NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2016 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #1 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:46pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 1:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, September 19 at 4:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, September 16
7:30 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 - 1:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, September 17
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 - 10:25 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, September 18
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 PM NSCS RACE

  • Chicago Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    2:00pm: Drivers Introductions
    2:30pm: Presentation of Colors: 347th Fighter Squadron Honor Guard
    2:30pm: Invocation by: Michael McDowell
    2:31pm: National Anthem: Jim Cornelison
    2:37pm: "Driver's, Start Your Engines" by: Greg Cipes, Voice of Michelangelo, TMNT and The Kids of NASCAR
    2:46pm: Start of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 (267 Laps, 400.5 Miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, September 16, 1:30 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-None, Online streaming on the NBC Sports App;
    Saturday, September 17, 10:30 - 11:25 pm/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 17, 1:30 - 2:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 16 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • 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
    Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
    Backstretch: 1,700 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Grandstand Seating: 55,500 [was 69,000 and 75,000]
    Opened: 2001

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Greg Cipes, Voice of Michelangelo, TMNT and The Kids of NASCAR
    Command to start engines: Greg Cipes, Voice of Michelangelo, TMNT and The Kids of NASCAR
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Color Guard: 347th Fighter Squadron Honor Guard
    Invocation: Michael McDowell
    National Anthem: Jim Cornelison
    Flyover: 122nd Fighter Wing Unit, Air National Guard

  • September 2015: see the Chicago Race Info page

  • 2015 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 140.117mph, started 29th

  • Race Speed Record: David Reutimann, 7/10/2010, 145.138

  • 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

  • 2015 Pole Winner: none, canceled by rain

  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 189.414mph, 9/13/2013

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

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 3 months, and 19 days, 9/13/2013

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

  • Who's Hot and Who's Not - Chicago Edition:
    HOT
    " #2-Brad Keselowski: finished 8th or better in his last 5 Chicago races including two wins (2012 and 2014)
    " #18-Kyle Busch: finished 9th or better in last 4 Chicago races; led a race-high 121 laps last year to begin his Championship run
    " #11-Denny Hamlin: won race last year; 8 straight finishes of 9th or better overall, including 2 wins
    " #41-Kurt Busch: finished 6th or better in 4 of the last 5 Chicago races
    " #42-Kyle Larson: finished 7th or better in two career Sprint Cup races at Chicago
    NOT
    " #1-Jamie McMurray: finished 16th or worse in 4 of the 5 Chase races at Chicago; 1 top-5 in 13 career races at Chicago
    " #78-Martin Truex Jr.: no top-5 finishes in 10 career races at Chicago (best finish was 9th, which he did in both 2008, 2012)
    " #10-Danica Patrick: finished 19th or worse in 4 career races at Chicago
    " #16-Greg Biffle: finished 21st or worse in 5 of the last 7 Chicago races; no top 10's in that span
    (ESPN Stats & Info)(9-18-2016)

  • Chase Fast Facts: Chicago:
    This is the sixth year in a row the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has opened at Chicagoland Speedway (2011 - 2016). New Hampshire was the first race of the Chase from 2004 - 2010.
    Of the 10 tracks on the Chase schedule in 2016, Chicagoland has the fewest Chase races with five.
    Four different drivers have won the Chicago Chase races - Denny Hamlin (2015), Brad Keselowski (2014, 2012), Matt Kenseth (2013) and Tony Stewart (2011).
    Three times the winner of the opening race went on to win the title - 2012, 2011, and 2004 -
    o In 2004 (inaugural Chase), Kurt Busch won the opening race of the Chase at New Hampshire, and went on to win the title.
    o In 2012, Brad Keselowski won the Chase race at Chicago, and went on to win the title.
    o In 2011 (Race was delayed until Monday due to rain), Tony Stewart won his first race of the season at Chicago to open the Chase and then went on to set the record for wins in the Chase with five and win the title.
    The worst finish in the opening race for a driver that went on to win the title was by Jimmie Johnson in 2006 when he finished 39th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    The worst finish in the opening Chase race at Chicago for a driver that went on to win the title was by Kyle Busch when he finished ninth last season. Eventual champions and their finish at Chicago: 2014 Kevin Harvick - fifth; 2013 Jimmie Johnson - fifth; 2012 Brad Keselowski - first; 2011 Tony Stewart - first.
    No non-Chase driver has ever won the opening race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    Three drivers have won the pole at Chicagoland Speedway as the opening race to the Chase - Matt Kenseth (2011), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Joey Logano (2013). The last two seasons the qualifying session have been cancelled due to weather; Kyle Busch started first in 2014 and Kevin Harvick started first in 2015.
    (NASCAR)

  • Chicago Track Notes & 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 is the sixth season Chicagoland Speedway has been the opening race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2011 - 2016)
    (NASCAR)

  • Chicago Pole Notes & Facts:
    Todd Bodine won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Chicago in 2001 with a speed of 183.717 mph.
    11 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Chicago, led by Jimmie Johnson with two.
    Only one of the 15 (6.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from the pole - Kyle Busch in 2008.
    Only two of the 15 (13.3%) races have won from the front row starting positions - First starting position (one) and second-place (one).
    Five of the 15 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicago have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 15 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicago have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - most recent was Denny Hamlin (29th) last season.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Chicago is 32nd, by Kevin Harvick in 2002.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway three times - the 2008 event, 2014 event and last season's event.
    (NASCAR)

  • Chicago Driver Notes & Facts:
    118 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway; 91 in more than one.
    Five drivers have competed in all 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Chicagoland Speedway; five of which are Chase Contenders: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick.
    Seven drivers all-time have posted their first NSCS start at Chicago; including active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Josh Wise (9/19/2011).
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Chicago with a 7.857.
    11 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Only three of the 11 Chicago NSCS winners have multiple wins; led by Tony Stewart with three (2004, 2007, 2011); followed by Kevin Harvick with two (first two series events at the speedway; 2001 and 2002) and Brad Keselowski with two (2012 and 2014).
    Kevin Harvick (2001, 2002) is the only driver to post consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kyle Busch swept the weekend at Chicagoland Speedway winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2008 - the only time the feat has been accomplished at Chicago.
    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 leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicago without visiting Victory Lane at 15.
    Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead the series in runner-up finishes at Chicago with three each; followed by Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards with two each.
    Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick lead the series in top-five finishes at Chicago with eight each; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon with seven each.
    Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead the series in top-10 finishes at Chicago with 10 each; followed by Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick with nine each.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 9.286.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Chicago with 577 laps led in 14 starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Shawna Robinson attempted to qualify in 2001 but failed to qualify for the event.
    (NASCAR)

  • Chicago Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway, one race per season since the first event in 2001.
    Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins at Chicago in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with five: Tony Stewart (two), Kyle Busch (one), Matt Kenseth (one) and Denny Hamlin (one).
    Team Penske has the second most wins with three; followed by Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports with two each at Chicago in the NSCS.
    Four different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Chicago. Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Chicago with eight victories; followed by Toyota with four, Dodge has two and Ford has one.
    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.
    10 out of the 15 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.
    (NASCAR)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Chicago:
    #48 Jimmie Johnson ..... 114.1
    #18 Kyle Busch ..... 106.1
    #20 Matt Kenseth ..... 103.4
    #14 Tony Stewart ..... 101.2
    Jeff Gordon ..... 101.0
    #42 Kyle Larson ..... 100.4
    #4 Kevin Harvick ..... 98.7
    #2 Brad Keselowski ..... 97.3
    Brian Vickers ..... 91.4
    #41 Kurt Busch ..... 90.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (16 total) among active drivers at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Truex, Jr. wins at Chicago: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Chicago and 6th career win. Truex, Jr. led 32 of the 270 laps. He lead early in the race, but had to pit under green for a tire going down. He spent much of the race a lap down before getting the free pass under the second caution. A late race caution brought most of the leaders down pit road where he got out of the pits ahead of #24-Chase Elliott, who had been leading the race.
    Truex, Jr. now earns a spot in the Chase Round of 12 that begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #24-Elliott, #21-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #5-Kahne, pole sitter #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, and #88-Bowman.
    #48-Johnson led the most laps on the day - 118 - but was caught speeding on pit road under green flag pit stops. He finished 12th.
    There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 22 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 145.161mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicago Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-18-2016)

  • Where did the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Chicago?
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #18-Kyle Busch, 8th (1)
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5th (2)
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 6th (3)
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 20th (4)
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, 15th (5)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr., WON (6)
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth, 9th (7)
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 12th (8)
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 2nd (9)
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 18th (10)
    11) #14-Tony Stewart, 16th (11)
    12) #41-Kurt Busch, 13th (12)
    13) #34-Chris Buescher, 28th (13)
    14) #24-Chase Elliott, 24th (14)
    15) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th (15)
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 11th (16)
    (9-18-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Chiagoland Speedway:
    Martin Truex Jr won the 16th Annual Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, his sixth victory in 396 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Martin Truex Jr leads the point standings by 1 points over Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-18-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.*, [3 wins], 2050, +23 ahead of 13th.
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, [4 wins], 2049, +22
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, [4 wins], 2046, +19
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, [3 wins], 2045, +18
    5) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win], 2043, +16
    6) #24-Chase Elliott, 2039, +12
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth, [2 wins], 2038, +11
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, [2 wins], 2037, +10
    9) #19-Carl Edwards, [2 wins], 2032, +5
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, [1 win], 2031, +4
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2030, -3
    12) #14-Tony Stewart, [1 win], 2028, +1 ahead of 13th
    Bottom 4 drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after Dover:
    13) #3-Austin Dillon, 2027, -1 point out of 12th
    14) #4-Kevin Harvick, [2 wins], 2027, -1
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, [1 win], 2026, -2
    16) #34-Chris Buescher, 2016, -12
    * will advance to the Round of 12 by winning a Round of 16 race
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-18-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #15-Bowyer, 22nd
    Caution 2: #78-Truex, Jr., WON
    Caution 3: #14-Stewart, 16th
    Caution 4: #14-Stewart (2), 16th
    (9-18-2016)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick (C14), 897
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski (C2), 871, -26
    3) #22-Joey Logano (C5), 823, -74
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin (C4), 809, -88
    5) #18-Kyle Busch (C3), 793, -104
    6) #41-Kurt Busch (C10), 790, -107
    7) #19-Carl Edwards (C9), 781, -116
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (C1), 780, -117
    9) #24-Chase Elliott (C6), 720, -177
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson (C8), 717, -180
    11) #3-Austin Dillon (C13), 706, -191
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray (C11), 706, -191
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth (C7), 705, -192
    14) #42-Kyle Larson (C15), 669, -228
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne, 667, -230
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 655, -242
    17) #21-Ryan Blaney, 613, -284
    18) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 607, -290
    19) #6-Trevor Bayne, 604,, -293
    20) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 590, -307
    21) #16-Greg Biffle, 510, -387
    22) #10-Danica Patrick, 510, -387
    23) #27-Paul Menard, 500, -397
    24) #15-Clint Bowyer, 465, -432
    25) #43-Aric Almirola, 464, -433
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position) (9-18-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:46pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, September 19 at 4:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (1,23,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 2 [the first pit stall available].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 8, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

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

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Final practice for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 183.299
    #24-Elliott 182.883
    #18-Busch 182.828
    #19-Edwards 182.624
    #41-Busch 182.482
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 30 drivers): #48-Johnson 179.687mph
    slowest: #30-Wise 172.911 & #32-Gase 172.883.
    most laps run: #41-Busch, 57; #24-Elliott, 56.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Chicago Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(9-17-2016)

  • First Saturday practice for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 185.995
    #41-Busch 185.778
    #22-Logano 185.211
    #19-Edwards 185.198
    #78-Truex, Jr 185.103
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 18 drivers): #4-Harvick 182.520mph
    slowest: #30-Wise 173.667 & #55-Sorenson 171.135.
    most laps run: #31-Newman, 47; #24-Elliott, 46.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Chicago Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-17-2016)

  • Friday practice for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over after 60 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 183.780
    #19-Edwards 183.299
    #11-Hamlin 182.927
    #2-Keselowski 182.655
    #24-Elliott 182.568
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 10 drivers): #48-Johnson 180.909mph
    slowest: #46-Annett 174.407 & #30-Wise 171.396. No speed: #55-Sorenson.
    most laps run: #24-Elliott, 48; #11-Hamlin, 44.
    Notes: Rain at the track early in the afternoon forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying so that teams could get additional practice time on the track. This will be the only practice today. There will be two practices tomorrow.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Chicago Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-16-2016)

  • Updated schedule: Friday's revised schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:
    3:15-4:25pm/et - XFINITY practice
    4:45pm/et - Truck qualifying
    6:45-7:45pm/et - Cup practice
    8:40pm/et - Truck Race green flag
    (9-16-2016)

  • Qualifying canceled; Kyle Busch on Chicago pole: #18-Kyle Busch will start from the pole for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway after qualifying was canceled due to rain at the track. The field was set according to the rule book.
    #2-Keselowski will start 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, and #42-Larson.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See the complete starting lineup on the Chicago Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-16-2016)

  • Where the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Chicago:
    [listed by driver points position]
    1) #18-Kyle Busch, 1st
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2nd
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 4th
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, 5th
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 6th
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth, 7th
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 9th
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    11) #14-Tony Stewart, 11th
    12) #41-Kurt Busch, 12th
    13) #34-Chris Buescher, 13th
    14) #24-Chase Elliott, 14th
    15) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 16th
    (9-16-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 16, 2016 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #14-Stewart.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #1-McMurray.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Chicago Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Entry List for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Gase, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Bowmam, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Chicago Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    1) #18-Busch, 2012
    2) #2-Keselowski, 2012
    3) #11-Hamlin, 2009
    4) #4-Harvick, 2006
    5) #19-Edwards, 2006
    6) #78-Truex, Jr., 2006
    7) #20-Kenseth, 2006
    8) #48-Johnson, 2006
    9) #22-Logano, 2003
    10) #42-Larson, 2003
    11) #14-Stewart, 2003
    12) #41-Busch, 2003
    13) #34-Buescher, 2003
    14) #24-Elliott, 2000
    15) #3-Dillon, 2000
    16) #1-McMurray, 2000
    Drivers get 2000 plus 3 points for each win
    ties broken by most 2nd, 3rd, etc
    See the seeded Chase points on the Chase Points Standings page (pdf).(9-10-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2 wins], 876
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 834, -42
    3) #22-Logano [1], 783, -93
    4) #11-Hamlin [3], 773, -103
    5) #41-Busch [1], 762, -114
    6) #18-Busch [4], 759, -117
    7) #19-Edwards [2], 755, -121
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [2], 736, -140
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 686, -190
    10) #24-Elliott, 681, -195
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4684; Right-side -- D-4686

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this week will run the same Goodyear tire set-up . . . these are two different tire codes than these teams ran at Chicagoland last year, though they have run them at other tracks this year . . . in Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires teams ran at Texas in April and June, respectively . . . Cup teams also ran this left-side tire at Dover in May . . . in Xfinity, teams ran this left-side tire earlier this season at Texas, though this is the first time they have run this right-side tire . . . like last year at Chicagoland, this right-side tire code (D-4686) employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . compared to what was run at Chicagoland last season, this right-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches to give the cars more grip . . . this left-side tire code (D-4684) features an updated construction and mold shape change, as well as a compound change for more grip . . . 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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