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By the Numbers: Streaks, statistics abound at Chicago

September 15, 2011, , NASCAR.com

Johnson's numbers more than favorable, but still missing one in win column

Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.54-mile tri-oval with 18 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 2,400 feet with 11 degress banking; the backstretch is 1,700 feet with 5 degrees banking.

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0 -- Times a driver has won the first three races at a track. Kyle Busch won the first two races at Chicago.

4 -- Past consecutive Truck Series races won by Kevin Harvick Inc. -- the last team to win five consecutive races was KHI in 2009.

4.8 -- Best average finish on 1.5-mile tracks: Kyle Busch

6 -- Races out of 10 this season at 1.5-mile tracks. Race winners: Kyle Busch, Ron Hornaday -- each with two -- and Clint Bowyer with one.

38 -- Drivers who have won a 1.5-mile race; Eightenn have done it more than once.

Very interesting:

James Buescher is now the points leader despite missing the race at Phoenix. If he would have scored his season average finish at Phoenix, he would have a 48-point lead instead of just 12.

The Truck Series champion has always started all races that season. The last time a driver did not compete in all series races in NASCAR and won the championship was Sam Ard in 1984 (now-Nationwide Series).

Very interesting:

2 -- Races out of the past 14 in the Truck Series not won by either Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick when both of them were competing.

The next first-time winner?

James Buescher: Best finish is second, three times. He has 15 top-10s in 16 starts this year. Joey Coulter: Top-10 finishes in nine of the past 12 races. Cole Whitt: Best finish was second at Dover. Parker Kligerman: Best finish is second, twice.

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1 -- Races at Chicagoland ending in a green-white-checkered finish (July 2010); Kyle Busch passed Joey Logano for the win on lap 202 of 203 after Logano was leading at the races scheduled distance of 200 laps.

2 -- Past consecutive races at Chicagoland where the final lead change occurred with two laps or less.

3 -- Best starting position of a Chicagoland winner (twice); Chicagoland is the only active track that has never been won from drivers starting on the front-row.

3 -- Races out of 11 at Chicagoland won by starting positions outside the top-10.

3 -- Active tracks -- including Chicagoland -- that Roush Fenway Racing has yet to win on (Daytona and Watkins Glen are the other two); Roush Fenway Racing drivers finished second at Chicagoland three times.

3 -- Races out of the past four at Chicagoland won by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.

4 -- Races won by first time winners at Chicagoland races; three of the four were in the first four races held at the track.

8 -- Races in which the eventual winner did not lead for the first time until lap 95.

12 -- Nationwide races held at Chicagoland Speedway, including Saturday; This is the first season that the series competes twice in the same year at the track.

25 -- Average age of the Chicagoland race winner.

144 -- Laps led by Carl Edwards at Chicagoland in June. He finished second after running out of gas in Turn 3 of the final lap, he last pitted on lap 115 of 200. The 144 laps led is the most by a driver who failed to win at the track.

Side note:

2 -- Carl Edwards is the only repeat pole winner in the past nine Chicagoland races with time trials; qualifying was canceled for the first time at Chicagoland in June 2011.

21 -- Lead changes among 12 leaders in June 2011, setting a new track record for the most at Chicagoland.

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Not where you start, but ...

1 -- Number of races won from the pole: Kyle Busch won the 2008 Chicagaloand race from first after qualifying was canceled.

2 -- Race out of the past six at Chicagoland won from a top-10 starting position.

6 -- Race out of the past 10 at Chicagoland won from starting positions of 13th or worse.

32 -- Lowest starting position of a Chicagoland race winner: Kevin Harvick - July 2002.

Who will win it all?


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Drivers to watch at Chicago

Tony Stewart scored top-10 finishes in the past four races. Stewart finished fifth or better in seven of 10 races. Jimmie Johnson finished eighth or better in seven of nine races. Jeff Gordon finished 11th or better in the past five races. Brian Vickers' average finish of 8.8 makes this his best track.

Windy City streaks

Jimmie Johnson looks to extend an eight-race streak of top-10 starts. Johnson looks to extend a four-race streak of leading at least one lap. Brian Vickers is looking to extend a five-race streak of top-15 finishes. Mark Martin is looking to extend six-race streak of lead-lap finishes.

Chase field:

1 -- Kyle Busch clinched a spot in the 2011 Chase at Michigan. This is his 5th Chase. Best Chase was 2007 (fifth).

2 -- Kevin Harvick clinched a spot at Bristol. This is his 5th Chase. Best Chase was 2010 (third).

3 -- Jeff Gordon clinched a spot at Bristol. This is his 7th Chase. Best Chase was 2007 (second).

4 -- Matt Kenseth clinched a spot in the 2011 Chase at Bristol. This is his 7th Chase, Best Chase was 2006 (second).

5 -- Carl Edwards clinched a spot at Bristol. This is his 6th Chase. Best Chase was 2008 (second)

6-- Jimmie Johnson clinched a spot at Bristol and is the only driver to have made all eight Chases.

7 -- Kurt Busch clinched a spot at Atlanta. This is his sixth Chase. Best Chase was 2004 (champion)

8 -- Ryan Newman clinched a spot at Atlanta. This is his fourth Chase. Best Chase was 2006 (sixth).

9 -- Tony Stewart clinched a spot at Richmond. This is his seventh Chase. Best Chase was 2005 (champion).

10 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. clinched a spot at Richmond. This is his fourth Chase. Best Chase was 2006 (fifth).

Wild cards

11 -- Brad Keselowski clinched at Atlanta, with three wins in the first 26 races. He finished 11th in points, 21 behind 10th. He is the only driver making his first Chase appearance.

12 -- Denny Hamlin clinched at Richmond by winning at Michigan in June and being the highest in points among drivers with one win, 12th in points. This is his sixth Chase. Best Chase was 2010 (second).

Would you believe?

0 -- Chicagoland is one of five active tracks Jimmie Johnson has not won on (Michigan, Watkins Glen, Homestead and Kentucky). Johnson does have seven top-eight finishes in nine races and five top-fours, including second in 2004 and 2008. He led in seven of his nine races for 326 laps ranking second all-time and has started in the top eight in the past eight races.

1 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Chicagoland in 2005 and followed with a top-five finish in 2006. In his past four Chicagoland races, he finished 15th or worse. He has won only two times in the 224 races since his 2005 Chicagoland win.

6 -- Different drivers who won the past six Chicagoland races .

Best in 2011 at 1.5-mile tracks

Wins: One each -- Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski.

Top-fives: Carl Edwards (five).

Top-10s: Kurt Busch (six)

Lead lap finish: Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart, each with six.

Average Finish: Carl Edwards (5.83).

Laps Led: Matt Kenseth (339)

Career wins: Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon (15); Dale Earnhardt (14); Richard Petty (13) ; Bobby Allison (12); Tony Stewart (11); Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Cale Yarborough (10).

Most poles: Ryan Newman has scored 20 of his 48 poles.

Chicagoland history

The Cup Series race at Chicagoland on Sunday will mark the 11th Cup race since July 15, 2001. The first winner was Kevin Harvick, driving the No. 29. Harvick started sixth in a 43-car field that made up the inaugural Tropicana 400 that had 34 cars remaining at conclusion and was one of 17 cars on the lead lap.

Chicagoland is the third track in Illinois to host a Cup Series event: Santa Fe Speedway, won by Dick Rathman in 1954; Soldiers Field, won by Fireball Roberts in 1956.