Race week underway at Kansas Speedway


Race week at the Kansas Speedway is underway, with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at 7:30 p.m. Friday and a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the biggest names in racing are scheduled to compete in Friday and Saturday night’s races at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

A pre-race concert by Parmalee is scheduled on Saturday at 4:45 p.m., and also scheduled is a flyover before Saturday’s race from Whiteman Air Force Base.

On the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy Cup Series race entry list as of May 8 were 40 entries, including Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin, Ty Dillon, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson and many others.

As of May 8, there were 31 trucks entered in Friday night’s race. Local favorite Jennifer Jo Cobb, who is from Kansas City, Kansas, is on the truck entry list with a Chevrolet sponsored by Mark One Electric. Also competing in the truck race will be Ryan Truex, Johnny Sauter, Kyle Busch, Matt Crafton and many others.

The race schedule includes:

Friday, May 12
10:30 a.m. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice
12:30 p.m. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice
3:35 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying
5:45 p.m. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying
7 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver introduction
7:30 p.m. Toyota Tundra 250

Saturday, May 13
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400
4:45 p.m. Parmalee pre-race concert
5:50 p.m. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions
6:30 p.m. Go Bowling 400

The schedules are subject to change. The races will be broadcast on FS1 and MRN.

For ticket information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com.

Chiefs’ linebacker named honorary pace car driver for Kansas Speedway race May 13

Derrick Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson will lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag as the honorary pace car driver for the Go Bowling 400 on May 13.

“I’m excited to have Derrick be a part of the Go Bowling 400,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren, in a news release today. “I like having the opportunity to introduce athletes in other sports to Kansas Speedway and NASCAR and Derrick is not only a great athlete but he is doing great things in our community.”

“I am really excited and honored to drive the pace car at Kansas Speedway’s Go Bowling 400,” Johnson said. “This is my first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and I can’t think of a better way to experience it, especially in a city that I love.”

Johnson is a 12-year veteran for the Chiefs, and is franchise’s all-time leading tackler (1,080 to date). He’s a team captain, four-time Pro Bowl selection, Pro Bowl MVP, and an All-Pro Selection, who has led the Chiefs defense since he was selected in the first-round out of the University of Texas in 2005.

Even more impressive than his on-field accomplishments, is Johnson’s dedication to the community through the Derrick Johnson Defend the Dream Foundation, which works to provide low-income and inner city young people throughout the Kansas City area with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. Additional information on the foundation can be found at www.derrickjohnson56.org.

Go Bowling returns as the sponsor of the Go Bowling 400 for the second year. GoBowling.com is the destination for bowling fans and enthusiasts seeking news and information about one of America’s favorite pastimes. With more than 67 million people taking to the lanes every year, bowling is the nation’s number one participatory sport.

Racing returns to Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 12, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250, and Saturday, May 13, with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 under the lights. In October, the Hollywood Casino 400 is an elimination race in the Monster Energy Series playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 22. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 will again be a part of the playoffs for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, Oct. 21, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will wrap up their season on Friday, Oct. 20. Tickets are currently on sale by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or online at www.kansasspeedway.com.

General parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages. Fans also have the opportunity to purchase a parking pass to park closer to the Speedway, and also VIP Tailgating options are available. Call 913-328-3391 for additional information.

Fans can follow Kansas Speedway on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/kansasspeedway or follow on Twitter (@kansasspeedway).

Grand marshal for May 13 Kansas Speedway race to be ‘Larry the Cable Guy’

The most famous words in racing may get a twist when Larry the Cable Guy gives the order, “Drivers, Start Your Engines,” to begin the Go Bowling 400 on May 13 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Larry returns to the big screen as the voice of Mater in Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” scheduled for release on June 16. He first lent his voice to the iconic character in the Golden-Globe®-winning feature film “Cars” (2006) and returned to the role for “Cars 2” (2011). Both movies opened No. 1 at the box office and combined have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Larry is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. In addition to his own merchandise line and selling out theatres and arenas across the country, Larry, along with his wife Cara, created the Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after his signature catchphrase, and has donated more than $7 million to various charities with an emphasis on children’s and veteran’s causes. For information, visitwww.gitrdonefoundation.org.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Larry the Cable Guy to Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400,” Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren said in a news release. “Larry is not only a great comedian, but also an amazing philanthropist.”

“Larry the Cable Guy is a comedic icon who also shares a love for racing and bowling,” said Nancy Schenk, president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. “It’s an honor to have him as grand marshal for our race and we look forward to getting him out on our lanes at the Go Bowling Fan Experience Tent in the Midway.”

In addition to the “Cars” series, Larry’s film credits include “Jingle all the Way 2,” “A Madea Christmas,” “Tooth Fairy 2,” “Witless Protection,” “Delta Farce,” and his first feature “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector.”

Larry, whose name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, and Jeff Foxworthy are on a national tour, the “We’ve Been Thinking Tour.” The tour features all new material from both comedians and is available as a comedy special on Netflix. Larry, also, launched his own comedy channel “Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup,” on SiriusXM. The channel is in partnership with SiriusXM and Jeff Foxworthy. It showcases the best in great American comedy, including this dynamic duo as well as their personal favorite comedians.

He is also a bestselling author and his book “Git-R-Done” (2005) debuted at No. 26 on the New York Times bestseller list. He was also named to Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which lists the hottest and most successful people in the entertainment industry, in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Go Bowling returns as the sponsor of the Go Bowling 400 for the second year. GoBowling.com is the destination for bowling fans and enthusiasts seeking news and information about one of America’s favorite pastimes. With more than 67 million people taking to the lanes every year, bowling is the nation’s number one participatory sport.

Racing returns to Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 12 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250, and Saturday, May 13 with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 under the lights! In October, the Hollywood Casino 400 is an elimination race in the Monster Energy Series playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 22. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 will again be a part of the playoffs for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, Oct. 21, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will wrap up their season on Friday, Oct. 20. Tickets are currently on sale by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or online at www.kansasspeedway.com.

General parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages. Fans also have the opportunity to purchase a parking pass to park closer to the Speedway, and also VIP Tailgating options are available. Call 913.328.3391 for additional information.

Fans can follow Kansas Speedway on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/kansasspeedway or follow on Twitter (@kansasspeedway).

– Information from Kansas Speedway