Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series at Kansas

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Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series at Kansas
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Kansas Speedway Main Grandstands

This Mother’s Day weekend, the teams of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series return to familiar territory—1.5-mile racing at Kansas Speedway.

The term “cookie cutter” is often used (erroneously) when describing Kansas Speedway and the other 1.5-mile tracks on the schedule. (Five in the Chase—seven total.) Each track, while similar in shape and length, has its own personality.

Texas Motor Speedway has its bump just past the entry to Turn 1, while Atlanta it's worn out asphalt that acts like a cheese grater on the Goodyear racing tires. Chicagoland is bumpy all the way around and Charlotte, well Charlotte is just fast.

Kansas Speedway underwent a repave in 2012, making the surface of the track a comparatively smooth ride all the way around. The track also had progressive banking built into its corners, hopefully to make the track a multi-groove track. However, since the surface is still new, that hasn’t happened yet. It’s going to depend on how the rubber lays down, how fast the track is and if the drivers get to sliding around in practice. But expect a few of the veteran drivers to move up and widen the racing groove.

Racing on 1.5-mile tracks can often be boring, but they also have provided some of the more exciting finishes in NASCAR history.

A historical note: Prior to 2005, Mother’s Day weekend was traditionally an off weekend on the Sprint Cup schedule. When Darlington Raceway lost its Labor Day race, it’s spring race was moved to Mother’s Day weekend, but as a Saturday night race. This year, NASCAR’s Mother’s Day weekend moves to Kansas, with racing on Saturday night, under the lights for the first time at Kansas Speedway.

*All quotes in this slideshow are taken from official team and manufacturer media releases unless otherwise stated.

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