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DATE: Saturday, July 19
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Illinois
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 70,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 4th
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: 4:10 p.m. ET (Saturday)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
POLE WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr. (finished 2)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2005 (186.438 mph)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2011 (148.637 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano76Parker Kligerman10
2Sam Hornish Jr17Trevor Bayne8
3Austin Dillon38Justin Allgaier16
4Elliott Sadler29Brad Sweet12
5Brian Vickers610Matt Crafton4
2013 EnjoyIllinois.com 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.684 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 23 mins., 13 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.291 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr. (178.341 mph)
Past EnjoyIllinois.com 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Joey Logano (7) -- Ford -- 125.684 mph
2012 -- Elliott Sadler (15) -- Chevrolet -- 130.929 mph
2011 -- Justin Allgaier (13) -- Chevrolet -- 141.807 mph
Past EnjoyIllinois.com 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Sam Hornish Jr. -- 2
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- 2
2011 -- None -- Weather
Last Race Results
RACE: Sta-Green 200 (July 12)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
MILES: 211.6
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Kyle Larson
FIFTH: Chris Buescher
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 0 min., 41 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 105.201 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.880 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LAP LEADERS: Keselowski-pole, K. Busch 1-34, Keselowski 35-106, Larson
107-111, Keselowski 112, Larson 113-118, Keselowski 119-141,
Buescher 142-144, Keselowski 145-200.
EnjoyIllinois.com 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Red Kap
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
13Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Toyota/Headrush
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/NationalCashLenders.com
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Erik Jones (Byron, MI)Toyota/Narcolepsy Link
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Hertz
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/Comboard
25John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/JGL Racing
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions
33Cale Conley (Vienna, WV)Chevrolet/IAVA
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel by Target
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/WinField
44David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Plan B Sales
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory
72To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Crash Claims R US
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
84Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Billy Boat Performance
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
93Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Dodge/JGL Racing
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the three last year)
Driver201120122013
Sam Hornish Jr---82
Elliot Sadler11Won4
Trevor Bayne3---7
Brian Scott171111
Kyle Larson------12
Regan Smith------13
Kasey Kahne---------
Chase Elliott---------
Ty Dillon---------
Ryan Blaney---------
 
Mover of the Week
Elliott Sadler - started 16 and finished 6
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sam Hornish Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway is the 18th race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile racetrack, has 18 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 11 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 5 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,400 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,700 feet.

Construction of this racetrack, which is located roughly 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, began in August 1999. The first Nationwide race there, the Sam's Club 300, was held on July 14, 2001 and won by Jimmie Johnson.

There have been 16 Nationwide races held at Chicagoland, including one event per season from 2001-10 and then two each year since then.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Chicagoland with three. Busch's most recent victory there came last September. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano have won there twice. None of those drivers are on the entry list for this race.

Richard Childress and Joe Gibbs share the record for most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Chicagoland with four each.

Last September, Busch became the first driver to win a Nationwide race from the pole position at Chicagoland.

The furthest back a driver has started and won an event in the series there is 34th, accomplished by Justin Labonte, who is the son of two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Terry Labonte.

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Chicagoland occurred one year ago when Logano beat Sam Hornish Jr. to the finish line by just 0.291 seconds.

Three drivers posted their first career Nationwide victories at Chicagoland: Johnson (2001), Johnny Sauter (2002) and Casey Mears (2006). None of those drivers are entered in this race.

Only one driver on the entry list scored his maiden pole in the series at Chicagoland: Brian Scott (September 2011).

The next race is the July 26 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.

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As of July 15, 2014, at 10:51 PM ET