The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Chicagoland Speedway for the 27th race of the season, the MyAFibStory.com 400. NASCAR Fantasy Cheat Sheet’s Brian Brown took a look at past performances, season trends, and spoke to team contacts to predict how the field should finish on Sunday.
When: Sunday, September 14, 2:16 p.m./et.
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high around 67; wind out of the S at 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is zero.
The Track: Chicagoland Speedway
Chicagoland is a 1.5-mile tri-oval. It has 18 degree banking on the corners with 11 degree banking on the front straightaway and five degree banking on the back straightaway. Roush Fenway is tough to beat on most 1.5 mile tracks, but the team has yet to win a race at Chicagoland. Look for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and the Hendrick Boys to be very strong on Sunday.
Key to Race: QUICK OUT OF THE PITS
As is the key with most 1.5 mile tracks tire-wear and pit stops will be a key to Sunday's race. Look for the drivers with the best location of their pit stall to have a big advantage in the race.
43 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots.
Fantasy Cheat Sheet:
No. 4 Kevin Harvick: Chicagoland is one of Harvick’s top tracks. He has two career wins and could easily make it three this weekend.
No. 20 Matt Kenseth: Kenseth has led 433 laps in the past nine races at Chicagoland. The 2013 winner at the tracks has as good of a chance to win as anybody.
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson has been awesome at Chicagoland. In 10 races at the track he has finished outside the top six just four times. He is a strong candidate to find victory lane on Sunday.
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Busch has finished worse than 17th just twice in nine career starts (including a 2008 win) at Chicagoland. He will have no problem finishing inside the top 10 this weekend.
No. 24 Jeff Gordon: Gordon has six top five finishes in 13 career starts at Chicagoland. He is a great option.
6 to 10
No.2 Brad Keselowski: Keselowski won the 2012 feature at Joliet. He is a great choice this weekend.
No. 15 Clint Bowyer: Bowyer has cracked the top 10 in seven of his eight career starts at Chicagoland. He will be a great option.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior won the 2005 race at Chicagoland. He has notched top eight finishes in two of the last three years and is a terrific pick this weekend.
No. 5 Kasey Kahne: Kahne's has cracked the top six in three of the past five races at Chicagoland. He will be a good choice this weekend.
No. 31 Ryan Newman: Newman has four top six finishes, including a win, in 12 career starts in Joliet. He will have a strong car again.
11 to 20
No. 41 Kurt Busch: Busch has six top 10 finishes in 13 career starts at Chicagoland. He should have the No. 41 inside the top 15 on Sunday.
No. 14 Tony Stewart: Stewart has been awesome at Chicagoland during his career. This is a decent weekend to use Mr. Smoke.
No. 99 Carl Edwards: Edwards finished fourth during the 2011 trip to Chicagoland. Look for the Midwesterner to be fast again on Sunday.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has finished in the top 11 in four of the past nine starts at Chicagoland. He is a top 11 option again.
No. 22 Joey Logano: Logano has been hit-or-miss at Chicagoland. He should finish inside the top 15 this trip to the track.
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.: Truex has been fast in six of his seven career starts at Chicagoland. He is a good pick.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin is usually a good shoe on intermediate tracks and this weekend should be no different.
No. 43 Aric Almirola: Almirola finished 13th and 17th the past two years at Chicagoland. He will finish inside the top 20 once again.
No. 55 Brian Vickers: Vickers has been mostly awesome at Chicago during his career. This is a great weekend to use the No. 55 car.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Stenhouse was fantastic last season in his first Cup start at the track. He is a fine choice.
21 to 30
No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger: “Dinger” has been very fast in Chicago races during his career. He is worth using as a fifth driver.
No. 42 Kyle Larson: Larson shouldn’t have an issue with his first Cup start at Chicagoland.
No. 3 Austin Dillon: Dillon should just miss the top 20 in his first Cup start at Chicagoland.
No. 27 Paul Menard: Menard is averaging just a 24th place finish at Chicagoland. He should improve on that, but a top 20 finish isn’t likely.
No. 9 Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose has been wildly inconsistent throughout this year and his career. He isn’t a fantasy recommendation this weekend unless you are desperate.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has struggled in six of the last seven trips to Joliet. He is the definition of a “use-at-your-own-risk” driver.
No. 10 Danica Patrick: Patrick finished 20th at Chicagoland last year. She should finish a few spots better this year.
No. 51 Justin Allgaier: Allgaier has been one of the quiet surprises of the 2014 campaign. We like him as a fifth driver.
No. 13 Casey Mears: Mears will finish right around his 26th place career average at Chicagoland.
No. 34 David Ragan: Ragan has averaged an 18th place finish at Chicagoland. He should finish about 10 spots below his average on Sunday.
No. 7 Michael Annett
No. 23 Alex Bowman
No. 38 David Gilliland
No. 40 Landon Cassill
No. 26 Cole Whitt
No. 95 Michael McDowell
No. 33 Travis Kvapil
No. 36 Reed Sorenson
No. 37 Mike Bliss
No. 83 Ryan Truex
No. 98 Josh Wise
No. 66 Joe Nemechek
No. 32 Joey Gase
My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:
B. Ryan Newman
B. Tony Stewart