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Buschy McBusch Race 400 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After making the massive jump from short track racing to Talladega Superspeedway, the drivers and teams of the NASCAR Cup Series find themselves dealing with a track somewhere in between this week. Kansas Speedway is set to host the first of two NASCAR weekends at the track this season. The Buschy McBusch Race 400 (yes, that’s the name of the race!) is scheduled to be run on Sunday afternoon. The 1.5-mile oval has put on many entertaining races over the years. The field found out their respective spots in the Buschy McBusch Race 400 starting lineup on Wednesday.

This article contains all kinds of vital information necessary to get you ready for the eleventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Read on for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 starting lineup, start time, fast facts and NASCAR betting stats.


Want more NASCAR stats? Check out our updated driver standings and statistics article, complete with breakdown and analysis!


NASCAR Cup Series Kansas Speedway Buschy McBusch Race 400 starting lineup
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NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway

11th Buschy McBusch Race 400
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Kansas Speedway — Kansas City, KS
Coverage: FS1
Pole Sitter: Brad Keselowski
Defending Champion: Denny Hamlin

Buschy McBusch Race 400 Race Details

Distance: 400.5 miles
Laps: 267
Lap Length: 1.5 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-80; Laps 81-160; Laps 161-267)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

Buschy McBusch Race 400 Starting Grid

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Brad Keselowski2Team PenskeFord
2Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingFord
4Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
5William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
6Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
7Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
8Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers RacingFord
9Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
10Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
11Chris Buescher22Roush Fenway RacingFord
12Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
13Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
14Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
15Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
16Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
17Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
18Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
19Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
20Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway RacingFord
21Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
22Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
23Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
24Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
25Anthony Alfredo38Front Row MotorsportsFord
26Erik Jones43Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet
27Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
28Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
29Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
30Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
31Justin Haley77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
32B.J. McLeod78Live Fast MotorsportsFord
33Cody Ware51Petty Ware RacingChevrolet
34J.J. Yeley53Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
35Quin Houff00StarCom RacingChevrolet
36James Davison15Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
37Josh Billicki52Rick Ware RacingFord

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Following the virus-caused interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula were used to determine starting grids. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this weekend’s Buschy McBusch Race 400 starting lineup.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and seaosn-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula:

NASCAR Cup Series Metrics Formula Breakdown

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
Kevin Harvick NASCAR Cup Series Buschy McBusch Race 400 starting lineup NASCAR betting stats Kansas Speedway
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Buschy McBusch Race 400 Stats and NASCAR Betting Facts

  • With Busch Beer becoming the title sponsor of the race this season, the company put the official name of the race up to a fan contest. Fans paid $1 to submit their race names for consideration with all money being donated to the non-profit charity Farm Rescue. As seen throughout the article, the winning name was “Buschy McBusch Race 400”.
  • Although the spring race at Kansas Speedway has only been around for ten years, it has had several other names in the past. In 2015, it was run as the “SpongeBob SquarePants 400”.
  • When it comes to all-time victories at Kansas, current NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick sits in a three-way tie with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon at three apiece.
  • Since its inception in 2011, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin are the only drivers to win the Buschy McBusch Race 400 more than once. Each has two victories in this race, with Hamlin being the defending champion and Keselowski last winning in 2019.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing leads all race teams with four victories in the race. Hamlin’s win last year was JGR’s first in this race since Kyle Busch in 2016.
  • Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske are the only other teams with multiple wins in this race with two apiece.
  • Toyota leads all manufacturers with five wins in the Buschy McBusch Race 400. Four came courtesy of Joe Gibbs Racing while the fifth came by way of Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing in 2017.

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