Michael McDowell – Michael McDowell will be a low tier driver to watch at Chicagoland. His track record is horrendously bad but I think he has a good chance to potentially be a low-twenties driver. His team has been running a little better recently and in the last two races at 1.5 mile tracks he’s come home with results of 18th (Charlotte) and 20th (Kansas). At Chicagoland, McDowell has a pitiful track record having finished 30th or worse every race. Last year the number you need to know about him is 30. He started 30th, finished 30th and had a 30th place average running position. One thing to keep in mind is that his 30th last year was his best result at Chicagoland.
David Ragan – At Chicagoland, I would look for David Ragan to be a low to mid-twenties driver. If things go really well he might be able to sneak in a high-teens finish. This year at 1.5 mile tracks in 4 of the 5 races he’s finished between 23rd to 25th. At Chicagoland, Ragan hasn’t had very good recent results, but that said keep in mind his team is more competitive this year. Last year at Chicagoland he finished 5 laps down in 29th. The race lacked cautions and that was bad news for him. In 2016 he was really bad. He finished 35th and had a 33rd place average running position.
Ty Dillon – You always have to keep expectations low with Ty Dillon. If he can be a low-twenties driver, which I’ll project I would be happy. This year at 1.5 mile tracks minus Kansas where he wrecked he has a 21.0 average finish and a 23.8 average running position. At Chicagoland, Dillon has two starts under his belt and in both races he’s been pretty bad. Last year he finished 28th and had a 26th place average running position. In 2016 he finished one spot better in 27th.
Matt DiBenedetto – At Chicagoland look for Matt DiBenedetto to be about a mid-twenties driver. If things go really well he might be low-twenties good. Kansas and Las Vegas are the two most similar intermediate tracks visited this year and he finished 22nd at both venues. At Chicagoland, DiBenedetto has three races under his belt and his average finish is 33.3. In all three of them he’s been bad. Last year he finished 31st, in 2016 he finished 30th.