Chicagoland Speedway Preview

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John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images(JOLIET, Ill.) — The chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with the running of the Geico 400.

Leader Matt Kenseth holds a three point lead over Jimmie Johnson.

“I feel good of our performance,” Kenseth said.  “A lot of things have to go right in ten races.  Ten races is a lot of racing.  You can’t have problems; a lot of things have to go right to have a shot at a championship.”

The five-time Sprint Cup champion though still likes the position his team is in headed into Sunday.

“I look at the speed that we’ve been able to have even though the finishes aren’t there and feel very comfortable about where we are,” Johnson said.  “I would love to have more momentum without a doubt coming into the Chase, but we don’t.  I think we’re a strong enough team where that won’t prevent us or hamper our ability to win the championship.”

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards round out the top five.  Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne are the two wild-card holders.

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