Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR: Key Notes To Watch at Kansas Speedway on Sunday

Watching NASCAR the past couple of days you would have thought rookies were taking over the track. Practice has been dangerous for drivers in the chase for the Sprint Cup over the last couple of days at Kansas Speedway with Jimmie Johnson spinning out on Friday and then we see Kyle Busch and his brother Kurt Busch as they both had to go to backup cars after crashing in the morning practice on Saturday.

The Busch brothers will be starting at the very back of the field. Kurt Busch was especially disappointed because he felt that he didn’t get enough time in his backup car to get a feel for the race. It will be interesting to see how their cars react early in the race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr was 19th fastest after his first 23 laps in the final practice as he and his 88 team were reportedly looking for longer runs on Sunday with the hopes of the car getting better over the course of the race. Earnhardt Jr finished 23rd in final practice. The good news for Earnhardt Jr is the fact that he qualified sixth so we will see early on if he is able to stay up there.

Jeff Gordon has had good grip on the 24 car so far but mentions that it goes away over the long run. We will see if Gordon has enough to power through that to earn his first win of the season.

Watching the race, I would expect everyone to watch these tires. A lot of cars have been slipping and sliding on the track as Kansas Speedway was just paved recently.

Tags: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch