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Lap-by-Lap: Chicagoland

September 15, 2012, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sails to the seventh win of his career, and his fifth this year. The victory moves Stenhouse to the top of the Nationwide Series point standings. Not too bad for a car with an adjustment that went the wrong way on the last stop!

Lap 199 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a two-second lead. Easy does it. Easy does it.

Lap 196 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. doesn't have to push his car too hard, although it IS Kyle Busch trying to chase him down.

Lap 194 -- Austin Dillon is in third place, but he's too far back to make a serious challenge for second.

Lap 193 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second here in the spring race. That's his best effort here to date. It looks like that's about to change.

Lap 190 -- Ten laps to go.

Lap 188 -- Paul Menard hustles past Sam Hornish Jr. to move into the top 10.

Lap 187 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has built a 1.1-second lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 186 -- Brad Keselowski is going after Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. for fourth place.

Lap 184 -- Elliott Sadler, now back in seventh place, is furious over his car's handling.

Lap 183 -- A bobble cost Kyle Busch all kinds of momentum. He's dropped back several car lengths.

Lap 182 -- Kyle Busch isn't done yet. He's making a hard charge after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the race lead.

Lap 180 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. clears Kyle Busch for the lead with twenty laps to go.

Lap 179 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is now in second place and charging hard after Kyle Busch for the lead. He goes to the high side in Turn 4.

Lap 176 -- Elliott Sadler says his car is "absolutely junk."

Lap 174 -- There's a furious three-way fight for third place between Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler. Stenhouse goes three wide off Turn 4 to take the spot.

Lap 172 -- Sam Hornish Jr. clears Elliott Sadler for the runnerup spot.

Lap 171 -- GREEN FLAG: Elliott Sadler, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Sam Hornish Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the leaders. Busch grabs the lead in Turn 2, and then Hornish tries to make the move under Sadler for second.

Lap 168 -- The leaders are on pit road. Elliott Sadler's crew gets him off pit road first.

Lap 166 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Jason Bowles is off the pace.

Lap 162 -- Kyle Busch leads Austin Dillon by 1.8 seconds.

Lap 159 -- Not only is Austin Dillon battling an overheating problem with his car, his crew is having trouble hearing him over the radio.

Lap 156 -- Kyle Busch has two Nationwide Series victories here at Chicagoland. A win here would give him nine straight seasons with at least one trip to victory lane in the division. That would tie him with Mark Martin for most in history.

Lap 154 -- Austin Dillon has lost another few car lengths on leader Kyle Busch.

Lap 150 -- Fifty laps to go, and Kyle Busch has a 1.7-second lead over Austin Dillon.

Lap 148 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. charges past Elliott Sadler for third place.

Lap 144 -- Joey Logano has dropped back to fifth place.

Lap 141 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has picked his way back up to seventh place after his pit stop miscue.

Lap 137 -- Elliott Sadler clears Austin Dillon for second, but Dillon comes right back after him to regain the spot.

Lap 136 -- Elliott Sadler goes to the high side of Austin Dillon for third place.

Lap 135 -- Kyle Busch gets under Joey Logano for the lead on the backstretch, and Austin Dillon tries to follow him.

Lap 133 -- Kyle Busch is on Joey Logano's bumper for the race lead in Turn 3, but backs off a bit in the next corner.

Lap 131 -- Michael Annett gives Justin Allgaier a tap in the turn, and Allgaier winds up scraping the wall between Turns 1 and 2. There's no caution.

Lap 130 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish Jr. are the leaders. Logano is clear for the lead in Turn 1.

Lap 126 -- The leaders are on pit road. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stalls and has to be pushed down pit road. Not only that, but the team went the wrong way on its wedge adjustment. Ooops.

Lap 124 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Benny Gordon has a mechanical problem that leaves his right-front tire out of shape in its wheel well.

Lap 120 -- Eighty laps to go.

Lap 118 -- Brad Keselowski is having what for him and his team would be an off day in ninth place.

Lap 116 -- Elliott Sadler, running in fifth place, says that the right-front tire on his Chevrolet is chattering pretty badly.

Lap 114 -- Austin Dillon gets momentarily caught up behind the lapped cars of Taylor Malsam and Mike Wallace.

Lap 112 -- Hey ... who said that Austin Dillon was out of the hunt for the Nationwide Series championship? It'll be tough, but with more runs like this, you can't count him out.

Lap 108 -- Austin Dillon leads Joey Logano by 3.8 seconds.

Lap 104 -- After the cycle of stops, the top five are Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Mike Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch.

Lap 102 -- Cars are stretching out their stops a little bit to lead laps. Here come Cole Whitt and Joe Nemechek into the pits.

Lap 101 -- Justin Allgaier is stopping.

Lap 100 -- The race has reached the halfway point.

Lap 99 -- Michael Annett and Danica Patrick are in their pit stalls.

Lap 98 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. are making their stops.

Lap 97 -- Austin Dillon gives up the point to roll down pit road. Kyle Busch is also in.

Lap 95 -- Elliott Sadler and Brad Keselowski pit.

Lap 94 -- Joey Logano is on pit road, complaining of a vibration.

Lap 93 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. takes third place from Kyle Busch.

Lap 90 -- Austin Dillon won a Camping World Truck Series race here last year.

Lap 88 -- Joey Logano has taken over second place from Kyle Busch. They're teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing in Sprint Cup competition.

Lap 85 -- Michael Annett is having a superb run in sixth place.

Lap 81 -- Kyle Busch's deficit to leader Austin Dillon continues to grow.

Lap 78 -- Austin Dillon leads Kyle Busch by 1.9 seconds.

Lap 76 -- Mike Bliss is still hanged around in 10th place.

Lap 75 -- The top five is Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 72 -- Kyle Busch has lost a little bit of ground to leader Austin Dillon. He says that he's too free coming off Turn 2.

Lap 70 -- Austin Dillon clears Kyle Busch for the top spot coming off Turn 2.

Lap 68 -- Austin Dillon gives Kyle Busch a look for the lead in Turn 4, but appears to lose traction.

Lap 62 -- Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch are still duking it out for the lead. It's Busch out front for the time being.

Lap 60 -- Kyle Busch gets a huge run on Joey Logano for the lead on the backstretch, and when Austin Dillon follows Busch around Logano, he promptly wrestles the lead away from Busch.

Lap 57 -- Kyle Busch is closing hard on Joey Logano.

Lap 55 -- Kyle Busch is about half a second behind leader Joey Logano.

Lap 52 -- Kyle Busch dives three wide under Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon for second place going into Turn 1.

Lap 51 -- GREEN FLAG: Let's try this again! Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski bring the field to the green. It's another great restart for Logano. The battle is for second on back.

Lap 47 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Cole Whitt spins while trying to nurse his car back with pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 46 -- Austin Dillon is back under Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for second.

Lap 45 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski are the leaders. Logano got a very, very good restart and is clear for the lead in Turn 1. Stenhouse takes second in Turn 4.

Lap 42 -- The leaders are on pit road.

Lap 40 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Brad Sweet does a ... well ... sweet half spin for a couple hundred yards off Turn 4. He doesn't hit anything.

Lap 39 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wants more right-side grip.

Lap 36 -- Bobby Allison was just featured on an MRN commercial. That's old school!

Lap 33 -- Joey Logano might have some company in the next few laps. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has closed to within about 8/10ths of a second of Logano.

Lap 30 -- Brian Scott moves up to 14th place. He started near the rear of the field due to a spin in qualifying.

Lap 28 -- Justin Allgaier is back in 11th place, 10.6 seconds off the pace.

Lap 25 -- After taking over second place, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s gap up to leader Joey Logano stands at about 1.5 seconds.

Lap 22 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has moved around Kyle Busch for second place.

Lap 19 -- Mike Bliss is having a decent run back in ninth place.

Lap 17 -- The top five is currently Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon.

Lap 16 -- Joey Logano has moved out to a 1.2-second lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 11 -- There's a wild scramble for third involving Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. Stenhouse comes out on top for now.

Lap 10 -- Move Kyle Busch to second.

Lap 9 -- Joey Logano finally clears for the lead, and there's a great battle for second just behind him coming to the starter's stand.

Lap 8 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch are the leaders on the restart. Hornish challenges for the lead on the backstretch, and they remain side by side off Turn 4.

Lap 3 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Dexter Stacey spins in Turn 4.

Lap 2 -- Sam Hornish Jr. goes past Austin Dillon for second place between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 3:50 p.m. ET. Joey Logano and Austin Dillon very nearly make contact just past the stripe. Logano leads the first lap.

3:45 p.m. ET -- The field is on the track for the first of three pace laps.

3:42 p.m. ET -- Johanna Long is ESPN's in-race reporter. Awesome!

3:39 p.m. ET -- Corynn McMurray, a corporate events and motorsports specialist with Dollar General, gives the command to fire engines.

3:34 p.m. ET -- A MH-65C helicopter from the United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City does the fly over.

3:32 p.m. ET -- The Million Dollar Quartet sings the national anthem.

3:31 p.m. ET -- Company E of the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion out of Joliet, Ill., present the colors, and moments later, Michael White, a chaplain with Raceway Ministries, gives the invocation.

3:23 p.m. ET -- Pre-race coverage has started on ESPN.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Morgan Shepherd is getting some air time on MRN right now. Cool!

3 p.m. ET -- Driver introductions have started at Chicagoland.

2:45 p.m. ET -- Joey Logano is on the pole with a lap of 178.012 mph. Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr. and Elliott Sadler are second through fifth. Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Michael Annett, Mike Bliss and Justin Allgaier round out the top 10.

10:10 a.m. ET -- Qualifying for Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway is set to begin at 12:05 a.m. ET.