Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chicagoland Contenders

By Micah Roberts
Top-3 finishes for Hamlin in last four 1.5-mile tracks (Getty) 
The Linemakers on Sporting News

To get an early jump on Chicagoland this week, the best reference tool is to look at what happened in the Kansas race in April and at Kentucky in June. Although unique in its own way, cars at Chicago can be set up like they are at those two tracks because of the similar banking at 18 degrees.

Here's a look at who the top contenders are this week:

1. Denny Hamlin tops the charts having won at Kansas and finishing third at Kentucky. However, during his career he's had a 19.2 average finish in six starts at Chicago with a best finish of fifth in 2009. The big difference with Hamlin this year and years past is his performance on these types of tracks. He used to be a driver to only fear at Martinsville, Richmond and Pocono, but now his team has him dialed-in almost everywhere.

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