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DATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Ill.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 70,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 13th
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 13/5:10 p.m. ET
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 2)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (188.147 mph)
RACE RECORD: David Reutimann, 2010 (145.138 mph)
2012 Finish
1Brad Keselowski136Tony Stewart29
2Jimmie Johnson17Joey Logano10
3Kasey Kahne68Dale Earnhardt Jr.4
4Kyle Busch219Martin Truex Jr.18
5Ryan Newman2010Clint Bowyer9
2012 GEICO 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.363 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 47 mins., 37 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.171 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (182.865 mph)
Past GEICO 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (13) -- Dodge -- 143.363 mph
2011 -- Tony Stewart (26) -- Chevrolet -- 143.306 mph
2010 -- David Reutimann (7) -- Toyota -- 145.138 mph
2009 -- Mark Martin (14) -- Chevrolet -- 133.810 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 133.996 mph
2007 -- Tony Stewart (19) -- Chevrolet -- 134.258 mph
2006 -- Jeff Gordon (13) -- Chevrolet -- 132.077 mph
2005 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (25) -- Chevrolet -- 127.638 mph
2004 -- Tony Stewart (10) -- Chevrolet -- 129.507 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (14) -- Dodge -- 134.059 mph
2002 -- Kevin Harvick (32) -- Chevrolet -- 136.832 mph
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (6) -- Chevrolet -- 121.200 mph
NOTE: Formerly called Tropicana 400 (2001-04), USG Sheetrock 400 (2005-07), 400 (2008-10).
Past GEICO 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 2
2011 -- Matt Kenseth -- 21
2010 -- Jamie McMurray -- 5
2009 -- Brian Vickers -- 7
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Casey Mears -- 5
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 2
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
2003 -- Tony Stewart -- 2
2002 -- Ryan Newman -- 5
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 14
Last Race Results
RACE: Federated Auto Parts 400 (Sept. 7)
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
THIRD: Ryan Newman
FOURTH: Jamie McMurray
FIFTH: Paul Menard
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 8)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 23 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 105.028 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.668 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 29 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon 1-49; B. Keselowski 50-65; Ku. Busch 66-94; J. McMurray
95-96; B. Keselowski 97-104; M. Kenseth 105-109; Ku. Busch
110-137; J. McMurray 138-141; B. Keselowski 142-208; Ku. Busch
209-217; B. Keselowski 218-268; Ku. Busch 269-269; C. Bowyer
270-341; Ku. Busch 342-347; C. Edwards 348-390; R. Newman
391-394; P. Menard 395-397; C. Edwards 398-400.
GEICO 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Peak Antifreeze
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Post-it
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Doublemint
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target/Kraft
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Kingsford Charcoal
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Royal Teak Collection
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Brad Keselowski---------------32185Won
Jimmie Johnson236372825102
Kasey Kahne364123321536123
Kyle Busch---24313Won3317224
Ryan Newman34293681062285
Joey Logano---------------1819167
Dale Earnhardt Jr22Won51916152338
Martin Truex Jr------163991611189
Clint Bowyer------9102294710
Kevin Harvick10194431934212
Greg Biffle20111111431352613
Mark Martin2410181417Won15914
Denny Hamlin------141740583116
Matt Kenseth122222723132118
Carl Edwards---3920332142419
Kurt Busch35886281726632
Jeff Gordon433Won911232435
Mover of the Week
Carl Edwards - started 26 and finished 1
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - finished 11
The Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is the 27th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. This event is also the first in the 10-race Chase.

Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile racetrack, has 18 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 11 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 5 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,400 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,700 feet. Construction of this racetrack, which is located roughly 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, began in August 1999.

There have been 12 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Chicagoland. Kevin Harvick won the inaugural Cup event there, the Tropicana 400, on July 15, 2001. Harvick scored another victory at this track the following year, doing so from the 32nd starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won there.

Tony Stewart holds the record for most victories at Chicagoland with three. Stewart is sidelined for the remainder of this season due to a leg injury.

This will be the third consecutive season the first race in the Chase is held at Chicagoland. In the previous two years, the winner of this race went on to capture the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart did it in 2011, and Brad Keselowski did so last year.

Jimmie Johnson is the only driver with multiple poles at Chicagoland. Johnson claimed the pole there in 2005 and '12. He has yet to win a Cup race at this track. His first Nationwide Series victory came there in 2001.

Kyle Busch is the only driver who has won a Cup event at Chicagoland after starting on the pole. Busch accomplished the feat in 2008.

Just four of the previous 12 races at Chicagoland have been won from a top-10 starting position.

Six of the last eight races at this track have ended with a margin of victory less than one second. Busch's win there in '08 was the closest margin. He beat Johnson to the finish line by just 0.159 seconds.

No driver has scored his or her's first career Sprint Cup race win or maiden pole at Chicagoland. Two drivers entered in this weekend's event made their series debuts at this track: David Stremme (2005) and Josh Wise (2011).

Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Chicagoland. His victory there five years ago came when he was 23 years, 2 months and 10 days old. When Mark Martin was 50 years, 6 months and 2 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track in 2009.

Race 2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.

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