The initial half of the 2019 Dragon Energy Cup Series is practically done.
Chicago additionally adds another interesting element.
The round of this weekend means that just ten races remain before the field is set for the playoffs.
Similar to 2018, this year hasn’t seen a lot of variety when it comes to race winners.
Just six distinct drivers have made trips to victory lane.
In other words, a win now means a spot in the postseason.
Here are the picks for this weekend’s round.
The Way to Watch What: Camping World 400
Where: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL
When: Sunday, June 30th at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
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Martin Truex Jr..
Martin Truex Jr. is the early favorite this time around.
The 2017 winner is arguably the fastest driver at the moment.
Truex had a rough start in 2019 after his movement to Joe Gibbs Racing.
But now he is definitely back on form.
He is fresh off a series-leading fourth triumph last weekend, his third career victory at Sonoma.
Truex is second in the all time winners record at Chicago with just two triumphs.
He left back-to-back trips to victory lane in 2016 and 2017.
The 2017 winner is now fifth in points with four wins, seven top 5 and ten top 10 in 16 races.
Defending race winner Kyle Busch is also a two-time winner at Chicago.
Busch came on top of a wild final lap, punting off Kyle Larson and holding off brother Kurt Busch.
The outcome ended a decade-long drought in the track.
The 2015 winner has only missed out on the top 10 after in the previous seven races in Chicagoland.
He’s also a four-time pole winner there, the absolute most from any track for him.
Busch started from the pole in three of the past five races in the Illinois track.
Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing’s dominance at the track is also another important factor.
Since the Gen 6 introduction, the group has won all but one race at Chicago.
Busch is second in points with four wins, ten top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
Brad Keselowski is the only non-Toyota driver to have won at Chicagoland Speedway because 2013.
Chicago is, mathematically, his very best track.
Keselowski has a career average end of 9.2 in nine starts, the very best in the track’s history.
He’s also a two-time winner , having done so in 2012 and 2014.
The 2012 winner is fifth in points with three wins, six top 5 and eight top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
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Kevin Harvick is still searching for his first win of 2019.
Despite being incredibly consistent this season, this is now his worst start to a year with Stewart-Haas.
While Harvick is also a two-time winner at Chicago, it has been quite some time since his final triumph there.
He made back-to-back trips to victory lane in 2001 and 2002, the first two races at the track’s history.
Harvick is the one time pioneer in top 5s in Chicago, with ten in 18 starts.
The Stewart-Haas driver finished third at the previous two races at the track.
The current drought, however, has made the 2014 champion into a reliable pick.
Harvick is currently third in points with five top 5 along with 11 top 10 finishes in 16 races.
Denny Hamlin’s kind at Chicago has witnessed a significant improvement in the past couple of decades.
He has five straight top 10 finishes after just scoring two in his first eight starts at the monitor.
Hamlin won the race 2015, which was his first top 5 in Chicago.
The Joe Gibbs driver got off to a fantastic start in 2019, winning the Daytona 500.
But #11 has witnessed a significant drop in performance in recent races.
Hamlin had a worst finish of 11 from the first nine races of this year.
He’s only scored one top 5 along with 2 top 10 finishes since then.
With two wins, seven top 5 and ten best 10 results in 16 races, Hamlin is sixth in points.
A driver that might be a surprise winner this weekend is Aric Almirola.
The Stewart-Haas racer led the most laps last year and won the first phase, but finished down in 25th.
He has been solid this season and will be the second-best among Stewart-Haas drivers in the standings.
Almirola is currently 11th in points with one top 5 and eight top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
He had seven consecutive top 10 results in the first eight races, but has just scored two since then.
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