Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas

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Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas
Practice underway for 5-Hour Energy 400

Mom, apple pie and stock-car racing.

NASCAR brings its Mother’s Day celebration to America's heartland this year with a weekend of racing that is headlined with the Sprint Cup series’ 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

It’ll be “Saturday Night Under the Lights,” as Kansas Speedway hosts its first nighttime Cup race.

All eyes will be on the Fab Five, the five marquee drivers in the Sprint Cup series who are winless so far this season.

Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle personify the cream of the crop in NASCAR racing, yet they all are winless in 2014.

Between them, the five drivers have 10 wins at Kansas Speedway (two each). Kenseth, who won a series-high seven Cup races last year, is the defending race champion.

Kansas Speedway was repaved in the summer of 2012, smoothing out the asphalt blemishes caused by harsh Midwestern winters. Progressive banking was added in an attempt to widen the racing groove. The new surface has shown to have a lot of grip and speeds should be very high, well over 200 mph going into Turn 1.

“It was so smooth when it was first paved – even the transitions were smooth,” said Tony Stewart. We knew going in that it would have a ton of grip and a ton of speed, but it was smoother than most highways you go down.”

Fans get a fast track and a Saturday-night show. And one driver will give his mom the best Mother’s Day gift ever.

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