Aric Almirola – At Chicagoland, I would look for Aric Almirola to have a solid showing. This year at 1.5 mile tracks he’s consistently performed well. In 2018 at tracks of this length minus Texas, he has an 11.3 average finish, an 11.0 average running position and has had a result between 9th to 13th every race. On Sunday I would look for him to once again finish around that range. At Chicagoland, Aric Almirola has shown potential in the past, just not recently. Last year he didn’t have a good race. When the checkered flag waved he finished 24th and had a 23rd place average running position. In 2016 he started in the rear of the field and never really ran better than the low 30’s. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 32nd and had a 33rd place average running position. In 2015 he had his best Chicagoland race on paper. He finished 10th, had an 11th place average running position and earned the 13th best driver rating. In 2014 he was top 6 good but finished a misleading 41st after his engine blew up with 36 laps to go. Personally in regards to Aric Almirola I would just focus on how he’s run at 1.5 mile tracks this year.
Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson has never won at Chicagoland, but he’ll have a strong performance on Sunday. At the “Windy City” he’s finished in the top five 44% percent of the time and in the top ten 69% percent of the time. His overall average finish is 9.4 with him only twice having finished outside the top 12. Over the last four races he’s finished between 8th to 12th. Additionally over that four race stretch he has a 10.8 average finish and a 7.8 average running position. Last year, Johnson had a solid showing. He finished 8th and earned the 10th best driver rating. In 2016 he had one of the best cars but finished 12th. That’s a misleading result. With 31 laps to go while he was running in 2nd he was caught speeding on pit road. Additionally in the race he earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led a race high 118 laps. In 2015 Johnson showed top five speed but finished 11th. After he cut Kevin Harvick’s tire while battling for the lead he seemed to ease up and never ran as well. Also from the race it should be noted he earned the 8th best driver rating and had a 9th place average running position. Charlotte is the most recent 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue Johnson finished 5th.
Alex Bowman – Alex Bowman will have dark horse potential at Chicagoland. “Performance Wise” I would look for him to be a low to mid-teens driver. If things go really well he might just compete for a top ten, he’s done it before. In 2016 when he previously drove the #88 at Chicagoland he finished 10th, earned the 10th best driver rating and had an 11th place average running position. Charlotte is the last 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue he finished 9th. Don’t overlook Alex Bowman.