It should come to no surprise that the top drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit should be the ones shining for Sunday’s Camping World 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). After all, when 1.5-mile tracks are the bread-and-butter of the schedule, the cream typically rises to the top during these weeks.
Take last year’s race at the Chicagoland Speedway as a prime example. Three of the top four drivers that made the Championship 4 all finished in the top four in last year’s Camping World 400. The one that didn’t was the season champion in Joey Logano who finished eighth in last year’s race. In fact, the entire top 10 of the finishing order all made the playoffs.
Kyle Busch beats the field during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 1, 2018 in Joliet, Illinois.
So, mix that with the current crop in the top half of the Cup Series standings thus far in 2019 being so strong during their respective careers at Chicago and you’d see why these drivers could potentially be strong again this weekend.
Lets take a deeper look.
Joey Logano leads the standings as he enters Chicagoland with seven top seven finishes in his No. 22 Ford in his last nine starts on the year. Logano, also has five straight top 10 finishes and six in his last seven tries at Chicagoland.
Kyle Busch is second in the points and has four straight top five finishes on the year in his No. 18 Toyota. He’s also finished in the top 10 in all but one race in 2019. At Chicago, Busch won this race last year and has six top 10 finishes in his last seven tries on the 1.5-mile track.
Kevin Harvick is third in the points and has seven top five finishes since 2006 including four in the last six years. He was third in each of the last two Chicagoland races as well
Logano’s Team Penske teammate of Brad Keselowski has his No. 2 Ford fourth in the standings and has three top six finishes in his last five starts on the year. The Michigan native also has eight straight top 10 finishes including two wins at Chicagoland.
You can’t discredit Martin Truex Jr. either. He has two wins in the last three years at Chicagoland and a fourth place run last year. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has also won four times on the season since late April including last Sunday in Sonoma. A third JGR driver in Denny Hamlin is sixth in points and has five straight top seven finishes at Chicago including a win in his No. 11 Toyota.
Chase Elliott is seventh in the standings and has came away with a top five finish in all but two races since his win at Talladega in April. Elliott, has two top three finishes in his three Cup Series starts at Chicago.
That’s just the top seven. Alex Bowman is 10th in the standings and finished 10th in this race last year. He also has five top 10 finishes in his last seven starts of the season including three of which being runner-ups.
So, you can tell that the top 10 of the current points standings could honestly fill out the top 10 in Sunday’s race. Mix Team Penske and JGR having five drivers in the top six of the points standings and have won all but one race this season, you get why Chicago could be an easy one to pin point who will be strong or not.