NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: GEICO 400

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #1 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, September 15, 2013 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: GEICO

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network - providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 12
6:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, September 13
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens 11:00 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying Order
12:00 -- 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
4:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, September 14
8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 - 10:55 am NSCS Practice
1:00 - 1:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
4:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, September 15
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Drivers Introductions
1:00 pm GEICO 400 NSCS Race

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, September 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, September 14, 11:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 14, 2:00 - 2:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 13 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,100,486
2012: $6,037,930
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 Specifications:
    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
    Front stretch: 2,400 feet
    Back stretch: 1,700 feet
    Attendance: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Cast members of "Chicago Fire"
    Command to start engines: Cast members of "Chicago Fire", Chicago Police Chief, Joliet Police Chief, Joliet Fire Chief
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Glenn Spoolstra
    National Anthem: Danielle Bradbery
    Flyover: scheduled to be Hooligan Flight Demo Team, was not shown

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

  • September 2012: see my Chicago Race Info page

  • 2012 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 143.363mph, started 13th

  • Race Speed Record: Brad Keselowski, 2012, 143.363

  • 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

  • 2012 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 182.865mph, finished 2nd

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

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Jeff Burton, 39 years, 0 months, 10 days, 7/09/2006

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Ryan Newman, 24 years, 7 months, 6 days, 7/14/2002

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

  • News & Notes - Chicagoland Speedway:
    • 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 third year Chicagoland Speedway has been included in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - Sept. 18, 2011.
    • There have been 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway, one race per season since the first event in 2001.
    • 105 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway; 81 in more than one.
    • 10 drivers have competed in all 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Chicagoland Speedway; four of which are Chase Contenders: 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.
    • Nine different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won at Chicagoland Speedway, led by Tony Stewart with three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two (first two series events at speedway).
    • Three Chase Contenders are former winners at Chicagoland Speedway: Harvick, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    • Kevin Harvick (2001, 2002) is the only driver to post consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Chicagoland Speedway.
    • Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins at Chicago in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three: Tony Stewart (two) and Kyle Busch (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 and Dodge with two each. Ford has yet to win at Chicago.
    • One of the 12 (8.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kyle Busch in 2008.
    • Four of the 12 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicago have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Three of the 12 (25%) 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 and Matt Kenseth with two each.
    • Tony Stewart leads the series in top-five finishes at Chicago with eight; followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon with six each.
    • Tony Stewart leads the series in top-10 finishes at Chicago with 10; followed by Jeff Gordon with nine.
    • Brian Vickers leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Chicago with a 5.833.
    • Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 8.500.
    • Eight of the nine 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).
    • Mark Martin competed at Chicagoland Speedway eight times before winning in 2009; the longest span of any the nine Chicago NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    • Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek and Matt Kenseth lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicago without visiting Victory Lane at 12.
    • 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.
    • Eight out of the 12 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: David Stremme (7/10/2005) 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 11 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
    (NASCAR)(9-12-2013)

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Chicago:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson..................116.2
    Tony Stewart........................109.8 (injured, not racing)
    #55-Brian Vickers...................101.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth....................101.5
    #18-Kyle Busch.......................99.4
    #29-Kevin Harvick....................95.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon......................94.6
    #15-Clint Bowyer.....................91.8
    #99-Carl Edwards.....................90.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski...................90.2
    #55-Mark Martin......................89.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr............... 89.5
    Note: For point-paying races in past eight years, at this track.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(9-11-2013)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kenseth wins Chicago: #20-Matt Kesenth won the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 6th win of 2013 and 30th career win.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #29-Harvick, #78-Busch, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #15-Bowyer, and #39-Newman.
    The start of the race was delayed about 90 minutes because of rain. Rain then started again on lap 109, causing a red flag of 5 hours 10 minutes before the race resumed.
    Pole sitter #22-Logano lost an engine cylinder just past halfway. He fell out of the race shortly after and finished 37th.
    Chase driver #88-Earnhardt, Jr. also lost an engine and finished 35th.
    There were 25 lead changes among 16 drivers and 9 cautions for 46 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 125.855mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Chicago Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Chicago Penalty Report (pdf).(9-15-2013)

  • Where did the 13 Chase Drivers finish at Chicago?
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1st (10)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th (9)
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd (12)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3rd (17)
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 11th(8)
    6) #22-Joey Logano, 37th (1), engine
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 16th (7)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 9th (24)
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 35th (18), engine
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 4th (16)
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 12th (4)
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 10th (20)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th (6)
    (9-15-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Chicago:
    Matt Kenseth won the 13th Annual Geico 400, his 30th victory in 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He becomes the 22nd driver to reach 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories.
    This is his sixth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2013. This sixth win is a single-season career high for Kenseth.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    There were 25 lead changes among 16 different drivers -- both series records at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie. It is his career-best finish.
    Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 8 points over Kyle Busch.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-15-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [6 wins], 2063
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2055, -8
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2052, -11
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2048, -15
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2040, -23
    6) #78-Kurt Busch, 2040, -23
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2039, -24
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2035, -28
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2035, -28
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2032, -31
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2032, -31
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2011, -52
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2010, -53
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-15-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [4 wins], 881
    2) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 876, -5
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 870, -18
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [6 wins], 855, -26
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 854, -27
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 814, -67
    7) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 802, -79
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 791, -90
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 790, -91
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 788, -93
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 776, -105
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 771, -110
    13) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 759, -122
    14) #2-Brad Keselowski, 758, -123
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 747, -134
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 720, -161
    17) #56-Truex, Jr., 717, -164
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-15-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #32-Hill, 34th
    Caution 2: #31-Burton, 14th
    Caution 3: #47-Allmendinger, 21st
    Caution 4: #10-Patrick, 20th
    Caution 5: #13-Mears, 30th
    Caution 6: #22-Logano, 37th
    Caution 7: #38-Gilliland, 28th
    Caution 8: #7-Blaney, 23rd
    Caution 9: #7-Blaney (2), 23rd
    (9-15-2013)

  • Rain has race under red flag: After starting 90 minutes late, the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway was red flagged at 4:45pm/et on lap 109. The halfway point is lap 134. Jet dryers got on track at just before 7:00pm/et, after the rain slowed, but with cooler temps and damp conditions, drying is going slowly.
    NASCAR is looking to restart the race around 10:00pm/et.
    ESPN2 will have TV coverage when the race goes back to green.
    For more weather info see the Chicago Race Info Page - weather section.(9-15-2013)

  • Rain will be an issue Sunday: The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday at Chicagland Speedway does not look good. It now calls for showers, mainly after 10am/ct with a high near 68. The overall chance of precipitation is 100%. Chances drop to 80% tonight. The hourly forecast calls for a steady chance of rain through the afternoon and evening. There are lights at the track so the race could be run at night if needed. Monday's forecast looks good. For more weather info see the Chicago Race Info Page - weather section.
    AND: Due to the forecast, NASCAR has move up the command to start engines to 2:01pm/ct and the green flag is now scheduled for 2:10pm/et.(9-15-2013)
    UPDATE: Rain fell at the track from about 12:30-2:00pm/et. Jet dryers then worked to dry the track. Pre-race ceremonies were completed about 3:20pm/et. Engines were fired at 3:29pm/et and the race went green at 3:40pm/et. There will be a competition caution on lap 30. There's another band of rain about 2 hours west of the track.(9-15-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, September 16 at 1:30am/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 8, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    #42-Montoya, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-29-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2013 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Final practice for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 181.068
    #42-Montoya 181.056
    #22-Logano 181.050
    #48-Johnson 180.741
    #16-Biffle 180.475
    slowest: #7-Blaney 175.194 & #33-Raines 172.161. no speed: #87-Nemechek, #98-McDowell.
    notes: #99-Edwards complained of a miss in the engine, but the team changed spark plugs and the problem went away.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Chicago Practice 3 Speeds (pdf).(9-14-2013)

  • First Saturday practice for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr. 182.383
    #24-Gordon 182.328
    #5-Kahne 182.291
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 182.186
    #42-Montoya 181.996
    slowest: #40-Cassill 176.125 & #33-Raines 173.327. No speed: #35-Wise.
    notes: Final practice will be at 2:00pm/et and will be shown live on Fox Sports 2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Chicago Practice 2 Speeds (pdf).(9-14-2013)

  • Logano wins Chicago pole: #22-Joey Logano won the pole for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 189.414mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 7th of his career.
    #22-Keselowski is on the outside pole, followed by #42-Montoya, #5-Kahne, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #24-Gordon, #16-Biffle, #99-Edwards, #49-Johnson, and #20-Kenseth.
    With only 43 cars entered, everyone made the race.
    See the full starting Lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, links and notes on the Chicago Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(9-13-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Chicago:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Geico 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 28.509 seconds, 189.414 mph. The previous record was set by Jimmie Johnson in July 2005 (188.147 mph / 28.701 sec).
    This is his seventh pole in 174 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    This is the 15th track qualifying record broken this season with the Gen-6 race car.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2013 and his second in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his second top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 10th in 27 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-13-2013)

  • Where the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Chicago:
    [listed by driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 10th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 12th
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 17th
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 8th
    6) #22-Joey Logano, 1st
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 7th
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 24th
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 18th
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 16th
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 4th
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 20th
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th
    (9-13-2013)

  • 15 qualifying track records have been set so far 2013
    after 23 qualifying session, 3 were cancelled due to rain:
    1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
    2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
    3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
    4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
    5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
    6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
    7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
    8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
    9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013, was 135.232 from July 2011
    10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013, was 186.293 from August 2004
    11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013, was 179.598 from June 2012
    12) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241, August 10, 2013, was 127.020 from August 2012
    13) Michigan, #22-Joey Logano, 203.949, August 16, 2013; was 203.241mph from June 2012
    14) Richmond(2nd time), #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.599, September 6, 2013 - was 130.334 from April 2013
    15) Chicago, #22-Joey Logano, 189.414, September 13, 2013 - was 188.147 from July 2005
    (9-13-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2013 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:00pm/et
    TV Internet: WatchESPN, 5:00pm/et
    Radio internet: Motor Racing Network (MRN), 5:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Friday practice for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 187.669
    #78-Busch 187.643
    #99-Edwards 187.578
    #48-Johnson 187.188
    #42-Montoya 187.156
    slowest: #7-Blaney 180.439 & #33-Raines 173.891
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 5:10pm/et. It will be shown live on ESPN2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Chicago Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(9-13-2013)

  • Qualifying Order for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #38-Gilliland.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #42-Montoya.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., is scheduled to qualify 19th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Chicago Qualifying Page.(9-13-2013)

  • Entry List for the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #51-Justin Allgaier (Cup debut), #32-Hill, #47-Allmendinger. #19-Bliss has withdrawn.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Chicago Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings [REVISED]:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 842
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 841, -1
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 828, -14
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 811, -31
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 807, -35
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 781, -61
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 779 [was 829], -63
    8)#78-Kurt Busch, 762, -80
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 759, -83
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 751, -91
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 14th in pts
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 12th in pts (moved into 12th and Chase after penaty to #56)
    was WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], now 17th in pts and drops out of Chase
    (Truex was tied in pts with #39-Newman, tiebreaker was Truex having a 2nd place finish until the penalty)
    2012 Chase drivers who missed the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (1 pt out of 10th)
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th in points (31 pts out of 10th)
    #56-Martin Truex Jr, from 12th to 17th in pts with penalty and out of the Chase.
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-157)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-266)
    Drivers who were not in the 2012 Chase: #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #22-Logano.
    See drivers championship points standings [NOT: revised yet] on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-7/9-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Points Standings [REVISED]:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    (reset after Richmond)
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2015
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2013, -3
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2012, -3
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2006, -9
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2006, -9
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2003, -12
    7) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2003, -12
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2000, -15
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2000, -15
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2000, -15
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins - wildcard1], 2000, -15
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win - wildcard], 2000, -15
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. was the wildcard before penalized 50 points
    As for the Owners points, no teams with multiple drivers made it in the Owners chase.
    See drivers championship points standings [not updated yet] on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See wild card report on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-7/9-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes 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:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-864. Last Raced - Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-838. Last Raced: Darlington (finished 32nd).
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday's event at Chicagoland. Kahne drove this car to a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Most recently, he finished seventh while driving this car at Michigan International Speedway in August.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team will bring new chassis No. 842 this weekend to Chicago. The team last ran this chassis at Pocono Raceway where they started in eighth and finished in the 12th spot.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-805: Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and April 11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marked the car's first start of 2013, and it was a solid one, with Chassis No. 14-707 qualifying fifth and finishing fourth. The car returns to action this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where on Sunday it will make its third points-paying start and its fourth overall.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-862. Last ran Pocono - finished 10th. Backup Chassis: RK-859. Last ran Indianapolis - finished 24th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 860 - last ran at Indy- finished 25th. Backup Chassis: RK-815 - last ran at Darlington - finished 18th.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-863. Last Raced - Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-839. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 428 at Chicagoland Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was raced previously this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Menard drove it to a 12th-place finish and Michigan International Speedway where he finished fourth.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 430 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the GIEICO 400. This Chevrolet is new to the No. 29 team rotation and is scheduled to be on track for the first time this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 426 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway in June and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-733: A workhorse of the No. 39 fleet, Chassis No. 39-733 debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, when Newman recorded a seventh-place finish. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The chassis made its last start of 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body over the offseason, and saw its first laps of 2013 at Kansas in April, when Newman finished 14th. He then raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in May. Newman again raced Chassis 39-733 at Pocono in June, where he recorded a fifth-place finish. Newman was in contention to score another top-10 finish with Chassis 39-733 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in June, but a late-race restart saw him shuffled to 14th when the checkered flag waved. Then, Newman qualified the car on the pole and led 45 laps en-route to earning his first win of the 2013 season in July's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. A week later, Newman overcame a series of slow stops on pit road at Pocono to record a fourth-place finish. Most recently, Newman fought through an ill-handling condition to finish 13th at Michigan.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 864 for Chicagoland. This is a new chassis that the team tested in Chicago in August.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 799 at Chicago. Chassis No. 784 serves as the backup.
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810 this weekend at Chicago. Earnhardt first raced this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, and he finished sixth at the 2.5-mile speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary: RK- 854 last ran at Michigan. Backup: RK - 831.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-12-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

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

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

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Nationwide: Left-side - 500. Right-side - 500;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side - 400. Right-side - 400

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in. (2,215 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

    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

    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 teams in all three series have run at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this is also the same exact tire set-up that these teams have run at Homestead over that same span . . . NASCAR teams have also run this left-side tire code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at both Texas (all three series) and Darlington (Cup and Nationwide) earlier this season . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Chicago Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Sylvania 300

Countdown to Race Time: 9/21/2014 ~2:15pm/et

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