Starting up front isn’t crucial towards success at Chicagoland. This is a track where good cars are able to drive up through the pack and win. In the 14 races at Chicagoland only once has this race been won from a top five starting position and that was in 2008 when Kyle Busch won from the pole in the COT debut. Only 5 of the Chicagoland races have been won from a top ten starting position. The average starting position of a winner at Chicagoland is 15.3.
Last year at Chicagoland qualifying was rained out and Brad Keselowski won from the 25th place starting position. Only four drivers who started in the top ten finished in the top ten in that race.