Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 | Chicagoland Speedway

Matt Kenseth drove his No. 17 Crown Royal Ford to win the Coors Light Pole Award with a fast lap of 183.243 mph (29.469 secs.) to win the starting position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17 in Joliet, Ill. This is Kenseth's sixth pole in 427 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Weather permitting...

The Chase is about to begin and the big question is, "Who is going to falter first?"  Chicagoland is a tough track for some of Chase contenders, with Carl Edwards having the lowest finish average out of the group at 18.3.

I'm looking forward to this race and will be watching it with great anticipation, I just hope its more like the truck race than the Nationwide race.

My pick to win is going to be Jeff Gordon with Tony Stewart in close tow.  My darkhorse pick is going to be Clint Bowyer.  With the rumors flying around regarding his possible move from RCR to MWR I think he is in a position where he has to prove his worth to both organizations.

My pick for the Chase contender to falter in this race is going to be Ryan Newman.  No offence to Newman fans, I just have a feeling about this one.  I was going to pick Dale Jr., but like I said I just have a feeling about Newman - I'm thinking something like mechanical problems or getting caught up in someone else's mess and not driver error.

Starting line-up is on the other side.  See you in the comments.

 

Starting Line Up by Row
Chicagoland Speedway
GEICO 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 17, 2011 @ 03:20 PM Eastern
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford 29.469 183.243
2 27 Paul Menard ZECOL / Menards Chevrolet 29.488 183.125
2 3 22 Kurt Busch Shell Pennzoil Dodge 29.503 183.032
4 39 Ryan Newman US Army Medicine Chevrolet 29.507 183.007
3 5 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 29.522 182.914
6 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 29.531 182.859
4 7 16 Greg Biffle 3M Filtrete Ford 29.565 182.648
8 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 29.575 182.587
5 9 18 Kyle Busch Wrigley Doublemint Toyota 29.615 182.340
10 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 29.620 182.309
6 11 47 Bobby Labonte Kleenex Cool Touch / Clorox Toyota 29.634 182.223
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 29.667 182.020
7 13 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 29.690 181.879
14 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 29.696 181.843
8 15 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 29.729 181.641
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 29.752 181.500
9 17 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 29.752 181.500
18 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford 29.767 181.409
10 19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy / National Guard Chevrolet 29.784 181.305
20 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 29.787 181.287
11 21 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 29.790 181.269
22 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 29.790 181.269
12 23 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 29.807 181.165
24 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota 29.812 181.135
13 25 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 29.822 181.074
26 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 29.828 181.038
14 27 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 29.879 180.729
28 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire Auto Cntr Ford 29.894 180.638
15 29 00 David Reutimann TUMS Toyota 29.900 180.602
30 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 29.913 180.524
16 31 51 Landon Cassill(i) Security Benefits / Thank A Teacher Chevrolet 29.973 180.162
32 38 J J Yeley Long John Silver's Ford 29.980 180.120
17 33 66 Michael McDowell James Fund Toyota 29.990 180.060
34 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Chevrolet 29.991 180.054
18 35 46 Scott Speed(i) Red Line Oil / International Ford 30.000 180.000
36 87 Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 30.016 179.904
19 37 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy / MAPEI Dodge 30.039 179.766
38 34 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 30.196 178.832
20 39 36 Dave Blaney Big Red Chevrolet 30.228 178.642
40 71 Andy Lally # Interstate Moving Services / RB EntFord Owner Points
21 41 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota Owner Points
42 32 Mike Bliss(i) Street King Ford Owner Points
22 43 37 Josh Wise(i) Bradley University Ford 30.136 179.188
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