NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES - CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY NEWS NUGGETS

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- Morgan Shepherd is expected to make his 500th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start in the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

And the Beat Goes On...
Ricky Craven, Jeff Gordon, Robby Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Ricky Rudd, Elliott Sadler, Jimmy Spencer and Rusty Wallace have all been running at the finish in all three of their races at Chicagoland Speedway.

Harvick Dominates at Chicagoland Speedway...
Kevin Harvick won the first two races at Chicagoland Speedway (2001-2002). His 6.33 average finish at Chicagoland Speedway is the best among drivers who have competed in all three races there. He is one of five drivers to score top-five finishes in two of the three races at Chicagoland Speedway. He is joined by Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. No driver has finished in the top five in all three. Harvick has led 188 laps at Chicagoland, the most of all drivers.

Starting Up Front is Not Important at Chicagoland Speedway
No driver has won a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway from a top-five starting position.

Chicagoland Speedway Standouts...
- Twenty-eight drivers have started in all three races at Chicagoland Speedway.
- There have been three different Bud Pole winners in the three races at Chicagoland Speedway: Tony Stewart, Todd Bodine and Ryan Newman.
- Kevin Harvick (two) and Ryan Newman (one) each have victories at Chicagoland Speedway.
- Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have each scored two top-five finishes at Chicagoland Speedway, the most among all drivers.
- Kevin Harvick has led 188 laps in three races at Chicagoland, the most among all drivers.

Starting and Finishing Up Front at Chicagoland Speedway...
Bill Elliott is the only driver with a single digit starting and finishing average at Chicagoland Speedway. His 3.33 starting average and 9.33 finishing average is the best among all drivers with three starts at Chicagoland Speedway.

Refuse to Lose...
Jeff Gordon is the only driver to complete every lap raced at Chicagoland Speedway.

Top-10 Drivers who have struggled at Chicagoland Speedway...
Bobby Labonte has not scored a top-15 finish at Chicagoland Speedway.

Leading The Way in 2004...
Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman are the only drivers to lead at least one lap in 12 of the 17 races in 2004.

Maintaining a Top-10 Standard...
Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.

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