Austin Dillon has to Fight NASCAR Cup Veterans at Chicagoland Speedway

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Dillon finished the race in third last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Austin did very well at the challenging one mile short track. This week Austin and the NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars are at a much different track. This week the Nationwide Series has the spotlight at Chicagoland Speedway.

The Chicagoland Speedway is one of those 1.5 mile D shaped ovals that dominate the NASCAR schedule.  It has 18 degrees of banking in the turns, 11 degrees on the front stretch and 5 degrees on the backstretch.  This speedway has speeds that are a little slower than the other 1.5 mile tracks of Atlanta, Charlotte, and Texas because it has less banking.  Like all the 1.5 mile speedways the track is fast and drivers will need good handling cars in order to get that speed.  Good handling cars get good fuel millage. More times than not fuel millage will be a factor in the race here.

Austin Dillon has an incredible driver rating of 120.5 at this track. Couple that with his average finish of 4.5 and he will be one of the drivers to beat. Unfortunately for Austin those statistics, though impressive, are only for two starts at Chicagoland.

Joey Logano and Brian Vickers have stats that are statistically equal and they both have more experience and will be gunning for him.

If Austin doesn’t have enough to worry about, Rookie of the Year candidate and leader Kyle Larson has been incredible on the 1.5 mile speedways since his bad luck at Texas.

Austin Dillon, Brian Vickers, Brian Scott and Michael Annett are all qualified for the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash and can win a $100,000.00 Bonus for winning this race.

If you cannot get to the Chicagoland Speedway the race will be televised on ESPN starting at 2:30 PM ET, Sunday, July 21st.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Driver Ratings for Chicagoland Speedway
Rank      Car No. Driver                    Avg Finish            Driver Rating
1              3              Austin Dillon       4.5                          120.5
2              22           Joey Logano       7.8                           119.2
3              20           Brian Vickers      3.5                           118.5
4              12           Sam Hornish Jr. 6.3                           111.4
5              2              Brian Scott          8.8                            99.3
6              31           Justin Allgaier    8.2                           98.8
7              77           Parker Kligerman   10.0                  93.0
8              40           Reed Sorenson 9.5                             91.4
9              6              Trevor Bayne     14.5                         91.3
10           11           Elliott Sadler       16.9                        89.8


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