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    THE RACE: Lifelock 400

    TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Joliet, IL

    • Title Sponsor: LifeLock

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:16pm/et

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: TNT 6:30pm/et

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Wednesday, July 15 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • 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

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    • Practices:
      Thursday, July 9, 5:00 - 6:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
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    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 10, 6:20 - 7:20pm/et, TV-SPEED

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    • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 9, 4:00pm/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Thursday, July 9 at 8:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 1:00am/et;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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    • Mark Martin wins at Chicago: #5-Mark Martin won the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway for his 4th win of 2009 and the 39th of his career. He dominated most of the race, leading 195 of the 267 laps. #24-Jeff Gordon finshed second, followed by #9-Kahne, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #48-Johnson, #33-Bowyer, and #42-Montoya. There were 7 cautions for 30 laps and 10 lead changes among 6 leaders.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Chicago Race Results Page.(7-11-2009) Comment here

    • Truex's car too high: The #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr. did not pass a post-race inspection when NASCAR officials discovered the right rear quarter panel was too high on the car. Truex finished 16th in the LifeLock 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway. The car will be taken back to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluations. NASCAR officials will determine if the height problem is a violation that requires a penalty. Any announcement of the process will come later this week, likely on Tuesday or Wednesday. Similar height situations have resulted in championship point reductions and fines in the past.( Comment here

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Chicago, race 19 of 36]:
    • 1) #14-Tony Stewart 2884 [2 wins], finished 4th
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon 2709 -175 [1 win], 2nd
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2672 -212 [2 wins], 8th
      4) #2-Kurt Busch 2526 -358 [1 win], 17th
      5) #11-Denny Hamlin 2457 -427, 5th
      6) #99-Carl Edwards 2438 -446, 14th
      7) #39-Ryan Newman 2385 -499, 6th
      8) #9-Kasey Kahne 2336 -548 [1 win], 3rd
      9) #42-Juan Montoya 2321 -563, 10th
      10) #18-Kyle Busch 2298 -586 [3 wins], 33rd
      11) #5-Mark Martin 2296 -588 [4 wins], 1st
      12) #17-Matt Kenseth 2295 -589 [2 wins], 23rd
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #16-Greg Biffle 2285, 10 points out of 10th, 31st
      14) #00-David Reutimann 2219 -76 [1 win], 12th
      15) #33-Clint Bowyer 2169 -126, 9th
      16) #83-Brian Vickers 2149 -146, 7th
      17) #31-Jeff Burton 2113 -182, 37th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-11-2009)

    • Sprint Cup Series Facts and Notes:
      Mark Martin won the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. He scored his 39th Sprint Cup Series win in his 741st start; tied for 13th place all time in wins. Martin posted his fourth win of 2009, the most of all drivers. He scored his first win at Chicagoland in his ninth start there; this was his first Chicagoland top-5 finish. Martin has now won on 19 different tracks in the series. He is the seventh different winner in nine Chicagoland races. Martin scored his 10th win on 1.5-mile tracks; four of the 10 races in the Chase are on 1.5-mile tracks. He led 179 of the first 223 laps before being passed by Jimmie Johnson. He led 195 of the 267 laps, the most in the race. Martin had led only 44 laps in his previous eight starts at Chicagoland. He started 14th, the sixth time the Chicagoland race winner has started outside the top 10.
      Jeff Gordon (finished second) gave Hendrick Motorsports its 27th 1-2 finish. Martin has won with Gordon finishing second in the past two of those; it was Hendrick's fourth 1-2 finish of 2009.
      Martin restarted fourth on Lap 251 and retook the lead for the final time on lap 252, leading the final 16 laps.
      Hendrick Motorsports scored its second win at Chicagoland, the previous one coming in 2006 by Jeff Gordon. The team scored its 182nd series win and seventh of 2009. Hendrick Motorsports led 253 of the 267 laps in the race.
      Kasey Kahne (third) scored his first top-10 finish at Chicagoland; he has now scored a top-10 finish on every series oval track. He picked up four spots in the points, moving from 12th in points to eighth.
      Tony Stewart (fourth) posted his 11th top-5 finish and his 15th top-10 finish of 2009; he started 32nd.
      Denny Hamlin (fifth) has finished in the top five in four of the past five races.
      Ryan Newman (sixth) ended a four-race streak of finishes outside the top 10.
      Juan Pablo Montoya (10th) has finished in the top 10 in five of the last six races; he has finished in the top 12 the last six races.
      Marcos Ambrose (11th) has finished in the top 11 in four of the last six races.
      Greg Biffle (31st) fell from ninth in points to 13th, 10 points out of the top 12.
      Joey Logano (18th) was the best finishing Rookie of the Year contender.
      The top 10 consisted of seven Chevrolets, two Toyotas and a Dodge. Carl Edwards in 14th was the best-finishing Ford.
      (Racing Resources/ESPN)(7-13-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Chicagoland Speedway:
      Mark Martin won the 400, his 39th victory in 741 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his fourth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Chicagoland Speedway. He is within one victory of matching Harry Gant's 1991 season record for a driver age 50 or older.
      Jeff Gordon (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2009.
      Kasey Kahne (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      Joey Logano (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 175 points over Jeff Gordon.
      (NASCAR Statistics)(7-11-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Chicago
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #34 Pre-Race to the rear, Engine Change, Tail End
      #71 Pre-Race to the rear, Engine Change, Tail End
      #21 40, Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road, Tail End
      #16 41, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #19 42, Going above the blendline exiting the pits, Tail End
      #43 94, All passing on pit road must be to the outside, Pass Thru
      #16 94, Non-compliant refueling (overflow container), Pass Thru
      #7 189, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
      #14 212, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
      #18 220, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #20 221 Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
      #31 227, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #98 227, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #82 227, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #26 227 Running over/under equipment, Tail End
      #26 263, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
      (NASCAR Statistics)(7-11-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #07-Mears, 28th
      Caution 2: #42-Montoya, 10th
      Caution 3: #00-Reutimann, 12th
      Caution 4: #1-Truex, Jr., 16th
      Caution 5: #44-Allmendinger, 13th
      Caution 6: #47-Ambrose, 11th
      Caution 7: #20-Logano, 18th

    • Pit Stall Selections - Chicago: The selections for pit stalls of the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #83-Vickers chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], while outside pole sitter #82-Speed took pit stall 8, the next with an opening in front of it and #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took stall 2, right behind Vickers. See the pit selection chart on the Chicago Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-10-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2009.
      TV: TNT at 8:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 8:16pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, July 15 at 12:00pm/et;

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here

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    • Happy Hour practice for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #5-Martin 175.861
      #33-Bowyer 175.547
      #83-Vickers 174.899
      #24-Gordon 173.823
      #31-Burton 173.796
      slowest: #96-Labonte 170.627 & #09-Bliss 169.972
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Chicago Practice Speeds page.(7-10-2009)

    • First Friday practice for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 177.200
      #99-Edwards 176.881
      #11-Hamlin 176.725
      #00-Reutimann 176.091
      #16-Biffle 176.039
      slowest: #71-Gilliland 170.138 & #96-Labonte 169.534
      notes: The session was cut down from 45 to 35 minutes so NASCAR could get 2 practices in before the Nationwide race.
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Chicago Practice Speeds page.(7-10-2009)

    • Vickers on pole at Chicago: #83-Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a lap of 184.162mph for his 5th pole of the season and 10th pole of his career. His teammate, #82-Scott Speed was 2nd fastest followed by #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #33-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #21-Elliott, #00-Reutimann, and #47-Ambrose.
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #82-Speed, #21-Elliott, #66-Blaney, #09-Bliss, #25-Keselowski, #87-Nemechek, #36-Skinner and #71-Gilliland.
      The three drivers who failed to qualify: #64-Wallace, #51-Bean, and #37-Raines.
      See starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression and more on my Chicago Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-9-2009)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Chicagoland Speedway:
      Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 400 with a lap of 29.322 seconds, 184.162 mph.
      This is his 10th pole in 191 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his fifth pole and ninth top-10 start in 2009. Vickers has poles on four configurations of race track: short track, 1.5-mile, 2.0-mile and road course.
      This is his first pole in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      Scott Speed (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2009 and his first in one races at Chicagoland Speedway. This marks the first time that Team Red Bull has claimed both front row starting positions.
      Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 15th in 19 races this season.
      Scott Speed (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-9-2009)

    • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
      Toyota: #83-Vickers, 184.162, starts 1st
      Chevy: #48-Johnson, 182.217, starts 3rd
      Ford: #21-Elliott, 181.476, starts 8th
      Dodge: #43-Sorenson, 181.275, starts 11th

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 8:40pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 8:30pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: 1:00am/et on SPEED

    • Qualifying Order for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #5-Martin, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #6-Ragan. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #64-Wallace with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #82-Speed. See the full qualifying order on the Chicago Qualifying Page.(7-9-2009)

    • Thursday practice for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #83-Vickers 180.234
      #5-Martin 180.180
      #82-Speed 180.060
      #48-Johnson 179.766
      #24-Gordon 179.766
      slowest: #96-Labonte 173.700 & #51-Bean 172.678
      #71-Gilliland brought out the caution early when he lost an engine and dropped fluid on the track.
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Chicago Practice Speeds page.(7-9-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Chicago:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #82-Scott Speed, 3rd
      #25-Brad Keselowski, 21st
      #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 30th
      #09-Mike Bliss, 32nd
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 36th
      #36-Mike Skinner, 41st
      #71-David Gilliland, 42nd
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #64-Mike Wallace, 43rd
      #37-Tony Raines, 44th
      #51-Dexter Bean, 46th

    • The Entry List for the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/18 attempts)
      #21-Bill Elliott (Past Champ 1988)(45/5)
      #25-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as driver)(48/4)
      #36-Mike Skinner (42/18)
      #37-Tony Raines (49/11)
      #51-Dexter Bean (51/6)
      #64-Mike Wallace (50/12)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/18)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/18)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/18)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (40/18)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,21,25,82,71,87,66,36
      missing the race would be [3]: #'s 37,64,51
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Chicago Entry List.(7-6-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Chicago:
      No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th is up to 172 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1468, +305
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1335, 172 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1163, 172 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1052, -283
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(7-4-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    • 2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 133.996mph, started 1st

    • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

    • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

    • 2008 Pole Sitter: None due to inclement weather, #18-Busch started 1st, finished 1st

    • 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, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Casey Mears

    • Most Top 5s: 6 - Tony Stewart

    • Most Top 10s: 6 - Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson

    • 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

    • 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: 29, 7/12/2008

    • 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 - 7/11/2004 and 7/10/2005

    • Most Laps Led: 195, Mark Martin, 7/11/2009

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7/10/2005

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

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 (due to weather, not pole winner)
    • 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: 1 of 8 - 12.5%
    • Races won from the top 10: 3 of 8 - 37.5%

    • At 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.
      • There have been eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • 14 drivers have competed in all eight races.
      • Todd Bodine won the first pole.
      • There has been a different pole winner after every qualifying session (qualifying was canceled in 2008).
      • Kevin Harvick won the first two races.
      • Six different drivers have won races, led by Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, each with two.
      • Kyle Busch won the 2008 race from the pole, the first time a driver won from the pole. It was also the first time a driver had won from a top-five starting position. Kevin Harvick won the 2002 race from the 32nd starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started at Chicago.
      • Kevin Harvick has a 7.4 average finish in eight races, the best of any driver with more than one start there.
      • One Chicago race has gone beyond the scheduled distance (2006 – 270 laps).
      • There have been 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Illinois.
      • 71 drivers all-time in NASCAR three national series have their home state recorded as Illinois.
      • There have been four race winners from Illinois in NASCAR’s three national series.
      (NASCAR Statistics)(7-8-2009)

    • Race Winners
      2008 Kyle Busch, #18-Toyota, 133.996, started 1st
      2007 Tony Stewart (2), #20-Chevy, 134.258, started 19th
      2006 Jeff Gordon, #24-Chevy, 132.077, started 13th
      2005 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #8-Chevy, 127.638, started 25th
      2004 Tony Stewart, #20-Chevy, 129.507, started 10th
      2003 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 134.059, started 14th
      2002 Kevin Harvick (2), #29-Chevy, 136.832, started 32nd
      2001 Kevin Harvick, #29-Chevy, 121.200mph, started 6th


      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam's Red Stag / Kid Rock #7 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot Back to School #14 Team Schemes Page
      #17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Insignia/Audyssey #19 Team Schemes Page
      #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
      #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard Patriot Academy/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
      #26-Jamie McMurray Valvoline/Sears #26 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Bowyer Cheerios heart healthy #33 Team Schemes Page
      #34-John Andretti Long John Silver's Baja Fish Tacos none...yet
      #37-Tony Raines Long John Silver's Baja Fish Tacos #37 Team Schemes Page
      #39-Ryan Newman America's Army 3 #39 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson McDonald's McCafe #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Hunt Brothers Pizza #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Kingsford Charcol #47 Team Schemes Page
      #77 Sam Hornish Jr. Advanced Fuel Economy #77 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Menards / Sylvania #98 Team Schemes Page
      #99-Carl Edwards Aflac - Silver #99 Team Schemes Page

    • Long John Silver's on the #34 & #37; Free Tacos Tuesday: Front Row Motorsports and Long John Silver's will be looking to hook your attention this weekend during the 400 Sprint Cup Series event at the Chicagoland Speedway. Long John Silver's has partnered with Front Row Motorsports to help promote Baja Fish Taco Day on the hood of both the #37 entry driven by Tony Raines and the #34 entry driven by John Andretti. Race fans will be reminded each time they see the Front Row Motorsports entries on the track that Long John Silver's will celebrate Baja Fish Taco Day on Tuesday, July 14, when fans can enjoy a free Baja Fish Taco at participating restaurant locations across the country from Open to 2:30 p.m.(Front Row Motorsports PR), see an image of the #37 car on the #37 Paint Schemes page.(7-9-2009)

    • Special scheme for Newman at Chicago: The latest version of the U.S. Army's PC action game will be featured on Ryan Newman's #39 Chevy in Saturday night's 400 Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The car's hood will carry the AA3 logo, which stands for America's Army 3, the third edition of a PC action game that delivers an authentic and entertaining Army experience by reflecting the training, technology, actions and career advancement of a Soldier. The teen-rated game from Steam was launched on June 17 and can be downloaded free at, see an image of the car on the #39 Paint Schemes page.(7-8-2009)

    • Patriot Academy on the #24 hood: This weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the National Guard's newest pilot program -- Patriot Academy - will be showcased on the hood of the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy. The Patriot Academy was created for qualified applicants who have dropped out of high school for six months or longer and wish to get their life and future back on track by enlisting into the National Guard.(Hendrick PR), see an image of the car on the #24 Paint Schemes page.(7-8-2009)

    • Insignia scheme for Sadler: Sadler and the #19 team are changing colors this weekend in Chicago, and they won't be hard to find. The bright green of the Insignia brand of electronics sold exclusively at Best Buy is making its first ever appearance on the hood of the #19 at Chicagoland Speedway.(Richard Petty Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on the #19 Paint Schemes page.(7-8-2009)

    • Different Cheerios scheme at Chicago: Clint Bowyer’s #33 Chevy will sport a “heart healthy” paint scheme similar to the one ran at Michigan in June, but this time around it will feature the first and last names of 3,300 lucky fans who were selected from Cheerios’ online sweepstakes to have their name appear on Bowyer’s #33 Chevy. The paint scheme concludes Cheerios’ four week campaign with Richard Childress encouraging race fans to take care of their heart. Fans can still visit to sign up and get $4 in coupons from Cheerios.(RCR), see images of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(7-7-2009)

    • DLP debuts on the #96: This weekend the #96 Ford will make its debut with the DLP paint scheme and Texas Instruments DLP as primary sponsor.(Yates Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #96 Paint Schemes page.(7-8-2009)

    • Sylvania on the #98 at Chicago: Sylvania will debut on the hood of the #98 Sylvania / Menards Ford Fusion for this weekend's 400.(Yates Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #98 Paint Schemes page.(7-8-2009)

    • USG on board with Kenseth: #17-Matt Kenseth will run the USG Sheetrock paint scheme this weekend at Chicagoland. It will be the second of three races for USG on the car this season. The #17 carried the blue and red earlier this year in Las Vegas and will carry the colors again later this year at Phoenix in November.(Roush Fenway PR), see an image of the car on the #17 Paint Schemes page.(7-8-2009)

    • Advanced Fuel Economy scheme for Hornish: Penske Racing driver Sam Hornish Jr. will drive a special #77 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11 to help make consumers aware of the best ways to conserve fuel during the busy summer driving season. The #77 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Dodge is designed in part to show ExxonMobil's continued support for the Alliance to Save Energy and its Drive $marter Challenge, which has the goal of increasing fuel efficiency nationwide.(Exxon Mobil PR), see an image of the car on the #77 Paint Schemes page.(7-7-2009)

    • 'Back to School' for Stewart at Chicago: Tony Stewart will sport a colorful "Back-To-School" paint scheme on his #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy during this weekend's 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway. The scheme includes everything from crayons to paper clips to pencils, and even reads "Teacher's Pet" on the decklid, which is designed to look like a school composition book.(Edelman/True Speed PR), see an image of the scheme on the #14 Paint Schemes page.(7-7-2009)

    • Valvoline / Sears on the #26 at Chicago: Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Valvoline/Sears Auto Center Ford this weekend in the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.(Roush Fenway PR), see an image of the car on the #26 Team Schemes Page.(7-7-2009)

    • Special silver scheme for Edwards at night races: #99-Carl Edwards is scheduled to drive the Aflac Silver Special scheme in the 400 at Chicagoland on July 11, 2009 and in all the remaining night races during the 2009 season. See the scheme on my #99 Team Scheme page.(6-30-2009)

    • Special scheme for Sadler in 2 races: #19-Elliott Sadler is scheduled to run the lime green colored Insignia scheme at Chicago in July and Richmond in September. See an image of the scheme on the #19 Team Schemes page.(5-8-2009)

    • New sponsor for the #44: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Hunt Brothers Pizza will sponsor AJ Allmendinger’s #44 Dodge for six races plus the All-Star race in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The announcement extends Allmendinger’s season through the Sept. 12 Richmond race. The Petty team remains committed to racing Allmendinger in a full season of competition if its success in generating sponsorship continues. “This is awesome news,” said Allmendinger who is 20th in the point standings despite entering the year outside the top 35. “I want to thank Hunt Brothers Pizza for coming on board and supporting us. I know our fans and NASCAR fans in general certainly appreciate all they are doing for the sport. We plan to give Hunt Brothers Pizza a lot to talk about in the coming weeks.” Hunt Brothers Pizza said its interest in Allmendinger and the Petty team would be a huge hit with its team members as well as their customers in over 6,000 locations across the country. "Partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports is exciting for everyone involved with Hunt Brothers”, said Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “We feel blessed to be in a position to support AJ while connecting with our convenience store customers, many of whom are NASCAR fans. Getting the opportunity to work with “The King” Mr. Richard Petty, AJ Allmendinger and all the professionals at Richard Petty Motorsports, offers us a unique opportunity. We are excited and looking forward to seeing the Hunt Brothers Dodge on the track.” Tom Reddin, CEO at Richard Petty Motorsports: "AJ has done a heck of a job placing the #44 in the top 20, and we've been able to form some great partnerships along the way with Hunt Brothers Pizza, Dodge, Valvoline, Charter Communications, Harrah's, Super 8 Hotels and Paralyzed Veterans of America," said Reddin. "The success we are having on and off the track has helped us extend our schedule for the 44 team at least through the second Richmond race, and with a little help from some additional partners, we should have a good shot at making a successful full season. We think the on-track performance of the 44 team, AJ's personality, and all the assets of the Richard Petty Motorsports organization makes this team a very attractive and unique opportunity for potential partners." Allmendinger will race the Hunt Brothers Pizza paint scheme:
      April 26 at Talladega
      May 16 in the All-Star race
      May 24 in The Coke 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
      July 11 in Chicagoland
      Aug. 22 in Bristol
      Sept. 6 in Atlanta
      Sept. 12 in Richmond
      Allmendinger joined the Petty team for the final five races of the 2008 season. The Los Gatos, Calif. native is a five-time victor in open wheel racing who made the switch to NASCAR two years ago.(Richard Petty Motorsports PR), see images of the scheme on the #44 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2009) Comment here

    • Valvoline/Sears scheme for McMurray UPDATE & IMAGE: This weekend #26-Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Valvoline/Sears Auto Center Ford in the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This car is the same car that McMurray last raced at Texas in November 2008 which was the start of his streak of finishing third for the last three races of the 2008 season.(RFR PR)(4-1-2009)
      UPDATE and IMAGE: As a means of celebrating its successful partnership with Sears Auto Center, Valvoline is sharing its scheduled primary paint scheme with Sears Auto Center on Jamie McMurray's #26 Ford in Sunday's Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Sears Auto Center logo will be the primary display on the hood and rear-quarter panels of the #26 Ford, which is part of the Roush Fenway Racing team. The car look will be in the Valvoline blue, white and red colors. The Valvoline logo will be positioned on the hood, trunk decklid and rear bumper (TV panel). The Texas event will be the first of two Cup races that Valvoline and Sears Auto Center will share space on McMurray's #26 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. The other Cup event will be the July 11 Saturday night race at Chicagoland Speedway. "Valvoline is proud of its partnerships and winning heritage with both Roush Fenway Racing and Sears Auto Center," said Rob Clendening, Valvoline's motorsports manager. "It's a natural fit to have the three high-profile companies join forces with a slick looking paint scheme on the #26 Ford."(DMF Communications/Valvoline PR), see an image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(4-1-2009) Comment here

    • USG returns on the #17 at Vegas: #17-Matt Kenseth will run the USG Sheetrock paint scheme on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first of three times this season. The other two USG Sheetrock races will be Chicago in July and Phoenix in Nov.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(2-26-2009)

    • National Guard to sponsor Jeff Gordon? UPDATE 8 races: hearing that Jeff Gordon will be driving a National Guard scheme on the #24 Chevy in eight races in 2009, starting at Atlanta in March, have heard it will NOT effect the National Guard sponsorship of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(11-23-2008) UPDATE: This season, Gordon and the #24 team will help bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, such as the National Guard Youth Challenge, Active First, College First, Path to Honor and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The programs will be showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy in eight races this season: March 8 at Atlanta; April 5 at Texas; May 9 at Darlington; June 14 at Michigan; July 11 at Chicagoland; Sept. 12 at Richmond; Sept. 20 at New Hampshire and Oct. 25 at Martinsville.(HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(1-21-2009) Comment here

    • 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: Jimmy Fallon
      Command to start engines: Jimmy Fallon
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
      Invocation: Glenn Spoolstra, Raceway Ministries
      National Anthem: Jesse James
      Military Flyover: B-2A "Spirit" Stealth Bomber, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB

    • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website:

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Chicagoland Speedway

    • July 2008: see my Chicago Race Info page

    • Jessie James to present National Anthem for 400: Jessie James, a 21-year-old combination of throw-back rocker and pop diva, will sing the National Anthem before the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway July 11. James, who recently finished a tour with The Jonas Brothers, is a “big talent in a petite, power-packed package,” according to Mercury Records. She’s on a mission to be “wonderful” – in a way that shows you can be a rebel and a lady, too.Chicagoland Speedway PR))(7-10-2009)

    • Jimmy Fallon named Grand Marshal for 400: He may be associated with the most recognized opening line in American comedy, but on Saturday evening, July 11 the words fans at the 400 will be waiting for from Jimmy Fallon will be the most famous phrase in racing – “Gentlemen, start your engines!” Fallon, host of NBC’s new “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will come to you live from Chicagoland Speedway as Grand Marshal of the anchor event of the weekend, NASCAR Sprint Cup's 400.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-9-2009)

    • Goo Goo Dools to headline concert at Chicagoland: Rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will be the headline act for the Miller Lite Rock N' Racing concert at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, July 9, Chicagoland Speedway announced today. The concert will once again take place at the track's Miller Lite Pit Stop, which is located behind the Speedway’s grandstands in Champions Park. Large crowds are expected for NASCAR Pole Day and the concert, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. The concert is free and will take place immediately following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying. Tickets for Pole Day are $15 (children 12 and under are free) and provide fans with general admission access to watch practice and qualifying runs for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-629-RACE (7223) or by visiting Speedway)(6-29-2009)

    • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009) Comment here

    • ISC Announces Changes to Track Leadership: International Speedway Corporation announced it has named Craig Rust, current president of Watkins Glen International, as president of Chicagoland Speedway effective June 15. In addition, the Company announced it has named Michael Printup as president of Watkins Glen to replace Rust. Current Chicagoland President Matt Alexander will leave the Company to pursue other opportunities.(ISC)(6-10-2009)

    • 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

      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 -- 20 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: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes at Chicagoland this weekend . . . this is the same tire combination that teams in both series ran successfully at this track last season . . . Goodyear recently held a test at Chicagoland to confirm this tire set-up . . . participating in that May 18 test were Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Chevrolet), Kasey Kahne (Dodge), Carl Edwards (Ford) and Joey Logano (Toyota) . . . Nationwide teams ran this exact tire set-up earlier this season at Texas . . . teams in both of these series ran this set-up four times in 2008 -- Chicagoland, Homestead and twice at Texas . . . 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 the outer tire.


    • Bean looking to make second race of the year: #51-Dexter Bean's next stop is Chicagoland Speedway where he will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in the 400 on Saturday, July 11, 2009. Bean's last outing was at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he did not make the race due to qualifying being rained out and the field set by owner's points. Fans can be a part of Dexter's success by visiting and purchasing LiveWire Energy Chews. With every chew purchase you will receive free flavor samples. A portion of every chew purchased goes towards the funding of BlackJack Racing.(BlackJack Racing PR)(7-8-2009) Comment here

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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