Date: Sunday, Sept. 15
Start Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
Site: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Ill.
Track: 1.5-mile oval
Capacity: 70,000 (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: ESPN
On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: David Reutimann, 2010 (145.138 mph)
Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (188.147 mph)
Defending champion: Brad Keselowski
Runner up: Jimmie Johnson
Pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (182.865 mph)
1. Brad Keselowski (Start: 13)
2. Jimmie Johnson (1)
3. Kasey Kahne (6)
4. Kyle Busch (21)
5. Ryan Newman (20)
6. Tony Stewart (29)
7. Joey Logano (10)
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4)
9. Martin Truex Jr. (18)
10. Clint Bowyer (9)
Average speed: 143.363 mph
Time of race: 2 hrs., 47 mins., 37 secs.
Margin of victory: 3.171 secs.
Caution flags: 4 for 23 laps
Lead changes: 16 among 9 drivers
2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 143.363 mph
2011 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 143.306 mph
2010 David Reutimann, Toyota, 145.138 mph
2009 Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 133.810 mph
2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 133.996 mph
2007 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 134.258 mph
2006 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 132.077 mph
2005 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 127.638 mph
2004 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 129.507 mph
2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 134.059 mph
2002 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 136.832 mph
2001 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 121.200 mph
Race: Federated Auto Parts 400 (Sept. 7)
Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
Finish line order: Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 23 secs.
Average speed: 105.028 mph
Margin of victory: 0.668 secs.
Caution flags: 5 for 29 laps
Lead changes: 17 among 9 drivers
Lap leaders: J. Gordon 1-49; B. Keselowski 50-65; Ku. Busch 66-94; J. McMurray J. Gordon 1-49; B. Keselowski 50-65; Ku. Busch 66-94; J. McMurray 95-96; B. Keselowski 97-104; M. Kenseth 105-109; Ku. Busch 110-137; J. McMurray 138-141; B. Keselowski 142-208; Ku. Busch 209-217; B. Keselowski 218-268; Ku. Busch 269-269; C. Bowyer 270-341; Ku. Busch 342-347; C. Edwards 348-390; R. Newman 391-394; P. Menard 395-397; C. Edwards 398-400.
#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's
#2 * Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite
#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
#7 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/TBA
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt
#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/Geico
#14 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/Peak Antifreeze
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Post-it
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Best Buy
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Doublemint
#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/Plinker Tactical
#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General
#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser
#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Toyota/Lean 1
#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Ford/U.S. Chrome
#33 Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell
#35 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/MDS Transport
#36 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA
#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's
#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target/Kraft
#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Eckrich
#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Toyota/Kingsford Charcoal
#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's
#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt
#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
#78 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Furniture Row
#83 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Royal Teak Collection
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
#93 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#95 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Ford/Leavine Family Racing
#98 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal
|Dale Earnhardt Jr||22||Won||5||19||16||15||23||3||8|
|Martin Truex Jr||16||39||9||16||11||18||9|
Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile racetrack, has 18 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 11 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 5 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,400 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,700 feet. Construction of this racetrack, which is located roughly 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, began in August 1999.
There have been 12 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Chicagoland. Kevin Harvick won the inaugural Cup event there, the Tropicana 400, on July 15, 2001. Harvick scored another victory at this track the following year, doing so from the 32nd starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won there.
Tony Stewart holds the record for most victories at Chicagoland with three. Stewart is sidelined for the remainder of this season due to a leg injury.
This will be the third consecutive season the first race in the Chase is held at Chicagoland. In the previous two years, the winner of this race went on to capture the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart did it in 2011, and Brad Keselowski did so last year.
Jimmie Johnson is the only driver with multiple poles at Chicagoland. Johnson claimed the pole there in 2005 and '12. He has yet to win a Cup race at this track. His first Nationwide Series victory came there in 2001.
Kyle Busch is the only driver who has won a Cup event at Chicagoland after starting on the pole. Busch accomplished the feat in 2008.
Just four of the previous 12 races at Chicagoland have been won from a top-10 starting position.
Six of the last eight races at this track have ended with a margin of victory less than one second. Busch's win there in '08 was the closest margin. He beat Johnson to the finish line by just 0.159 seconds.
No driver has scored his or her's first career Sprint Cup race win or maiden pole at Chicagoland. Two drivers entered in this weekend's event made their series debuts at this track: David Stremme (2005) and Josh Wise (2011).
Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Chicagoland. His victory there five years ago came when he was 23 years, 2 months and 10 days old. When Mark Martin was 50 years, 6 months and 2 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track in 2009.
Race 2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.