Chicagoland Speedway: NSCS Geico 400 Preview

September 16, 2011 No Comments

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Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
Track: Chicagoland Speedway
Laps: 267 ; Miles: 400.5
Broadcast: TV – ESPN ; Radio – MRN/Sirius XM NASCAR

Sunday: High-71°F ; Low-60°F
40% Chance of Rain
Winds SSE at 14 mph

Fantasy Racing Picks: 

Target: Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Clint Bowyer

Avoid: Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, and Juan Pablo Montoya

Analysis: Jimmie Johnson has led 15 or more laps in the past four races. Harvick’s strength at Chicagoland has rubbed off on Bowyer. Stewart has eight top-10′s in 10 tries. Biffle has only one top-10 (2008) in eight tries.

Bargain: Paul Menard had a breakthrough (P10) last season. David Ragan was a solid P12 also last season.

Preview- Notes: 

-After failing to crack the top-10 in four previous trips at Chicagoland, David Reutimann won for the second time in his career, as he defeated Carl Edwards by 0.727 seconds last year.

-After 26 regular season races and 15 different winners, it comes down to the final 10 events of the season, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins this week.

-Dale Earnhardt Jr defeated Kenseth in 2005 by less than a second for his 16th career Sprint Cup title and the first of that season.

-The furthest a driver has come from to capture the race was 32nd in 2002 by Kevin Harvick.

-The construction of Chicagoland Speedway began in August of 1999, with the first race, a Nationwide event being staged July 14, 2001. The following day, the Sprint Cup Series debuted at the track.

-Next Race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Entry List: 

#00 * David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Tums

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald’s

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Dodge/Miller Lite

#4 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Toyota/Red Bull

#5 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/

#6 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/UPS

#7 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Ground

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Toyota/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Filtrete

#17 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Ford/Crown Royal

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Wrigley

#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Home Depot

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/DuPont

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Zecol

#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports

#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Ford/U.S. Chrome

#33 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper

#34 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/TBA

#35 Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC) Chevrolet/Luke & Associates

#36 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Big Red

#37 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/TBA

#38 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/Long John Silver’s

#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/U.S. Army Medical

#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target

#43 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Ford/Best Buy

#46 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Ford/Whitney’s Collision

#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Kleenex Cool Touch/Clorox

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools

#50 T.J. Bell (Reno, VA) Chevrolet/Green Smoke

#51 Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction

#55 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/TBA

#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes

#60 Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA) Chevrolet/Big Red

#66 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/HP Racing

#71 Andy Lally (Northport, NY) Ford/Interstate Moving Services

#78 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing

#83 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Red Bull

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat’l Guard

#95 David Starr (Houston, TX) Ford/AdvoCare

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac

For all your post race analysis, continue to follow, as Branden and I will do our best to make you feel like you are part of the action! Have fun this weekend!


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