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Sep. 16, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
Cole Custer to Race for SHR in 2017 XFINITY Series
Records and facts
In last year's MyAFibRisk.com 400, Denny Hamlin took the lead on the final restart from Jeff Gordon with five laps to go and held off the pack to take his first career victory at Chicagoland. Carl Edwards was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth. Gordon finished 14th after a failed tire gamble.
All-time, Tony Stewart is the most victorious driver at Chicagoland Speedway with three career wins. Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski have two wins a piece. No one else has more than one. All the past winners except for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (ongoing concussion recovery), Jeff Gordon and David Reutimann will be in the field on Sunday.
Track / Race Length: 1.5 mile tri-oval, 267 laps (400.5 miles)
Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,400 feet, banked 11 degrees
Backstretch: 1,700 feet, banked 5 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 55,500
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Practice No. 1: Friday, September 16, 1:30 - 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports App/Live Extra
Qualifying: Friday, September 16 at 6:45 p.m. on NBCSN
Practice No. 2: Saturday, September 17, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m. on CNBC
Happy Hour: Saturday, September 17, 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. on NBCSN
"I don't think it's that critical [to set a tone for the Chase at Chicagoland]. It's what you want to do and all the teams will strive to do. But, if you have a bad race at Chicago, or it doesn't go exactly as you want, I don't think it is the end of the world. The main thing each time is to advance to the next round. You have to outperform four other guys. Do you have to win or have a top-five at Chicago to start it off right? I don't think so. But the last thing you want is to have a bad race that puts you in a hole right after Chicago.
"The win at Chicagoland in 2011 basically made me look like an idiot. I had preached for weeks that we did not belong in the Chase and, up until the Chase started, we didn't. We were not running well, nor did we have an idea why we weren't running well. All of a sudden, we show up and win Chicago. It was probably the only time I've ever won a Cup race and thought, 'That was probably the dumbest thing I've ever done.' I felt really passionate about the fact we didn't belong in it and then turned right around and, 'ta-da.' It was like going to see David Copperfield in Las Vegas. It was like, 'poof,' all of a sudden something we said couldn't happen happened." - Tony Stewart
"We reached our goal of making the Chase. Now we want to make it past this first round. We want to surprise some people. Our Love's Travel Stops team has been working really hard and gaining a lot of ground the last couple months, and we'll be hitting some tracks these next three weeks that we like and where we can perform well. We can also now afford to be a little more aggressive than we have been the last few weeks. We had to race conservatively in some situations to make sure we stayed out of trouble, but now we can go all out.
"I like Chicagoland Speedway. It's a place that's gotten a lot of character over the years. It's a little bit rough around the edges, and there's a bunch of bumps through Turns 3 and 4. We were there for a test not too long ago, so we've been working on a plan for going back there. That big arc all the way down the backstretch is unique to that racetrack. We really never go straight. We will always be holding the wheel somewhat to the left. But I think we'll be able to move around a lot, and I think it will be a good race." - Chris Buescher
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Q: In 2005, Dawayne Bryan picked up his one and only career victory in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway. That victory was not easy. The last couple of laps were a real nailbiter for Bryan. Why?
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