SPRINT CUP RACE INFO / RUNDOWN PAGE: News, Stats, Lineup, Results, Links and Info

THE RACE: GEICO 400

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2011 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #1 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: Geico Insurance

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, Septmber 19 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Friday, September 16

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 pm NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Random Drawing
1:00 - 2:30 pm NSCS Practice
5:00 - 6:25 pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, September 17

9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
4:00 pm NSCS Garage Close

Sunday, September 18

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver/Crew Chiefs Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Drivers Introduction
1:00 pm NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $5,906,054
2010: $6,012,504
2009: $6,182,706
2008: $6,134,923
2007: $6,056,938
2006: $6,014,007
2005: $5,845,750
2004: $5,756,382
2003: $5,106,510
2002: $4,491,173


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    1.5 mile tri-oval
    267 laps for 400.5 miles
    Banking:
    18 degrees in the turns
    11 degrees in the front stretch
    5 degrees in the back stretch
    Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
    Backstretch: 1,700 feet
    Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Geico Caveman
    Command to start engines: Geico Caveman
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jon Cavaiani
    Invocation: ?
    National Anthem: Darius Rucker
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Websites:
    Chicagoland Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Chicagoland Speedway - Facebook
    Chicagoland Speedway - Twitter

  • July 2010: see my Chicago Race Info page

  • 2010 Race Winner: #00-David Reutimann, 145.138mph, started 7th

  • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

  • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

  • Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 6 months, 2 days, 7/11/2009

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 2 months, and 10 days, 7/12/2008

  • 2010 Pole Sitter: #1-Jamie McMurray, 183.542mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 188.147mph, 7/8/2005

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002

  • The Number for Chicago:
    1 - win from the pole (Kyle Busch, 7/12/08)
    1 - number of times qualifying canceled due to weather (7/12/08)
    2 - most wins by driver (Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart)
    4 - fewest cautions (7/10/10)
    6 - fewest leaders (7/11/09)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    8 - different race winners
    9 - different pole winners
    10 - fewest lead changes (twice, most recent 7/10/10)
    10 - most cautions (twice, most recent 7/10/05)
    11 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (7/13/03)
    11 - fewest laps led by race winner (Dale Earnhardt Jr., 7/10/05)
    13 - most leaders (7/11/04)
    20 - most lead changes (twice, most recent 7/15/07)
    21 - fewest caution laps (7/10/10)
    29 - most cars on lead lap at finish (7/12/08)
    42 - most running at finish (twice, most recent 7/12/08)
    120 minutes - amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall
    195 - most laps led by race winner (7/11/09 - Mark Martin - 267-lap race)
    2011 Caution Update
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono1)
    6 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    8 - number of cautions in spring race (April 30) at RIR
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    197 - number of cautions in the first 26 races of 2011: includes 97 for accidents, 43 for debris and 28 for spins Note: 185 cautions in the first 26 races in 2010; includes 98 for accidents, 34 for debris and 25 for spins
    965 of 7,376 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,328.307 of 10,233.258 - miles under caution in the first 26 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(9-15-2011)

  • At Chicagoland Speedway, facts and notes:
    Construction began in August 1999.
    The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was July 14, 2001.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 15, 2001.
    This weekend marks the first time Chicagoland Speedway will be included in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup  Sept. 18, 2011.
    There have been 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    12 drivers have competed in all 10 races.
    Todd Bodine won the first pole.
    There has been a different pole winner after every qualifying session (qualifying was canceled in 2008).
    Kevin Harvick won the first two races; six drivers have won races, led by Harvick and Tony Stewart, each with two.
    Kyle Busch won the 2008 race from the pole, the first time a driver won from the pole. It was also the only time a driver had won from a top-five starting position.
    Kevin Harvick won the 2002 race from the 32nd starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started at Chicago.
    Only one starting position has multiple wins: 14th. Mark Martin won from the 14th starting position in 2009, as did Ryan Newman in 2003.
    Jeff Gordon (8.6), Jimmie Johnson (10.0), Tony Stewart (9.5) and Brian Vickers (8.8) are active drivers who average a top-10 finish.
    Five of the last six races have ended with a margin of victory under one second.
    There have been 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Illinois.
    74 drivers all-time in NASCAR three national series have their home state recorded as Illinois.
    There have been four race winners from Illinois in NASCAR's three national series.(NASCAR)(9-12-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Chicagoland Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


Practice & Qualifying Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, September 16, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 16, 6:00 - 7:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, September 17 at 1:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 8:00pm/et.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Stewart wins at Chicago: #14-Tony Stewart won the rain delayed GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 40th career win and 1st of the season.
    The race came down to fuel mileage with several chase drivers running out on the last lap. #29-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #99-Edwards, #2-Keselowski, #22-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #5-Martin, and #48-Johnson. Pole-sitter #17-Kenseth ran out of gas on the last lap and finished 21st after being penalized for receiving a push from another car.
    #29-Kevin Harvick now leads the points by 7 over #14-Stewart.
    There were 22 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 42,000. Las't year's Chicago race, held in July, drew 67,500.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Chicago Race Results/Awards page.(9-19-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2054
    2) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 2047, -7
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2044, -10
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2043, -11
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2041, -13
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2040, -13
    7) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2040, -14
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2038, -16
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2035, -19
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2030, -24
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2029, -25
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2013, -41
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-19-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    #71 increases their lead slightly to 45 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 375, +55
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 365, 45 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 320, 45 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 286, -79
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-19-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Chicago:
    Tony Stewart won the 11th Annual GEICO 400, his 40th victory in 455 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ties Mark Martin for 17th on all-time victory list. He scores a victory in 13 consecutive seasons. Stewart's last win was Oct. 10, 2010 at Auto Club Speedway.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2011.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Andy Lally (28th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 7 points over Tony Stewart.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-19-2011)

  • Chase Drivers Finishing Position at Chicago:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch, 22nd
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 24th
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth, 21st
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 4th
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 10th
    7) #22-Kurt Busch, 6th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 9th
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 1st
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 31st
    (9-19-2011)

  • Chicago Notes-n-nuggets:
    " This is Tony Stewart's 40th victory in his 455th start. His 40 wins ties Mark Martin for 16th all-time.
    " This is Tony Stewart's first victory of 2011 -- the 16th driver to win a race this season.
    " Tony Stewart now has a victory in 13th consecutive seasons.
    " Tony Stewart earned his third victory at Chicagoland in his 11th start, leading all drivers.
    " This is Tony Stewart's seventh Chase victory.
    " Stewart-Haas Racing earned its ninth victory, second victory in 2011 and first at Chicagoland.
    " Kevin Harvick (second) scored his sixth top-five at Chicagoland in 11 starts.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr (third) earned his best finish since second at Kansas, 14 races ago.
    " Carl Edwards (fourth) notched his 18th top-10 finish this season, tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most.
    " Brad Keselowski (fifth) has five top-five finishes in the past seven races. His average finish in the past eight races is 4.8.
    " Clint Bowyer (seventh) earned his second top-10 finish in the past 11 races. He was the only non-Chase driver in top eight. Bowyer has top-10 finishes in five of his six Chicago races.
    " Ryan Newman (eighth) earned his seventh top-10 in the past 10 races. This is Newman's fourth top-10 at Chicago in the past five races.
    " Jimmie Johnson (10th) earned his 55th career top-10 finish in 71 Chase races (77 percent). This is his eighth top-10 in 10 Chicago races but he is still winless.
    (Racing Recall/nascar.com)(9-19-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Chicago:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #7, Pre-Race to the rear, Engine
    #30, Pre-Race to the rear, Missed Driver Intros
    #4, 72, Speed-Exiting pits, Tail of Field
    #4, 72, Pitting out of order, Tail of Field
    #00, 146, Pitting out of order, Tail of Field
    #1, 164, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #51, 164, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #36, 165, Pitting out of order, Tail of Field
    #42, 166, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #38, 205, Pitting out of order, Tail of Field
    #34, 265, Speed-Entering pits, Was at the end of race & 1 lap taken away
    #24, 267, Speed-Entering pits, Happened at end of race- 1 lap was taken away
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-18-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #34-Gilliland, 35th
    Caution 2: #32-Bliss, 25th
    Caution 3: #31-Burton, 16th
    Caution 4: #24-Gordon, 22nd
    Caution 5: #9-Ambrose, 20th
    Caution 6: #4-Kahne, 13th
    (9-18-2011)

  • Chicago race postponed until Monday: The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has been postponed because of rain. The race has been rescheduled for Monday, September 19 with a start time of 12:00 pm/et. The race will be televised on ESPN live. All GEICO 400 event tickets from Sunday will be honored for the re-scheduled race. Admission gates will open at 8:00 am/ct and tickets will be on sale at the Chicagoland Speedway ticket office starting at 8:00 am/ct as well. For more information please contact Chicagoland Speedway's ticket office at (866) 629-7223 or log onto www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com. (9-18-2011)

  • Rain could be an issue at Chicago: NASCAR has moved up the start of the Geico 400 by 15 minutes. to 2:03 pm/et, since the weather forecast has a 70% chance of rain today for the greater Chicago/Joliet area. There is also a scheduled competition caution on lap 30 today because of the rain washing all the rubber off the track, so team can check tires. Teams can pit, make repairs and change tires before the competition caution but cannot fuel the cars. To keep up with the weather, see a few weather links on the Chicago Race Info page.(9-18-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the rain postponed GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled forMonday, September 19, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 12:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00pm/et

  • Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Begins at Chicago on ESPN: ESPN will have live coverage of the first race in NASCAR's playoffs, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 18. All 10 races in the Chase will air on ESPN networks. The race telecast will mark the debut of ESPN's NASCAR NonStop, a commercial format designed to bring more racing action to viewers while also providing value to advertisers. In NASCAR NonStop, ESPN's commercial breaks will feature a split-screen format showing the advertisement on the left side of the screen and a continuation of racing action on the right side. In addition, ESPN's scoring ticker will continue to move across the top of the screen, allowing NASCAR fans to follow the running order of the race during the breaks. NASCAR NonStop will take effect at or near the halfway point of the race, with the first half of the race presented in the traditional commercial break format. The 400-mile race on the 1.5-mile track will get the green flag at 2:16 pm/etT. The NASCAR Countdown presented by NAPA pre-race show airs at 1:00pm/et.(ESPN)(9-15-2001)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #17-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #27-Menard took pit stall 8, the next pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #22-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #47-Labonte, who starts 11th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-17-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kenseth wins Chicago pole: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 183.243mph. It is his 2nd pole of the season and the 6th of his career. #27-Menard starts 2nd followed by #22-Busch, #39-Newman, #99-Edwards, #2-Keselowski, #16-Biffle, #83-Vickers, #18-Busch, and #20-Logano.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #38-Yeley, #66-McDowell, #30-Stremme, #46-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #7-Gordon, #37-Wise.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #55-Kvapil, #95-Starr, #35-Leicht, #60-Skinner
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Chicago Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (9-17-2011)

  • Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Chicago:
    Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch, 9th
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick, 30th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 23rd
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1st
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 5th
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 12th
    7) #22-Kurt Busch, 3rd
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 4th
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 26th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 19th
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski, 6th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 27th
    (9-17-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Chicago:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 11th Annual GEICO 400 with a lap of 29.469 seconds, 183.243 mph.
    This is his sixth pole in 427 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and ninth top-10 start in 2011. His previous pole came on March 6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Paul Menard (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2011 and his second in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his second top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 15th in 27 races this season.
    Andy Lally (40th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-17-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 1:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 1:30pm/et
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 8:00pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #7-Gordon, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #00-Reutimann, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Chicago Qualifying Page.(9-16-2011)

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • Happy Hour practice for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #83-Vickers 184.275
    #4-Kahne 184.087
    #17-Kenseth (X) 183.536
    #27-Menard 183.374
    #29-Harvick (X) 183.331
    slowest: #36-Blaney 176.120 & #32-Bliss 176.039
    notes: There was some light rain as the session begun, but not enough to stop practice. #36-Blaney spun early but didn't hit anything.
    See fastest speeds, average seepds, top 10 lap averages, number of laps run on the Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(9-16-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 9th
    #38-J.J. Yeley, 15th
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 16th
    #35-Stephen Leicht, 18th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 21st
    #46-Scott Speed, 24th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 25th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 27th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #55-Travis Kvapil, 34th
    #95-David Starr, 35th
    #37-Josh Wise, 41st
    #60-Mike Skinner, 45th

  • First Friday practice for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #00-Reutimann 183.138
    #33-Bowyer 182.964
    #5-Martin 182.883
    #18-Busch (X) 182.846
    #21-Bayne 182.723
    (X) = Chase driver
    slowest: #32-Bliss 176.010 & #7-Gordon 175.633.
    notes: #22-Keselowski went out for his first run but came back into the garage reporting a possible problem with the engine. The team changed spark plugs and the car was ok. #99-Edwards reported a possible problem with the fuel pickup. The team is going to change the carburetor. #60-Skinner had a possible engine failure that laid oil on the track.
    This practice sets the qualifying order, which is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30pm/et and will be televised on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, average seepds, top 10 lap averages, number of laps run on the Chicago Practice Speeds Page. (9-16-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 5th
    #30-David Stremme, 7th
    #38-J.J. Yeley, 18th
    #35-Stephen Leicht, 24th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 27th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #46-Scott Speed, 39th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #95-David Starr, 42nd
    #55-Travis Kvapil, 43rd
    #37-Josh Wise, 45th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 47th

  • The Entry List for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #50-T.J. Bell has withdrawn.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (37/26)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (28/13((2011 race winner)
    #30-David Stremme (43/14)
    #35-Stephen Leicht (46/6)
    #37-Josh Wise (39/26)
    #38-J.J. Yeley (36/26)
    #46-Scott Speed (40/26)
    #55-Travis Kvapil (52/8)
    #60-Mike Skinner (44/26)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/26)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/26)
    #95-David Starr (45/5)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,38,7,37,46,66,87,60
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 30,55,35,95,
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Chicago Entry List.(9-12/16-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Chicago:
    #71's lead drops a tad to 40 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 356, +47
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 349, 40 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 309, 40 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 281, -68
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-10-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2012
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2012
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2009
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2006
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2003
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2003
    7) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2003
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2003
    9) #14-Tony Stewart [0 wins], 2000
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2000
    WC1) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins, 11th pts]. 2000
    WC2) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win 12th pts], 2000
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-10-2011)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#00-David Reutimann Tum's #00 Team Schemes Page
#1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Office Depot Copy & Print Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch DoubleMint Gum #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menard's / Zecol #27 Team Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Budweiser "Bowtie (red) #29 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Kimberly-Clark / Scott's #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Chicago: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Chicagoland Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis #1112 to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. This is the second race of 2011 for this chassis after it ran at Indianapolis in July, coming home with a fourth-place finish.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will race chassis PRS-760 during Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-777 Last ran Michigan - finished 12th; Backup: RK-711 Last ran Darlington - finished 21st
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-679 for Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the same chassis Martin drove to an eighth-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 703 for the 400.5-mile race at Chicagoland Speedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion was previously run this season at Kansas and Indianapolis.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640: This car debuted in May at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway where it enjoyed a solid outing, qualifying ninth and leading six laps before finishing seventh. It spent time in the wind tunnel afterward and made its second career start at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June. There, it qualified 15th and moved its way into the top-five by lap 124, only to be felled two laps later when Stewart reported that he had lost third gear. The balky transmission prevented Stewart from getting up to speed quickly on restarts, which conspired to leave Chassis No. 14-640 in 21st place when the checkered flag dropped. The car returned to Pocono in August where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot and a flat left-front tire on lap 92 that at one point had Stewart a lap down to finish on the lead lap in 11th. Chassis No. 14-640 returns to action this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., for the Geico 400.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: RK-741 (Last run at Michigan)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 326: This is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
    #22-Kurt Busch: and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-756" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. "It's the car that we raced at Loudon back in July," offered crew chief Addington. "We started fourth, led a bunch of laps and were running fifth on the final lap when we ran out of fuel. We had to coast to a 10th-place finish. That's the only time we've raced this car and have really been looking forward to bringing it back out again."
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 326 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevy Impala was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen in competition at Michigan International Speedway (August) where Menard started 11th and finished 26th. This racer also saw time at Bristol Motor Speedway (March) where he started fourth and finished fifth, The Sprint Showdown (May) where he started third and was running second when he was hit on the restart, relegating him to an 11th-place finish and at Michigan International Speedway in June, where Menard started ninth and finished fourth.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) stable. This is a brand new race car that will see its first on-track action at Chicagoland.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 355 primary from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for the 2011 season, this #31 racer was first put through its first competitive paces at Darlington Raceway in May. Burton was on his way to posting a top-10 finish until the engine on the Caterpillar Chevrolet expired with just fewer than 20 laps remaining and resulted in a disappointing 33rd-place finish. In addition, this yellow and black machine was run at Kansas in June where it finished 25th.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 371 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This is a brand new #33 Chevy Impala that will turn its first laps during opening practice on Friday.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will run the No. 802 chassis this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The Golden Corral team last ran chassis No. 802 at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and finished 35th with an engine failure. The team also ran No. 802 at Phoenix International Raceway as a backup, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway in March and Charlotte Motor Speedway this season.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 team are bringing chassis #1105 to Chicagoland this weekend, marking the seventh race of the season for this chassis. Montoya previously ran this car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 783 for this weekend's event at Chicagoland Speedway. This Best Buy Ford is a brand new car and has not been run previously this season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: Crew chief Frank Kerr has decided to bring the chassis Labonte raced at Kentucky Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season to the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 681 in Sunday's event. He last drove that car to a 19th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 650 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-668 this weekend at Chicago. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August. This chassis first saw action at Michigan International Speedway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-788 - New car
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-15-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 375, Right-side -- 375

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-53 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide Series teams ran at Chicagoland in June . . . this is also the same exact tire set-up that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Texas earlier this season and at Homestead last November . . . for Camping World Truck teams, they ran this set-up at Homestead last season, but ran only this left-side tire code with a different right-side at Texas earlier this season . . . NASCAR teams have also run this left-side tire at Dover (all three series) and Nashville (Nationwide and Trucks) in 2011 . . . talking specifically about Chicagoland, teams in all three of these series ran this same left-side tire code (D-4392) last season, but with a different right-side code . . . compared to what was run at this track in 2010, this right-side (D-4410) features just a minor construction change . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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Next Race: Hollywood Casino 400

Countdown to Race Time: 10/5/2014 ~2:16pm/et

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