WALTRIP "It's one of the original short tracks, and 500 laps there is tough work—a lot of bumping and grinding. It's easy to retaliate there because it's a small, short track. To me it's one of the best on the circuit."
4.22 KANSAS SPEEDWAY
2011 RECAP BRAD KESELOWSKI made his final fuel tank last 57 laps of green-flag racing and coasted across the finish line ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TRACK FACT Already the state's top tourist destination (11 million annual visitors), the venue, 15 miles from downtown Kansas City, will open a casino near Turn 2 early this year.
EYE ON 2012 Carl Edwards, who lives in nearby Columbia, Mo., is always a factor at Kansas, where he has five top 10s (with three top fives) in his last five starts.
WALTRIP "It used to be out in the middle of nowhere, but they've built a city around that racetrack since it opened in '01. That gives it a really good atmosphere for NASCAR."
4.28 RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
2011 RECAP Two days before his 26th birthday, KYLE BUSCH won his third straight spring race here, beating teammate Denny Hamlin to the line after leading 235 of 400 laps.