Kansas Speedway
A general view of Kansas Speedway before the Speediatrics 150 for the ARCA Menards Series Oct. 16, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

Track Profile: Kansas Speedway

Drivers tend to love racing at Kansas Speedway, so for them, the track’s status on the ARCA Menards Series schedule is a welcome sight.

In 2021, the 1.5-mile speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, is the only track the series visits twice. Per tradition, that includes the ARCA Menards Series championship race in October.

PHOTOS: ARCA Menards Racing at Kansas

From the time the track opened in 2001 to Christian Eckes’ win in 2019, the ARCA Menards Series raced at Kansas once per season. That expanded to two races last year and two again for 2021.

Frank Kimmel has the most Kansas wins in ARCA Menards Series history with three (2002, 2006, 2013). Alex Bowman won back-to-back Kansas races in 2011-12. Nobody else has more than one win at this particular track in the ARCA Menards Series.

Kimmel also has one win at Kansas in what’s now the ARCA Menards Series West, which has raced at the track just twice (2001 and 2002).

Track Profile: Kansas Speedway

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Track Kansas Speedway
Location Kansas City, Kansas
Opened 2001
Layout Tri-oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.5 miles
Banking 17-20 degrees variable banking in turns; 9-11 degrees variable banking on frontstretch; 5 degrees banking on backstretch
2019 pole speed 180.355 mph (Tanner Gray)

The idea of Kansas Speedway was conceived in the mid-1990s, when International Speedway Corporation was looking to build a track in the midwest region. Kansas City quickly became the most attractive option.

Construction began in 1999, and after some delays, it was completed in the early months of 2001 … just in time for the ARCA Menards Series’ arrival.

On June 2, 2001, the Kansas 100 for what was then the NASCAR Winston West Series and what’s now the ARCA Menards Series West became the first race hosted by Kansas Speedway. Kimmel was the winner.

The next day, the BPU 200 for what was then the ARCA Re/Max Series (now the ARCA Menards Series) became the first ARCA race at Kansas Speedway. Jason Jarrett, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett, picked up his first of two career ARCA Menards Series wins that day.

Kansas Speedway has undergone a series of changes since it was built. Lights were installed in 2011, and that year’s ARCA race (Kansas Lottery 98.9 won by Alex Bowman) was the first event at Kansas to run at night.

The track also received new pavement and the addition of variable banking in 2012.

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ARCA Menards Series Results at Kansas Speedway

Year Date Series Race Winner Race Results
2020 10/16/20 ARCA Menards Series Corey Heim Results
2020 07/24/20 ARCA Menards Series Bret Holmes Results
2019 10/18/19 ARCA Menards Series Christian Eckes Results
2018 10/19/18 ARCA Menards Series Sheldon Creed Results
2017 10/20/17 ARCA Menards Series Michael Self Results
2016 10/14/16 ARCA Menards Series Chase Briscoe Results
2015 10/16/15 ARCA Menards Series Mason Mitchell Results
2014 10/03/14 ARCA Menards Series Spencer Gallagher Results
2013 10/04/13 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2012 10/19/12 ARCA Menards Series Alex Bowman Results
2011 10/07/11 ARCA Menards Series Alex Bowman Results
2010 09/30/10 ARCA Menards Series Ty Dillon Results
2009 10/01/09 ARCA Menards Series Parker Kligerman Results
2008 04/26/08 ARCA Menards Series Scott Speed Results
2007 04/27/07 ARCA Menards Series Scott Lagasse Jr. Results
2006 07/01/06 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2005 07/02/05 ARCA Menards Series Chad Blount Results
2004 06/05/04 ARCA Menards Series Ryan Hemphill Results
2003 06/01/03 ARCA Menards Series Shelby Howard Results
2002 06/01/02 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2002 06/01/02 ARCA Menards Series West Brandon Ash Results
2001 06/03/01 ARCA Menards Series Jason Jarrett Results
2001 06/02/01 ARCA Menards Series West Frank Kimmel Results