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DATE: Saturday, July 12th
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois
TRACK: 1.5-mile banked asphalt tri-oval
ANNUAL: 11th
ANNOUNCERS: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr, Kyle Petty
START TIME: 8:15 p.m. (et)
POLE SITTER: Casey Mears (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: 188.147 m.p.h. (Jimmie Johnson, 2005)
RACE RECORD: 136.832 m.p.h. (Kevin Harvick, 2002)
TOTAL PURSE: $6,056,938 (2007 figure)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $342,161; 2nd - 255,566; 3rd - 179,625 (2007 figures)
2007 Finish
1Tony Stewart196Kurt Busch35
2Matt Kenseth107Jeff Burton23
3Carl Edwards258Ryan Newman3
4Kevin Harvick149Jeff Gordon11
5Casey Mears110Clint Bowyer7
2007 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 134.258 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 59 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.727 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Casey Mears (182.556 m.p.h.)
Past 400 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Tony Stewart (Chevrolet) -- 134.258 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 132.077 m.p.h.
2005 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (Chevrolet) -- 127.638 m.p.h.
2004 -- Tony Stewart (Chevrolet) -- 129.507 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (Dodge) -- 134.059 m.p.h.
2002 -- Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) -- 136.832 m.p.h. (race record)
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) -- 121.200 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Tropicana 400 (2001-04), USG Sheetrock 400 (2005-07).
Past 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2007 -- Casey Mears -- 5th
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 2nd
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3rd
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4th
2003 -- Tony Stewart -- 2nd
2002 -- Ryan Newman -- 5th
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 14th
Last Race Results
RACE: Coke Zero 400 (July 5th)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida
MILES: 400
LAPS: 160
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: David Ragan
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (Finished 15th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 55 minutes, 23 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.554 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: under caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Menard 1-19; Earnhardt 20-21; Ky. Busch 22-36; Earnhardt 37-45;
Ky. Busch 46-54; Earnhardt 55-71; R. Gordon 72; Earnhardt 73-74;
Johnson 75-78; J. Gordon 79-102; Earnhardt 103-111; Edwards 112;
Earnhardt 113-114; Hamlin 115-117; Earnhardt 118; Hamlin 119-121;
Earnhardt 122-125; Waltrip 126; Said 127-128; Earnhardt 129-133;
J. Gordon 134-155; Ky. Busch 156-162. 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Champion Mortgage
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Principal Financial
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Jack Daniels
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/Jim Beam
8Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
08Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Dodge/TBA
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/Lifelock
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Kodak
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/USG
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Best Buy
20 *Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Ford/Air Force
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Crown Royal
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/AT&T Mobility
34Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target/MaxH/Tums
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Wrigley's Juicy Fruit
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Betty Crocker
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Marathon Spirit Motor Oil
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
70Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Office Depot
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Tony Stewart33rd3rd2ndWon5th32ndWon
Matt Kenseth7th14th12th12th2nd22nd2nd
Carl Edwards------------39th20th3rd
Kevin HarvickWonWon17th10th19th4th4th
Casey Mears------34th15th9th25th5th
Kurt Busch8th6th39th35th8th8th6th
Jeff Burton18th39th6th33rd30th2nd7th
Ryan Newman---5thWon34th29th36th8th
Jeff Gordon17th2nd4th4th33rdWon9th
Clint Bowyer---------------9th10th
Greg Biffle------20th20th11th11th11th
Mark Martin6th9th14th24th10th18th14th
Denny Hamlin---------------14th17th
Dale Earnhardt Jr11th10th38th22ndWon5th19th
Bobby Labonte39th18th36th18th13th12th20th
David Ragan------------------25th
Kasey Kahne---------36th41st23rd32nd
Jimmie Johnson---4th3rd2nd3rd6th37th
Martin Truex Jr---------------16th39th
Mover of the Week
Kasey Kahne - Started in the 41st position and finished 7th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Darkhorse - Elliott Sadler
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kurt Busch) - Finished 4th
Starting from the 19th position, Tony Stewart slowly moved into contention and then grabbed the lead for the first time on lap 110. After trading the top spot with several drivers, Stewart regained the advantage for the sixth and final time on lap 232 and held on the rest of the way to edge Matt Kenseth for his 30th career Sprint Cup title. Stewart, who now totals 32 career wins, led for a race-high 108 laps. Pole sitter Casey Mears led the first five laps, and finished fifth. Stewart's margin of victory was 1.727 seconds.

With half of the Sprint Cup season complete, here is a mid-season synopsis. 10 of the 18 races have produced different winners. There have been 11 different pole winners. 46 drivers have led at least one lap and 74 different drivers have attempted to qualify for at least one race. All four manufacturers have won at least three races, with Toyota leading the way with seven wins.

Chevrolet, Stewart and Kevin Harvick have dominated at Chicagoland. Chevy has won this race six of the seven years, while Stewart and Harvick are the only multiple champions of this race. Another little tidbit, Stewart, 12th in the standings, is just two points ahead of Harvick in the race for the coveted top-12 spot. Harvick has an average finish at Chicagoland of 8.0 with four top-five's. Stewart has recorded five top-5s with an average placing of 11.0.

In 2006, Jeff Gordon knocked Matt Kenseth out of the way late in the race and captured the USG Sheetrock 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway. The No.24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet crossed the finish line 0.461 of a second ahead of Jeff Burton. The victory was Gordon's second of the 2006 season and 75th of his Sprint Cup career, moving him just one win shy of Dale Earnhardt's career total. Gordon, who now stands sixth on the all-time list with 79 victories, reclaimed the lead with only seven laps remaining to clip pole sitter Burton. Matt Kenseth dominated the race leading four times for a total of 112 laps, however he faded down the stretch and placed 22nd.

Dale Earnhardt Jr defeated Kenseth in 2005 by less than a second for his 16th career Sprint Cup title and the first of that season. Kenseth dominated the race, leading a whopping 176 laps, but it was Earnhardt Jr who took the lead on lap 257 and held on the rest of the way for the win. Jimmie Johnson, who started on the pole, finished third. Earnhardt Jr started from the 25th position.

The furthest a driver has come from to capture the race was 32nd in 2002 by Kevin Harvick. Harvick is the lone multiple champion of this race, having won back-to-back titles in 2001-02. The pole sitter has never captured this race, however, 1st on the grid has finished in the top five, six times.

The construction of Chicagoland Speedway began in August of 1999, with the first race, a Nationwide event being staged July 14, 2001. The following day, the Sprint Cup Series debuted at the track. 17 drivers have competed in all seven races at Chicago. The best starting position of a race winner at Chicago was sixth by Kevin Harvick in the inaugural race . Since that time only one race has been won from a top-10 starting position with two coming from outside the top-25. Following last year's race, lights have been installed at Chicagoland, as this season's race will be at night.

The next race in the Sprint Cup championship is scheduled for July 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, as Tony Stewart defends his title.

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As of July 8, 2008, at 06:30 PM ET

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