WALTRIP "It's just a fast track, particularly in qualifying. It doesn't seem to matter if it's Trucks, Nationwide or Cup, it's always two guys drag racing to the finish."
THE CHASE BEGINS
9.16 CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY
2011 RECAP TONY STEWART's march to the title started here, as he saved fuel over the final 50 laps and outlasted Kevin Harvick to take the checkered flag.
TRACK FACT The pole sitter at Chicago has won only one of the 11 Cup races here: Kyle Busch ('08) is the only driver to qualify in the top five for a race and go on to win it.
EYE ON 2012 Drivers say you can't win the title at Chicago, but you can lose it. Expect seasoned contenders like Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards to be extremely cautious.
WALTRIP "The tires Goodyear makes now allow these guys to stay out and utilize all the fuel they've got. Chicago came down to fuel mileage again. It seems to be one of those tracks."
9.23 NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY