The #5 driver is the hottest driver over the last six races, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has six starts at Chicagoland and just one Top 5. It is important to note that that one Top 5 came last year. Joey should go pretty far in the Chase and it will begin with a big finish here at the start.


My #4 pick just made the Chase by finishing Top 30 in points, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle comes into the Second City where he has ten starts, a win and four Top 5’s. Kyle is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He is also hot here where he finished Top 10 in his last three Chicagoland races and two of those three were Top 5’s.


My #3 pick has won on 19 different tracks but not this one, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 13 starts, no wins and seven Top 5’s. Even with no wins, Jimmie is very happy to be here where he has over 50% Top 5’s and he has a good shot to get his Chase Mojo flowin’, which needs because he comes in here #11 hottest over the last six races.


My #2 driver is happy to start the Chase here where he has two wins, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin comes in with 14 starts, two wins and eight Top 5’s (57%). He finished 5th here last year and is the best on these low-banked intermediate tracks.


The #1 driver to watch is the defending champion of this race, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won here last year for the second time. His other win was in 2012. He has six starts here, the two wins and three Top 5 finishes. He is Top 5 for me on these downforce tracks and is #2 hottest over the last six weeks. And it doesn’t hurt that the #1 hottest driver is his teammate Joey Logano.




Monday we’ll preview the Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.