|How about Jeff Gordon for Chase?|
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has been running through all their data on these types of races and have come up with three drivers - Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon - as 5-to-1 co-favorites to win Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400.
Each of them have had memorable moments at Chicago as well as being dominators on 1.5-mile layouts this season. Keselowski kicked off his 2012 Cup title with a Chase win at Chicago, doing exactly what Tony Stewart did in 2011. Kevin Harvick won the first two Cup races (2001-02) ever run near the windy city (Joliet, IL). Jeff Gordon won there in 2006 and has been runner-up twice.
The big mystery here is how Jimmie Johnson has never won at Chicagoland in 12 starts. This type of layout is his bread and butter and it's always go-time when the Chase starts. He's led Chicagoland-record 537 laps, but his best finish has been runner-up three times. It's one of four tracks Johnson has yet to conquer -- Homestead, Watkins Glen and Kentucky are the others. Earlier this season, Michigan was finally crossed off his 'things to do' list after it had been avoiding him twice a year since 2002.
Johnson won one of the six 1.5-mile races at Charlotte in May and comes in at 6-to-1 odds. It looked as though he was in a slump last month as he finished 10th or worse in six straight races, but he's been ninth or better in his last four starts, including a very relevant fourth-place at Atlanta two weeks ago.