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Jimmie Johnson will get back to business at Chicagoland Speedway

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The regular NASCAR season is all over but the shouting. Jimmie Johnson has had a rough five weeks especially at Richmond International Speedway and is ready to go. Richmond left a lot of controversy but it is time to put that behind and start the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway.  For the third year in a row the Chase begins at Chicagoland Speedway for the GEICO 400.

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.  This race can be won by pitting first and stretching fuel to make it to the end.

Looking at the driver ratings for Chicagoland, Jimmie Johnson would appear to own this track. His 116.2 rating smokes all other drivers since Tony Stewart isn’t entered due to injury. The only problem Johnson has is that he has never sealed the deal, he has never won here. Circumstances have always kept him from the winners circle.

Regardless, of how bad Jimmie Johnson and the Lowe’s No. 48 team has been running Johnson is not worried.

There’s always a little concern.  Without a doubt you want to enter the Chase with momentum.  I think every team falls back on past history.  We have won championships without momentum going into the first race.”  Johnson added, “So we’re going to fall on our experience and also the experience of knowing the Chase is so different than anything else.  You’re only racing 12 guys, not 43.  So things change a lot.  We’re going to go to a track that is very good for us.  We had a tire test there earlier in the year.  It went really well.

Despite lack of Momentum entering NASCAR Chase, Jimmie Johnson is ready to get back to business at Chicagoland Speedway.

If you can’t get to the Chicagoland Speedway it will be broad cast on ESPN, Sunday, Sept. 15th at 2 PM ET.

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

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Chicago
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 116.2
Tony Stewart………………………. 109.8 (Injured, not entered in race)
Brian Vickers………………………. 101.5
Matt Kenseth………………………. 101.5
Kyle Busch…………………………… 99.4
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 95.8
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 94.6
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 91.8
Carl Edwards……………………….. 90.9
Brad Keselowski……………………. 90.2
Mark Martin………………………….. 89.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 89.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (eight total) among active drivers at Chicagoland Speedway.