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Challenger Round Results (Chicagoland)

2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Challenger Round Results (Chicagoland)
Driver Win Top 5 Top 10 Avg Start Avg Finish Avg Run Pos Pct Fastest Laps Pct Laps in Top 15 Driver Rating Points
Brad Keselowski 1 1 1 25.0 1.0 6.809 17.2 86.9 123.2 2059
Jeff Gordon 0 1 1 8.0 2.0 2.809 14.6 100.0 129.5 2052
Joey Logano 0 1 1 28.0 4.0 12.217 .9 71.5 94.6 2049
Kevin Harvick 0 1 1 12.0 5.0 5.371 16.7 90.6 127.5 2047
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 0 0 13.0 11.0 6.805 3.9 99.6 104.9 2042
Jimmie Johnson 0 0 0 7.0 12.0 7.131 3.4 99.3 101.6 2041
Kyle Busch 0 0 1 1.0 7.0 6.243 5.2 100.0 111.8 2041
Denny Hamlin 0 0 1 24.0 6.0 12.213 .0 79.4 93.9 2041
Kurt Busch 0 0 1 14.0 8.0 15.955 1.3 65.9 89.1 2039
Kasey Kahne 0 0 0 19.0 13.0 17.243 .0 15.4 77.4 2034
Matt Kenseth 0 0 1 5.0 10.0 8.865 1.7 97.4 98.9 2034
Carl Edwards 0 0 0 3.0 20.0 16.041 .0 39.7 75.4 2030
Ryan Newman 0 0 0 2.0 15.0 16.150 4.7 39.7 91.7 2029
AJ Allmendinger 0 0 0 17.0 22.0 24.079 .9 .7 63.2 2025
Greg Biffle 0 0 0 20.0 23.0 25.131 .0 .0 59.8 2021
Aric Almirola 0 0 0 23.0 41.0 17.706 .0 66.2 2007

09/14/2014 Posted by | 2014 CHASE STATS | | Leave a comment

Sprint Cup Chase Race 1 Chicagoland Results

Race Results
Chicagoland Speedway
14th Annual MyAFibStory.com 400
UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics Sunday, 9/14/2014 @ 5:27 PM Eastern UNOFFICIAL
Fin Str Car Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 25 2 Brad Keselowski
2 8 24 Jeff Gordon
3 10 42 Kyle Larson #
4 28 22 Joey Logano
5 12 4 Kevin Harvick
6 24 11 Denny Hamlin
7 1 18 Kyle Busch
8 14 41 Kurt Busch
9 11 1 Jamie McMurray
10 5 20 Matt Kenseth
11 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12 7 48 Jimmie Johnson
13 Kasey Kahne
14 27 78 Martin Truex Jr.
15 2 31 Ryan Newman
16 15 3 Austin Dillon #
17 4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 22 14 Tony Stewart
19 18 10 Danica Patrick
20 3 99 Carl Edwards
21 9 27 Paul Menard
22 17 47 AJ Allmendinger
23 20 16 Greg Biffle
24 16 55 Brian Vickers
25 21 9 Marcos Ambrose
26 29 13 Casey Mears
27 26 51 Justin Allgaier #
28 38 40 Landon Cassill(i)
29 36 36 Reed Sorenson
30 33 26 Cole Whitt #
31 39 34 David Ragan
32 32 95 Michael McDowell
33 34 98 Josh Wise
34 30 38 David Gilliland
35 37 23 Alex Bowman #
36 41 66 Joe Nemechek(i)
37 43 32 Joey Gase(i)
38 42 33 Travis Kvapil
39 6 15 Clint Bowyer
40 35 7 Michael Annett #
41 23 43 Aric Almirola 2
42 31 83 Ryan Truex #
43 40 37 Mike Bliss(i)
# = Rookie, Fin = Finish, Str = Start, Pts = Total Points, BPs = Lap Leader Bns Pts, TLd = Times Led, LLd = Laps Led. (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Average Speed: 142.330 MPH Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 48 Mins, 50 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.759 Seconds
Lead Changes: 18 among 7 drivers Cautions: 6 for 28 laps

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SPRINT CUP CHICAGOLAND LINE UP

CHASE RACE # 1

1. KYLE BUSCH, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota

2. RYAN NEWMAN, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet

3. CARL EDWARDS, Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford 

 4. Ricky Stenhouse, Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford

5. MATT KENSETH, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota

6. Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota

7. JIMMIE JOHNSON, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet

8. JEFF GORDON, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet

 9. Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet

10. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet 

11. Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet

12. KEVIN HARVICK, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet  

 13. DALE EARNHARDT JR., Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet

14. KURT BUSCH, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet

15. Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota

16. Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet

17. AJ ALLMENDINGER, JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet

18. Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet

19. KASEY KAHNE, Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet  .

20. GREG BIFFLE, Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford

21. Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford

22. Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet

23. ARIC ALMIROLA, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford

24. DENNY HAMLIN, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota

25. BRAD KESELOWSKI, Team Penske No. 2 Ford

26. Justin Allgaier, HScott Motorsports No. 51 Chevrolet

27. Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet

28. JOEY LOGANO, Team Penske No. 22 Ford

29. Casey Mears, Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet

30. David Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford

31. Ryan Truex, BK Racing No. 83 Toyota

32. Michael McDowell, Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Ford

33. Cole Whitt, BK Racing No. 26 Toyota

34. Josh Wise, Phil Parsons Racing No. 98 Chevrolet t.

35. Reed Sorenson, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 36 Chevrolet 

36. Michael Annett, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet

37. Alex Bowman, BK Racing No. 23 Toyota

38. Landon Cassill, Mike Hillman Racing No. 40 Chevrolet

39. David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford

40. Mike Bliss, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 37 Chevrolet

41. Joe Nemechek, Jay Robinson Racing No. 66 Toyota

42. Travis Kvapil, Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet  

43. Joey Gase, Go FAS Racing No. 32 Ford

09/12/2014 Posted by | CHASE RACES 2014 | , | Leave a comment

Now that the Chase field is set, it’s time to rate the likely winners

Now that the Chase field is set, it’s time to rate the likely winners

 Sept. 7, 2014

 By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

The 26th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is over, and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set.

We’re about to get our first look at NASCAR’s new Chase format, which features three elimination rounds and a one-race dash for the title in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sixteen drivers are eligible for the championship in the expanded Chase, 13 by winning races and three because of their positions in the standings.

But in that field of 16, who are the top contenders for the title, and who will simply be fortunate to survive and advance through increasingly rigorous elimination rounds?

Here’s my take on the 16 championship hopefuls:

THE TOP SIX

  1. Brad Keselowski—With a series-best four victories this season, Keselowski is the top seed in the Chase for good reason. Last year’s post-championship swoon brought the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford back down to earth. He and his entire team have been working like demons this year to regain their form, and they’ve succeeded. Two of Keselowski’s victories this year have come on 1.5-mile speedways (Las Vegas and Kentucky), and there are five such tracks in the Chase. Kez also won at Loudon, host site for the second Chase race. The team has a test scheduled at Martinsville, where Keselowski has never won, to shore up the effort for the final three-race elimination round.

 

  1. Jeff Gordon—With three wins in the bank, Gordon is having his most enjoyable season in Sprint Cup racing since his last championship year, in 2001. His No. 24 Chevrolets have been consistently fast, as he showed in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, where Gordon was runner-up for the second time this year. The only thing that gives us pause is Gordon’s uneven performance at Chase tracks where the series already has run this season. The four-time champion won at Kansas, and finished second, fifth and seventh at Texas, Phoenix and Charlotte, respectively. But Gordon ran 26th at Loudon, 15th at Dover, 12th at Martinsville and 39th at Talladega, which hosts an elimination race. That’s a bullet he’ll have to dodge.

 

  1. Joey Logano—Like Keselowski, Logano has been consistently fast this year as he grows into the talent fellow drivers have been touting since his teens. Logano has collected three of his six career wins this year, and the Chase schedule plays to his strength. If Logano survives the first two elimination rounds, and there’s every expectation he will, he comes to tracks where he has excelled this season. Logano finished fourth at Martinsville, first at Texas and fourth at Phoenix in the first races at those tracks this year. Sounds like that trio of tracks could punch his ticket to the final race.

 

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.—In relative terms, Earnhardt has been stress-free since winning the Daytona 500, but that’s about to change. Enjoying his best season since his six-win effort in 2004, Earnhardt and crew chief Steve Letarte have set an enviable standard of consistency this season (a 10.3 average finish through 26 races), and that may be enough to carry them through the first two rounds of the Chase. To win the title, however, Earnhardt will have to get past Texas, where he made his worst mistake of the season and finished 43rd. He’ll likely have to add a fourth win to his total, too.

 

  1. Kevin Harvick—There’s no doubt Harvick has had one of the fastest cars in the series at a wide variety of tracks. With perfect execution, he could have won eight races this year, rather than the two he did win. Pit road has been an issue for the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team. So has bad luck, some of it self-inflicted. Harvick has one of the best minds in the garage in crew chief Rodney Childers, but if the team can’t iron out the glitches during the Chase, Harvick won’t win his first championship, no matter how fast his cars happen to be.

 

  1. Jimmie Johnson—The six-time champion gets the nod here simply because he’s a six-time champion, and Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus perform at peak level on the Chase tracks. But in the last couple of months, Six-Time hasn’t been looking much like a potential Seven-Time. The No. 48 Chevrolet hasn’t been as fast as the Hendrick team cars of Gordon or Earnhardt, or as fast as the Fords of Keselowski and Logano, for that matter, but it’s never safe to write Johnson off when the Chase rolls around. He’s the only driver to have qualified for every Chase, and he’s the only driver to have won it more than twice.

 

THE BOTTOM 10

  1. Matt Kenseth—The 2003 Cup champion hasn’t won a race this season, and unless his luck changes radically, he won’t win a second title. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas simply don’t have the power under the hood to match the Fords of Penske or the Chevys of Hendrick and affiliates.

 

  1. Kurt Busch—The winner of the inaugural Chase (2004) made the playoff on the strength of his win at Martinsville, but Busch’s season has been riddled with inconsistency. This is no knock against crew chief Daniel Knost, but when you’re up against combinations like Brad Keselowski/Paul Wolfe and Jimmie Johnson/Chad Knaus, it’s hard to win a title with a rookie on the pit box.

 

  1. Carl Edwards—The driver of the No. 99 Ford has two wins this year, but his lame-duck status and the lame-duck status of crew chief Jimmy Fennig don’t bode well for a championship run. Besides, the Roush Fenway Fords haven’t found the speed that has propelled the Penske Fords to the front of the field.

 

  1. Kyle Busch—See the notes on Kenseth. And remember, as long as Kansas is a Chase track, Busch will have trouble advancing past the second round.

 

  1. Ryan Newman—The driver of the No. 31 Chevy hasn’t won a race in his first season with Richard Childress Racing, but he has been consistent enough to survive a round or two in the Chase without getting to Victory Lane. If the team continues to improve, Newman could be a factor.

 

  1. Kasey Kahne—On the strength of his banzai run at Atlanta, Kahne secured his Chase spot, but can he and crew chief Kenny Francis mount a consistent enough effort to contend for the title? The team tested at Chicagoland and should get off to a strong start.

 

  1. Greg Biffle—Those who think “limping in” is just a poker term didn’t see Biffle’s performance at Richmond, where he managed to secure the last Chase spot by seven points over Clint Bowyer with a car than handled like a dump truck. Richmond notwithstanding, the Roush Fenway cars have been more consistent of late, just not consistently fast enough to win a championship.

 

  1. Denny Hamlin—See the notes on Kenseth and Kyle Busch. The straight-line speed simply isn’t there. About the fastest things in the JGR camp right now are the mechanisms in the air guns.

 

  1. AJ Allmendinger—Unfortunately, from Allmendinger’s standpoint, there aren’t any road courses in the Chase. Given that Dover is his best oval track, however, Allmendinger could survive the first elimination round.

 

  1. Aric Almirola—The driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford has but two top fives this season—not a good omen for the Chase–but he does have an average finish of 10.3 on the three 1.5-mile speedways that get a return visit in the Chase (Kansas, Charlotte and Texas).

 

09/10/2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The 16 Challengers at Chicagoland Speedway

The 16 Challengers at Chicagoland Speedway

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Brad Keselowski 5 0 1 2 3 0 12.6 93.6
2 Jeff Gordon 13 1 1 6 8 2 11.6 96.9
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13 0 1 3 5 2 15.8 87.4
4 Jimmie Johnson 12 2 0 7 10 1 8.9 117.1
5 Joey Logano 5 1 0 0 1 1 19.4 80.7
6 Kevin Harvick 13 0 2 7 8 0 9.9 96.4
7 Carl Edwards 9 0 0 3 3 0 16 90.1
8 Kyle Busch 9 0 1 4 4 1 12.1 102.7
9 Denny Hamlin 8 0 0 1 2 1 20.5 81.2
10 Kurt Busch 13 0 0 1 7 1 17.2 86.2
11 Kasey Kahne 10 0 0 2 3 2 18.3 82.8
12 Aric Almirola 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 85.8
13 AJ Allmendinger 5 0 0 0 0 0 17.6 72.2
14 Matt Kenseth 13 1 1 3 5 0 11.8 105.4
15 Greg Biffle 11 0 0 1 1 1 18 87.7
16 Ryan Newman 12 1 1 3 8 1 14.5 83.2

* – Based on last nine races at Chicagoland Speedway.

 

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CHICAGO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the MyAfibStory.com 400

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 8, 2014) – Below is a look at the performances of the 16 Challengers at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois going into the MyAfibStory.com 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, on September 14  at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

CHICAGO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.0

2014 Rundown

  • Four wins, 11 top fives, 13 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 13.5
  • Led 20 races for 1,278 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.6 in five races
  • Average Running Position of 13.0, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.6, eighth-best
  • 85 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.375 mph, eighth-fastest

 

2 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.1

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.0
  • Led 18 races for 545 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.6 in 13 races
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.9, fifth-best
  • 133 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 548 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.475 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,769 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5%), fourth-most
  • Series-high 322 Quality Passes

 

3 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.0

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.9
  • Led 12 races for 220 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.8 in 13 races
  • Average Running Position of 13.9, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, 13th-best
  • 65 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 622 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • 1,537 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), eighth-most
  • 282 Quality Passes, third-most

 

4 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.2
  • Led 15 races for 1,035 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • Seven top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 8.9 in 12 races
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 7.1
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 117.1
  • Series-high 351 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 170.236 mph
  • Series-high 2,085 Laps in the Top 15 (86.7%)
  • 274 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

5 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.3

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.2
  • Led 18 races for 721 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One top 10; one pole
  • Average finish of 19.4 in five races
  • Average Running Position of 17.1, 19th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.7, 20th-best

 

6 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.7

2014 Rundown

  • Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; six poles
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Led 18 races for 1,186 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • Two wins, seven top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.9 in 13 races
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.4, sixth-best
  • 557 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.511 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,637 Laps in the Top 15 (68.0%), sixth-most
  • 264 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

7 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.6

2014 Rundown

  • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Led 9 races for 133 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.0 in nine races
  • Average Running Position of 15.1, 16th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best
  • 112 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 569 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 1,570 Laps in the Top 15 (65.3%), seventh-most
  • 316 Quality Passes, second-most

 

8 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.9

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 18.2
  • Led 12 races for 365 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, four top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.1 in nine races
  • Average Running Position of 10.3, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.7, fourth-best
  • 124 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.608 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 1,793 Laps in the Top 15 (74.5%), third-most
  • 276 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

9 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.2
  • Led 11 races for 163 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.5 in eight races
  • Average Running Position of 16.9, 18th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.2, 19th-best
  • 236 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

10 – Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.6

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.2
  • Led 11 races for 181 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.2 in 13 races
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, 15th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.2, 15th-best
  • 64 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 530 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • 1,400 Laps in the Top 15 (58.2%), 11th-most

 

11 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmer’s Insurance Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.9

2014 Rundown

  • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.3
  • Led 10 races for 204 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.3 in 10 races
  • Average Running Position of 17.3, 20th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.8, 18th-best
  • 75 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

 

12 – Aric Almirola (No. 43 Eckrich Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.9

2014 Rundown

  • One win, two top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.1
  • Led 4 races for 21 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • Average finish of 15.0 in two races
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.8, 16th-best

 13 – AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.7

2014 Rundown

  • One win, two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.9
  • Led 5 races for 68 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • Average finish of 17.6 in five races
  • Average Running Position of 19.0, 21st-best
  • Driver Rating of 72.2, 23rd-best

 14 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.8

2014 Rundown

  • 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.0
  • Led 16 races for 465 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8 in 13 races
  • Average Running Position of 10.2, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.4, third-best
  • 222 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.840 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (72.0%), fifth-most
  • 241 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 15 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 ScotchBlue Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.3

2014 Rundown

  • Three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.3
  • Led 6 races for 109 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 18.0 in 11 races
  • Average Running Position of 15.4, 17th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.7, 12th-best
  • 75 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Series-high 653 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.136 mph, 12th-fastest

 16 – Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.7

2014 Rundown

  • Two top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.1
  • Led 4 races for 24 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.5 in 12 races
  • Average Running Position of 14.9, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.2, 17th-best
  • 561 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • 1,311 Laps in the Top 15 (54.5%), 12th-most
  • 235 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

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Chicagoland Speedway: History

Chicagoland Speedway:

History

  • Construction of the Chicagoland Speedway began in August 1999.
  • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicago was July 14, 2001.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 15, 2001 – won by Kevin Harvick.
  • This weekend marks the fourth year Chicagoland Speedway has been included in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – Sept. 18, 2011.

Notebook

  • There have been 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway, one race per season since the first event in 2001.
  • 108 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway; 84 in more than one. 
  • Eight drivers have competed in all 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Chicagoland Speedway; four of which are Chase Contenders: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.
  • Todd Bodine won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Chicago in 2001 with a speed of 183.717 mph. 
  • 10 drivers have Coors Light poles at Chicago, led by Jimmie Johnson with two. 
  • Youngest Chicago pole winner: Joey Logano (09/15/2013 – 23 years, 3 months, 22 days).
  • Oldest Chicago pole winner: Matt Kenseth (09/19/2011 – 39 years, 6 months, 9 days).
  • 10 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won at Chicagoland Speedway, led by Tony Stewart with three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two (first two series events at speedway). 
  • Six Chase Contenders are former winners at Chicagoland Speedway: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Kevin Harvick (2001, 2002) is the only driver to post consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Chicagoland Speedway
  • Youngest Chicago winner: Kyle Busch (07/12/2008 – 23 years, 2 months, 10 days).
  • Oldest Chicago winner: Mark Martin (07/11/2009 – 50 years, 6 months, 2 days).
  • Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins at Chicago in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with four: Tony Stewart (two), Kyle Busch (one) and Matt Kenseth (one). Richard Childress Racing, Penske Racing and Hendrick Motorsports each have two.
  • Three different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Chicago; led by Chevrolet with eight victories; followed by Toyota with three and Dodge with two each. Ford has yet to win at Chicago.
  • One of the 13 (7.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kyle Busch in 2008.
  • Five of the 13 (38.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicago have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Three of the 13 (23.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Chicago is 32nd, by Kevin Harvick in 2002.
  • Kyle Busch swept the weekend at Chicagoland Speedway winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2008.   
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Chicago with three; followed by Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth with two each.
  • Tony Stewart leads the series in top-five finishes at Chicago with eight; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick with seven each and Jeff Gordon with six.  
  • Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead the series in top-10 finishes at Chicago with 10 each; followed by Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman with eight each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Chicago with a 7.667.
  • Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 8.500.
  • Seven of the eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Chicagoland Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick won at Chicago in his first two appearances (2001, 2002). Ryan Newman won in his second appearance (2003).     
  • Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicago without visiting Victory Lane at 13.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway was the July 12, 2008 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.159 second. It is the 75th closest finish scored by electronic scoring in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
  • Nine out of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
  • Only one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at Chicagoland Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 7/9/2006 (267/270).
  • None of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.   
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway once – the 2008 event.  
  • Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Chicagoland Speedway: Justin Allgaier (09/15/2013) and Josh Wise (9/19/2011).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Chicago with 537 laps led in 12 starts.
  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Shawna Robinson attempted to in 2001 but failed to qualify for the event

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NASCAR NUMBERS

NASCAR NUMBERS

By Reid Spencer­

­­1,278: The combined number of laps led in 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season by Brad Keselowski, a career-best and most in the series thus far. Keselowski blew right through the 1,000-laps-led mark on Saturday night at Richmond, where he was out front for 383 laps, a record for a 400-lap race at the .75-mile short track.

1: Of the 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, the number who have been running at the finish of every race this season. That distinction belongs to Jeff Gordon, and it’s no coincidence that Gordon was the regular-season points leader in the Cup series.

400: The number of all-time wins by Team Penske following Keselowski’s victory at Richmond. The Roger Penske-owned team will look to add to that total in the Chase as Keselowski and Joey Logano attempt to bring the organization its second NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

2: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded at Chicagoland Speedway by Kevin Harvick, the only 2014 Chase driver with more than one triumph there. Harvick won back-to-back in 2001 and 2002. Non-Chaser Tony Stewart has three victories at the first playoff track.

577: The number of laps led by Jimmie Johnson at Chicagoland Speedway, most ever for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Only one problem: Johnson has never won at the 1.5-mile track. Doubtless he’d like to cross Chicagoland off his checklist on Sunday.

 

NASCAR NOTES

Brad Keselowski capped off the regular season by notching his series-high fourth win in dominant fashion, leading all but 17 of the 400 laps in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond on Saturday. The win locked Keselowski in as Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s No. 1 seed. He needs just one more victory to tie his career-high total of five from 2012 when he won his first Chase title.  … After totaling a series-best 10 wins in the regular season, Hendrick Motorsports sends all of its drivers to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the third consecutive year. Drivers Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson each have three victories on the season and are seeded 2-4 entering the Chase, while Kasey Kahne (one win) occupies the 11th seed. Represented by 25 percent of the drivers in the Chase field, HMS will attempt to add to its record of 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles. … Clint Bowyer put a scare into Greg Biffle Saturday night at Richmond, but was unable to secure the victory needed to bump him from the 16th and final spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. Since a winless driver did not take the checkered, Ryan Newman and Biffle locked themselves into the Chase with respective ninth and 19th-place finishes.

 

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NSCS Preliminary Entry List Driver Statistics

Preliminary Entry List Driver Statistics
Number of Races: 9
MyAFibStory.com 400 Pre-Race
Loop Data: For point-paying races in past nine years, at this track.
Chicagoland Speedway
CAREER LOOP DATA
Car No. Driver Total
Races
Avg Start Avg Finish Avg Pos % Of Laps
In Top 15
Driver
Rating
48 Jimmie Johnson 12 7.7 8.9 7.128 86.7 117.1
14 Tony Stewart 12 17.7 8.5 8.114 86.2 109.8
20 Matt Kenseth 13 16.5 11.8 10.229 72.0 105.4
18 Kyle Busch 9 15.0 12.1 10.283 74.5 102.7
24 Jeff Gordon 13 11.6 11.6 11.946 73.5 96.9
4 Kevin Harvick 13 18.7 9.9 11.892 68.0 96.4
55 Brian Vickers 7 8.6 13.6 11.827 66.7 95.0
2 Brad Keselowski 5 16.0 12.6 13.038 56.4 93.6
15 Clint Bowyer 8 16.1 10.0 12.684 68.8 91.4
99 Carl Edwards 9 13.9 16.0 15.070 65.3 90.1
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 5.0 8.0 11.933 71.2 89.9
16 Greg Biffle 11 14.9 18.0 15.435 54.4 87.7
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13 17.1 15.8 13.890 63.9 87.4
78 Martin Truex Jr. 8 16.4 17.0 13.175 68.4 87.2
41 Kurt Busch 13 20.8 17.2 14.990 58.2 86.2
43 Aric Almirola 2 8.5 15.0 13.188 62.5 85.8
31 Ryan Newman 12 11.0 14.5 14.867 54.5 83.2
5 Kasey Kahne 10 11.6 18.3 17.266 53.9 82.8
11 Denny Hamlin 8 13.1 20.5 16.886 60.4 81.2
22 Joey Logano 5 12.6 19.4 17.134 34.4 80.7
47 AJ Allmendinger 5 20.6 17.6 19.008 29.6 72.2
34 David Ragan 7 22.9 18.4 21.073 33.7 69.2
1 Jamie McMurray 11 22.2 22.4 22.572 21.7 69.2
27 Paul Menard 7 14.7 24.3 19.786 40.9 67.8
9 Marcos Ambrose 5 18.6 20.0 21.384 21.8 67.2
36 Reed Sorenson 6 24.5 23.8 24.724 36.1 65.4
13 Casey Mears 11 20.7 25.8 25.841 30.0 59.2
10 Danica Patrick 2 32.0 22.5 26.907 1.1 55.1
51 Justin Allgaier 1 36.0 27.0 30.371 .4 50.1
33 David Stremme 7 32.3 30.4 31.771 3.0 45.9
40 Landon Cassill 4 30.3 31.8 31.791 1.1 44.8
38 David Gilliland 7 37.3 32.0 33.304 .5 40.6
37 Mike Bliss 6 26.2 35.5 34.270 6.8 40.5
66 Joe Nemechek 13 23.9 31.5 35.732 6.7 38.7
26 Cole Whitt 2 32.0 38.0 36.835 .0 35.7
98 Josh Wise 3 40.0 40.3 40.111 .0 30.1
95 Michael McDowell 4 32.3 43.0 42.294 .0 28.3
7 Michael Annett 0 - - - - -
23 Alex Bowman 0 - - - - -
3 Austin Dillon 0 - - - - -
32 Joey Gase 0 - - - - -
42 Kyle Larson 0 - - - - -
83 Ryan Truex 0 - - - - -

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2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Challenger Round Results
Driver Win Top 5 Top 10 Avg Start Avg Finish Avg Run Pos Pct Fastest Laps Pct Laps in Top 15 Pct Laps Led Driver Rating Points
Brad Keselowski 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2012
Jeff Gordon 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2009
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2009
Jimmie Johnson 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2009
Joey Logano 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2009
Kevin Harvick 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2006
Carl Edwards 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2006
Kyle Busch 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2003
Denny Hamlin 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2003
Kurt Busch 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2003
Kasey Kahne 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2003
Aric Almirola 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2003
AJ Allmendinger 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2003
Matt Kenseth 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2000
Greg Biffle 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2000
Ryan Newman 0 0 0 - - - - - - - 2000
Career Driver Performance at Upcoming Tracks in the Challenger Round
*-2005-2014 point-paying races at Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Dover
Driver Starts Win Top 5 Top 10 Avg Start Avg Finish Avg Run Pos* Pct Fastest Laps* Pct Laps in Top 15* Pct Laps Led Driver Rating* Current Points
Jimmie Johnson 62 12 29 45 10.4 9.3 8.590 13.6 84.2 18.8 113.2 2009
Kyle Busch 47 4 20 25 12.0 13.9 12.171 5.6 71.8 10.9 100.5 2003
Jeff Gordon 95 8 39 54 10.9 11.4 10.284 6.3 80.2 11.5 100.3 2009
Matt Kenseth 73 4 24 40 17.5 12.8 11.810 5.9 70.6 6.2 98.5 2000
Carl Edwards 49 1 13 20 15.0 12.7 13.130 5.6 62.6 4.0 92.5 2006
Greg Biffle 59 3 13 21 14.3 15.2 13.735 4.5 63.3 3.2 91.8 2000
Brad Keselowski 24 3 9 12 13.9 12.8 13.539 5.4 62.0 3.3 91.5 2012
Denny Hamlin 42 2 11 19 12.8 15.5 13.877 3.6 64.5 4.1 91.1 2003
Kurt Busch 68 4 14 26 13.7 16.9 13.903 4.0 59.1 4.6 89.7 2003
Kevin Harvick 67 3 15 33 16.9 13.8 13.824 2.7 63.1 3.5 89.5 2006
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 72 2 16 29 15.7 15.8 14.372 3.9 61.3 3.9 89.4 2009
Ryan Newman 62 7 16 36 9.4 13.8 13.315 2.4 66.4 8.5 88.9 2000
Kasey Kahne 52 1 6 16 12.4 18.7 15.591 5.3 58.1 2.3 85.8 2003
Joey Logano 28 1 4 12 16.7 17.5 18.773 1.3 48.2 .6 77.5 2009
AJ Allmendinger 29 0 0 4 18.9 22.4 21.986 2.2 30.1 1.6 70.4 2003
Aric Almirola 15 0 1 2 19.8 18.5 20.635 .8 24.1 .1 70.2 2003

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