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By the Numbers: Return trips for Trucks, NNS; Chase at Chicago

September 13, 2012, , NASCAR.com

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3 -- Three of the four Camping World Truck Series races at Iowa Speedway have been won from the pole position: Mike Skinner (2009), Austin Dillon (2010) and Timothy Peters (July 2012).

15 -- The lowest starting position of a Nationwide Series winner in 2012 is 15th, accomplished three times, including Elliott Sadler at Chicagoland Speedway in July.

4 -- Four Chase drivers have won at Chicagoland: Tony Stewart (3), Kevin Harvick (2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1) and Jeff Gordon (1).

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2 -- Points leader Timothy Peters has won two of the three races on short tracks this season (Iowa and Bristol) and finished fifth in the other (Martinsville). He led four times for 87 laps in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa this past July. Four of Peters' five career wins have come on short tracks.

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1 -- David Mayhew is making his season debut at Iowa, where last year he scored his first career pole and finished third. Mayhew also finished 10th in the Nationwide race last year at Iowa -- it remains his only series start -- and posted the first of his four Pro Series West wins at Iowa in 2009 (after starting on the pole).

4 -- Johnny Sauter is the only driver who has posted top-five finishes in all four series races at Iowa, with a best of runner-up 2010; he finished fourth in July. Thorsport Racing teammate Matt Crafton is the only other driver who has finished in the top 10 in each race; he has never finished worse than sixth and in the past three races has finished third, first and third.

91 -- James Buescher led 91 of the first 135 laps in the July race at Iowa and was out front when he had a tire go down, sending his truck into the wall. The DNF resulted in a 30th-place finish, his worst finish of the season. Incidentally, Buescher had won the previous race and won the following race. Buescher left that race 40 points off the lead; he now trails championship leader Timothy Peters by six points.

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2 -- Ron Hornaday finished second in the July race at Iowa, his best in four starts there and his best on the season (just his second top-five). Hornaday has never gone through a Truck season in which he has made more than one start without a win. The 22 laps he led in July marked the first time he has led there. Hornaday had the lead on the final restart but spun his tires, allowing Timothy Peters to pass by and lead the final 10 laps for a 1.586-second victory.

6 -- Parker Kligerman has six consecutive top-10s in 2012, the longest current streak. He also has the longest current streak of top-fives with three in a row. He finished 10th last year at Iowa, his first top-10 in his second start there.

12 -- Todd Bodine finished 12th in the July race at Iowa, his best finish since winning at Dover. He hasn't finished better than 18th in any of the other seven races, and has five DNFs (four for crashes) during that span.

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5 -- Michael Annett has posted the first top-fives of his career -- five total -- in the past 11 races, including a fifth-place finish in the STP 300 at Chicagoland in July. Annett has eight top-10s during that stretch and 11 total; he had only seven top-10s all of last year. Annett's 12.2 average finish in five races at Chicagoland is his second-best among tracks where he has made more than one start, behind only Iowa (10.2 in six races).

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Track Tidbits

2 -- Two races at Chicagoland have ended with a green-white-checkered finish, including this past July, when Elliott Sadler made his lead stand up through one extra lap.

3 -- Points differential between winner Elliott Sadler (47) and runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (44) in the July race at Chicagoland. Sadler leads Stenhouse by one point in the championship standings.

4 -- Justin Allgaier has four top-10s at Chicagoland, the most of any driver entered in this week's race. Allgaier has a win and finished third in July among his five starts.

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3 -- Three of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s four wins this season have come on 1.5-mile tracks. He also started on the pole and led a race-high 135 laps in his runner-up finish at Chicagoland in July.

4 -- After finishing 14th in his first start at Chicagoland, Kenny Wallace went seven races there without a finish better than 27th but since has top-10s in two of the past three races, including a track-best fourth-place result in July. It's his only top-five in part-time duty in 2012.

7 -- Seven different drivers have won the past seven races, the longest streak of the season; there also have been seven different pole winners in those races. The past five races at Chicagoland have been won by different drivers; six different drivers have won the pole in the past six races with time trials.

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2 -- Chicagoland is one of two active tracks where Ford is winless, joining Kentucky (two races) The best finish for Ford drivers in 11 Chicagoland races is second, accomplished four times (twice by Chase driver Matt Kenseth). He owns the record for most laps led (176) by a non-winner. Ford and Chase driver Greg Biffle has only one top-10 in nine races, with results of 31st, 35th and 26th the past three years.

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Track Tidbits

7 -- Seven of the 11 races at Chicagoland have been won from outside a top-10 starting position. Kyle Busch is the only driver to win from the first starting spot; no other winner has started better than sixth.

20 -- The final green-flag stretch at Chicagoland was 20 laps or less in eight of the first nine races, but 79 and 50 laps (the latter on fuel mileage) the past two years. The winners of those two races -- David Reutimann in 2010 and Tony Stewart in '11 -- did not lead until after Lap 200 of 267.

22 -- The 22 lead changes in last year's race at Chicagoland are the most in track history. Five drivers led 35 laps or more, led by Kurt Busch, who led 63 of his 64 laps out front in one stretch. Of the 10 drivers who led, five finished in the top 10. Of the five drivers who led 35 laps or more, only pole-sitter Matt Kenseth failed to finish in the top 10; he crossed the finish line in fifth, but was penalized to 21st for being pushed on the last lap after running out of fuel.

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2 -- A Chase driver has won the opening race of the Chase in each of its first eight years. Only two drivers, however, have begun the Chase with a victory and gone on to win the championship, including Tony Stewart at Chicagoland last year. Kurt Busch won the very first Chase race, at New Hampshire, in his 2004 title year.

22 -- Since scoring his third consecutive win, dating to last year, on a 1.5-mile track -- earlier this year at Las Vegas --Tony Stewart has finished better than 22nd just once in five subsequent races on the 1.5-milers (13th at Kansas). The eight laps he led at Atlanta are the only laps he has led in those five races. Stewart leads all drivers at Chicagoland in wins (3), top-fives (8), top-10s (9) and laps led (431), and his five-race top-10 streak there is the longest current stretch.

236 -- Denny Hamlin has scored a series-high 236 points in the six races this season on 1.5-mile tracks. He's won twice -- Kansas and Atlanta -- and has a Cup-best 6.5 average finish. Chicagoland, however, ranks as his worst 1.5-mile track with a 19.2 average finish; he had a modest two-race top-10 streak broken with a 31st-place result last year, and in six starts has but one top-five.

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