Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race winner at Chicagoland and will no doubt be highly motivated after having victory ripped from his grasp at Richmond as a result of a questionable late-race caution.
Joey Logano missed the playoffs but all but guaranteed after Richmond that he’ll be a factor in the remaining 10 races. With no points considerations to impact his strategy, Logano is free to go for broke.
Brad Keselowski won at Chicagoland in 2012 and 2014 and was fifth a season ago. Despite being relatively quiet in recent weeks, Keselowski might be the favorite this weekend if recent history matters.
Riding high after just notching his fourth win of the season, Kyle Larson could be even stronger at Chicagoland — a 1.5-mile track cut from a similar cloth as the tracks where he’s enjoyed his most success.
Kyle Busch’s lone Chicagoland victory came all the way back in 2008 but the Joe Gibbs Racing driver continues to have one of the fastest cars virtually every weekend. This one should be no different.
Driver To Beat: Martin Truex Jr.
Team To Beat: Furniture Row Racing
Sleeper: Joey Logano