Motorsports 2014, 2015

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
2 Toyota 2012, 2013
Chevrolet 2014, 2015
1 Dodge 2011

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2015 Fox News Channel
FS1
Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2014 Fox
2013
2012
2011
  • 2015: Due to the lengthy Braves/Nationals game on FOX sports 1, pre-race coverage started on Fox News Channel at 7 then switched to FS1 at 7:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nickelodeon Announces Entitlement Sponsorship of SpongeBob SquarePants 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, May 9". Kansas Speedway. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "THE RACE: STP 400". Jayski NASCAR Silly Season Site. June 5, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Horne, Lisa (June 6, 2011). "Keselowski edges Junior for Kansas win". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kansas Speedway Announces 2012 NASCAR Race Dates". Kansas Speedway. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Allmendinger wins Kansas pole despite late draw". NASCAR Wire Service. NASCAR. April 21, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Denny Hamlin earns win at Kansas". The Associated Press. ESPN. April 22, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Cain, Holly (October 11, 2013). "KANSAS, DARLINGTON TO SWAP SCHEDULE SPOTS IN '14". NASCAR. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 


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