McMurray leads the way

Jamie McMurray won the qualifying pole for the 2010 400 Friday afternoon and he will start up front for Saturday night’s race from Chicagoland Speedway.

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McMurray will lead the way Saturday night, but Jimmie Johnson is still the favorite to win the race.

Johnson is the favorite for this race with 9/5 odds to win according to odds makers at the online sports book SBGGLOBAL. Other short odds to win are Jeff Gordon (6/1), Tony Stewart (6/1), Kurt Busch (10/1), and Denny Hamlin (10/1).

Johnson is third in the Sprint Cup standings as he trails Kevin Harvick by 225 points. Johnson has five wins and eight top 5’s on the year. Johnson has never won this event and never won on this track, but does have five top 5’s. Johnson’s average finish at this track is 8.1 and his driver rating is a series-best 112.8. Johnson will start second on Saturday night

Gordon will start sixth in the race and he is second in the standings right now, 212 points out of first. Gordon is winless in 2010, but has nine top 5’s. Gordon won this event in 2006, his line win on this track. His average finish is 9.2 and his driver rating is 96.3.

Stewart won this event in 2004 and 2007 and he currently sits ninth in the standings, 433 points out of first. He is winless in 2010 with just four top 5’s. Stewart’s average finish at this track is 9.6 and his driver rating is 112.1, which ranks second in the series. Stewart will start third on Saturday.

Busch has never won this event but he is fourth in the standings, 245 points outside of first. Busch has two wins and seven top 5’s on the year. At Chicagoland, Busch has an average finish of 17.2 while his driver rating is 86.8. Busch qualified 22nd for this race.

Hamlin is fifth in the standings, 284 points out of first. Hamlin has five wins and seven top 5’s on the year. Hamlin has never won on this track and his average finish is 19.0 and his driver rating is 87.1. Hamlin will start 17th on Saturday night.

The 400 will take place Saturday, July 10 from Chicagoland Speedway at 6:30PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the 400 – 2010 400 – Chicagoland Speedway – July 10, 2010

Jimmie Johnson 9/5

Jeff Gordon 6/1

Tony Stewart 6/1

Kurt Busch 10/1

Denny Hamlin 10/1

Kyle Busch 12/1

Jeff Burton 15/1

Greg Biffle 15/1

Kasey Kahne 18/1

Clint Bowyer 20/1

Carl Edwards 20/1

Kevin Harvick 20/1

Jamie McMurray 25/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 30/1

Martin Truex Jr 30/1

Joey Logano 30/1

Mark Martin 35/1

Matt Kenseth 35/1

Ryan Newman 40/1

David Reutimann 40/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 40/1

AJ Allmendinger 50/1

Sam Hornish Jr 60/1

Reed Sorenson 100/1

Brad Keselowski 100/1

David Ragan 100/1

Marcos Ambrose 200/1

Paul Menard 500/1

Regan Smith 500/1

Elliott Sadler 500/1

Bobby Labonte 1000/1

Scott Speed 1000/1

Travis Kvapil 2000/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 300/1

Qualifying Results

1 Jamie McMurray (1)

2 Jimmie Johnson (48)

3 Tony Stewart (14)

4 Greg Biffle (16)

5 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

6 Jeff Gordon (24)

7 David Reutimann (00)

8 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

9 Paul Menard (98)

10 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

11 Carl Edwards (99)

12 Kasey Kahne (9)

13 A J Allmendinger (43)

14 Jeff Burton (31)

15 Clint Bowyer (33)

16 Elliott Sadler (19)

17 Denny Hamlin (11)

18 Joey Logano (20)

19 Ryan Newman (39)

20 Bobby Labonte (09)

21 Mark Martin (5)

22 Kurt Busch (2)

23 Marcos Ambrose (47)

24 Reed Sorenson (83)

25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

26 David Ragan (6)

27 Kevin Harvick (29)

28 Joe Nemechek (87)

29 Bill Elliott (21)

30 Brad Keselowski (12)

31 Max Papis (13)

32 Landon Cassill (71)

33 Kyle Busch (18)

34 Matt Kenseth (17)

35 Casey Mears (36)

36 David Stremme (26)

37 Mike Bliss (132)

38 Robby Gordon (7)

39 Scott Speed (82)

40 David Gilliland (37)

41 Regan Smith (78)

42 Kevin Conway (34)

43 Travis Kvapil (38)

44 Michael McDowell (55) DNQ

45 Dave Blaney (66) DNQ

46 J.J. Yeley (46) DNQ

47 Todd Bodine (164) DNQ

2010 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, July 10

Location: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet Ill.

Pre-Race: 6:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:46PM ET

TV Coverage: TNT

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (267 laps)

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Posted: 7/9/10 8:28PM ET

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