Johnson on the pole

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JOLIET, IL (TheSpread) – Jimmie Johnson was already favored to win the 2012 GEICO 400 on Sunday. His odds are even better now after he won the pole on Saturday.

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According to oddsmakers, Johnson is now a 7/2 favorite to win this race. Other short odds to win are Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon, who each have 7/1 odds.

Johnson is tied for second in the points, 3 points behind Hamlin for first. He has three wins and 12 top 5’s this year. Johnson has never won at Chicagoland. His average finish at the track is 10.0, while his driver rating is 112.2, which is best of any driver in the series.

Hamlin is leading the point standings. He has a series-best four wins on the year to go with 11 top 5’s. At Chicagoland, Hamlin has no wins with one top 5. His average finish at the track is 19.2, while his driver rating there is just 81.8. Hamlin qualified eighth for this race.

Gordon will start 19th. He is currently in a tie for ninth in the standings, 12 points out of first place. Gordon has one win and seven top 5’s on the year. Gordon has one win at Chicagoland Speedway with six top 5’s. His average finish at the track is 10.0, while his driver rating is 95.4.

The GEICO 400 will take place Sunday, September 16 from Chicagoland Speedway at 2:16PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the GEICO 400 – 2012 GEICO 400 – Chicagoland Speedway – Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jimmie Johnson 7/2

Jeff Gordon 7/1

Denny Hamlin 7/1

Brad Keselowski 8/1

Kasey Kahne 8/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 8/1

Tony Stewart 10/1

Matt Kenseth 10/1

Clint Bowyer 12/1

Carl Edwards 12/1

Martin Truex Jr 12/1

Kyle Busch 15/1

Greg Biffle 18/1

Mark Martin 20/1

Kevin Harvick 20/1

Joey Logano 35/1

Aric Almirola 100/1

Sam Hornish Jr 100/1

Jamie McMurray 100/1

Marcos Ambrose 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

Jeff Burton 100/1

Ryan Newman 100/1

Kurt Busch 200/1

Trevor Bayne 200/1

Regan Smith 300/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 300/1

Danica Patrick 500/1

Bobby Labonte 500/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 500/1

Qualifying Results

1 Jimmie Johnson (48)

2 Aric Almirola (43)

3 Matt Kenseth (17)

4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

5 Carl Edwards (99)

6 Kasey Kahne (5)

7 Regan Smith (78)

8 Denny Hamlin (11)

9 Clint Bowyer (15)

10 Joey Logano (20)

11 Paul Menard (27)

12 Jamie McMurray (1)

13 Brad Keselowski (2)

14 Trevor Bayne (21)

15 Mark Martin (55)

16 Sam Hornish Jr. (22)

17 Marcos Ambrose (9)

18 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

19 Jeff Gordon (24)

20 Ryan Newman (39)

21 Kyle Busch (18)

22 Greg Biffle (16)

23 Bobby Labonte (47)

24 Michael McDowell (98)

25 Scott Speed (195)

26 Landon Cassill (83)

27 Casey Mears (13)

28 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

29 Tony Stewart (14)

30 Kurt Busch (51)

31 David Stremme (30)

32 Jeff Burton (31)

33 Joe Nemechek (87)

34 Mike Bliss (119)

35 Kevin Harvick (29)

36 Cole Whitt (33)

37 David Ragan (34)

38 Travis Kvapil (93)

39 T.J. Bell (32)

40 David Gilliland (38)

41 Danica Patrick (10)

42 Dave Blaney (36)

43 Josh Wise (26)

44 Scott Riggs (23) DNQ

45 Reed Sorenson (191) DNQ

46 J.J. Yeley (37) DNQ

47 Jason Leffler (249) DNQ

2012 GEICO 400 Information

Race Date: Sunday, September 16

Location: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL

Pre-Race: 1:30PM ET

Green Flag: 2:16PM ET

TV Coverage: ESPN

Track Type: Speedway (267 laps)

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