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THE RACE: LifeLock 400

Sprint Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, July 12, 2008 in Joliet, IL

  • Title Sponsor: LifeLock

  • Track: Chicagoland Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TNT 8:00 pm/et

  • TNT's Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 6:30 - 8:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, July 17 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 17 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Thursday, July 10, 5:00 - 6:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Friday, July 11, 5:00 - 5:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, July 11, 6:20 - 7:20pm/et on TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Thursday, July 10, 4:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Thursday, July 10 at 8:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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  • Kyle Busch wins at Chicago: #18-Kyle Busch won the Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway for his 7th win of 2008 and the 11th of his career. He took the lead from #48-Jimmie Johnson coming to the white flag after a restart with 2 to go. #48-Johnson got loose coming to the checkerd flag but held on for second place. The rest of the top-10 were #29-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #20-Stewart, #83-Vickers, #17-Kenseth, #6-Ragan, #1-Truex, Jr. and #12-Newman. There were 9 cautions for 34 laps and their were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Chicago Race Results Awards Page.(7-12-2008)

  • Chicago Race Fast Facts:
    .. Kyle Busch won the 400, his 11th victory in 133 Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his seventh victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Chicago. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. Kevin Harvick (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Chicago.
    .. Patrick Carpentier (30th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 262 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    .. This is the first weekend sweep since Busch won the Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series races at Atlanta in March of this year. It is the first Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series weekend sweep since Busch won both at Phoenix last November.
    .. The Busch brothers have now won four consecutive races: Kyle (three) and Kurt (one). The last time that four brothers won four straight was by Tim (three) and Fonty (one) Flock between Sept. 11 and Oct. 6, 1955. Twice before that four consecutive races had been won by brothers: all three Flock brothers Tim (two), Bob (one) and Fonty (one) combined for four straight wins between July 20 and Sept. 1, 1952; while Herb (three) and Donald (one) Thomas combined to win the final four races of that season.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-12-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Chicago race 19 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2881 [7 wins]
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2622 -259 [1 win]
    3) #31-Jeff Burton 2593 -288 [1 win]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 2509 -372 [3 wins][would be 3rd w/out 100pts penalty]
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2494 -387 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2384 -497
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 2318 -563
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 2317 -564
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick 2308 -573
    10) #20-Tony Stewart 2305 -576
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne 2292 -589
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 2283 -598 [27 pts ahead of 13th]
    CHASE contenders
    13) #07-Clint Bowyer 2256 -625 [1 win][27 pts out of 12th]
    14) #83-Brian Vickers 2188-693
    15) #6-David Ragan 2185 -696
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Chicago page.(7-12-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indy:
    no changes in the top 35, but the spread between 35th and 36th is down to 13 points
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 1545 +142
    33) #01-Smith/DEI: 1497, +94
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1422 +19
    35) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1416 13 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1403 13 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1294 -122
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1256 -160
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-12-2008)

  • Chicagoland Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #96 Disobeying a NASCAR request MCI 1
    2 #00 Running over/under equipment S&G 5
    3 #31 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 37
    4 #31 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 49
    5 #11 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 50
    6 #28 Commitment Line Violation TE 104
    7 #2 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 104
    8 #45 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 111
    9 #1 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 113
    10 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 143
    11 #00 Excessive Speed-Entering pits/Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 144
    12 #45 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 144
    13 #55 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 180
    14 #99 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 226
    15 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 227
    16 #78 Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) TE 238
    17 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 245
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-12-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #96-Yeley, 24th
    Caution 2: None, #11-Hamlin was in position but caused the caution
    Caution 3: #43-Labonte, 29th
    Caution 4: #31-Burton, 19th
    Caution 5: #17-Kenseth, 7th
    Caution 6: #70-Leffler, 27th
    Caution 7: #28-Kvapil, 41st
    Caution 8: #26-McMurray, 21st
    Caution 9: none awarded with 10 or less laps left in race

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Kyle Busch won the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch posted his 11th career win in his 133rd start. He posted his seventh win of the 2008 season; his last win came at Daytona last week. Busch scored his first victory at Chicagoland Speedway in his fourth start. He became the sixth different driver to win at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch led five times for 165 laps, setting a new record for the most laps led by a driver in a Chicagoland race.
    * Busch has now led 1,065 laps this season, the most of all drivers.
    * Toyota scored its eighth win of the 2008 season, the most of all manufacturers.
    * Joe Gibbs Racing scored its third victory at Chicagoland Speedway, the most of all teams. JGR has won eight of the 19 races this season, the most of all teams.
    * Busch scored his 14th NASCAR win in 2008: seven Sprint Cup, five Nationwide and two Craftsman Truck.
    * The Busch brothers (Kyle and Kurt) have now won four consecutive races; three by Kyle and one by Kurt. Kyle Busch has won six of the past 11 NSCS races; including three of the past four.
    * Busch swept both the NNS race and the NSCS race at Chicagoland; the last time a driver swept both races at a track was in February 2007, when Matt Kenseth swept both races at Fontana, Calif.
    * Toyota scored its first win at Chicagoland Speedway, ending a four-race streak of Chevrolet victories at the track.
    * Busch and Jimmie Johnson both led in the race. Both drivers have now led in 14 of the 19 races this season, the most of all drivers.
    * Busch became the 17th different driver to win seven of the first 19 races of the season. Ten of the 16 drivers to do it before have gone on to win the championship.
    * Busch won the race from the first starting position, marking the first time a driver has won a race from a top-five starting position at Chicagoland.
    * The race featured 16 lead changes among 10 drivers.
    * The race featured nine cautions for 33 laps.
    * The top 10 consisted of three Toyotas, three Fords, three Chevys and a Dodge.
    * The highest-finishing rookie of the year contender was Patrick Carpentier, who finished 30th.(

  • To The Back [1]: #78-Nemechek [engine change]

  • Race Coverage of the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2008.
    TV: TNT at 6:30pm/et, pre-race; 8:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, July 17 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, July 17 at 5:30pm/et

news and links

  • Happy Hour for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 174.070
    #48-Johnson 173.533
    #38-Gilliland 173.110
    #17-Kenseth 172.568
    #16-Biffle 172.480
    slowest:#43-Labonte 167.994 #21-Elliott 167.989
    no speed: #78-Nemechek, the team was changing the engine
    For the speeds and laps run, see my Chicago Practice Speeds page.(7-11-2008)

  • 1st Friday practice for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 176.177
    #99-Edwards 174.774
    #16-Biffle 174.154
    #20-Stewart 174.042
    #6-Ragan 174.008
    slowest: #7-Gordon 168.161 & #43-Labonte 167.271
    notes: the start of the session was delayed nearly 15 minutes while Nationwide qualifying wrapped up. #5-Mears slid up into the wall in turn 2 and spun off the backstrectch early in the session. The team will repair the car. #96-Yeley also spun off turn 2 a few minutes later but didn't appear to hit anything. #78-Nemechek lost power early, apparently with an blown engine.
    For the speeds and laps run, see my Chicago Practice Speeds page.(7-11-2008)

  • LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Pit Stall selections: pole sitter #18-Kyle Busch's team chose the first pit stall selection for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedwau. Outside pole sitter, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. chose the next stall with an opening in front of it, stall 8, #70-Jason Leffler chose the last pit stall. See the full pit stall selections on my Chicago Pit Stall Selection page.(7-11-2008)

  • Qualifying cancelled at Chicago due to rain: Rain washed out qualifying for the Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, so the field was set by the NASCAR Rules books and by owners points [top-35], two past champs and the remaining by race attempts with ties broken by owners points standings. So #18-Busch starts 1st followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #9-Kahne, #17-Kenseth and #07-Bowyer. Two drivers will miss the race: #34-Raines and #08-Sauter.
    See the starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-10-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2008 at 8:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 8:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #07-Bowyer, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #17-Kenseth. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #45-Labonte, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #96-Yeley. See the full qualifying order on my Chicago Qualifying Page.(7-10-2008)

  • 1st Thursday practice for the Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 179.748
    #48-Johnson 179.623
    #1-Truex, Jr. 179.301
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr 178.814
    #9-Kahne 178.737
    slowest: #08-Sauter 172.491 & #34-Raines 171.865
    rain: the practice session was delayed briefly about an hour in, due to some lightning in the area and NASCAR ended the session about 12 minutes early due to continued lightning.
    For the speeds and laps run, see my Chicago Practice Speeds page.(7-10-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Chicagoland Speedway
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 177.959
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 177.439
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 176.945
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 176.765
    #70-Jason Leffler, 176.725
    #66-Scott Riggs, 176.171
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 174.870
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 174.836
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 172.491
    #34-Tony Raines, 171.865

  • Entry List for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #08-Johnny Sauter (6/50)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (18/40)
    #21-Bill Elliott (18/43) [champ prov 2]
    #34-Tony Raines (16/45)
    #45-Terry Labonte (18/41)[champ prov 1]
    #66-Scott Riggs (18/36)
    #70-Jason Leffler (18/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (18/39)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (18/37)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (18/38)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,21,66,84,96,78,10,70
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 34,08
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Chicago Entry List.(7-7-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Chicago:
    no changes in the top 35, but the spread between 35th and 36th is now up to 70 points
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 1475 +175
    33) #01-Smith/DEI: 1436, +136
    34) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1382 +82
    35) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1370 70 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1300 70 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1170 -200
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1165 -205
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-5-2008)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint Cup Race Results 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


  • 2007 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 134.258mph, started 19th

  • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

  • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

  • 2007 Pole Sitter: #25-Casey Mears, 182.556mph, finished 5th

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

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

  • Most Wins: 2 - Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart

  • Most Poles: 1 - Todd Bodine, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Jimme Johnson, Jeff Burton

  • Most Top 5s: 5 - Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - five drivers

  • Oldest Winner: Tony Stewart, 36 years, 1 months, 25 days, 7/15/2007

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 7 months, 5 days, 7/13/2003

  • Most Lead Changes: 20 - 7/11/2004 & 7/15/2007

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Leaders: 13, 7/11/2004

  • Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/2001, 7/10/2005

  • Fewest Cautions: 7 - 2 times, most recently, 7/13/2003

  • Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/2001

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 35 - 7/14/2002

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 28, 7/10/2005

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42, 7/9/2006

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 7/11/04 and 7/10/05

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 160, Tony Stewart, 7/11/04

  • Most Laps Led: 176, Matt Kenseth, 7/10/05

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7/10/05

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 6 - Chevy; 1 - Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 0 of 7 - 0.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 2 of 7 - 28.6%

  • At Chicagoland Speedway:
    • Construction of the Chicagoland Speedway began in August 1999.
    • The first Nationwide Series race at Chicago was July 14, 2001.
    • The first Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 15, 2001.
    • There have been seven Sprint Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    • 17 drivers have competed in all seven races at Chicago.
    • Todd Bodine won the first pole.
    • There has been a different pole winner in all seven races.
    • Kevin Harvick won the first race.
    • Five different drivers have won races, led by Kevin Harvick – who won the first two races there – and Tony Stewart, each with two.
    • Kevin Harvick won the inaugural race in 2001 from the sixth position – the best starting position of a Chicago winner. He won the 2002 from the 32nd starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started at Chicago.
    • Kevin Harvick has an 8.00 average finish in seven races at Chicago, the best of any driver with more than one start there.
    • One Chicago race has gone beyond the scheduled distance (2006 – 270 laps).
    • Greg Biffle finished 20th in each of his first two races at Chicago. He has finished 11th in his other three races.
    • The best starting position of a race winner at Chicago was sixth by Kevin Harvick in the inaugural race there in 2001. Since that time only one race has been won from a top-10 starting position with two coming from outside the top-25.
    • Three active drivers have had a runner-up finish be their best at Chicago: Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-7-2008)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Cub Cadet none...yet
    #7-Robby Gordon '' Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Lifelock #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Kodak - The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor #12 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG #17 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil #28 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Richard Petty's 50th Anniversary Start #43 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Richard Petty's 50th Anniversary Start #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Office Depot 'Taking Care of Business' #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Newman and the Mummy team up at Chicago: UPDATE: #12-Ryan Newman is scheduled to race aspecial paint-schemed car during the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 12th. Kodak and Universal Pictures have teamed up and will run the special movie scheme: The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.(5-2-2008)
    UPDATE: Eastman Kodak Company and Universal Pictures have partnered to promote the latest epic adventure in the blockbuster global Mummy franchise at the Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 12. Through Kodak’s partnership with Penske Racing and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, the Kodak #12 Dodge will feature a bold paint scheme from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Kodak will also have its branding on the car. Ryan Newman will wear a Kodak-The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor branded firesuit and helmet as will his pit crew.(Kocak PR)(7-10-2008) See the image on my #12 Team Schemes page.

  • Special scheme for Jeff Gordon at Chicago: Jeff Gordon will drive a specially painted #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevrolet Impala SS this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. See images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page. Also this weekend at the Nicorette Winner's Circle Exhibit at the Chicagoland Speedway, race fans have the opportunity to join the Nicorette QUIT Crew and pledge to quit smoking. For more information, go to or

  • Robby adds petition site to Jim Beam hood at Chicago..see image: Robby Gordon will run the #7 '' Jim Beam Dodge this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Gordon, a subject of Jim Beam Bourbon's "The Stuff Inside" campaign, learned Jim Beam unveiled a "Save Our Ballpark's Name" billboard outside Wrigley Field in an effort to keep the national landmark's name intact and offered to show his support by adding the website to the hood of his car. urges fans to sign a petition to save the name, Wrigley Field. The name of Chicago's legendary Cubs' stadium is in jeopardy, much to the chagrin of Chicago natives and baseball fans alike. Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Representing quality and character, Wrigley Field stands for the same traits that Jim Beam is committed to when it comes to its bourbon. "This is right in line with Beam's mission to champion people with 'The Stuff Inside,'" said Gordon. "I know what it is like when Jim Beam gets behind something. They supported me earlier this year with the 'Rally for Robby' initiative, giving fans a voice while my team awaited a ruling from NASCAR. They are creating the same buzz with Wrigley Field. Putting on the hood of the car is my way of showing support for the Chicago community and I'm excited to help spread the word." Jim Beam is in its fourth year of partnership with Robby Gordon Motorsports and is the primary sponsor for 16 Sprint Cup Series races in 2008. The remaining Jim Beam primary races are Chicago, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire, Atlanta, Phoenix and Homestead.(Jim Beam Racing/Robby GordonMotorsports PR), see an image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(7-8-2008)

  • to sponsor the #28 also: will sponsor both Yates Racing cars at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. #28-Travis Kvapil will sport the colors at Chicago as he did at #38-David Gilliland has had as his sponsor most of the season.(Yates Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #28 Team Schemes page and the #38 Team Schemes page.(7-8-2008)

  • Special Office Depot scheme for Edwards at Chicago: When Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Office Depot Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, competes in the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 12, he'll have some special passengers along for the ride. For this race only, Office Depot will showcase a one-of-a-kind 'Taking Care of Business' paint scheme featuring the individual signatures of close to 8,000 Office Depot associates from around the world. The signatures collected from all regions of the world are representative of the fact that Office Depot associates serve customers in more than 40 countries across the globe. The Office Depot 'Taking Care of Business' paint scheme features the unique signatures of associates from Office Depot sales offices, retail stores, distribution centers, crossdocks, corporate and administrative offices in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. More info at Depot site), see an image of the scheme on my #99 Team Schemes page.(7-8-2008)

  • A Golden Anniversary Fit for "The King": Petty Enterprises announced the plans to celebrate "The King" Richard Petty's 50th anniversary in NASCAR. The plan includes Petty getting back into a racecar and turning laps at Chicagoland Speedway. On July 12, 1958, Petty made his first NASCAR start in the old Convertible Division at Columbia Speedway in Cayce, South Carolina. On July 12, 2008, Petty Enterprises and the entire NASCAR community will celebrate the anniversary of that race at the Chicagoland Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series is competing in the Life Lock 400. Petty Enterprises will be marking the anniversary with numerous special events and promotions. The team has extended an invitation for the CEOs of their sponsors and partner companies to come to Chicago to help them commemorate the anniversary. As part of the activities, Petty will return to a racecar to give some of his special guests a ride around Chicagoland Speedway in a Richard Petty Driving Experience stockcar. As a tribute to Petty and the anniversary of his first race, the #43 and #45 will be featuring special throwback paint schemes for the Life Lock 400. The paint schemes feature the Petty Blue color made famous by Petty and in a nod to the 60's and 70's, racing strips. Each will also carry the 50th anniversary commemorative logo on the hood of both cars. The 50th anniversary of Petty's first race is an opportunity for Petty Enterprises, the NASCAR community, and all NASCAR fans to honor him for his achievements and for the countless contributions he has made to the sport.(MCG Sports PR), see an images of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page and #45 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2008)

  • LifeLock Sponsoring Carpentier for 8 Races: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation’s leading identity theft protection service, will sponsor the #10 Dodge with driver Patrick Carpentier in eight races in the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. LifeLock will sponsor Carpentier at:
    Phoenix on April 12,
    Talladega on April 27,
    Richmond on May 3,
    Darlington on May 10,
    Charlotte on May 25,
    Michigan on June 15,
    Chicagoland on July 12 and
    Kansas on Sept. 28.
    Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of LifeLock to the existing sponsorship lineup at the #10 of Valvoline, Auto Value/All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper, Charter and Cintas mean there are few unsponsored races remaining on the #10 Dodge in 2008.(Gillett Evernham PR)(4-4-2008)

  • USG scheme returns to the #17: Matt Kenseth will run the USG Sheetrock paint scheme on the #17 Ford at Las Vegas on Sunday for the first of three times this season. The other two USG Sheetrock races in 2008 are:
    Chicago in July and
    Atlanta in October
    (Roush Fenway Racing PR), see the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Las Vegas UPDATE: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the first of six races in 2008 at Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It is rewarding to be involved with a sponsor such as Nicorette that focuses on making a difference in people's lives and helping people achieve better health by quitting smoking," said Gordon. "Nicorette continues to be an excellent partner and I look forward to a big weekend in the special DuPont Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas." The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 300 NASCAR team members from 19 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the LVMS fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit Marketing PR)(2-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Gordon is scheduled to drive the #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy at:
    Las Vegas,
    Phoenix [4/12],
    Chicago [7/12],
    Richmond [9/6],
    Atlanta [10/26] and
    Texas [11/2].
    Nicorette also sponsors the Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8. see an image of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008)

  • Kodak back with Newman in 2008: been told Kodak will be the primary sponsor for #12-Ryan Newman for six races:
    Pocono - June 8;
    Chicago - July 12;
    Watkins Glen - Aug 10;
    California - Aug 31;
    New Hampshire - Sept 14;
    Atlanta - Oct 26
    See an image of the car on the #12 Team Schemes page.(1-16-2008)

  • New sponsors for DEI: Dale Earnhardt Inc. has secured two new sponsors for the 2008 season, Steak-umm and Cub Cadet. Both deals are for mostly associate positions on DEI cars but also involve primary positions in select Sprint Cup races. Terms of the deals were not available. Steak-umm's sponsorship will involve a full season of associate sponsorship on Mark Martin's #8 Chevy, as well as a primary for the June Pocono race. In May, Steak-umm will be the primary sponsor on DEI's #01 Chevy driven by Regan Smith at Richmond. Cub Cadet, which also has status as NASCAR's official outdoor power equipment, has bought associate space on Martin Truex Jr.'s #1 Chevy with a primary planned for the Chicagoland race in July. Charlotte-based Camp Strategy represented Cub Cadet. There's also a business-to-business component, which involves Bass Pro Shops, the yearlong primary on Truex's car, possibly selling Cub Cadet equipment in its stores. .(Sporting News/Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal)(1-15-2008)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


  • Track Specs:
    1.5 mile tri-oval
    267 laps for 400.5 miles
    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: Brendan Fraser
    Command to start engines: Brendan Fraser
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Glenn Spoolstra, Director, Windy City Raceway Minitstries
    National Anthem: Gavin Degraw
    Military Flyover: F-15s, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Chicagoland Speedway

  • Chicagoland Speedway Fan Guide (pdf)

  • Last Year: see my July Chicago Race Info page

  • Chicagoland Sells out 2008 Season: Chicagoland Speedway announced that it has sold out its Track Pack season tickets for the 2008 racing season, as the facility prepares for the first-ever night races at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In addition to the sold-out grandstands, Chicagoland Speedway also filled up its campground areas, including its Infield RV parking (which sold out in 24 hours) and Old Spice Campgrounds.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-11-2008)

  • Brendan Fraser to Serve as Grand Marshal at Chicago: Brendan Fraser, who plays explorer Rick O’Connell in the [Universal Pictures Mummy] series, will attend the [Chicagoland] race as Kodak’s guest and serve as Grand Marshal, giving the command “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”(Kodak PR)(7-10-2008)

  • Gretchen Wilson to Perform at Chicagoland on Pole Day Country music star and Pocahontas, Ill. native, Gretchen Wilson, will be performing a Miller Lite Rock N' Racing Concert at the track's Miller Lite Oasis at approximately 9:00pm following Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Thursday, July 10. An opening act is scheduled to start around 8:00pm. General admission tickets to NASCAR Pole Day are now on sale and cost $15 for adults, children age 12 and under are free. Call 888-629-RACE to purchase tickets.(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-9-2008)

  • LifeLock to sponsor Cup race at Chicago: LifeLock announced that is has signed a multi-year agreement with Chicagoland Speedway to be the title sponsor for the Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, beginning with this year's race on Saturday evening, July 12. The 400 will mark the first ever Sprint Cup Series night race at Chicagoland Speedway. The industry leader in identity theft protection, LifeLock has partnered with Chicagoland Speedway in a continued effort to help educate people on the fastest growing crime in America, identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission recently reported that the number of reported cases of identity theft increased 16% from 2006 to 2007. Track Packs for Chicagoland Speedway's 2008 season, as well as tickets for Pole Day are now on sale to the general public. Track Packs range in price from $195 to $260 and include admission to five (5) races over two (2) event weekends. General admission tickets to NASCAR Pole Day on Thursday, July 10 are $15 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Fans can purchase Track Packs and Pole Day tickets at the Chicagoland Speedway Ticket Office; by phone at 888-629-RACE (7223); or online at Speedway)(4-8-2008)

  • Lights at Chicago? UPDATE Cup race moved to Sat night: Sources have told 1340 WJOL that Chicagoland Speedway has been given a 12 million dollar check from NASCAR to install lights for the 2008 racing season. This would make Joliet's track the 10th Sprint Cup facility able to run night races. There is no confirmation from Chicagoland Speedway, nor any word on how this would affect the now traditional season ending IRL race. Questions also exist on whether this could increase the possiblity of a Craftsman Truck race coming to Chicagoland Speedway.(1340 WJOL)(9-14-2007)
    UPDATE: Chicagoland Speedway announced today the installation of lights for the 2008 season. With this new addition to the 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval, Chicagoland Speedway becomes only the 10th Sprint Cup facility [of 22, 5 with Speedway Motorsports, 5 with ISC tracks] able to hold night racing. The NASCAR race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in 2008 will feature two night races - the Busch Series race on Friday, July 11, followed by the Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 12.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(9-25-2007)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Chicagoland Speedway


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
    Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4136

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this tire set-up to Chicagoland, though teams in these two NASCAR series have raced on it already in 2008 . . . this exact combination of left- and right-side tire codes has been run by Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams earlier this season at Texas . . . in addition, this left-side tire code (D-4134) was also run with a different right-side code at Dover (both series), Michigan (Sprint Cup only) and Kentucky (Nationwide only) . . . these teams are also scheduled to run this specific tire combination at Homestead in November . . . compared to what was run at Chicagoland last season, this tire set-up features a revised construction on both sides and a tougher right-side compound for better wear .. . as on all NASCAR's 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.


  • Penske Racing Pays Tribute to Employee: This weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, all three Penske Racing NASCAR Cup Series entries will carry a special decal in memory of employee Bill Passwater. The decal will also be on Penske IndyCar Series entries at Nashville Superspeedway and the American Le Mans Series entries at Lime Rock. Passwater, 33, passed away on Wednesday morning. He is survived by his wife, Heather, and their baby daughter, Lyla Grace. Passwater had been employed at Penske Racing since 2005. He was the transportation coordinator for the NASCAR Cup Series teams.(Penske Racing PR)(7-10-2008)

  • Terry Labonte back in the #45 at Chicago? during Sprint Cup qualifying at New Hampshire on SPEED, Larry McReynold's mentioned that Terry Labonte, who is running the #45 Petty Dodge in five races while regular driver Kyle Petty broadcasts the races on TNT, may run the car at Chicagoland Speedway. Labonte was scheduled to run five races, Pocono in June thru Daytona in July with Chad McCumbee in the car at Chicago.(6-28-2008) Comment here

  • Sauter to run the #08 at Chicago & Indy: EM Motorsports owner John Carter announced Johnny Sauter will pilot the #08 Dodge Charger in both the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sauter has competed at Chicago on seven occasions (two Cup and five Nationwide) and won the 2002 Tropicana Twister 200 Nationwide Series event while driving for Richard Childress Racing. The Necedah, Wisconsin native competed for the first time at Indianapolis in 2007, driving for #70 Haas Racing in the Allstate 400. FUBAR is a proprietary beverage scientifically formulated for superior performance, endurance and outstanding recovery. Each 12oz bottle or 50 gram bar of FUBAR delivers essential nutrients to the body for up to 6 hours, maximizing overall performance, endurance and allowing for faster recovery. Each FUBAR contains all the natural fuels the body needs with healthy carbs, beneficial fats and pure unprocessed sugars. Based in Toccoa, GA, EM Motorsports presently has three race-ready COTs for Sprint Cup Series competition and the team's shop was completely overhauled during the month of June. EM Motorsports is led by owner John Carter, Crew Chief Charles Swing, Marketing VP Doug Barron and NASCAR Consultant James Hylton.(EM Motorsports PR)(7-1-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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