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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the MyAfibStory.com 400

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
 
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 Stewartwith three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two (first two series events at speedway).
·         Six Chase Contenders are former winners at Chicagoland Speedway: Kevin HarvickKyle 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 andMatt Kenseth with two each.
·         Tony Stewart leads the series in top-five finishes at Chicago with eight; followed by Jimmie Johnson andKevin 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 byJeff 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
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
23
20
9/15/2013
Danica Patrick
41
25
9/16/2012
NASCAR in Illinois
·         There have been 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three different tracks in Illinois.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Chicagoland Speedway
Joliet
13
Santa Fe Speedway
Willow Springs
1
Soldier Field
Chicago
1
·         75 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Illinois.
·         Two of the 74 have posted at least one victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series including NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
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

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