Jamie McMurray won the pole Friday for tonight's Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. It is the third pole of the season and sixth career for McMurray, who won the Daytona 500 in February but has struggled of late.
"We've had good speed all year, and we haven't been able to capitalize on enough good finishes," he said.
McMurray turned a lap of 183.542 mph followed by fellow Chevrolet drivers Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. Greg Biffle qualified fourth in a Ford.
Johnson planned to fly home to Charlotte, N.C., after qualifying to spend the night with his family, then return for tonight's race. Johnson's wife, Chandra, gave birth to a daughter Wednesday. The couple has not picked a name.
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Kyle Busch catches teammate for win
Kyle Busch pounced on Joey Logano on a green-white-checkered restart, then pulled away to win Friday night's Nationwide series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. It was Busch's 37th victory in NASCAR's second-tier series, moving him into sole possession of second in the series' career wins list. Only Mark Martin (48) has more. "It turned out to be a good night," Busch said . Toyotas swept the top five in the Dollar General 300 as Logano, Busch's teammate with Joe Gibbs Racing, finished second, followed by Brian Scott, David Reutimann of Zephyrhills and Jason Leffler. Danica Patrick finished 24th, her first top-30 finish in five Nationwide races this season. She finished two laps down. Busch dominated despite an early penalty for speeding on pit road.
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Driver tries to get past tiff with King
A.J. Allmendinger says he's trying to move on from his confrontation with car owner and NASCAR legend Richard Petty after crashing during Saturday's race at Daytona. "We had a really fast car last week. I was disappointed," Allmendinger said in comments issued through a Richard Petty Motorsports team spokesperson. "... And I'd rather have him (Petty) frustrated than not care at all."
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Elliott Sadler said he has no plans to return to Richard Petty Motorsports' Sprint Cup team after this season and is open to other options. ... Reigning Indy Lights champion J.R. Hildebrand will fill in for the injured Mike Conway for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing IndyCar team's No.24 car in two races. Hildebrand will race Aug.8 at Mid-Ohio and Aug.22 at Infineon Raceway in California.
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Number of the day
4 Active Sprint Cup tracks where Jimmie Johnson does not have a win - including Chicagoland, site of tonight's LifeLock.com 400. Homestead, Michigan and Watkins Glen are the other tracks where Johnson has not won. His best finish at Chicagoland is second, in 2004 and '08.
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Number of the day II
39 Tracks on which Ken Schrader has started in NASCAR's top three series. The number will rise to 40 Sunday, assuming Schrader makes the field today for the truck series race at Iowa Speedway. Schrader, 55, made his first Cup start in 1984 at the 0.596-mile Nashville Speedway. More than a dozen of the 39 tracks no longer host races in NASCAR's top three series.