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A statistical look ahead to the third race of the Chase RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota 2014 Chase Grid Pos. Drivers Season Wins Chase Points 1 Brad Keselowski 5 2,097 2 Joey Logano 4 2,096 3 Kevin Harvick 3 2,090 5 Jimmie Johnson 3 2,080 5 Kyle Busch 1 2,077 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 2,077 7 Jeff Gordon 3 2,070 8 Matt Kenseth 0 2,057 9 Carl Edwards 2 2,057 10 AJ Allmendinger 1 2,056 11 Kasey Kahne 1 2,055 12 Ryan Newman 0 2,055 13 Denny Hamlin 1 2,049 14 Greg Biffle 0 2,049 15 Kurt Busch 1 2,047 16 Aric Almirola 1 2,045 Green = In position to move to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Orange = In position to possibly be eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challenger Round Red = Eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Below is a look at the 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway in Dover , Delaware going into the AAA 400 on Sept. 28. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m. 1 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.1 2014 Rundown • Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; five poles • Average finish of 12.8 • Led 22 races for 1,418 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, three top fives, three top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 14.4 in nine races • Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best • Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.620 mph, 11th-fastest 2 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8 2014 Rundown • Four wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 12.5 • Led 19 races for 794 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two top fives, seven top 10s • Average finish of 14.7 in 11 races • Average Running Position of 17.0, 17th-best • Driver Rating of 81.3, 17th-best 3 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.4 2014 Rundown • Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; six poles • Average finish of 14.0 • Led 20 races for 1,369 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 15.3 in 27 races • Average Running Position of 15.8, 14th-best • Driver Rating of 84.8, 14th-best • 831 Green Flag Passes, second-most • 4,556 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), ninth-most • 393 Quality Passes, eighth-most 4 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.1 2014 Rundown • Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.8 • Led 15 races for 1,035 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Nine wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles • Average finish of 8.4 in 25 races • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.6 • Series-best Driver Rating of 122.5 • Series-high 1,069 Fastest Laps Run • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.536 mph • Series-high 6,661 Laps in the Top 15 (87.6%) • 387 Quality Passes, 11th-most 5 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 17.4 • Led 13 races for 411 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 14.4 in 19 races • Average Running Position of 11.8, fifth-best • Driver Rating of 105.3, third-best • 413 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 144.166 mph, third-fastest 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2 2014 Rundown • Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s • Average finish of 10.8 • Led 12 races for 220 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 16.2 in 29 races • Average Running Position of 17.4, 18th-best • Driver Rating of 82.5, 16th-best • 232 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most • 748 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.547 mph, 12th-fastest 7 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.5 2014 Rundown • Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 10.3 • Led 19 races for 571 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Four wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles • Average finish of 11.7 in 43 races • Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best • Driver Rating of 94.5, sixth-best • 289 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most • 783 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.994 mph, fourth-fastest • 5,815 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), third-most • Series-high 521 Quality Passes 8 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.0 2014 Rundown • 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 14.1 • Led 16 races for 465 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.0 in 31 races • Average Running Position of 8.8, second-best • Driver Rating of 108.3, second-best • 461 Fastest Laps Run, third-most • 726 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 144.261 mph, second-fastest • 6,224 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%), second-most 9 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4 2014 Rundown • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s • Average finish of 15.0 • Led 9 races for 133 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 10.2 in 20 races • Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best • Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best • 491 Fastest Laps Run, second-most • 786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.927 mph, sixth-fastest • 5,374 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most • 519 Quality Passes, second-most 10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Hungry Jack / ACME Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.4 2014 Rundown • One win, two top fives, four top 10s • Average finish of 20.6 • Led 5 races for 68 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top 10s • Average finish of 22.8 in 13 races • Average Running Position of 21.7, 27th-best • Driver Rating of 75.4, 21st-best 11 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.6 2014 Rundown • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 16.4 • Led 10 races for 204 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One top five, five top 10s • Average finish of 21.0 in 21 races • Average Running Position of 16.5, 16th-best • Driver Rating of 80.4, 18th-best • 311 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most • 792 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most • 4,101 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most 12 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans “Design A Scheme” Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9 2014 Rundown • Two top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 14.3 • Led 4 races for 24 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles • Average finish of 13.6 in 25 races • Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best • Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best • 4,978 Laps in the Top 15 (65.5%), seventh-most • 375 Quality Passes, 12th-most 13 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 15.7 • Led 12 races for 195 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top fives, six top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 19.6 in 17 races • Average Running Position of 15.8, 15th-best • Driver Rating of 83.3, 15th-best 14 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Post-It Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.8 2014 Rundown • Three top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 15.6 • Led 6 races for 109 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.4 in 24 races • Average Running Position of 11.8, fourth-best • Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best • 434 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most • 786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.959 mph, fifth-fastest • 5,497 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3%), fifth-most • 505 Quality Passes, third-most 15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.7 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s • Average finish of 19.4 • Led 11 races for 181 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s • Average finish of 18.2 in 28 races • Average Running Position of 13.4, ninth-best • Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best • 292 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most • 816 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.741 mph, ninth-fastest • 4,415 Laps in the Top 15 (58.1%), 10th-most • 415 Quality Passes, sixth-most 16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Nathan’s Famous Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 74.1 2014 Rundown • One win, two top fives, seven top 10s • Average finish of 20.4 • Led 5 races for 23 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One top 10 • Average finish of 15.4 in five races • Average Running Position of 17.7, 20th-best • Driver Rating of 77.2, 20th-best The 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Brad Keselowski 9 1 1 3 3 0 14.4 87.9 2 Joey Logano 11 0 0 2 7 1 14.7 81.3 3 Kevin Harvick 27 0 0 3 12 1 15.3 84.8 4 Jimmie Johnson 25 3 9 13 18 2 8.4 122.5 5 Kyle Busch 19 0 2 9 12 4 14.4 105.3 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 29 1 1 6 11 1 16.2 82.5 7 Jeff Gordon 43 4 4 17 24 5 11.7 94.5 8 Matt Kenseth 31 1 2 14 20 5 13.0 108.3 9 Carl Edwards 20 0 1 8 12 0 10.2 100.0 10 AJ Allmendinger 13 0 0 0 3 2 22.8 75.4 11 Kasey Kahne 21 0 0 1 5 6 21.0 80.4 12 Ryan Newman 25 4 3 6 12 2 13.6 88.1 13 Denny Hamlin 17 2 0 3 6 3 19.6 83.3 14 Greg Biffle 24 1 2 6 11 1 13.4 98.9 15 Kurt Busch 28 0 1 6 8 6 18.2 91.6 16 Aric Almirola 5 0 0 0 1 0 15.4 77.2 * – Based on last 19 races at Dover International Speedway. Dover International Speedway: History • The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969. • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty. • The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971. • The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995. • The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997. • The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002. Notebook • There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971. • 381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 274 in more than one. • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39. • David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph. • 38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover , led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each. • Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover . David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974. • Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover : Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013). • Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days). • Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days). • 34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with nine wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014). • 12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep). • Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days). • Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days). • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 16: Jimmie Johnson (nine), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover ; led by Chevrolet with 35 victories; followed by Ford with 25. • 13 of the 89 (14.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010. • The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway. • 28 of the 89 (31.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place. • 70 of the 89 (78.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position. • Five of the 89 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recently: Tony Stewart , spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position) • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995. • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four. • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17. • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24. • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.240. • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.360. • 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances. • Among the 12 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win. • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 39; followed by Kevin Harvick with 27. • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second. • There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404). • Not one of the 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions. • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011. • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06). • Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991). • One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr . (06/04/07). • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,976 laps led in 25 starts. • If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville – 3,593 laps led). • Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick . Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Janet Guthrie 11 33 9/19/1976 Janet Guthrie 15 11 9/18/1977 Danica Patrick 38 28 9/30/2012 Danica Patrick 39 24 6/2/2013 Danica Patrick 31 29 9/29/2013 Danica Patrick 28 23 6/1/2014 NASCAR in Delaware · There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware all at Dover International Speedway. Track Name City NSCS Dover International Speedway Dover 89 · Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See which drivers will make up the field for the return trip to Dover RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 1 Jamie McMurray Felix Sabates Keith Rodden 14 Chevrolet McDonald's 2 2 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Paul Wolfe 14 Ford Wurth 3 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Gil Martin 14 Chevrolet Dow 4 4 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Rodney Childers 14 Chevrolet Budweiser 5 5 Kasey Kahne Linda Hendrick Kenny Francis 14 Chevrolet Farmer's Insurance 6 7 Michael Annett Tommy Baldwin Kevin Manion 14 Chevrolet Cypress HQ No. 7 Chevrolet 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Drew Blickensderfer 14 Ford Twisted Tea 8 10 Danica Patrick Tony Stewart Tony Gibson 14 Chevrolet GoDaddy 9 11 Denny Hamlin J D Gibbs Darian Grubb 14 Toyota FedEx Freight 10 13 Casey Mears Bob Germain Bootie Barker III 14 Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 11 14 Tony Stewart Margaret Haas Chad Johnston 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 12 15 Clint Bowyer Rob Kauffman Brian Pattie 14 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 13 16 Greg Biffle Jack Roush Matt Puccia 14 Ford Post-it 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr John Henry Michael Kelley 14 Ford Zest 15 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Dave Rogers 14 Toyota Interstate Batteries 16 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Jason Ratcliff 14 Toyota Home Depot Husky 17 22 Joey Logano Walter Czarnecki Todd Gordon 14 Ford Shell Pennzoil 18 23 Alex Bowman Ron Devine Dave Winston 14 Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota 19 24 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson 14 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 20 26 Cole Whitt Anthony Marlowe Randy Cox 14 Toyota Uponor Toyota 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Slugger Labbe 14 Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards 22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Luke Lambert 14 Chevrolet Quicken Loans "Design A Scheme" 23 32 J J Yeley(i) Frank Stoddard Jr Ben Leslie 14 Ford CorvetteParts.net 24 33 David Stremme Joe Falk Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos 25 34 David Ragan Bob Jenkins Jay Guy 14 Ford PLIMPTON & HILLS 26 36 Reed Sorenson Allan Heinke Todd Parrott 14 Chevrolet American Muscle Driving Experience Chevrolet 27 37 Mike Bliss(i) Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin 14 Chevrolet Accell Construction Inc. 28 38 David Gilliland Brad Jenkins Frank Kerr 14 Ford LONG JOHN SILVER'S 29 40 Landon Cassill(i) Michael Hillman Mark Hillman 14 Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 30 41 Kurt Busch Gene Haas Daniel Knost 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 31 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Chris Heroy 14 Chevrolet Target 32 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Trent Owens 14 Ford Nathan's Famous 33 44 Timmy Hill John Cohen Peter Sospenzo 14 Chevrolet Phoenix Warehouse 34 47 A J Allmendinger Tad Geschickter Brian Burns 14 Chevrolet Hungry Jack / ACME 35 48 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus 14 Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 36 51 Justin Allgaier Harry Scott Jr Steve Addington 14 Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 37 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Billy Scott 14 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 38 66 Joe Nemechek (i) Jay Robinson Scott Eggleston 14 Toyota Land Castle Title 39 78 Martin Truex Jr Barney Visser Todd Berrier 14 Chevrolet Furniture Row 40 83 Ryan Truex Ron Devine Joe Williams 14 Toyota Burger King Toyota 41 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Rick Hendrick Steve Letarte 14 Chevrolet National Guard 42 98 Josh Wise Mike Curb Gene Nead 14 Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 43 99 Carl Edwards Jack Roush James Fennig 14 Ford Fastenal MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
The Truck Series runs its final stand alone race of the season Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 2 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 3 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Mike Beam 14 Toyota Zaxby's 4 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 5 7 Brian Ickler Tom Deloach Chris Carrier 14 Toyota TBD 6 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Doug Weddle 14 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Jimmy Weller Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet TBA 8 8 Joe Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota Smoke-N-Sear/SWM 9 9 Ron Hornaday Jr Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet RHEEM 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Driven2Honor.org 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Dan Deeringhoff 14 RAM 811 Call Before You Dig/Diamond Equipment 13 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 14 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford Reese 15 20 Jason White(i) Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Gun Broker 16 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 23 Spencer Gallagher Maurice Gallagher Jr Ryan London 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 18 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 19 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 20 32 Tayler Malsam Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Outerwall 21 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Dennis Connor 14 Toyota TBA 22 136 Scott Stenzel Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mitler Bros Machine & Tool/Ski Soda 23 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet Dedicated to Electrical Linemen 24 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare/Project Pink 25 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 26 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 27 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 28 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota JeldWen/Menards 29 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 30 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Driver-by-driver news and notes from the opening race of the Chase MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings " Chicagoland photos " Gallery of winners RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Editor's Note: Drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will appear in italics. 1. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford, Team Penske. The 2012 champion started 25th and had the lead by Lap 46. Keselowski had to come back to pit road for a loose wheel on Lap 186 that took him from second at the time to restarting in 16th. Crew chief Paul Wolfe told him, "I don't want to take a chance." It was a good thing they didn't. Keselowski worked his way back up through the field and went between Larson and Harvick to take the lead for good on Lap 252. The win automatically punches Keselowski's ticket into the Contender Round of 12 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Watch how Keselowski got the lead 2. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. For the second straight week, Gordon finished as the runner-up to Keselowski. He led 26 laps on the afternoon and really never left the top 10. Gordon was the fastest car during green flags (176.271 mph) and fastest on restarts (176.701 mph). The four-time champion said afterwards "the whole team was extremely solid and that's a great way to get started." See Gordon's race highlights 3. Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The rookie nearly played spoiler in the opening race of the Chase. He led 20 laps, the most he has led in a race in his Sprint Cup career. He had plenty of speed, with 17.2 percent of the fastest laps run (tied for the most), the third-fastest car on restarts at 175.847 mph and he did it all in a backup car after wrecking his main car in Saturday's practice session. After the race, the rookie lamented how close his was to earning his first Sprint Cup victory, telling ESPN, "Man, I was so close." See Larson's race highlights 4. Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford, Team Penske. Logano had his worst starting position since the July Daytona race, starting 28th, but he made up plenty of ground. He recorded 103 green flag passes (the fourth-highest total in the race) and was the best "closer" of the race. He picked up nine spots in the final 27 laps of the race for his fifth top-five finish in eight races, in which he has had an average finish of 5.3. Watch Logano's post-race interview 5. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick had to pit again after a Lap 68 stop for a wheel going down. He originally pitted in fifth and restarted in 21st. By Lap 151, he had the lead and held it for 79 laps, the most of anyone in the race. He had speed, but had a tough time holding off a hard charging Larson and then Keselowski. He had 16.7 percent of the fastest laps run in the race and earned his sixth top-10 finish in eight races. See Harvick's race highlights 6. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin expressed some early fears that he was having engine trouble, but that turned out to not be the case. In Darian Grubb's return to the pit box, Hamlin continued to carry the good mojo from his strong run with interim crew chief Michael Wheeler. Hamlin had 109 green flag passes (tied for the most in the race) and spent the third-least amount of time on pit road. For in-race pit road data, subscribe to RaceView today 7. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. "Rowdy" led 46 circuits and never left the top 15 all race long. He showed some speed, laying down the fastest lap of the race on Lap 2 at 185.096 mph. For a team that had struggled in a big way entering the Chase, this top 10 finish -- their first in seven races -- was a huge step for the No. 18 team. See Kyle Busch's race highlights 8. Kurt Busch, No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Talk about an up-and-down day. "The Outlaw" spun entering pit road on Lap 46 and had to serve a pass-thru penalty for a commitment line violation, putting him in 30th place on Lap 60. How did he make up the ground? He tied for most green flag passes in the race with 109 and he closed strong, picking up seven spots in the final 27 laps of the race, despite some minor contact with his brother with 30 laps to go. See Kurt Busch's race highlights 9. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray continued his late season surge by leading 32 laps on the day and spending all but one lap in the top 15. He spent the least amount of time on pit road and earned his third top-10 finish in four races. For in-race pit road data, subscribe to RaceView today 10. Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth recovered well after spinning out on his way onto pit road on Lap 148. Part of that recovery can be attributed to his pit crew, with Kenseth's team earning the fastest average time on pit road (from pulling in to leaving) at 35.267 seconds. 11. Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Dale Jr. struggled in final practice but made some early gains in the race and spent significant time in the top five. Earnhardt had 50 quality passes on the afternoon, which was the fifth-most for the race. But just missing out on a top-10 finish left Junior a little disappointed, as he said over the radio, "I should have done a better job." See Dale Jr.'s race highlights 12. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. As he began his pursuit for title No. 7, Johnson spent much of the afternoon in the top 10 but dropped out late. He was the second-fastest car early in a run at 177.930 mph, according to loop data. However, he was just the 11th-fastest car late in a run. Perhaps that explains part of the dropoff. It was Johnson's first finish outside of the top 10 since Watkins Glen. 13. Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Talk about being opportunistic. Kahne spent only 15.4 percent of the race running in the top 15, but those laps happened to fall in the latter part of the race. The result places him 11th in the standings. 14. Martin Truex Jr., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing. Truex earned his best finish since Watkins Glen, a stretch of five races. He did that in part by being one of the better "closers" in the race. According to loop data, Truex moved four spots in the final 27 laps of the race. 15. Ryan Newman, No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Newman had two separate issues with tires during the races. The second of which -- a tire rub issue on Lap 155 -- led to Newman sternly saying over the radio, "find out why that tire started rubbing and make sure it doesn't happen again, please!" He was two laps down at one point and rallied for a top-15 finish. He is just outside the transfer spot to the Contender Round but can improve over the next two races to advance. For more in-car audio, subscribe to RaceView today 16. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. In his best result since Watkins Glen, Dillon registered the fourth-most quality passes of the afternoon with 51. He also spent 59.9 percent of the laps in the top 15 -- not bad for a rookie who looks to get better in the latter half of the season. 17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. The second-year Sprint Cup driver was credited with the most quality passes in the MyAFibStory.com 400 with 63. He had a little run-in with his girlfriend on the track, but managed to earn his sixth top-20 result in the past seven races. He had just seven top-20 finishes in the 20 races before that. 18. Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. It was a quiet day for "Smoke," who has put together back-to-back top-20 finishes. He ran well at Loudon in the summer and that one-mile track could be where Stewart gets his first win of 2014. He has three victories there in his Sprint Cup career. 19. Danica Patrick, No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Danica has now scored three straight top-20 finishes for the first time in her Sprint Cup Series career. However, there was a little dust up late when Stenhouse Jr., her boyfriend, made contact with her, bringing out a caution. See the contact between Danica and Ricky 20. Carl Edwards, No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards showed plenty of speed in practices and looked to be one of the cars to contend with here. After starting third, he was out of the top 10 by Lap 60 and spent only 39.7 percent of the laps in the top 15. Edwards holds the final transfer spot in the standings, but his hold on that spot is anything but secure with two more races in the Challenger Round. 21. Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. With his first top 10 starting spot since the August Michigan race, this was not the result Menard was hoping for. It was also the sixth straight race at Chicagoland where Menard finished in a worse position than where he started. 22. AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger's first career Chase race did not go badly, but it could have gone better. The result leaves him in 14th place in the standings and in need of better results at Loudon and Dover, which are not exactly two of his strongest tracks. 23. Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. It was a tough day for "The Biff," who never mounted a charge out of a mid-20s position. Over the radio, the Chase driver sounded frustrated, telling his crew on Lap 257 "that this thing goes from hauling (expletive) to junk." Biffle will need two solid finishes at Loudon and Dover to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase. For more colorful in-car audio, subscribe to RaceView 24. Brian Vickers, No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers has fared well at Chicagoland in the past with three top-finishes in his first five starts at the track, but this year's race continued a trend in the opposite direction. In the past two races at the venue, he has finished 38th and 24th, well below his average finish of 14.9 at the 1.5-mile track. 25. Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. Ambrose is leaving NASCAR after this season, but the Tasmania native is hoping to go out strong. This was his best finish since the August race at Michigan and he completed 67 green flag passes on the day. 26. Casey Mears, No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing. Mears scored his sixth top-30 finish in seven races, while also earning his best Chicagoland finish since 2009. 27. Justin Allgaier, No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports. After making some gains in the late summer, Allgaier has dropped off a bit of late. He has finished no better than 26th in his last three races, after finishing inside the top 20 in three of the previous four races. 28. Landon Cassill, No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Racing. This was Cassill's first top-30 finish in three races and his best finish in a Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland. 29. Reed Sorenson, No. 36 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. For the ninth straight week, Sorenson finished in a better spot than where he started. In the past four weeks, Sorenson has bounced between finishing 24th, then 29th, then 24th and 29th. So should we expect a 24th-place finish at Loudon? 30. Cole Whitt, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing. It seemed like the rookie was heading for a really bad day with reports of engine trouble but Whitt was able to stay on the track to carry the flag for BK Racing for his fourth straight 30th-place finish. 31. David Ragan, No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Ragan has had a knack over the past two months for finishing in a better spot than where he started. That continued this weekend as he started 39th, earning the ninth straight race of finishing in a better spot than where he started. 32. Michael McDowell, No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing. The part-time driver finished exactly where he started but it was his best result in five starts at Chicagoland. 33. Josh Wise, No. 98 Chevrolet, Phil Parsons Racing. The past three races have seen Wise average a finish of 32.7. This finish at Chicagoland was the best of his career at the 1.5-mile track. 34. David Gilliland, No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. After six straight weeks of top-30 finishes, the veteran regressed with his result at Chicagoland. 35. Alex Bowman, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing. For the 12th straight race, the rookie was running at the finish, although he was six laps down. He did, however, have 71 green flag passes on the afternoon. 36. Joe Nemechek , No. 66 Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing. Nemechek improved his position from start to finish for the second straight week. This result was his best since a 35th-place showing at Michigan nearly a month ago. 37. Joey Gase, No. 32 Ford, FAS Lane Racing. The Nationwide Series regular was making his Sprint Cup debut. The 37th-place showing was right around where this car has been all year. 38. Travis Kvapil, No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Kvapil finished 11 laps down for his worst finish at Chicagoland finish since 2008. 39. Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing. After the disappointment of not making the Chase following a strong run at Richmond, Bowyer found the wall a few times on the way to his second finish of 38th-or-worse in the past three races. Over the radio after the second time of hitting the wall, Bowyer's frustration was evident, "damn it, hit the (expletive) wall again." Another smack of the wall led to some significant right side damage and a trip to the garage. For more in-car audio, subscribe to RaceView 40. Michael Annett, No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. The rookie is trending the wrong way in recent weeks, as this was his fourth finish of 37th-of-worse in the past five races. 41. Aric Almirola, No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. A promising run for the Chase underdog was cut short by engine woes. He spent much of the day in the top 10 and led two laps before the disappointing end on Lap 231, at which he radioed in, "we blew up guys, push it back. Wasn't a tire, push it back." He has no margin for error now in the final two Challenger Round races. See how Almirola's day ended 42. Ryan Truex, No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing. An oil leak and a broken wheel bearing are never a good combination and the rookie paid the price for both. Truex finished in 42nd place for the second straight week, and it was his eighth DNF of the season. 43. Mike Bliss, No. 37 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. Making his fifth start of the season, Bliss finished 254 laps down due to a vibration for his third last-place finish this season. 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Joe Nemechek spins and creates a close call for Trevor Bayne and Austin Dillon.
See where your favorite driver will pit in the Lucas Oil 225 (Sat., 7 p.m. ET, FS2) RELATED: Full starting lineup for Lucas Oil 225 The pit stall assignments are out for the Lucas Oil 225 (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2) at Chicagoland Speedway and polesitter Johnny Sauter got his pick of spots on pit road. Sauter enters the race as the Camping World Truck Series points leader and he will occupy the pit stall closest to the exit of pit road. He will also have an opening in front of him to exit pit road. Brennan Newberry (starting second), Jeb Burton (starting third), Austin Dillon (starting fourth), Darrell Wallace Jr. (starting sixth), Kyle Busch (starting seventh), Timothy Peters (starting 10th), Joey Coulter (starting 11th), Tyler Reddick (starting 12th), Joe Nemechek (starting 14th), John Wes Townley (starting 15th), Ben Kennedy (starting 17th), Jennifer Jo Cobb (starting 21st) and Norm Benning (starting 29th) all have openings in front of them on pit road. Caleb Roark has the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance. Busch is the defending race winner at Chicagoland but he will start at the rear of the field because of a driver change. Erik Jones ran the truck in practice while Busch was in downtown Chicago for Chase Media Day activities. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
22-year-old has made just four NASCAR national series starts MORE: Sylvania 300 entry list RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Corey LaJoie is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . LaJoie, a 22-year-old development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports , plans to drive for Randy Humphrey Racing in Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the second battle in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. Dave Blaney (four races), Joe Nemechek and Nelson Piquet Jr. (one race each) have taken turns driving the Humphrey No. 77 Ford this season. LaJoie has made four NASCAR national series starts -- two each in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series . The product of the NASCAR Next program was also a five-time winner and runner-up in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings in 2012. LaJoie's father, Randy, is a two-time champion of what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation