|Race 27 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||September 14, 2014|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)|
|Weather||Sunny with a temperature of 63 °F (17 °C); wind out of the southwest at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)|
|Average speed||142.330 mph (229.058 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|No. 2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||ESPN & MRN|
Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree (Television)|
Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4) (Turns) (Radio)
3.71 Million viewers
The 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on September 14, 2014, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race was 267 laps long, and it was the 27th race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the first of the ten-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. For the second race in a row, Brad Keselowski won the race to take his fifth win of the season and the 16th of his career. Jeff Gordon finished second ahead of rookie Kyle Larson. Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
Previous week's race
Brad Keselowski led 383 (out of 400) laps on his way to his fourth win of the season at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Keselowski stated in his post-race interview that he had "pinched myself once to make sure I wasn't dreaming. These are nights you don't forget as a driver and you live for", while stating that his car was "just flying" and that he "couldn't ask for a better way to enter the Chase than to win and take the first seed". Clint Bowyer finished third, and failed to overturn the points disadvantage he had, to make the Chase. Bowyer expressed disappointedly that it was "definitely frustrating not making that Chase, but like I said, when you do make the Chase, you want it to be for a championship, not just ride around in it".
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5 miles (2.414 km) tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. The speedway opened in 2001 and currently hosts NASCAR racing including the opening event in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Until 2011, the speedway also hosted the Verizon IndyCar Series, recording numerous close finishes including the closest finish in IndyCar history. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation and located adjacent to Route 66 Raceway.
The entry list for the MyAFibStory.com 400 was released on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:47 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-three drivers were entered for the race.
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.207||191.442|
|2||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.266||191.042|
|3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.269||191.022|
|Official first practice results|
Due to heavy rain, qualifying was cancelled and thus, Busch won the pole based on the session's times. He stated that the practice session had "started out slow, but the guys did a real nice job on the M&M's Camry today to get us to where we needed to be". Ryan Newman joined Busch on the front row, while in third place, was Carl Edwards – who missed the front row by 0.003 seconds. Although disappointed to miss the front row, Edwards expressed that he hoped "this is a sign of things to come".
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.207|
|2||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.266|
|3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.269|
|4||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.272|
|5||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.287|
|6||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.290|
|7||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.300|
|8||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.309|
|9||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.321|
|10||42||Kyle Larson (R)[N 1]||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||28.331|
|11||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||28.331|
|12||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.334|
|13||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.336|
|14||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.353|
|15||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.372|
|16||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.372|
|17||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||28.408|
|18||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.435|
|19||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.459|
|20||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.475|
|21||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||28.499|
|22||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.505|
|23||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||28.518|
|24||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.530|
|25||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||28.548|
|26||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.580|
|27||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||28.586|
|28||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||28.599|
|29||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||28.659|
|30||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||28.778|
|31||83||Ryan Truex (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||28.962|
|32||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Ford||29.001|
|33||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||29.044|
|34||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||29.072|
|35||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||29.154|
|36||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||29.154|
|37||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||29.180|
|38||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||29.192|
|39||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||29.200|
|40||37||Mike Bliss||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||29.225|
|41||66||Joe Nemechek||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||29.637|
|42||33||Travis Kvapil||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||29.726|
|43||32||Joey Gase||Go FAS Racing||Ford||30.516|
|Official starting lineup|
Paul Menard was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.606 and a speed of 188.772 mph (303.799 km/h). Kyle Larson was forced to go to a backup car after his primary car cut a left-front tire and hit the wall in turn two. As this change occurred after qualifying, it meant that Larson had to start the race from the rear of the field.
|1||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.606||188.772|
|2||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.757||187.780|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.768||187.709|
|Official second practice results|
|1||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.968||186.413|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||28.980||186.335|
|3||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||29.045||185.918|
|Official final practice results|
The race was scheduled to start at 2:16 p.m. Eastern time but started five minutes later when Kyle Busch led the field to the green. Busch held the lead for the first portion of the race, until Jeff Gordon took the lead on lap 29. Jamie McMurray took the lead from Gordon on lap 40, and held the lead until the first set of green flag pit stops during the race, when he ceded the lead to Brad Keselowski, on lap 46. Keselowski's stay out front was short-lived, as he pitted on lap 47, and the lead cycled back to McMurray. The first caution of the race came out at around quarter-distance, caused by debris in turn two. Kyle Busch won the race off pit road, and thus retook the lead from McMurray, for the restart on lap 73. Three laps after the restart, McMurray scraped the wall upon exiting turn 2, but was able to maintain position despite that.
Gordon retook the lead from Busch on lap 88, and held the lead until the race went under neutralized yellow flag conditions for the second time, on lap 99, after Ryan Newman's car cut a left-front tire, exiting turn 4. The layout of the Chicagoland Speedway meant that Newman was unable to hit pit road instantaneously after the blowout, necessitating the yellow flag. Prior to the yellow flag, Justin Allgaier also hit the wall, but was able to continue. McMurray led the field out of the pits, after he took only two tires at his pit stop. Under caution, the shifter handle on the No. 47 car of A. J. Allmendinger broke, akin to what happened to Jimmie Johnson at the Pure Michigan 400 the previous month. McMurray led to the restart on lap 105, but Keselowski retook the lead on lap 107.
Keselowski held the lead throughout the next stint, and only gave up the lead, to make a scheduled green flag pit stop, on lap 149. This gave the head of the race to Jimmie Johnson, but Johnson pitted the next lap to give the lead back to Keselowski. However, Kevin Harvick drove past Keselowski almost immediately thereafter, to take the lead for the first time in the race. Harvick held the lead until the next caution, the race's third, on lap 181. The caution came after a piece of energy absorbing foam from the SAFER barrier protection blocks had broken free. Keselowski came off pit road in second place behind Harvick, but had to make another stop for a missing lug nut, prior to the lap 187 restart. Kyle Larson took the lead from Harvick with 40 laps to go, before pitting a lap later, and passed the lead onto Aric Almirola.
Almirola made his final stop as the caution came out with 37 laps to go after Carl Edwards' car cut down a left-rear tire, and Larson cycled back to the lead in the process. While pitting, Almirola blew his car's engine, and he retired from the race. Almirola later described himself as "heartbroken" with the result. The race restarted with 30 laps to go, but only ran for a handful of laps before Clint Bowyer brought out the fifth caution of the race, with 23 laps to go, after he hit the wall in turn 2. The race restarted with 18 laps to go, and Harvick retook the lead from Larson before Keselowski moved to the head of the race the following lap. The caution flags flew for the sixth time with ten laps to go after Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Danica Patrick made contact on the front stretch. Upon exiting her car, Patrick stated that she "talked with Ricky afterward and we're fine". The race restarted with six laps to go and Brad Keselowski coasted on to victory lane, for his second successive win. Keselowski expressed his delight at the result, stating that he "was waiting for an opportunity to strike and it came. The car stuck and everything came together".
|1||25||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||267||47|
|2||8||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||267||43|
|3||10||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||267||42|
|4||28||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||267||40|
|5||12||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||267||41|
|6||24||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||267||38|
|7||1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||267||38|
|8||14||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||267||36|
|9||11||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||267||36|
|10||5||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||267||34|
|11||13||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||267||33|
|12||7||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||267||32|
|13||19||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||267||31|
|14||27||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||267||30|
|15||2||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||267||29|
|16||15||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||267||28|
|17||4||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||267||27|
|18||22||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||267||26|
|19||18||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||267||25|
|20||3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||266||24|
|21||9||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||266||23|
|22||17||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||265||22|
|23||20||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||265||21|
|24||16||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||265||20|
|25||21||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||265||19|
|26||29||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||264||18|
|27||26||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||264||17|
|28||38||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||263||0|
|29||36||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||262||15|
|30||33||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||262||14|
|31||39||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||262||13|
|32||32||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Ford||262||12|
|33||34||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||262||11|
|34||30||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||261||10|
|35||37||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||261||9|
|36||41||66||Joe Nemechek||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||258||0|
|37||43||32||Joey Gase||Go FAS Racing||Ford||257||0|
|38||42||33||Travis Kvapil||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||256||6|
|39||6||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||244||5|
|40||35||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||233||4|
|41||23||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||230||4|
|42||31||83||Ryan Truex (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||184||2|
|43||40||37||Mike Bliss||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||13||0|
- 18 lead changes among different drivers
- 6 cautions for 28 laps
- Time of race: 2:48:50
- Brad Keselowski won his fifth race in 2014
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Allen Bestwick
Color-commentator: Dale Jarrett
Color commentator: Andy Petree
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Standings after the race
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