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Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 Preview: Everybody Chasing Elliott

Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 Preview: Everybody Chasing Elliott

by September 13, 2014 0 comments

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JOLIET, Ill. — The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for the second time this year for today’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 – the 26th race of the 2014 season.

Chase Elliott is looking to defend his win in July’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 and further pad his points lead with a season sweep of the mile-and-a-half oval.

Elliott earned his third win of his rookie season here eight races ago with a strong performance that had the driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet for JR Motorsports leading 85 of 200 completed laps on his way to the win. Elliott has been stout at the intermediate tracks this year with all three of his wins coming at this particular kind of circuit – Texas, Darlington, and Chicagoland.

July’s pole-sitter, Brian Scott, has a prime opportunity to finally grab his first career Nationwide Series win later today.

Scott has been consistent at Chicagoland throughout his career with two top-fives and four top-10s coming in eight starts. Scott also possesses an average finish of 9.4 at the track and led the first 20 laps of this year’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300. With the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 being run in daytime conditions, Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge crew will hopefully have the right setup underneath them to run well in today’s race considering they were strong with the sun still up in July.

Scott’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, Ty Dillon, will continue his push for the championship lead at Chicagoland coming off of a fifth-place run at the track in July. Dillon and the No. 3 Red Kap crew are running high on momentum entering today’s race with an average finish of 7.3 over the last three races with a fourth-place run at Bristol and two ninth-place runs at Atlanta and Richmond.

Atlanta and Richmond’s respective winners (and Sprint Cup drivers) Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch cannot be overlooked for today’s 200-lap race.

Both drivers are multi-time Nationwide Series winners at Chicagoland with Harvick winning in 2005 and 2007 and Busch winning in 2008, 2010, and in last year’s running of the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300.

Both former series champions and current Chase drivers in Sprint Cup both have solid non-winning finishes in their history at the track as well. In 10 starts each at Chicagoland, Busch has six top-five finishes to Harvick’s tally of four. The drivers of the No. 5 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet and No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota each have six top-10 finishes.

The Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 is set to kick off at 3:46 p.m EST/2:46 p.m CST. ESPN will carry the 200-lap race on television.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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