MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES CHICAGOLAND STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Chicagoland wins: 3 Tony Stewart
  • Most Chicagoland top 3 finishes: 7 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Chicagoland top 5 finishes: 10 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Chicagoland top 10 finishes: 11 Kevin Harvick & Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Chicagoland laps led: 695 Jimmie Johnson (Winless)
  • 2018 Chicagoland: Lead swapped 4 times in final lap. Kyle Larson took lead briefly in turn 1. Kyle Busch took it back in turn 2 followed by wall contact. Larson took the lead back heading to 3. Busch sent Larson sideways while he hit the wall again. Kyle Busch drove on to his 48th career win, 5th of season & 2nd Chicagoland win, his first in 10 years.
  • Kyle Busch:
  • ”When you start banging doors on one and other, that’s what it turns the race into and it’s fair game after that”
  • Kyle Larson called it ‘probably one of the best NASCAR finishes of all time’ even though he was on the short end
  • ”That was fun. I’m not upset.”
  • 2018 Chicagoland Stage 2 ended with a last lap pass by Kevin Harvick over Kurt Busch
  • Brad Keselowski: 3 Top 2 finishes in 5 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – 2 Wins (Only driver with multiple wins)
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 5 finishes this season: 3 Clint Bowyer & Brad Keselowski
  • Best 1.5-mile track average finish this season: 7.8 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led on 1.5-mile tracks this season: 251 Kevin Harvick (Winless) – Led most laps at Las Vegas & Kansas
  • All 4 Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished top 10 at Charlotte May (Most recent race on 1.5-mile track)
  • First time all 4 in top 10 since Texas 4/16
  • 12 Different winners in 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chicagoland races
  • Brad Keselowski (2) & Martin Truex Jr. (2) won 4 of last 7 Chicagoland races
  • Brad Keselowski: 8 Straight Chicagoland top 10 finishes – All-time longest streak
  • Brad Keselowski: Average Chicagoland finish – 9.2 (Best track)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 2 Wins last 3 Chicagoland races (2016 & ’17) – Finished 4th in 2018
  • Clint Bowyer: 1 Top 5 finish last 8 Chicagoland races – Finished 5th last year
  • Denny Hamlin: Finished 7th or better last 5 Chicagoland races – Average finish: 4.8
  • Joey Logano: Finished 8th or better last 5 Chicagoland races – Average finish: 5.4
  • Kevin Harvick: Won first 2 Chicagoland races (2001 & ’02) – Winless last 16 races
  • Kyle Larson: 200th Cup Series race
  • 4 Drivers finished top 5 in 2018 Stage 1 & 2:
  • Kyle Larson (2nd & 3rd), Kevin Harvick (5th & 1st), Martin Truex Jr. (3rd & 4th) & Kurt Busch (4th & 2nd)
  • 2018 Chicagoland winner Kyle Busch finished outside top 10 in Stage 1 & 2
  • 2018 Chicagoland: 8 Pit road speeding penalties by 7 drivers
  • Clint Bowyer finished 5th at Chicagoland last year after pit road speeding penalty & free pass
  • 2 Won consecutive Chicagoland races – Kevin Harvick (2001 & ’02) & Martin Truex Jr. (2016 & ’17)
  • Stewart (2011), Keselowski (2012) & Truex Jr. (2017) only drivers to win Chicagoland & championship in same season
  • 3 of last 8 Chicagoland winners went on to win championship
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 8 of last 9 Chicagoland races – Jimmie Johnson three times
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 2 of last 4 Chicagoland races – Finished 9th in 2015 & 15th in 2017
  • Aric Almirola won Stage 1 & led most laps last Chicagoland race (70) – Finished 25th
  • 6 Won first race of season at Chicagoland
  • Winner took lead for first time on lap 110 or later in 8 Chicagoland races including last 2
  • Only 1 Chicagoland race won from first starting position – Kyle Busch 2008
  • Kyle Busch started first in 4 Chicagoland races – Only 1 pole win (2017)
  • Drivers starting first finished outside top 5 last 6 Chicagoland races
  • Worst start position of Chicagoland winner: 32nd – Kevin Harvick 2002
  • Toyota: 7 Chicagoland wins – 5 Wins last 6 races including 4 straight
  • Chevrolet: Winless last 7 Chicagoland races
  • Ford: 1 Chicagoland win – 2014 Brad Keselowski
  • No Chicagoland MENCS wins for Roush Fenway Racing
  • Every driver running at finish 3 of last 4 Chicagoland races – 2015, ’16 & ‘17

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHICAGOLAND STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Chicagoland wins: 4 Kyle Busch
  • Most Chicagoland laps led: 1039 Kyle Busch
  • Christopher Bell: 305 Laps led on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Leads all drivers
  • Tyler Reddick: 3 Top 5 finishes on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Leads all drivers
  • Justin Haley: Only driver to finish top 10 all 4 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • 15 Different winners in 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series Chicagoland races
  • Only 1 swept Chicagoland Xfinity Series & Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in same weekend – Kyle Busch 2008
  • 2 of last 3 Chicagoland NXS winners were full-time NXS drivers – Erik Jones (9/16) & Justin Allgaier (9/17)
  • Kyle Larson won Chicagoland for first time in 8th try (2018) – Most of all drivers
  • Mike Shiplett winning crew chief 2018 Chicagoland (Kyle Larson)
  • 3 Chicagoland races won from pole – Kyle Busch (9/13 & 9/15) & Kyle Larson (6/18)
  • Worst starting position of Chicagoland winner: 34th – Justin Labonte 2004
  • 2 Won a Chicagoland race & championship in same season – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 9/12 & Chase Elliott 7/14
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 6 of last 11 Chicagoland races
  • Most laps led by winner: 195 – Kyle Busch 9/13
  • Most laps led by non-winner: 154 – Kyle Busch 9/16
  • Kyle Busch led final 170 laps 9/13
  • Joey Logano passed for final lead change by Kyle Busch twice
  • Brandon Jones passed for final lead change last Chicagoland race – Finished 11th
  • Last 80 laps run caution-free in 2018
  • 2 Chicagoland races settled by last lap pass
  • 5 Won first race of season at Chicagoland
  • 4 Won first career race at Chicagoland – Last: 2006 Casey Mears
  • Winner took lead for first time on lap 130 or later in 9 Chicagoland races
  • Winner led lap 1 only twice at Chicagoland – Kyle Busch 9/13 & 9/15