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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Chicago Race Info

THE RACE: Tales of the Turtles 400
TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #27 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #1 of 10

Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Joliet, IL
Title Sponsor: Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:06 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et

Practices:
Friday, September 15, 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, September 16, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-CNBC
Saturday, September 16, 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 15 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, September 18 at 2:30 pm/et on NBCSN

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, September 15
7:00 AM-9:00 AM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
9:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:45 PM (6:45 PM) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, September 16
9:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM-11:20 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 PM 1:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, September 17
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM) MENCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Chicagoland Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page


September 2016: see the Chicago Race Info page

Track Specifications:
1.5 mile tri-oval
267 laps for 400.5 miles
Stage 1 (Ends on lap 80)
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 160)
Final Stage (Ends on lap 267)

Banking:
18 degrees in the turns
11 degrees in the front stretch
5 degrees in the back stretch
Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
Backstretch: 1,700 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating: 55,500 [was 69,000 and 75,000]
Opened: 2001

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshals: 10 National Super Hero Day recipients
Command to start engines: Greg Cipes, Voice of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Senior VP of Nickelodeon Partner Marketing, Mark Epstein
Honorary Pace Car Driver: U.S. Olympian speedskater, Sugar Todd
Color Guard: Associated Firefighters of Illinois Honor Guard
Invocation: Glenn Spoolstra, Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Jim Cornelison
Flyover: KC 135, 171st Air Refueling Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard, Michigan

NASCAR MENCS Chicago News & Notes Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Open At Chicagoland Speedway; A win in the Playoffs automatically advances a driver to the next round and adds five points to his playoff points total. A stage win earns one playoff point to be added in the following round. Past champions in the field include: Jimmie Johnson (2016, 2013, 2006-10), Kyle Busch (2015), Kevin Harvick (2014), Brad Keselowski (2012), Kurt Busch (2004) and Matt Kenseth (2003). Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are taking part in their first Playoffs. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader Martin Truex Jr. will try for his second straight win at Chicagoland Speedway in Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400. The Furniture Row Racing driver led 32 laps on his way to the victory in 2016. Prior to last season, he never finished better than ninth at the 1.5-mile track. Don't bet against Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway. In eight starts at the Illinois track, he has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and a 9.6 average finish. His two victories are tied with Kevin Harvick's total for tops among active drivers. Kyle Larson speeds in to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the circuit's latest winner. He notched his series lead-tying fourth win at Richmond last Saturday night - his first career victory at a track shorter than two miles.(NASCAR)[Read Full Notes Here](9-15-2017)

a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Chicago, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Chicago page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 5th win of 2017, 2nd win at Chicago (also won in 2016) and 12th career win. The win automatically advances Truex Jr. to the Round of 12 (or round 2) of the playoffs.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd (3rd career 2nd place finish, no win yet) followed by #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth and #1-McMurray.
Pole winner, #18-Busch, had a few bad pit stops and finished 15th
#78-Truex Jr. Driver Points lead is 27 points over #42-Larson.
Stage 1 was won by #18-Busch, finished 15th
Stage 2 was won by #24-Elliott, finished 2nd
There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers and 4 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 145.401mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Pit Times (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Martin Truex Jr. starts NASCAR Playoffs with dominating win at Chicagoland Speedway Remember all those playoff points that were supposed to carry regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr. through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs? He didn't need them-not after what turned out to be a dominating victory in Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400, the Playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway. Truex's fifth victory of the season, his second straight at Chicagoland and the 12th of his career was hardly a cakewalk, even though the driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota took the checkered flag 7.179 seconds ahead of runner-up Chase Elliott. In earning automatic advancement to the Round of 8, Truex had to overcome a speeding penalty incurred on a green-flag pit stop on Lap 39 and loose lug nuts that forced him to return to pit road and restart deep in the field after the end of Stage 1. Though the victory eased Truex's progress through the NASCAR Playoffs-increasing his playoff point total to 58-the winning driver didn't consider it a statement to his fellow competitors. "I don't care much about statements," Truex said. "I'm just having fun. I'm proud of our pit crew for doing what they did and everyone on this team. It's important to come here and not let the pressure get to you, and I think we did a good job of that. Every time you go to Victory Lane, it's special. There's just so many people to thank. I'm kind of speechless, but (team owner) Barney (Visser), and everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) in Costa Mesa building great engines and TRD Salisbury - (sponsors) Bass Pro, Tracker Boats - just everyone, thank you so much. It's a dream come true, and we're having the time of our lives."[Read More Here](9-17-2017)

Race Fast Facts - Chicago
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (P) won the 17th Annual Tales of the Turtles 400, his 12th victory in 432 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 12 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
#24-Chase Elliott (P) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2017.
#4-Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 17 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
#19-Daniel Suarez (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 27 points over #42-Kyle Larson (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-17-2017)

Finish for the 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Drivers:
[by standings before Chicago (started)]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., WON (3)
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 5th (6)
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 15th (1)
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 6th (5)
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th (14)
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd (4)
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4th (2)
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25th (15)
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 11th (12)
10) #24-Chase Elliott, 2nd (8)
11) #31-Ryan Newman, 23rd (16)
12) #41-Kurt Busch, 19th (17)
13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 21st (25)
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 16th (9)
15) #20-Matt Kenseth, 9th (10)
16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 10th (19)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Chicago, race 27 of 36, 1 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(1 win), 2102 (A)
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 2075
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2067
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2061
5) #18-Kyle Busch, 2061
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2058
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2046
8) #24-Chase Elliott, 2044 (after penalty)
9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2039
10) #21-Ryan Blaney, 2034
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2031
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 2026
These drivers would not advance to Round 2
13) #41-Kurt Busch, 2026
14) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2022
15) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2021
16) #31-Ryan Newman, 2019
(A) automatically advances to the next round of the playoffs with a win
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 160) of the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (lap 160/267):
#24-Elliott, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#4-Harvick, 9pts
#78-Truex Jr., 8pts
#42-Larson, 7pts
#2-Keselowski, 6pts
#11-Hamlin, 5pts
#22-Logano, 4pts
#41-Busch, 3pts
#20-Kenseth, 2pts
#1-McMurray, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 80) of the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (lap 80/267):
#18-Busch, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#4-Harvick, 9pts
#24-Elliott, 8pts
#11-Hamlin, 7pts
#22-Logano, 6pts
#2-Keselowski, 5pts
#20-Kenseth, 4pts
#42-Larson, 3pts
#19-Suarez, 2pts
#78-Truex Jr., 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #14-Bowyer, 13th
Caution 2: #27-Menard, 14th
Caution 3: #21-Blaney, 11th
Caution 4: #27-Menard(2), 14th
(9-17-2017)

Chicago Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, September 17 (eastern time)
2:20pm: Driver Introductions
2:50pm: Intro Presentation of Colors: Associated Firefighters of Illinois Honor Guard
2:50:20pm.: Invocation by Glenn Spoolstra, Raceway Ministries
2:51pm: National Anthem: Jim Cornelison
2:57:30pm: Command to Start Engines by Greg Cipes, Voice of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo
3:06pm: Scheduled Green flag for Tales of the Turtles 400

See the starting lineup for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #77-Jones (tire change); #66-Hill (tire change)

a look at the top 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff competitors at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois going into the first race of the postseason, the Tales of the Turtles 400, Read the stats here.

Transcript Ryan Blaney Playoffs Ryan Blaney met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Does Blaney feel like an underdog? excited to be part of the playoffs; Wood Brothers looking at first championship since 1963.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kurt Busch Playoffs Kurt Busch met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Busch remembers 1st title; last chance at championship? 2018 plans to be announced soon.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kyle Busch Playoffs Kyle Busch met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Kyle Busch discusses pit crew changes; the playoff favorite; challenges in the playoffs; playoff strategy; past playoff experiences.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Austin Dillon Playoffs Austin Dillon met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Dillon comments about altercation on track with Danica Partick at RIR "She could have retaliated at Richmond"; and the playoffs.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Chase Elliott Playoffs Chase Elliott met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Elliott talks about crew chief Gustafson; game plan for the playoffs; toughest racetrack in playoffs; car #24 history.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Denny Hamlin Playoffs Denny Hamlin met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Hamlin talks about JGR pit crew changes; something to prove? who is the favorite in the playoffs? more ambulance talk.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kevin Harvick Playoffs Kevin Harvick met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Harvick talks about Playoff chances, Danica Patrick, Richmond problems and more.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Jimmie Johnson Playoffs Jimmie Johnson met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Johnson talks about chase for eighth championship; traveling safety crews and more.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kasey Kahne Playoffs Kasey Kahne met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). as for 2018 rides: Kahne said "I don't really think the #10 is an option; AND "I think the #95 is still an option."; IndyCar in 2018? (Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Matt Kenseth Playoffs Matt Kenseth met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). a candidate to replace Danica? Kenseth: "No, nope. It's not me." Kenseth talks ambulance, 2018 plans; no to #10 ride.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Brad Keselowski Playoffs Brad Keselowski met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Keselowski talks about ambulance getting lost; cautions and race control; Danica; younger drivers.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kyle Larson Playoffs Kyle Larson met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Larson talks about who the favorite is for playoffs; winning Richmond; his team and more; (Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Jamie McMurray Playoffs Jamie McMurray met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). McMurray talks about pressure to make the playoffs; Ganassi's belief in him; no odds for winning championship.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Ryan Newman Playoffs Ryan Newman met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Newman discusses experience in the playoffs; which playoff format is the best;(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Playoffs Ricky Stenhouse Jr. met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Stenhouse Jr. talks about experience in the playoffs; is he an underdog; Danica's future and legacy.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Martin Truex Jr. Playoffs Martin Truex Jr. met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Truex Jr. talks about getting over RIR; the officiating, the points gap between him and Larson; minimum speed. (Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, two pit stalls (1,23) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pit stall 43 is the Monster Energy Pit Box; not in play and does not count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 2, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 8, with an opening in front of it.
#78-Truex Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 38th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-16-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pit Times
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch 180.252
#3-Dillon 179.438
#2-Keselowski 179.289
#24-Elliott 179.134
#14-Bowyer 178.542
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 170.164 & #83-Moffitt 170.962
no laps run: #15-Sorenson, #51-Black, #55-Gaulding; #66-Hill
best 10 consecutive lap ave of 26 drivers: #4-Harvick 175.784
most laps run: #1-McMurray & #24-Elliott, 53
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-16-2017)

First Saturday practice for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 180.650
#21-Blaney 179.802
#24-Elliott 179.689
#2-Keselowski 179.659
#31-Newman 179.414
slowest: #51-Black 165.315 & #33-Earnhardt 167.686
most laps run: #3-Dillon, 48; #20-Kenseth, 46
best 10 consecutive lap ave #24-Elliott 176.416
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (9-16-2017)

Starting spots at Chicagoland for the 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Drivers:
[by current standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 3rd
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 6th
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 1st
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5th
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 14th
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 4th
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 15th
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 12th
10) #24-Chase Elliott, 8th
11) #31-Ryan Newman, 16th
12) #41-Kurt Busch, 17th
13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 25th
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 9th
15) #20-Matt Kenseth, 10th
16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 19th

#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway with speed of 187.963mph for his 7th pole of 2017, 1st at Chicago and 26th of his career. Busch has won 5 times from the 25 previous poles.
#11-Hamlin will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr., #4-Harvick, #2-Keselowski, #42-Larson, #22-Logano, #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #14-Bowyer and #21-Blaney
#18-Kyle Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 185.752mph, will start 1st
#18-Kyle Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 185.874mph, will start 1st
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-15-2017)

Chicagoland Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Chicagoland Speedway
17th Annual Tales of the Turtles 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, September 15, 2017 @ 08:12 PM Eastern
Coors Light Pole Winner: Kyle Busch (P)
Age: 32
Team : No. 18 - Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens
#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual Tales of the Turtles 400 with a lap of 28.729 seconds, 187.963 mph.
This is his 26th pole in 453 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his seventh pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in 13 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
#11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 16th top-10 start of 2017 and his sixth in 12 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 22nd in 27 races this season.
#19-Daniel Suarez (13th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(9-15-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 185.752
#3-Dillon 185.375
#78-Truex Jr. 185.618
#22-Logano 185.338
#14-Bowyer 185.166
the rest of the top 12: 21 4 24 2 11 20 42;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 19 48 17 31 41 37 1 88 43 10 13 77
(9-15-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 185.874
#20-Kenseth 185.612
#42-Larson 185.109
#4-Harvick 185.103
#21-Blaney 184.906
the rest of the top 24: 77 24 3 2 31 22 10 1 14 19 11 78 48 43 88 17 13 37;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 5 6 34 27 47 95 38 32 23 15 72 55 33 66 51 83
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
(9-15-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:45pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #13-Dillon.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #48-Johnson.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(9-15-2017)

Friday practice for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes:
#18-Busch 184.143
#19-Saurez 183.418
#11-Hamlin 182.921
#78-Truex Jr. 182.859
#4-Harvick 182.642
slowest: #51-Black 165.654 & #66-Hill 170.385
notes: no incidents.
most laps run: #22-Logano, 28; #24-Elliott, 26
Only two drivers ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice: #24-Elliott & #32-DiBenedetto
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(9-15-2017)

Entry List for the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Ray Black(i)*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Hill(i)*, #83-Moffitt(i)*.
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Chicago(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 27 - Tales of the Turtles 400
Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Joliet, Ill.
Fast Facts for September 15-17, 2017

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race;

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4746

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

Storyline - New Tire Set-up to Add Grip, Increases Give-up: NASCAR is on a stretch of the schedule where tire wear and give-up is at a premium. Coming off high wear tracks at Darlington and Richmond, the circuit visits Chicagoland, which is another track where lap times are expected to fall off more than two seconds over the course of a full fuel run. Goodyear is bringing a new tire combination to Chicagoland, with a tried-and-true left-side run earlier this year at Fontana and a new multi-zone tread right-side that has more tractive compounds on both zones compared to last year at this track. Increased grip and more give-up are a winning combination for competitive racing as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins its playoffs this week.
"We tested at Chicagoland with the goal of giving the teams more grip and we've come back with a tire set-up that does just that," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "We've taken steps on both sides of the car. We are bringing the Fontana left-side, which not only adds compound grip, but has proven to be quite robust in meeting the duty cycle generated by the low air pressures the teams employ to gain grip from the left side. On the right-side, we are bringing a tire with a new multi-zone tread focused on grip improvement from both the inboard and outboard compounds. The net result is a set-up that will provide a good grip improvement while introducing more wear and fall-off, which adds to the competitiveness of the racing."

Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this week will run the same right-side tire code, teams in the Cup and Xfinity Series will run a different left-side code than those in the Truck Series . . . for Cup and Xfinity, this is a different combination of left- and right-side tires than they ran at Chicagoland last year . . . this left-side tire code (D-4650), which these teams ran at Fontana earlier this season, features a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this right-side tire code (D-4746) is like last year's in that it is a multi-zone tread tire, though this version features an updated construction (to align with other speedways) and new compounds in both the two-inch inboard Endurance Zone and the 10-inch outboard Traction Zone (to enhance grip and introduce more wear) . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Chicagoland on June 6-7 . . . drivers participating in that test were Chase Elliott, David Ragan and Daniel Suarez . . . the set-up was also confirmed at a NASCAR organizational test at the speedway on August 15 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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