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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.

Starts

  • There have been 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway, one race per season since the first event in 2001.
  • 114 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway; 86 in more than one.
  • Six drivers have competed in all 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Chicagoland Speedway; five of which are Chase Contenders: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Joe Nemechek.
  • 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 active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Chicago with a 7.615.

 

Poles

  • Todd Bodine won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Chicago in 2001 with a speed of 183.717 mph.
  • 11 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Chicago, led by Jimmie Johnson with two.
  • Youngest Chicago NSCS pole winner: Joey Logano (09/15/2013 – 23 years, 3 months, 22 days).
  • Oldest Chicago NSCS pole winner: Matt Kenseth (09/19/2011 – 39 years, 6 months, 9 days).

 

Wins

  • 10 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won at Chicagoland Speedway, led by Tony Stewart with three (2004, 2007, 2011); followed by Kevin Harvick with two (first two series events at speedway; 2001, 2002) and Brad Keselowski (2012, 2014).
  • Seven Chase Contenders are former winners at Chicagoland Speedway: Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, 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 NSCS winner: Kyle Busch (07/12/2008 – 23 years, 2 months, 10 days).
  • Oldest Chicago NSCS 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). Team Penske has the second most wins with three; followed by Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports with two each.
  • Three different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Chicago. Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Chicago with eight victories; followed by Toyota with three, Dodge with two and Ford has one.
  • Only one of the 14 (7.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from the Coors Light pole – Kyle Busch in 2008.
  • Only two of the 14 (14.2%) races have won from the front row starting positions – Coors Light Pole (1) and second-place (1).
  • Five of the 14 (35.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicago have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Four of the 14 (28.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recent was Brad Keselowski (25th) last season.
  • 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.
  • 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 leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicago without visiting Victory Lane at 14.

 

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead the series in runner-up finishes at Chicago with three each; followed by Matt Kenseth with two.
  • Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick lead the series in top-five finishes at Chicago with eight each; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon with seven each.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead the series in top-10 finishes at Chicago with 10 each; followed by Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick with nine each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 9.154.

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • 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.
  • Nine out of the 14 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 twice – the 2008 event and last season.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Chicago with 577 laps led in 13 starts.

 

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Shawna Robinson attempted to qualify in 2001 but failed to qualify for the event
Season Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating
2014 Danica Patrick 18 19 69.2
2013 Danica Patrick 23 20 61.2
2012 Danica Patrick 41 25 49.0
Averages: 27.3 21.3 59.8

 

NASCAR in Illinois

 

  • There have been 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three different tracks in the state of Illinois.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held in Willow Springs, Illinois at Santa Fe Speedway in 1954 – the event was won by Dick Rathmann (72.216 mph, 1:23:05, 07-10-1954).

 

Track Name City NSCS Races
Chicagoland Speedway Joliet 14
Santa Fe Speedway Willow Springs 1
Soldier Field Chicago 1

 

  • 78 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Illinois.
  • Five of the 78 have posted at least one victory in a NASCAR national series event; including NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen with 26 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

 

Driver NSCS NXS NCWTS
Fred Lorenzen 26 0 0
Tom Pistone 2 0 0
Justin Allgaier 0 3 0
Bobby Dotter 0 1 0
Erik Darnell 0 0 2

 

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Milestones

DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION
Jeff Gordon 787 1 788th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Consecutive Start This weekend Jeff Gordon will tie Ricky Rudd (788 consecutive starts) for the series all-time lead in consecutive starts.
Carl Edwards 399 1 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start Edwards is 55th on the NASCAR Sprint Cup all-time starts list, three starts behind Lake Speed (402) in 54th.
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 12th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 10th (50 wins).
Tony Stewart 299 1 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-10 Finish Stewart is 17th on the all-time NSCS top-10 finishes list, two top 10s behind James Hylton in 16th (301 top 10s).
Jeff Gordon 24,831 169 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps; joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (204). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.
Chevrolet 749 1 750th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Chevrolet will attempt to post the manufacturer’s 750th win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Chevrolet leads the series in wins.

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