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USG Sheetrock 400

Status: Final Chicagoland Speedway

Race Capsule

Chicagoland Speedway
  • What:

    Race 20 of 38 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL

  • When:

    July 9, 2006 3:35 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    267

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    401.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,934,007

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Burton Ran 15th at Daytona and fell one spot to seventh in the standings with 2,152 points; finished seventh at California and has finished inside the top 10 in eight of his last 11 starts, including a fourth-place finish at Dover on June 4; also ran fourth at Talladega on May 1; placed 30th here last season and has one top-10 finish in five career starts at this track.
Kasey Kahne Ran 25th at Daytona one week after finishing 31st California; fell one spot to fourth in the standings with 2,209 points, 292 behind Johnson; leads the series with four wins; registered his second consecutive seventh-place finish at Pocono and captured the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600; rebounded nicely from three consecutive runs outside the top 20; has registered six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s this season; won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 to record his third career victory; also visited Victory Lane at Atlanta after registering consecutive fourth-place finishes at California and Las Vegas; finished 41st in this event last season, withdrawing with engine problems in lap 139.
Jimmie Johnson Has a series-leading 13 top-10 finishes; ran 32nd last Saturday at Daytona and saw his standings lead over Matt Kenseth decrease to just eight points; ran second at Coca-Cola 600 and won the Nextel All-Star Challenge to continue his early dominance of the circuit; captured the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 to retake the standings lead from Kenseth; ran seventh at Phoenix and fell to second in the standings for just the second time in nine weeks this season; absolutely dominated the circuit over the first six races, registering two victories among five finishes inside the top six; won the season-opening Daytona 500 and captured the checkered flag two weeks later at Las Vegas; ran third from the pole in this event last season.
Denny Hamlin Finished 17th at Daytona but climbed to 10th in the standings; has run inside the top 10 in five of his last nine races; leads Clint Bowyer for first place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings; won his first Nextel Race earlier this year at Pocono; was runner-up to Earnhardt at Richmond and won the season-opening Budweiser Shootout, a non-points event; won the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200, a Busch Series road-course race, on March 5 in Mexico City.
Matt Kenseth Placed fifth at Daytona and moved within eight points of Johnson in the standings; After three straight top-five finishes from May 28-June 11, ran 13th and 17th the next two weeks; leads the circuit with 10 top-10 finishes; struggled to a 24th-place finish at Martinsville after crashing on a restart in the 493rd lap; appeared primed for a victory at Bristol before being bumped by Kurt Busch in lap 495 and fading to third; was runner-up to Earnhardt in this event last season.
Mark Martin Has run outside of the top 10 in four straight races; is sixth in the standings with 2,177 points, 324 behind Johnson; has eight top-10 finishes and a pair of top-five finishes this year; won the Auto Club 500 at California and the Neighborhood 400 in Dover; was 13th at California; ran 10th in this event last season and has three top-10 finishes in five career starts here.
Jeff Gordon Struggled to 40th-place finish at Daytona after crashing in lap 155; fell four spots to 12th in the standings with 2,034 points, just 14 outside the top 10; continued his dominance on road courses by winning at California; it was the first victory in the last 20 races for Gordon, whose previous best finish this year was a second at the season-opening Daytona 500; the four-time Nextel Cup champion has been obscured this season by Hendrick Motorsports teammate and current points leader Jimmie Johnson; ran just 33rd in this event last season but has three career top-five finishes at this track.
Carl Edwards Looks to rebound from disappointing 39th-place finish at Daytona; has recovered nicely from a slow start this season, registering six top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts; fell one spot to 14th in the standings and is 125 points outside of the top 10; ran sixth at California one week after finishing second at Michigan; struggled to 39th-place finish in this event last season.
Kyle Busch Was runner-up to Tony Stewart at Daytona and climbed a whopping four spots to eighth in the standings with 2,095 points, 57 behind Burton; placed 11th at California; bounced back nicely from disappointing 38th-place finish at Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte by placing fifth at Dover; ran seventh at Darlington to register his second consecutive top-10 finish; has five top-five finishes and eight top-10s; finished inside the top 12 in five straight races from February 26-April 2; reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year ran 14th in this event last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Placed 13th at Daytona but climbed two spots to third in the standings with 2,234 points, 267 behind leader Jimmie Johnson; never was factor at California en route to a 26th-place finish; captured the checkered flag at Richmond, his first victory of the season that snapped a string of 27 starts without a victory; has placed inside the top 15 in 13 of 17 races this season; captured the checkered flag in this event last season, his only victory in 2006; has two top-10 finishes in five career starts here.
Greg Biffle Hopes to bounce back from 31st-place finish Saturday in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway; fell two spots to 11th in the Nextel Cup standings with 2,042 points, just six outside of the top 10; registered seven straight top-10 finishes from May 6-June 25; defending series runner-up captured his first victory of the season at the Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 13; struggled over the first nine races this season, registering just two top-10 finishes; ran 11th in this race last season, his best career finish in three starts here.
Tony Stewart Captured the checkered flag at Daytona, his second victory this season; climbed two spots to fifth in the standings; defending series champion persevered through a right shoulder injury to finish third at Pocono, his seventh top-five finish this season; crashed in both the Nextel and Busch races at Charlotte and suffered from a fractured right scapula; crashed in lap 30 at Coca-Cola 600 and finished 42nd; was runner-up to Johnson at Talladega, his second straight second-place finish; won his first race of the season at Martinsville; had the dominant car at Bristol before fading late for a 12th-place finish; placed fifth at Atlanta to rebound from a disappointing finish at Las Vegas; finished fifth in this race last season.