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July 15, 2007 1:00 PM

Chicagoland: Prerace Report

Polesitter: Casey Mears 29.580

1st Practice: Jimmie Johnson 29.574

2nd Practice: Carl Edwards 29.986

3rd Practice: Jimmie Johnson 30.368

DRIVERS TO WATCH

Kyle Busch was left high and dry by his teammates at Daytona. But if he backs up his practice and qualifying speeds, the Shrub could win this race all by himself. Kyle was third in first practice, fifth in second practice and fourth in happy hour. He rolls off sixth. His teammate, Jeff Gordon went to victory lane last year. Today, it could be Kyle's turn.

Mark Martin wrecked his primary car in second practice and will be driving his reserve from the back of the field. But don't underestimate The Kid. He has an average finish of 12.1 in seven career starts at Chicagoland. Watch for him to lurk around the top 10 all day and make a charge to the front late in the race.

Tony Stewart needs a win and he'll do anything to get it. Even if it means wrecking another teammate. At a Chevy heavy track, Stewart will contend. If he doesn't, he's in trouble.

Behind the wheel of Kyle Petty's Dodge, John Andretti is surprising everyone this weekend. Touring Chicagoland for only the second time in his career, he managed to qualify 9th. He was fourteenth quickest in happy hour. If you're looking for a candidate for surprise winner, look no further.

It's a beautiful summer day in Joliet, Illinois. The green flag is just minutes away. Enjoy your race day, everyone!

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