For the first time in nearly a decade, the NASCAR race weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway will take part in July. That will likely change the way this race is run as it doesn’t have as big of playoff implications on it. Despite that, there are some clear cut favorites to win Friday night’s Overton’s 225 (9 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Chicagoland Speedway.
Here are the top five.
He’s won the most races of the 2018 season and is the defending race winner in Chicago. In fact, he has three straight top five finishes on the 1.5-mile track and has six top six finishes overall in Chicagoland in nine career tries. On top of all of that, Sauter has six straight top five finishes on the season and eight in nine races this year alone.
On 1.5-mile tracks, Sauter has finishes of third, second, fifth, first and first respectively.
He’s due for another win. He heads to Chicagoland with five straight top five finishes. He also came home eighth in his lone Chicago start in 2017. On 1.5-mile tracks, Gragson finished second in Atlanta, 12th in Vegas, first in Kansas, eighth in Charlotte and 10th in Texas respectively.
He may be a Chicago rookie but he’s going to be a factor in Friday’s race. Friesen, has five top six finishes in as many starts on 1.5-mile tracks this year. With basically a GMS truck, he’s going to factor into who wins this weekend.
He makes his third Truck Series start of the season and has a great shot of winning. He finished ninth and third respectively on his two starts this year, both were on 1.5-mile tracks.
John Hunter Nemechek
He’s a past Chicagoland winner and could reach victory lane again this weekend. Plus, in three starts on 1.5-mile tracks this year, Nemechek has two top 10 finishes in them.