#2- Brad Keselowski - In 4 previous starts at the mile and a half track Keselowski has 1 win, September 2012, 2 top 5's and 2 top 10's. He has led 80 laps and has an average start of 19.500 with an average finish of 14.000.
#5- Kasey Kahne - In nine Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland, Kahne has two top-five finishes and three top-10s. He has an average finish of sixth in the last four Cup events at Chicago, including two third-place finishes in 2009 and 2012. Kahne earned a Wild Card berth in the 2013 Chase and will open the 2013 Chase at Chicagoland Speedway as the 11th seed in the championship standings. He trails first-place driver Matt Kenseth by 15 points. This is Kahne’s fourth career Chase appearance. In 2012, his first year with Hendrick Motorsports, he notched a career-best fourth-place result.
#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has six NASCAR starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. In his four Sprint Cup starts, he posted a best finish of 11th in the 2009 race. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer has seven NASCAR starts as a crew chief at the Chicago track. His best finish at the track came in the 2007 Nationwide race when driver Matt Kenseth drove to a runner-up finish.
#10-Danica Patrick - The Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., will mark Danica Patrick’s 37th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her second at Chicagoland. She finished 25th in last year’s Sprint Cup Series race. In four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Patrick has three top-15 finishes including a 10th-place result in June 2011.
#14-Mark Martin - The Geico 400 will be Martin’s 874th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 13th Sprint Cup start at Chicagoland Speedway. Martin has one win, one top-five, five top-10s and has led a total of 239 laps in his 12 career Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland. His average start is 15.5, his average finish is 12.6 and he has a lap completion rate of 99.9 percent. Martin’s win at Chicagoland on July 11, 2009 was his 39th career Sprint Cup victory. He beat Jeff Gordon by .415 of a second. In his 12 Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland, Martin has driven for five team owners: Jack Roush (6 starts), Bobby Ginn (1 start), Dale Earnhardt (1 start), Rick Hendrick (3 starts) and Michael Waltrip (1 start).
#15- Clint Bowyer - In 7 previous starts at Chicagoland Bowyer has 1 top 5, 6 top 10's and no DNF's. His best finish was 4th place in July 2010. Bowyer has le 8 laps at the track and has an average start of 15.000 and an average finish of 10.143.
#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - The last time Stenhouse raced at Chicagoland, he celebrated in victory lane after his dominating performance in the Dollar General 300. Stenhouse has five career Nationwide starts at Chicago, earning one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. This will mark the rookie’s first Sprint Cup start at Chicagoland.
#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, three top-five finishes and three top-10s, and he’s led a total of 174 laps in his eight career Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland. His average Chicagoland finish is 13.4. based on his 4 wins, Busch is seeded 3rd as the Chase starts.
#20- Matt Kenseth - In 12 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Chicagoland Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 12.8 and has completed 3,203 of 3,207 (99.9 percent) career laps. Kenseth has earned two top-five and four top-10 finishes achieving his best finish of third in 2012 at the 1.5-mile track. Kenseth is the No. 1 seed as the Chase starts.
#22- Joey Logano - Logano will make his 5th start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In 4 previous starts he has 1 top 10, a 7th place finish in 2012. Logano has an average start of 15.500 with an average finish of 15.000.
#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon, whose lone win at Chicagoland occurred in 2006, also has one pole (2004), six top-fives and seven top-10's in 12 starts at the 1.5-mile track. Last year, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion was running in the top five before a stuck throttle and contact with the wall ended his strong run.
#29- Kevin Harvick - Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval. In those previous appearances, the California native has collected two victories, the first during the inaugural event in 2001 and again in 2002, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 18.8, a 10.5 average finishing position, has completed 99.5 percent (3,190 of 3,207) of the laps contested and has 282 laps led to his credit. Harvick starts the Chase seeded 4th in points.
#31- Jeff Burton - This weekend’s event marks Burton’s 13th start at the 1.5-mile facility and 682nd-career Sprint Cup Series start. He has one pole award (2006) with one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the track, and has led 60 laps.
#34- David Ragan - The Front Row Motorsports driver has one top-10 and three top-15 finishes at Chicagoland. The race will be his seventh career start at the track.
#39- Ryan Newman - In 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicagoland, Newman has one pole (2002), one win (2003), three top-fives and seven top-10s. Additionally, the 35 year-old driver has led 181 laps, has an average starting position of 10.2, an average finish of 14.9 and has completed 96.3 percent of the laps he’s contested. Newman is making his fifth appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. He finished seventh in his Chase debut in 2004, sixth in 2005, ninth in 2009 and 10th in 2011. he is seeded 12th in this year's Chase.
#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya has six NSCS starts at Chicagoland Speedway that includes a top-10 finish during the 2009 race. He has an average starting position of 20.8, an average finishing position of 16.0 and has completed 99.9% of the possible laps at the mile-and-a-half speedway.
#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola comes into Chicagoland with one previous start. He started on the outside pole and finished 17th last year.
#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chicagoland Speedway is one of five tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit where Johnson has yet to win. Michigan International Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Kentucky Speedwayare the others. At the track Johnson has 2 poles (July 2005 and September 2012), 6 top-five finishes (54.5 percent) and nine top-10s (81.8 percent) in 11 starts. he has an average start of 7.5 and average finish of 9.3. he has completed 2,894 of 2,940 laps (98.4 percent) and led 537 along with 1 DNF (did not finish, July 2007). Johnson is seeded 2nd in this years Chase based on his 4 wins in 2013.
#78- Kurt Busch - Busch, who will drive the No. 78 Furniture Row/Serta Chevrolet during this weekend’s race, is looking to bring home his best finish at Chicagoland Speedway. In 12 starts at the 1.5-mile track he has claimed six top 10s, but no top-fives. Busch starts the Chase seeded 10th in points.
#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Chicago, Earnhardt has one win, three top-five finishes and five top-10s. He has an average start there of 17.0 and an average finish of 14.2. He has completed 98.1 percent of all the laps he's attempted (3,145 of 3,207 total) and has led 121 laps at the track. Earnhardt qualified for the 2013 Chase and is seeded 9th as the Chase begins this week at Chicagoland.
#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards enters Chicago fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase point standings. In 26 starts, Edwards has accumulated two wins, eight top-five,13 top-10 finishes and one pole. Edwards will make his ninth Cup start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has three top-five and three top-10 finishes. His average start is 14.6 and his average finish is 16.6.
- Reported in Team News/Press Release