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Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods - Kansas Speedway

Martin Breaks 52-Race Winless Streak in Kansas
Mark Martin was the captain of the Roush Racing brigade at Kansas City, leading the charge of the Roush sweep of the top three finishing positions in the race and the four Roush drivers in the top five. Martin won the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at the Kansas Speedway, scoring his 35th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 632nd career start, leaving him 17th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list. The win is Martin’s first point’s paying victory of the season, snapping a dreaded 52-race winless streak, with his last victory coming at Dover in June of 2004. Martin won the non-points Nextel All-Star Challenge in Charlotte back in May of this year. Martin, who became the 15th different race winner this season, has now scored 15 top-10 finishes in 30 races in 2005 as he climbed from ninth to seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Martin’s first win at Kansas Speedway gave Ford their first win at this track as well. Martin led three times for 139 laps including the final 48 laps; he led the most laps for the first time in a race this season. This is the second time in the last two seasons that he has led more than 100 laps in a race. Prior to today, the last five races that Martin had led the most laps, he lost. To show exactly how much the Roush Racing cars dominated today, they led all but nine laps of the event. The 12 leaders in the Banquet 400 tied the record for the most leaders in a race at Kansas for the third time (2001 and 2004). Martin scored the first victory for car owner Jack Roush at Kansas Speedway. This was Roush’s 86th victory as a car owner and 12th in 30 races this season. Greg Biffle finished in the second position for the second day in a row, this time by 0.557 seconds behind the leader, while Carl Edwards rounded out the Roush sweep of the top three positions. As a result of his fourth-place finish in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway Tony Stewart remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by 75 points over second-place. Matt Kenseth ended his day in fifth place, scoring his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight races.

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Kenseth Roars to Kansas City Pole Position
Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon and broke the track record in the process. Kenseth, not necessarily known for his qualifying, was 44th out of 49 cars in the qualifying line, went out late and knocked Elliott Sadler from the pole with his record-breaking lap of 29.858 seconds, at an average speed of 180.856 mph. Kenseth broke Jimmie Johnson’s Kansas qualifying record of 29.938 seconds, at an average of 180.373 mph, set on Oct. 3, 2003. The top-five drivers also broke the previous track record and the sixth place driver tied the mark. This is Kenseth’s third career Bud Pole in 214 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and his second this season. Kenseth became the seventh repeat Bud Pole winner this season, with his last pole coming in August at Bristol, an event he also won. Kenseth now makes the fifth different Bud Pole winner in the five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races ran at the Kansas Speedway. This is the seventh Bud Pole for Ford in 2005, Chevrolet has 12 poles and Dodge has nine. This is the first pole for Ford at Kansas Speedway and a Ford has never won here. Elliott Sadler, who thought he had a pole for the second straight week, posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.881 seconds, at an average speed of 180.717 mph – and will join Kenseth on the front row on Sunday. Jeff Gordon qualified in the third position and has now qualified in the top-10 in four of his five races at Kansas. Scott Wimmer, who led Friday morning’s first practice session, proved that speed was no fluke by qualifying fourth, his first top-10 start of the 2005 season. Carl Edwards in the fifth position will round out the top five of the starting grid. Five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top-10, including four of the five Jack Roush Racing drivers. Rusty Wallace (33rd) was the lowest qualifying Chase driver. Ryan Newman won the 2003 Banquet 400 from the 11th starting position – the deepest in the field that a race winner has started here. Three of the four race winners started in the top 10.


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