This weekend is the ultimate race weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway. All three divisions of NASCAR to go along with the ARCA Racing Series will be at the same place on the same track at the same time over the four day weekend.
One of the first races of the weekend will be the Overton’s 225 (9 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Here are five storylines for this weekend’s race.
If a driver who has won two times in 2018 and has a guaranteed playoff spot come the fall can’t find funding, what does that say for the future of the series? Brett Moffitt has won twice this year alone and has a spot if he can find his way onto the grid on Friday night. But, what does it say when he isn’t there?
He would be foregoing his playoff spot by not racing this weekend.
Luckily, just a little over 48 hours before the race, Moffitt was able to secure funding and will keep his playoff chances alive. This is one of the main storylines.
6 Winners In 10 Races
Johnny Sauter has four wins while Moffitt has two. Other than that, only Justin Haley and Noah Gragson have reached victory lane among the full-time drivers. But, through 10 races we’ve had six different winners already. Do we get another on Saturday night?
Playoffs Taking Shape
I eluded to this above, but the playoffs are starting to really take shape. Sauter, Haley and Gragson are definitely into the playoffs in the fall and Moffitt may or may not be depending on his status for this weekend. But, the favorites for the four current wildcard spots are really starting to emerge.
Grant Enfinger (+57), Stewart Friesen (+55), Matt Crafton (+45) and Ben Rhodes (+29) are in. Can anyone outside looking in get in.
Rookie Myatt Snider (-29), Cody Coughlin (-47), Dalton Sargeant (-63) and Austin Hill (-79) are trying to get their way into the field. But, with how the drivers on the bubble are doing, it’s going to be hard.
Sauter Going For 5
He’s never finished a season with more than four wins before but Johnny Sauter is hoping that the 2018 season will put an end to that.
Johnny Sauter, who has won four out of the ten races he entered so far this season, has dominated at each track. Sauter has not finished outside of the top five except for at the fourth race of the season at Martinsville.
Other than that, he has finished in either Victory Lane or in a top-five position. Lucky for him, Sauter won at Chicagoland last year and will head into this weekend with that momentum in hopes of capturing his fifth win and career-best record – with a lot of racing still to go
Of the 33 drivers entered in the Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend so far, eight of them are making their track debut. They are – Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, Robby Lyons, Brett Moffitt, Dalton Sargeant, Stewart Friesen, Bo LeMastus and Bayley Currey.
Two race winners at Chicagoland Speedway won for the first time in their track debut. Kyle Busch visited Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time in 2009 and won the race. He started in the fourth position.
John Hunter Nemechek did the same thing as Busch. His first time visiting the track was in 2015 and he won the race after starting 11th.