Crunching The Numbers: Chicagoland Speedway Overton’s 400

Chicgoland Speedway hosts the Overton’s 400 race; but no, we did not fast forward in time and have arrived at the Playoffs. Chicagoland Speedway finds themselves with a new, Summer date this year. Will the time of year make this track behave any differently?

Chicagoland Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Length: 1.5 Miles
    • Scheduled Laps: 267 (400.5 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 80
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 160
  • Configuration: Intermediate Tri-Oval
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 18°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 2,400 feet
    • Banking: 11°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,700 feet
    • Banking: 5°

Overton’s 400 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 2 (2006 & 2016)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0
  • 2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 Winners
    • Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
      • Finished P10 and P3 in the stages
    • Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
      • Finished P15
    • Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott
      • Finished P2

Trending of the past 5 Overton’s 400 races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.285 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 47
    • Final Caution: Lap 247 (20 laps to go)
  • 17 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 5 Overton’s 400 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.684 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 45
    • Final Caution: Lap 234 (33 laps to go)
  • 19 drivers on the lead lap

Overton’s 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 14.3
  • Average laps lead: 54.2 laps (20.3% of the race)
  • 7.1% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 172  (64.4% of the race) by Jimmie Johnson in 2012
    • Johnson finished P2

Overton’s 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 14.4
    • Denny Hamlin (driving for Joe Gibbs Racing) started from P29 in 2015, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The median starting position of the race winner is P13
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P10, P13, & P25 (2 wins from those positions each)
  • 14.3% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 42.9% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 80 laps (29.2% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Denny Hamlin (driving for Joe Gibbs Racing) led 9 laps (3.4% of the race) in 2015
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Mark Martin (driving for Hendrick Motorsports) led 195 laps (73.0% of the race) in 2009
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 7 different teams since 2004
    • Brad Keselowski & Martin Truex Jr. lead the field with 2 wins each
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 5 wins
  • Fun Facts
    • The drivers who started in the mode starting positions have won the race in consecutive years, twice (2004 – 2006 and then 2012-214)

Overton’s 400 Team & Manufacturer Stats

Chevrolet and Toyota have been dominate at Chicagoland Speedway, but Ford and Toyota have been dominant all season long. With the dominance of Ford this season, it is hard to look at these manufacturer statistics to say who has an edge.

Overton’s 400 Predictions

Chase Elliott, how drives a Chevrolet, has had a very good record in this two visits, but those driers in Toyota and Ford have been difficult to stop this year. The dominate duo of Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick sit right behind Elliott in this weekend’s power rankings; can Elliott hold them off and finally end up in victory lane?

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