For just the ninth time in his career, Matt Kenseth
will start a race from the pole. When he leads the field to the green Sunday at Chicagoland, he could be setting the tone for a big start to the 2011 Chase. No driver has led more laps at the track without winning than Kenseth, and he will be piloting the same car that he won with in dominating fashion at Texas earlier this year.
While Kenseth is an easy pick for owners, qualifying was unkind to many pre-race favorites. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were all fast in practice, and they also happen to be the only drivers with multiple wins at Chicagoland. However, all three will start outside the top 20 Sunday, along with defending race winner David Reutimann.
In all likelihood, all four drivers should have fast enough cars to get to the front. That being said, starting in the back does increase the chances of at least one of them getting caught up in someone else's mess. Owners should be surprised if trouble strikes one of these big names as they work their way to the front.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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