Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 20: Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, drives on track during practice for the NASACAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

STP has been associated with Richard Petty for 40 years now. Can you believe that? 40 yrs. Wow. And to celebrate STP will be back as primary sponsor of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford Fusion, driven by Aric Almirola, for the STP 400 today at Kansas Speedway.

If you are interested you can stay up-to-date on all the latest news today by following @STPracing on Twitter (https://twitter.com/STPracing).

Hard to imagine a sponsor staying with one driver/team for that long in any capacity, especially in this day and age with the economy being as it is.

By the way, Almirola qualified 26th for today's race, where as former RPM driver AJ Allmendinger qualified his Dodge up front in the number one spot. Kind of ironic that the former #43 driver qualified in a Dodge for the pole in a race that is sponsored by STP and was once the primary sponsor of the #43 car during its glory years when Richard Petty used Dodges as his primary race car.

My picks to win are simple; anyone in a Toyota because they all qualified so well, and anyone in a Ford because they all qualified so awfully with The Biff being the highest Ford qualifier in 17th.

However, it would be nice to see someone in the Hendrick stable win so we can stop hearing about 'who will get Rick Hendrick's 200th Cup win?' I honestly think those drivers in the Hendrick stable would each like to be the 200th winner for Hendrick, but I don't think they're making as big of a deal about it as the media is.

Live television coverage will start on FOX at 12:30 p.m. EST and will feature the voices of Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip. Green flag is set to drop at approx. 1:16 p.m. EST. For those who are away from a television set or prefer the radio broadcast, www.goprn.com/ will stream the race live on any supported computer or mobile device.

Starting line up is after the jump.

Starting Line Up by Row
Kansas Speedway
2nd Annual STP 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, April 21, 2012 @ 01:28 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Greg Biffle 10/03/10 02:54:02 138.077
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 22 AJ Allmendinger AAA Dodge 30.683 175.993
2 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevrolet 30.726 175.747
2 3 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 30.730 175.724
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 30.740 175.667
3 5 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 30.772 175.484
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 30.779 175.444
4 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet 30.802 175.313
8 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 30.804 175.302
5 9 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 30.841 175.092
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) SKF Dodge 30.842 175.086
6 11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 30.846 175.063
12 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 30.870 174.927
7 13 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 30.877 174.887
14 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. Chevrolet 30.879 174.876
8 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 30.892 174.803
16 10 David Reutimann Accell Construction Chevrolet 30.892 174.803
9 17 16 Greg Biffle 3M Novec 1230 Ford 30.909 174.706
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 30.948 174.486
10 19 27 Paul Menard Menards/Zecol Chevrolet 30.977 174.323
20 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 30.988 174.261
11 21 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 30.991 174.244
22 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.004 174.171
12 23 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 31.009 174.143
24 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 31.029 174.031
13 25 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 31.031 174.020
26 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 31.034 174.003
14 27 34 David Ragan Barrett-Jackson Ford 31.044 173.947
28 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 31.059 173.863
15 29 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet 31.078 173.756
30 47 Bobby Labonte Reese Towpower Toyota 31.080 173.745
16 31 49 JJ Yeley JPO Absorbents Toyota 31.121 173.516
32 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies Toyota 31.144 173.388
17 33 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 31.145 173.383
34 23 Scott Riggs North TX Pipe Chevrolet 31.169 173.249
18 35 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies Toyota 31.174 173.221
36 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 31.181 173.182
19 37 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 31.186 173.155
38 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Driver's Service Ford 31.258 172.756
20 39 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 31.303 172.507
40 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 31.398 171.985
21 41 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 31.464 171.625
42 32 Reed Sorenson(i) FAS Lane Racing Ford Owner Points
22 43 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing LLC Toyota 31.506 171.396
Did Not Qualify: # 79 Tim Andrews(i); # 33 Jeff Green(i); # 74 Tony Raines.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 16 2 Ford 11 1
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