Chicagoland Preview

It's time to go racing at the windy city. Chicagoland, which has only had one winner in its 2-year history, Kevin Harvick, has sold out its 75,000-seat racetrack in hopes for a good race. Many expected Kevin Harvick to win the pole for Sunday's race, but the Rushville Rockety, Tony Stewart, won the pole for the race followed by Jeff Gordon and Bill Elliott.

Harvick wound up qualifying 11th. Points leader Matt Kenseth qualified 24th, while 2nd place points man Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 16th.

However, the focus this weekend does not lie on the point's battle, but on Kevin Harvick's attempt to become the first modern era driver to win the first three races at a new racetrack. Harvick has been around 11th fastest throughout all of the practice sessions.

Other drivers to watch for throughout the race include Jeff Gordon. Gordon, who qualified second, has won the first two races at Kansas, which is somewhat similar to Chicagoland. Gordon will not want to be beat out by Kevin Harvick.

Another driver to keep your eye out on is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt had perhaps the fastest car last race but their crew took 4 tires late in the race while other cars took just two. Earnhardt's car was not very good in traffic but the Budweiser Chevy would leave the field in its dust when it was in clean air.

Notes: Johnson fastest in happy hour but will have to back due to an engine change. The week for Jimmie Johnson started out terrible after qualifying. A sparkplug was shot on the Lowe's Chevrolet and forced the team to make an engine change. However, the Lowe's team battled back and was the fastest in happy hour. During happy hour though Johnson ran into a minor problem with Johnny Benson, Johnson clipped Benson, who was trying to get on pit road about halfway through happy hour. Johnson had little damage while Benson got the worse end of the deal.

Rookie's Casey Mears and Greg Biffle make top 10 to some this year's rookie race has been one of the lousier ones in the past decade. Up until Greg Biffle's win in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, they were probably right. After Biffle's success, fellow rookie Casey Mears wants part of the action. Both Biffle and Mears made the top 10 for Chicagoland.

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