Crunching The Numbers: Chicago

With the Sprint Cup Series drivers and teams enjoying their final off weekend of the year before beginning the grueling 17 race stretch to end the year and the Camping World Truck Series drivers gearing up for their dirt racing debut at Eldora next week, the Nationwide Series takes center stage this weekend in Chicago.

This weekend’s STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway marks the first of two trips the series will make to the Windy City this season. This race also marks the third leg of the Nationwide Insurance “Dash 4 Cash” with Austin Dillon, Brian Vickers, Brian Scott, and Michael Annett vying for the $100,000 bonus this weekend.

Driver Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
Austin Dillon 2 0 1 2 0 53 2.0 4.5
Sam Hornish, Jr. 3 0 1 3 0 23 4.7 6.3
Joey Logano 4 1 2 3 1 214 4.2 7.8
Justin Allgaier 6 1 2 4 0 9 12.0 8.2
Brian Scott 5 0 2 3 1 5 15.0 8.8
Reed Sorenson 6 0 0 5 0 30 15.7 9.5
Parker Kligerman 2 0 0 1 0 0 15.0 10.0
Brian Vickers 4 0 3 3 0 3 7.5 10.2
Michael Annett 6 0 1 3 0 2 17.7 11.3
Trevor Bayne 4 0 1 1 0 0 12.8 14.5

Who To Watch: Although he’s never won at Chicago, Austin Dillon has the best statistics of the current Nationwide Series drivers at the track. In two starts, Dillon has one top five, two top tens, 53 laps led, and an average finish of 4.5. Dillon also has the best average start of 2.0 and with the way he has been winning poles this season, could be a serious threat for both the pole and the win.

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Others to keep an eye on on Sunday include: Sam Hornish, Jr., who has one top five, three top tens, 23 laps led and an average finish of 6.3 in three starts; Joey Logano, the only Sprint Cup regular who will be racing on the off weekend, with one win, two top fives, three top tens, one pole, 214 laps led, and an average finish of 7.8 in four starts; Justin Allgaier, the only other driver in the field with a win at Chicago, also has two top fives, four top tens, nine laps led, and an average finish of 8.2 in six starts; and Brian Scott, with two top fives, three top tens, one pole, five laps led and an average finish of 8.8 in five starts.

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