Kenseth on the pole

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JOLIET, IL (TheSpread) – Matt Kenseth won the pole for Sunday’s GEICO 400 and he will now start up front in the first Sprint Cup race in the Chase for the Championship.

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According to oddsmakers, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson are the favorites to win with 5/1 odds while Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon each have 6/1 odds to win

Busch is currently tied for the points lead and he has four wins and 13 top 5’s on the year, both are most of any driver in the series. At Chicagoland Speedway, Busch has one win and an average finish of 13.5 in six races. His driver rating there is 98.3, which ranks seventh in the series. Busch will start 9th on Sunday.

Johnson is tied for fifth in the current standings, 9 points out of first. His lack of wins has pushed him back to start the chase, as he has just one victory this year. He leads the series with 17 top-10 finishes. Johnson has never won at Chicagoland, but his average finish is 10.0 His driver rating is 112.0, which actually is best of any driver. Johnson will start 12th on Sunday.

Edwards is fifth in the standings as well. He has one win and 12 top 5’s on the year. Edwards has two top 5’s at this track, but is winless there. His average finish is just 18.3 while his driver rating is 89.4, which ranks 10th in the series. Edwards will begin from the 5th position.

Gordon is third in the point standings, 3 points out of first. Gordon has three wins and 10 top 5’s this year. Gordon has one win at Chicagoland with six top 5’s. His average finish is 8.6 while his driver rating is 100.7, which ranks fifth in the series. Gordon will start 23rd on Sunday.

The GEICO 400 will take place Sunday, Sept. 18 from Chicagoland Speedway at 2:14PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the GEICO 400 – 2011 GEICO 400 – Chicagoland Speedway – Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011

Kyle Busch 5/1

Jimmie Johnson 5/1

Carl Edwards 6/1

Jeff Gordon 6/1

Matt Kenseth 7/1

Kevin Harvick 10/1

Kurt Busch 10/1

Tony Stewart 12/1

Denny Hamlin 12/1

Brad Keselowski 12/1

Greg Biffle 20/1

Kasey Kahne 25/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 30/1

Clint Bowyer 30/1

Ryan Newman 30/1

AJ Allmendinger 40/1

Mark Martin 40/1

David Ragan 40/1

Martin Truex Jr 40/1

Joey Logano 40/1

David Reutimann 50/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 50/1

Jamie McMurray 50/1

Brian Vickers 50/1

Jeff Burton 60/1

Paul Menard 60/1

Marcos Ambrose 100/1

Regan Smith 100/1

Trevor Bayne 100/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1

Qualifying Results

1 Matt Kenseth (17)

2 Paul Menard (27)

3 Kurt Busch (22)

4 Ryan Newman (39)

5 Carl Edwards (99)

6 Brad Keselowski (2)

7 Greg Biffle (16)

8 Brian Vickers (83)

9 Kyle Busch (18)

10 Joey Logano (20)

11 Bobby Labonte (47)

12 Jimmie Johnson (48)

13 Regan Smith (78)

14 Jamie McMurray (1)

15 David Ragan (6)

16 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

17 Marcos Ambrose (9)

18 A J Allmendinger (43)

19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

20 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

21 Clint Bowyer (33)

22 Jeff Burton (31)

23 Jeff Gordon (24)

24 Kasey Kahne (4)

25 Mark Martin (5)

26 Tony Stewart (14)

27 Denny Hamlin (11)

28 Trevor Bayne (21)

29 David Reutimann (00)

30 Kevin Harvick (29)

31 Landon Cassill (51)

32 J.J. Yeley (38)

33 Michael McDowell (66)

34 David Stremme (30)

35 Scott Speed (46)

36 Joe Nemechek (87)

37 Robby Gordon (7)

38 David Gilliland (34)

39 Dave Blaney (36)

40 Andy Lally (71)

41 Casey Mears (13)

42 Mike Bliss (32)

43 Josh Wise (37)

44 Travis Kvapil (55) DNQ

45 David Starr (195) DNQ

46 Stephen Leicht (135) DNQ

47 Mike Skinner (60) DNQ

2011 GEICO 400 Information

Race Date: Sunday, Sept. 18

Location: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.

Pre-Race: 1:00PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 2:14PM ET

TV Coverage: ESPN

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (267 laps)

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