Chicagoland Speedway GEICO 400 Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts today at Chicagoland Speedway with the running of the GEICO 400. The drivers and teams will put the controversies of the past week aside and get back to the business of racing.

The controversy saw NASCAR adding a thirteenth driver into the Chase. Jeff Gordon will run for his fifth championship as the thirteenth driver.

NASCAR president Mike Helton met with the drivers and teams on Saturday to clarify what is acceptable sportsmanlike conduct during events. This all came about after Clint Bowyer spun and it was obvious the Michael Waltrip Teams manipulated the outcome of last week’s race. This will be the first race where the teams will be operating under these rules.

Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole award and will start his run for the championship from the front. Logano continued the trend of the new cars setting track records.

So far this week Kyle Busch has won the Truck Series race on Friday Night and the Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Kyle is going for a weekend sweep. He will start the race from the twelfth position.

Jimmie Johnson has had the worst five weeks of racing in his career. Johnson is ready to get back on track and earn his sixth championship. He will start the race ninth on a track he has done very well at except he has never won.

As of this writing no teams have made unapproved changes to their cars and start the race from the back.

Rain will be a major factor in Joliet IL. Expect the race to be rain delayed or shortened. If you are recording the race, plan accordingly.

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

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