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THE RACE: LikeLock.com 400

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2010 season
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  • Race: Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Joliet, IL

  • Title Sponsor: LifeLock

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 6:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 7:30pm/et

  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Phil Parsons

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, July 14 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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  • Practices:
    Friday, July 9, 12:30pm - 2:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 9, 3:15-4:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 9, 11:30 am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 9 at 6:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Reutiman wins at Chicago: #00-David Reutimann won the Lifelock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 1st win of the season and 2nd of his career. #99-Edwards finished 2nd for only his 2nd top-5 of 2010, followed by #24-Gordon, #33-Bowyer, #1-McMurray [pole sitter], #9-Kahne, #31-Burton, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart & #98-Menard. Points leader #29-Harvick saw his points lead dwindle to 103 after having fuel pump/cable issues late in the race, with Gordon in 2nd. #48-Johnson had some tire issues and made a few mistakes with a slide trying to pit while leading and a spin thru the grass. Johnson led the most laps with 92.
    There were 10 lead changes among 7 drivers and 4 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps. The attendence was reported at 67,500, down from 70,000 last July.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Chicago Race Results/Awards page.(7-10-2010)

  • Chicago Facts and Notes:
    • David Reutimann won the LifeLock.com 400 Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. It was Reutimann's second Cup win in his 118th start. His only other victory was at Charlotte in May 2009, 42 races ago.
    • Reutimann posted his fourth top-5 finish in 2010. He led three times for 52 laps, including the final 32.
    • Michael Waltrip Racing posted its second Cup series win, both by Reutimann.
    • Toyota scored its eighth win of 2010.
    • The four cautions were a Sprint Cup Chicagoland record for fewest cautions. The 145.146 mph average speed set a track record for the fastest race.
    • Carl Edwards (second) had his best finish of the season.
    • Jeff Gordon (third) has top-5 finishes in his past five races.
    • Clint Bowyer (fourth) matched his best finish of the season.
    • Jamie McMurray (fifth) earned his fifth top-5 finish of the season and ended a streak of five races with finishes of 15th or worse.
    • Kasey Kahne (sixth) has top-10 finishes in four of the past five races.
    • Paul Menard (10th) earned his second top-10 finish of the season.
    • Jimmie Johnson (25th) led the first 92 laps and spun on Lap 136 while running third, and he hit the wall on Lap 227 while running 19th.
    • Points leader Kevin Harvick (34th) finished 16 laps down after going behind the wall to fix a fuel issue.(ESPN.com)(7-12-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Chicago:
    #00-David Reutimann won the LIFELOCK.COM 400, his second victory in 118 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2010. It has been 42 races since his last win.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2010.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Chicagoland Speedway. It has now been 48 races since Gordon's last victory, a career-long drought.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-10-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Chicago, race 19 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2745
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2642, -103
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2557, -188
    4) #18-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2542, -203
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2524, -221
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2488, -257
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 2465, -280
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2446, -299
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2389, -356
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2345, -400
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2292, -453
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2286, -459
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2271, -496, 15 points out of the chase
    14) #5-Mark Martin, 2249, -496, -37
    15) #00-David Reutimann [1 win], 2190, -555, -96
    16) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2187, -558, -99
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    17) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2166, -579, -120
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2044, -701, -242
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-10-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indianapolis [July 25]:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #37 team increases its lead over 36th to 108 pts.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1484, +173
    33) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1443, +122
    34) #71-Cassill/TRG, 1439, +128
    35) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1419, 108 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1311, 108 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 1263, -156
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-10-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Chicago:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #26,39, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #47,40, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #7, 88, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
    #7, 90, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Stop & Go
    #48, 137, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #7, 137, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #21, 181, Pitting before pit road is open
    #7, 181, Pitting before pit road is open
    #29, 181, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #82, 239, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-10-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #09-Labonte, 29th
    Caution 2: #39-Newman, 22nd
    Caution 3: #78-Smith, 20th
    Caution 4: #77-Hornish Jr., 24th
    (7-10-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Chicago (or seemed to)?
    43) #87-Nemechek, 201 laps run
    42) #13-Papis, 40 laps
    41) #42-Bliss, 40 laps
    40) #36-Mears, 49 laps
    39) #71-Cassill, 73 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #87 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(7-10-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Chicago: The selections of pit stalls for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at ChicagoLand Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 8, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #00-Reutimann, who starts 7th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-9-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at ChicagoLand Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 10, 2010.
    Television (TV): TNT at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, July 14 at 12:00pm/et

  • Some Chassis selections for Chicago:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis #1006 McDonald's Chevy this weekend to Chicago, the same chassis that captured the pole and finished second at the Darlington in May.
    #2-Kurt Busch Driver Kurt Busch, crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew are racing their "PRS-725" Miller Lite "Vortex" Dodge this weekend at Chicagoland. The team debuted the car at Darlington on May 8, where Busch started 14th and finished a strong third. In it's only other outing; Busch won the Coors Light Pole Position and finished a strong third in the June 13 battle at Michigan.
    #5-Mark Martin: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #5-600 for Saturday evening's race at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the same chassis Martin drove to a fourth-place finish in the May 30 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-617 Last ran Charlotte - finished 24th; Backup: RK-620 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 23rd. Ragan will run a special UPS Freight scheme at Chicago
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 270 this weekend in Chicagoland. This car has a single start to date, a win at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. JGR 253 will serve as the backup this weekend in Chicago – it recorded at tenth-place finish at Michigan last season. The #11 FedEx Ground Toyota will carry the letters CENT on the b-post this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in recognition of the FedEx Ground Central District encompassing Ohio and West Virginia. The center is being recognized for service and excelling in package care.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-707 during Saturday's 400-mile race at Chicagoland Speedway. Keselowski raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish at Richmond in May.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis #14-583: This car debuted in early March at Las Vegas, where it qualified ninth and led twice for seven laps before finishing seventh. Prior to Las Vegas, it spent time in the wind tunnel. It returned to the track for a NASCAR-sanctioned test at Charlotte Motor Speedway March 23-24 before coming back to Charlotte for the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, where it started 11th and finished a solid fifth. It revisited the wind tunnel in preparation for its third career start this weekend at Chicagoland. Stewart will run the Back to School scheme at Chicago.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-646 (brand new chassis) for the Crown Royal Black Ford.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis #265: Saturday Night’s LifeLock.com 400 will be the third-ever start for #265, which has finished no worse than third in its first two starts. Kyle Busch christened this chassis in grand style in May at Dover, where he started fourth and brought home the win. The talented 25-year-old followed up the Dover win by overcoming contact on pit road two weeks later to post a third-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 after starting ninth. Busch will run the Snicker's scheme on the #18
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 Stanley team has prepared chassis #282 for this weekend’s event. This Ford was previously run in this season’s event at Las Vegas.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis #301 from the Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet was tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway in April. Harvick finished seventh with this car at Texas in April and finished 11th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May.
    #31-Jeff Burton: Jeff Burton will race chassis #305 from the Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Burton drove this Caterpillar Chevy to an eighth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May and to a seventh-place effort at Pocono Raceway last month.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis #306 from the Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis was built in 2010 and was put through its first paces four weeks ago at Michigan. Bowyer drove this Chevy in both practice sessions at MIS, but he made contact with the outside wall in final practice and had to retire this Impala for the #33 team's back up.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-531 debuted last year at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Sprint All-Star Race, where Newman started 12th. He was battling for the lead with less than 10 laps to go when he got tangled up with two other cars and finished 18th. The car’s second start was at Chicago, last July. Newman started 12th and finished sixth. The car saw action for the final time in October 2009 at Charlotte. Newman qualified sixth and finished 11th. During the offseason, the original body was cut off the car. The car was made lighter and the bodywork was rebuilt, returning to action in February at Auto Club Speedway, where Newman qualified 18th. An engine failure relegated him to a 36th-place finish. The car’s next start came in March at Atlanta, qualified seventh and finished 17th. The car’s third start of 2010, Newman started on the pole at Charlotte and finished 9th. Michigan marked the car’s most recent start. After qualifying eighth, Newman looked to be on target for a top-10 finish. However, a chunk of sheet metal hit the car on lap 136, hampering Newman’s performance. He finished 32nd.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie will bring chassis #1003 this weekend to Chicagoland Speedway. Montoya last ran this chassis in the Coke 600 where the Target team finished 38th due to an accident.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis #288 for this weekend’s event at Chicagoland Speedway. This car was run earlier this year at Bristol, Dover, and Pocono.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Johnson will be piloting brand new chassis #610 in Saturday night's event. Backup chassis #553 was driven to Victory Lane by Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in February.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-556, which is the first chassis McGrew built from scratch for Earnhardt. This chassis, which Earnhardt debuted in 2009 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was used last at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The team tested it in June at Rockingham Speedway.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis #566 for this weekend’s event at Chicagoland Speedway. The team utilized this particular Ford earlier this season at Bristol. Menard also drove it during a test at Atlanta in June. Moen / Menards will be featured on the #98.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-558 - Last raced at Pocono in June, finished 12th. Edwards will run the special silver Aflac scheme at Chicago.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(7-8-2010)

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • McMurray wins pole at Chicago: #1-McMurray won the Coors Pole for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway speed of 183.542mph for his 3rd pole of 2010 [the most of any driver this season], 1st at Chicago and 6th of his career. McMurray has not won a race from the pole the other five time he won it. #48-Johnson, who has never won at Chicago, will start 2nd followed by #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #77-Hornish Jr., #24-Gordon, #00-Reutimann, #56-Truex Jr., #98-Menard and #42-Montoya [who was fastest in Happy Hour practice]. Points leader, #29-Harvick will start 27th and #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 25th,
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #09-Labonte, #87-Nemechek, #21-Ellott, #13-Papis, #36-Mears, #26-Stremme, #32-Bliss & #38-Kvapil.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #55-McDowell, #66-Blaney, #46-Yeley & #64-Bodine [all but Yeley would likely had started and parked]
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Chicago Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-9-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Chicago:
    #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the LIFELOCK.COM 400 with a lap of 29.421 seconds, 183.542 mph.
    This is his sixth pole in 277 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2010. McMurray leads the series in poles.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2010 and his eighth in nine races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his eighth in 19 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-9-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at ChicagoLand Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 9, 2010 at 6:05pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 6:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at ChicagoLand Speedway is posted. 47 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 #47-Ambrose.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #5-Martin.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #32-Bliss with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #66-Blaney.
    See the full qualifying order on the Infineon Qualifying Page.(7-9-2010)

  • Happy Hour practice for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #42-Montoya 181.002
    #1-McMurray 180.355
    #16-Biffle 180.180
    #48-Johnson 180.018
    #99-Edwards 179.952
    slowest: #34-Conway 174.656 & #64-Bodine 175.058
    only one driver ran more then ten laps in a run, #11-Hamlin
    See fastest speeds. average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(7-9-2010)

  • Chicago Happy Hour practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Nemechek, 22nd fastest overall
    #09-Labonte [PC1], 24th
    #21-Elliott [PC2], 33rd
    #26-Stremme, 34th
    #13-Papis, 36th
    #32-Bliss, 37th
    #36-Mears, 38th
    #55-McDowell, 39th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #38-Kvapil, 42nd
    #66-Blaney, 43rd
    #46-Yeley, 44th
    #64-Bodine, 46th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
    See fastest speeds. average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(7-9-2010)

  • 1st Friday practice for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #87-Nemechek 177.078
    #36-Mears 176.725
    #26-Stremme 176.355
    #24-Gordon 176.298
    #48-Johnson 175.970
    slowest: #34-Conway 169.507 & #21-Elliott 172.370
    #48-Johnson had the fastest 10-lap average, see fastest speeds. average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(7-9-2010)

  • Chicago practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Nemechek, 1st fastest overall
    #36-Mears, 2nd
    #26-Stremme, 3rd
    #13-Papis, 6th
    #32-Bliss, 7th
    #38-Kvapil, 12th
    #55-McDowell, 19th
    #09-Labonte [PC1], 44th fastest, would use past champ prov
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #46-Yeley, 30th
    #66-Blaney, 35th
    #64-Bodine, 43rd
    #21-Elliott [PC2], 46th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
    See fastest speeds. average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(7-9-2010)

  • The Entry List for the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner/past champ 2000)(39/18)
    #13-Max Papis (41/18)
    #21-Bill Elliott (past champ1988) (45/5)
    #26-David Stremme (2009 race winner as owner)(36/18)
    #36-Casey Mears (38/18)
    #32-Mike Bliss (48/5)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (37/18)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/18)
    #55-Michael McDowell (44/18)
    #64-Todd Bodine (47/8)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43/18)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/18)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,21,38,36,46,13,87
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 66,55,64,32
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Chicago Entry List.(7-5-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Chicago:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #37 team dropped to 35th, but is 96 points ahead of the #26.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1435, +179
    33) #71-Lally/TRG, 1393, +137
    34) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1379, +123
    35) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1352, 96 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1256, 96 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 1193, -159
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-3-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2684
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2472 -212
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2459 -225
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2439 -245
    5) #18-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2400 -284
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2376 -308
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2322 -362
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 2319 -365
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2251 -433
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 2234 -450
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2177 -507
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2170 -514
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2131 -553, 39 points out of the chase
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2121 -563, -49
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2090 -594, -80
    16) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2016 -668, -154
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1924, -246
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-3-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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)

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  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • There are four race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Chicago: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Michigan: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.(6-20-2010)

  • 2009 Race Winner: #5-Mark Martin, 133.804mph, started 14th

  • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

  • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

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

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

  • 2009 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 184.162mph, finished 7th

  • 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, Brian Vickers

  • Most Top 5s: 7 - Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 7 - Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson

  • 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: 7 - 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: 2
  • 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 9 - 11.4%
  • Races won from the top 10: 3 of 9 - 33.3%

  • Race Winners
    2009 Mark Martin, #5-Chevy, 133.804, started 14th
    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

  • 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 nine NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    · 14 drivers have competed in all nine 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 only time a driver had won from a top-five starting position.
    · Kevin Harvick won the 2002 race from the 32nd starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started at Chicago.
    · Only one starting position has multiple wins: 14th. Mark Martin won from the 14th starting position last year, as did Ryan Newman in 2003.
    · Jeff Gordon (9.2), Kevin Harvick (8.7), Jimmie Johnson (8.1), Tony Stewart (9.6) and Brian Vickers (8.8) are active drivers who average a top-10 finish.
    · Four of the last five races have ended with a margin of victory under one second.
    · Two active drivers got their first start at Chicago: David Stremme and Johnny Sauter.
    · There have been 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Illinois.
    · 71 drivers all-time in NASCAR three national series have their home state recorded as Illinois.

  • CHICAGOLAND-SPECIFIC STATISTICS:

    Greg Biffle (#16 3M FILTRETE Ford)
    · Enters Chicagoland 10th in points
    · One top five, one top 10
    · Average finish of 15.4
    · Average Running Position of 15.7, 13th-best
    · Driver Rating of 89.8, 10th-best
    · 50 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
    · Series-high 361 Green Flag Passes
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.052 mph, seventh-fastest
    · 721 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 11th-most
    · 120 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 12th-most

    Clint Bowyer (#33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevy)
    · 14th in points
    · Three top 10s
    · Average finish of 12.5
    · Average Running Position of 14.0, 11th-best
    · Driver Rating of 86.4, 13th-best

    Kurt Busch (#2 Miller Lite Dodge)
    · Fourth in points
    · Five top 10s
    · Average finish of 17.2
    · Average Running Position of 13.4, 10th-best
    · Driver Rating of 86.8, 12th-best
    · 297 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 166.855 mph, 13th-fastest
    · 931 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), ninth-most
    · 151 Quality Passes, sixth-most

    Kyle Busch (#18 Snickers Toyota)
    · Sixth in points
    · One win, two top fives, two top 10s
    · Average finish of 12.8
    · Average Running Position of 10.2, sixth-best
    · Driver Rating of 104.6, sixth-best
    · 72 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.256 mph, sixth-fastest
    · 1,021 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3%), sixth-most
    · 151 Quality Passes, sixth-most

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy)
    · 11th in points
    · One win, two top fives, three top 10s
    · Average finish of 15.2
    · Average Running Position of 11.6, eighth-best
    · Driver Rating of 94.0, eighth-best
    · 60 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
    · 284 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.018 mph, ninth-fastest
    · 1,024 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), fifth-most
    · 176 Quality Passes, second-most

    Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevy)
    · Second in points
    · One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 9.2
    · Average Running Position of 11.2, seventh-best
    · Driver Rating of 96.3, seventh-best
    · 58 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
    · 290 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.036 mph, eighth-fastest
    · 1,065 Laps in the Top 15 (79.6%), fourth-most
    · Series-high 199 Quality Passes

    Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
    · Fifth in points
    · One top five, one top 10
    · Average finish of 19.0
    · Driver Rating of 87.1, 11th-best
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 166.983 mph, 10th-fastest
    · 133 Quality Passes, 11th-most

    Kevin Harvick (#29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy)
    · Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s
    · Average finish of 8.7
    · Average Running Position of 7.9, fourth-best
    · Driver Rating of 106.8, fifth-best
    · 37 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.549 mph, fourth-fastest
    · 1,162 Laps in the Top 15 (86.8%), third-most
    · 141 Quality Passes, ninth-most

    Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevy)
    · Third in points
    · Five top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 8.1
    · Series-best Average Running Position of 7.3
    · Series-best Driver Rating of 112.8
    · 142 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
    · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 167.945 mph
    · Series-high 1,190 Laps in the Top 15 (88.9%)
    · 165 Quality Passes, third-most

    Matt Kenseth (#17 Crown Royal Black Ford)
    · Seventh in points
    · Two top fives, four top 10s
    · Average finish of 11.2
    · Average Running Position of 9.9, fifth-best
    · Driver Rating of 107.8, third-best
    · Series-high 156 Fastest Laps Run
    · 285 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.774 mph, third-fastest
    · 977 Laps in the Top 15 (73.0%), seventh-most
    · 148 Quality Passes, eighth-most

    Mark Martin (#5 GoDaddy.com Chevy)
    · One win, one top five, four top 10s
    · Average finish of 12.6
    · Average Running Position of 12.9, ninth-best
    · Driver Rating of 93.0, ninth-best
    · 66 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 166.897 mph, 11th-fastest
    · 795 Laps in the Top 15 (59.4%), 10th-most

    Tony Stewart (#14 Office Depot Chevy)
    · Two wins, seven top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 9.6
    · Average Running Position of 7.4, second-best
    · Driver Rating of 112.1, second-best
    · 115 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
    · Average Green Flag Speed of 167.891 mph, second-fastest
    · 1,183 Laps in the Top 15 (88.4%), second-most
    · 154 Quality Passes, fifth-most


PAINT SCHEME NEWS


TRACK/RACE NEWS

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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Chicago Blackhawks star Duncan Keith
    Command to start engines: Duncan Keith
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Rev. Glenn Spoolstra, Raceway Windy City Ministries
    National Anthem: Chicago Blackhawks Jim Cornelison
    Military Flyover: T-38 Talon's, 25th FTS Wing, Vance AFB, Enid, OK

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

  • Websites:
    Chicagoland Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Chicagoland Speedway - Facebook
    Chicagoland Speedway - Twitter
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide

  • July 2009: see my Chicago Race Info page


  • Chicago Blackhawks Jim Cornelison to sing National Anthem: If boisterous fans cheer as Jim Cornelison delivers his rich rendition of the National Anthem on Saturday before the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, don’t be alarmed – they’re carrying on a Chicago Blackhawks tradition that’s been around since 1985. That’s the way it’s done at the United Center, where the Blackhawks captured the attention of hockey fans across the nation this year with a determination and grit that helped them win the Stanley Cup. “I’m humbled to share the National Anthem with Blackhawks fans at the United Center before each home game throughout the season and honored to do so with 75,000 fans at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend,” said Cornelison. “The LifeLock.com 400 is a unique event and I am excited to join Duncan Keith as a part of the weekend's festivities." Cornelison, a professional opera singer-turned real estate agent, is known for the emotional response he elicits from fans, from the cheers to goose bumps and tears. Paul McCoy of 12 Stones will perform the National Anthem before the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola.(Chicagoland PR)(7-7-2010)

  • Chicago Blackhawks star named Chicago Grand Marshal: Duncan Keith, star defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, will serve as Grand Marshal of the LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, 2010. Keith, the 6-foot-1 fan favorite, made headlines during the historic run for the title through sheer stamina, strength and skill - especially after he returned to the ice less than seven minutes after losing seven teeth in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. He brought home plenty of hefty hardware in 2010, including the Norris Trophy for best all-around performance in the NHL and a Gold Medal from his home country's Olympic Games in Vancouver. Keith will also do a Question and Answer session at 3:30 p.m. on the LifeLock stage in Champions Park, before the LifeLock.com 400.(Chicagoland PR)(7-4-2010)

  • Chicagoland Offers New 2010 Ticket Packages: Chicagoland Speedway announced on that they will be offering a new ticket package for fans in 2010. In addition to being still able to purchase “Track Packs”, fans will now be able to purchase tickets to individual single day events. Tickets will go on sale in December and will be available at the track’s website: chicagolandspeedway.com.(10-2-2009)

  • 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)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,400, Right-side – 1,400;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392;
    Right-side -- D-4398

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.2 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 (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same Goodyear tire codes at Chicagoland this weekend . . .this is the first time teams will run this tire set-up at this track, though they did run it at Texas earlier this season . . . compared to the set-up teams ran at Chicagoland in 2009, this left-side tire features a new construction and compound to offer more grip; while this right-side tire features a new construction that brings it in line with what has been run at other mile-and-a-half tracks and a new compound to improve wear . . .as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . the air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Menards / MAPEI returns to the #7: Over the last three weeks, #7-Robby Gordon has recorded a second-place finish at Infineon Raceway and a 12th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway just last weekend. This weekend marks the debut of MAPEI / Menards as the primary sponsor of the #7 Toyota Camry for the 2010 season; Gordon and team hope to carry this momentum forward into Saturday’s race under the lights of Chicagoland Speedway. Robby’s Thoughts – “Everyone at Robby Gordon Motorsports is excited to have MAPEI and Menards returning as a primary sponsor of our team for a few races this season,” said Gordon. “We’ve been building a lot of momentum over the last few weeks, and we’re all ready for the race at Chicagoland. I’ve been successful at this track in the past and I’m looking forward to another great run this weekend.”(RGM)(7-9-2010)

  • Cassill to Drive for TRG at Chicago: Landon Cassill will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start behind the wheel of the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevy at the LifeLock.com 400 to be run at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night, July 10. The recently turned 21-year old, July 7th, Cassill is a development driver for Hendrick Motorsports. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and 2008 Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year is excited to be making his second Sprint Cup Series start this weekend. "The deal came about with through Dan Stillman (TRG Motorsports crew chief) he put me together with Kevin Buckler," Cassill said. "We talked over the past couple of weeks and they needed a driver for this weekend and I am happy to step in. This will be my second Sprint Cup Series start, the first was in the 09 at Michigan. I have been spending my time as the development driver for Hendrick Motorsports and the 48, 5, 88 and 24 teams. TRG Motorsports is building a team and are trying to market their product and I am a driver in need of a ride. I need every opportunity to showcase my ability behind the wheel. I can't thank them enough for the opportunity. I hope this is a relationship that can grow."(TRG Motorsports)(7-9-2010)

  • See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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