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Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. will be a favorite to win at Chicagoland. He’s the defending champion and this year at 1.5 mile tracks he’s been the class of the field. At 1.5 mile tracks this season he’s won half the races, has scored the most points, has a 3.7 average result and is the only driver who’s finished in the top ten every race. Last year at Chicagoland Truex Jr. had a great car, but it should be noted if there wasn’t a late caution that he was able to take advantage of he probably would’ve finished 2nd. Additionally in the race he earned the 2nd best driver rating and led 32 laps. In 2015 Martin Truex Jr. had a great car that ranked as one of the best. From a performance perspective he was really about 5th place good. If your competition is just looking at his 13th place finish they’re really missing the big picture. During the final restart he was a big loser and lost quite a few positions back to 13th. Additionally in the race it should be noted he earned the 4th best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and led 39 laps. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Larson – Kyle Larson will be a favorite to win at Chicagoland. This year at 1.5 mile tracks he’s been a super elite performer. At tracks of this length minus Charlotte where he had problems he has a 2.8 average result and has finished runner-up in 4 of the 5 races. At Chicagoland Larson has  three starts under his belt and in every event he’s run well. Last year he had a strong showing but finished an asterisk mark 18th. With 7 laps to go while he was running in 7th he had a tire issue and made an unexpected pit stop under green. In 2015 Larson started in 18th but when the race reached its conclusion he finished 7th, earned the 11th best driver rating and had a 12th place average running position. In 2014 Larson was very competitive. He started in the rear of the field in a backup car but that wasn’t an issue for him. He had a great car and he was able to drive up through the field with ease. When the checkered flag waved he finished 3rd, led 20 laps and earned the 6th best driver rating. (Yahoo B Driver)

Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch will be tough to beat at Chicagoland. He’s a past champion who has five straight top tens at this venue. Over this five race stretch he has a 6.0 average finish, a 5.4 average running position and the 3rd best driver rating. In recent races at high-speed intermediate tracks Busch has been very strong. Over the last six races on this track type he’s scored the 2nd most points and has an 8.5 average finish. Last year Kyle Busch had a good race. He started on the pole, led 21 laps, finished 8th, had a 7th place average running position and earned the 7th best driver rating. I will note his race wasn’t incident free. On lap 174 while he was running in 4th he was caught speeding on pit road and had to serve a pass thru penalty. In 2015 Kyle Busch was easily top 3 good. He would’ve finished in the top 3 if the late caution didn’t come out. When the checkered flag waved he finished 9th, had a 3rd place average running position, earned the best driver rating and led a race high 121 laps. In 2014 he ran well and was a consistent front runner. He finished 7th, had a 6th place average running position and led 46 laps. In the two races prior to that he had results of 2nd and 4th. One attribute you have to like about Busch this weekend is his momentum. Over the last six races he’s scored the most points and has a 5.0 average finish. (Yahoo A Driver)

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