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Status: Final Chicagoland Speedway

Race Capsule

Chicagoland Speedway
  • What:

    Race 18 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL

  • When:

    July 9, 2010 8:16 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,464,877

Drivers to Watch

Kevin Harvick Harvick fell three positions in the standings but is only 65 points out of the lead and six out of fourth place. Harvick is yet another Chase driver who has never won at Kansas or finished in the top five. He has three top-10 finishes -- a trio of sixths in 2003, 2007 and 2008. He was 24th last year. "If we finish fifth every week, we will win," Harvick said of the Chase. "For us, I think we just have to keep doing the things that we did up until this point. We won a few races, had a lot of top-five and top-10 finishes. On the days where we really struggled, I felt like we, for the most part, made something out of those days. It was good enough to lead the points in the first 26 (races), so there is really no reason for us to change our strategy. I feel like the guys have done a great job of getting the cars prepared. We'll see what happens. Whether we win or lose, I think everybody has done everything we can control. We'll just go race now."
Brad Keselowski Keselowski finished 13th last year in his only Sprint Cup start at Kansas. "Kansas is quite a bit different than some of the traditional mile-and-a-half tracks, like Charlotte and Texas," said Keselowski. "It's really similar to Auto Club Speedway in California. You can run all over the track at Kansas, from the high lane to the low lane."
Joey Logano Logano was 28th last year at Kansas, his best finish in two Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile facility. Logano did win the Nationwide event there in 2009. "Kansas is sort of a question mark on the schedule," said Logano. "Last year was just one of those races you'd like to forget. But we have some momentum going, and hopefully we will carry that with us this weekend."
Ryan Newman Newman has one win and two runner-up finishes in nine starts at Kansas. His victory came in 2003. Newman is in the midst of his best streak of 2010 -- he has an average finish of 8.2 in the last five Sprint Cup races. "We're finding consistency, and that's always been a critical factor to attain success," he said.
Kyle Busch Busch remains third in the standings, 45 points out of first and only 10 points out of second, but his record at Kansas has a left a lot to be desired -- just one top-10 finish, seventh in 2006, in six starts. Since then he has finished 41st, 28th and 12th. "I think championships just kind of solidify how good you are throughout a year and how you're able to beat the best of the best in the weekends that it matters the most -- the bad weekends," Busch said. "You can win all the races you can win throughout your career and stuff and be known for a guy that can go out there and win on a weekend, but to win over the whole year, that's 36 races that you beat everybody else. To be known as a champion is what everybody wants to be known as in this sport. For myself and for Joe Gibbs Racing, that's what we start the year off for is trying to go after the championship. Everybody is always like ... 'Oh well, I hope we can win five races this year.' That's not really what we're looking to do. We're more so concentrated on trying to win a championship."
Jamie McMurray McMurray finished in the top 10 in his first two Cup starts at Kansas but hasn't finished better than 17th in his last five starts at the track. "Racing at Kansas Speedway is always a bit of a homecoming for me since it's the closest track to my hometown of Joplin, Missouri," said McMurray. "I'd love to get a great finish in front of all my Kansas fans."
Paul Menard Menard has not fared well at Kansas -- two 27th-place finishes are his best finishes in three starts at the track. "Our mile-and-a-half program has been pretty good and we ran well last weekend in Dover, so I'm looking forward to getting to Kansas this weekend," said Menard.
David Reutimann Reutimann finished eighth a year ago at Kansas for his first top-10 in three starts at the track. "Kansas is a little bit different than most of the intermediate tracks," said crew chief Rodney Childers. "It's really tight in turns three and four, and you really have to get the car turned quick and make it to where it will drive straight off the corner."