The Hollywood Casino 400 is also the "kick off" race for the "Chase for the Sprint Cup," which consists of the final ten races of the NASCAR season in which the top ten drivers are given different points
Held annually at the Kansas Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, this region of the U.S. is no stranger to championships, and twelve of NASCAR's best of the best will be trying to get a jump on the rest of the field in this opening showdown of The Chase for the Cup.
Besides being the first race in The Chase, the Price Chopper 400 also has the distinction of being the only Sprint Cup restrictor plate race, other than races at Daytona and Talladega, since the adoption of the current 358 cubic inch formula. Following Adam Petty's fatal crash in the Busch Series practice in May, and Kenny Irwin, Jr.'s fatal crash in the Cup Series practice in July, NASCAR made the decision that it would be safer to run restrictor plates at this track. While adding the plates did serve the purpose of slowing the cars down, it also restricted passing so much, that Jeff Burton led all 300 laps. This lack of passing was judged to be so uncompetitive that, for Cup cars only, the restrictor plates were gone for the very next race, the 2001 New England 300.
2016 Hollywood Casino 400 Winner
Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time. Harvick is the former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that fielded cars in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011. He is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and a two-time Xfinity Series champion. Harvick holds the all-time record for Cup Series wins at Phoenix International Raceway with eight wins. Harvick is also the third winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 46 wins
2014 - 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Winner
Joseph Thomas "Joey" Logano (born May 24, 1990), nicknamed "Sliced Bread," is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 22 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, and part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske. He previously drove the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2008 to 2012, collecting two wins and 41 Top 10 finishes. In 2015, he became the second-youngest Daytona 500 champion.
2013 Hollywood Casino 400 Winner
Kevin Harvick wins 2013 2013 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas. Harvick started from the pole in this Sprint Cup race for the first time since 2006 and got his first victory at the track and his third of the season.
2012 Hollywood Casino 400 Winner
Matt Kenseth survives wild race and wins 2012 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Kenseth led 78 laps, the most in the race. This was Matts 24th win and he is now tied for 26th in all-time series wins with Kurt and Kyle Busch.
2011 Price Chopper 400 Winner
Jimmie Johnson held off hard-charging Kasey Kahne in a green-white-checkered finish set up by Jeff Gordonís blown engine on Lap 265. Johnson beat Kahne to the finish line by .548 seconds in a race that went five laps past its scheduled distance of 267 laps.
2010 Price Chopper 400 Winner
Greg Biffle wins 2010 Price Chopper 400, third Cup Race in The Chase at Kansas Speedway. Biffle, one of three Ford drivers in the Chase, grabbed the lead from teammate Carl Edwards after a restart with 28 laps to go and beat Jimmie Johnsonís Chevrolet by a whopping 7.638. Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Tony Stewart, who led a race-high 76 laps before his car faded slightly in the closing stages. Jeff Gordon won an intense battle with Carl Edwards for the fifth spot, and Matt Kenseth came home seventh, as Chase drivers claimed the top seven positions.