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By the numbers: The 2013 Chasers at Kansas

Oct 1, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads into America’s Heartland this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, marking a return to the intermediate tracks that make up the majority of NASCAR’s playoff run.

Last weekend at Dover, Chase leader Matt Kenseth came back to Earth with a seventh-place finish but will likely be the favorite at Kansas, where he triumphed over fellow Chaser Kasey Kahne in the spring. Dover winner Jimmie Johnson came up third behind the pair and may be up for another strong run as well this weekend.

The one to watch may well be Kyle Busch, who has had many struggles on this particular 1.5-mile oval. This past spring was particularly brutal for him at Kansas; during that weekend, he wrecked his primary car in practice, crashed out of a Camping World Truck Series event, and spun twice in the Sprint Cup race – with the second spin ending in a collision with Joey Logano.

At the risk of stating the obvious, he can’t afford another struggle here versus his main title rivals – Kenseth, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, and Johnson, the five-time Cup champion. Here are the Kansas statistics for each of the 13 Chase contenders, as provided by NASCAR.

MATT KENSETH (LEADER, 2,149 points)
Two wins, six Top-5s, nine Top-10s
Average Finish: 14.8 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 9.5, third-best

JIMMIE JOHNSON (Second, -8 points)
Two wins, six Top-5s, 12 Top-10s
Average Finish: 7.6 in 14 races
Average Running Position: 7.4, Series-best

KYLE BUSCH (Third, -12 points)
Two Top-10s
Average Finish: 22.4 in 12 races
Average Running Position: 18.4, 19th-best

KEVIN HARVICK (Fourth, -39 points)
One Top-5, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 12.8 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 12.7, ninth-best

JEFF GORDON (Fifth, -39 points)
Two wins, eight Top-5s, 10 Top-10s
Average Finish: 11.1 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 9.7, fourth-best

GREG BIFFLE (Sixth, -41 points)
Two wins, seven Top-5s, nine Top-10s
Average Finish: 10.1 in 14 races
Average Running Position: 8.2, second-best

RYAN NEWMAN (Seventh, -48 points)
One win, three Top-5s, four Top-10s
Average Finish: 18.1 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 20.9, 24th-best

CLINT BOWYER (Eighth, -51 points)
Two Top-5s, five Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.1 in 10 races
Average Running Position: 15.2, 15th-best

KURT BUSCH (Ninth, -55 points)
Three Top-10s
Average Finish: 17.9 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 14.8, 14th-best

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (10th, -57 points)
One Top-5, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 16.4 in 14 races
Average Running Position: 16.1, 17th-best

CARL EDWARDS (11th, -65 points)
Four Top-5s, eight Top-10s
Average Finish: 11.3 in 12 races
Average Running Position: 12.5, seventh-best

JOEY LOGANO (12th, -66 points)
Average Finish: 26.1 in eight races
Average Running Position: 24.2, 32nd-best

KASEY KAHNE (13th, -78 points)
Three Top-5s, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.9 in 12 races
Average Running Position: 13.9, 11th-best

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