Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lifelock.com 400 Odds & Ends: Chicagoland Speedway

compiled by Mike Forde
NASCAR Media Services

·         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.
NASCAR in Illinois
·         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.
·         There have been four race winners from Illinois in NASCAR’s three national series:
Fred Lorenzen
Tom Pistone
Justin Allgaier
Bobby Dotter
Erik Darnell
 Chicagoland Speedway Data
Race #: 19 of 36 (7-10-10)
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 400 miles (267 laps)
Banking/Corners: 18 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Tri-Oval: 11 degrees

Driver Rating at Chicagoland
Jimmie Johnson            
Tony Stewart                 112.1
Matt Kenseth                107.8
Brian Vickers                107.3
Kevin Harvick                106.8
Kyle Busch                   104.6
Jeff Gordon                    96.3
Dale Earnhardt Jr.          94.0
Mark Martin                   93.0
Greg Biffle                     89.8
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2009 races (5 total) at Chicagoland.
Qualifying/Race Data
2009 pole winner: Brian Vickers, (182.164 mph)
2009 race winner: Mark Martin, (133.810 mph, 7-11-09)
Track qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson (188.147 mph, 28.701 secs., 7-8-05)
Track race record: Kevin Harvick (136.832 mph, 7-14-02)
Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.

Odds to Win Lifelock.com 400 

Roberts Guest Hosting ESPN Radio Show this week
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