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By the Numbers: Trucks, NNS take center stage at Chicagoland

July 20, 2012, ,

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2 -- The best finish by a driver starting from the pole position in the 12 Nationwide Series races at Chicagoland Speedway is second, accomplished twice: Todd Bodine (2002) and Carl Edwards (2006). In fact, only one race has been won from the front row: Brad Keselowski last June. However, only twice has the driver who started first failed to finish in the top seven. Three of the past four races this season have been won from the pole.

3 -- Johnny Sauter is the only driver entered in this week's Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland who has finished in the top 10 in all three races. His average finish is 5.0, with a worst of sixth. Sauter has a 3.6 average finish in the past three races this season, including a win and a worst of sixth. Kyle Busch is the only driver with top-fives in all three Truck races at Chicagoland, including two wins.


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3 -- Todd Bodine is set to make his 200th Truck Series start. He will become the only driver with 200 or more starts in all three national touring series; he has made 241 Cup starts and 325 Nationwide starts. Bodine also has won the pole at Chicago in all three series. He finished second in the first two Truck races at Chicagoland and was 13th last year.


Track Tidbits

1 -- Timothy Peters has one top-10 in three starts at Chicagoland: he finished ninth in the 2009 inaugural; he's finished 21st (engine) and 17th the past two years. After winning last week at Iowa, Peters opened up a champsionship lead of 12 points, double the previous most this season.

3 -- In the first three races at Chicagoland there have only been three DNFs for crashes, all in the first race there in 2009.

4 -- Four drivers in the top 10 in points have scored a top-five at Chicagoland: No. 2 Justin Lofton (fifth in 2010); No. 5 Parker Kligerman (fourth in 2011); No. 7 Ron Hornaday (third in 2010); No. 9 Nelson Piquet Jr. (third in 2011).

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2 -- James Buescher has two wins and two finishes of 15th or worse in the four races this season on 1.5-mile tracks. Buescher is one of 13 drivers who made all three series starts at Chicagoland, and just one of six who hasn't scored a top-10; he finished 12th and 11th the past two years.

5 -- David Starr is set to make his 300th series start, which is fifth all time behind Rick Crawford (334), Terry Cook (314), Ron Hornaday (309) and Dennis Setzer (304). Starr has one top-10 (10th) in three starts at Chicagoland.

73 -- Ron Hornaday is 73 laps away from completing 50,000 for his career, which would make him just the second driver to reach that mark: Rick Crawford (53,371) is the other. Hornaday (49,927) currently is third all time; Terry Cook has completed 49,985 laps. Hornaday has led only 11 laps in three Chicagoland starts.


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3 -- Chicagoland is one of only three active tracks at which Roush Fenway Racing has yet to win (Daytona and Watkins Glen are the other two). Roush drivers have finished second at Chicagoland four times. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the lone Roush driver entered in this week's race, finished eighth there this past September, his only top-10 in three starts.


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3 -- Four drivers have scored their first career series win at Chicagoland. For three, it's their only series victory: Jimmie Johnson (who won the 2001 inaugural), Justin Labonte and Casey Mears. For Labonte, it marked his first top-10. Truck Series regular Johnny Sauter is a three-time Nationwide winner.

8 -- The winner at Chicagoland has not led for the first time until Lap 95 or later of 200 scheduled in eight of the 12 races.

10 -- Brothers Mike and Kenny Wallace share the mark for the most series starts at Chicagoland with 10. Neither has had much success there, however. Mike has only one lead-lap finish; Kenny finished seventh last June, his only top-10 and just his second lead-lap finish.

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3 -- Danica Patrick is making her third series start at Chicagoland. Her average finish in her first start at a track is 23.95; second start is 18.5; third start is 16.17. Chicagoland is the seventh track that she will run on for the third time. In the six previous third starts at a track she has four finishes of 12th or better including two top-10 finishes. Patrick finished 24th in her first Chicagoland start in 2010, and 10th last June. She's still seeking her first lead-lap finish there, however.

3 -- Three of the four series races on 1.5-mile tracks this season have been won by Nationwide regulars -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won two and Austin Dillon won one. Five NNS regulars have top-10 finishes in at least three of the four races on 1.5-mile tracks including Justin Allgaier, who is the only driver with top-10 finishes in all four races this season. Allgaier is one of only two drivers entered in this week's race who have won at Chicagoland (June 2011); Kyle Busch has two wins; he's the only driver in the top 40 in Cup points who will compete in this race.

5 -- The driver leading the most laps has won only five of the 12 series races at Chicagoland; four of them won in the past five races.

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