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Brad Keselowski shows he is the one to beat as he opens the Chase with a win at Chicagoland.... Dean Higley wins his first race of the year and now moves to the top of the standings... Congrats to Dean!... Randy Cook finishes 2nd, John Magee 3rd, Brian Blair 4th, Leon Baker 5th.
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Chicagoland
Top 10 Finishers
Pos
Driver
Pts
1
Dean Higley 196
2
Randy Cook 187
3
John Magee 185
4
Brian Blair 183
5
Leon Baker 180
6
Ray Perrotta 176
7
Kelly Wolfe 175
8
Stephen DiCaprio 175
9
Dave Smith 175
10
Jay Smogolski 174
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Chicagoland
Movers & Snoozers


Dean Higley +11
Jordan Hunt +9
Stephen DiCaprio +7

Fred Sanchez -12
Ryan Smith -12
John Wilson -8



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Keselowski Stays In Front As He Opens The Chase With A Win

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Brad Keselowski is in championship form with his 5th win of the season and 2nd in a row.


Dean Higley starts the Chase strong with a victory


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It didn't take long for us to find out the first driver locked into the championship round of the Chase. Dean Higley hadn't won a race all year but he picked a nice time to get his first. Dean won the opening round of the Chase with a win at Chicagoland. Since he won, he begins the first driver that we know will be challenging for the championship in the second round. This is the first time that a Chase driver won the first race of the Chase since Nathan Helton in 2010 and only the third time in league history.

Dean scored a total of 196 points to score the 6th win of his career, it was also his largest points total of the season. The last time that Dean went to victory lane was just over a year ago when he won at Richmond, just before the Chase started. He missed the Chase last year but is making up for it this time as he starts on top of the standings. Not bad to have a jump of 11 spots in one week.

Dean doesn't have a very large lead because Randy Cook finished right behind him in 2nd place. We've only had a Chase driver win the opening round three times but we've never had Chase drivers take the top two spots in the opening race. Randy did just that as he earned his 7th top 5 of the year which is tied with John Magee for most top 5's on the season. It's also the 3rd time that he's finished in 2nd place this year. Randy's finish puts him just one point behind Dean.

The rest of the top 5 consisted of non-Chasers. Last week's winner, John Magee finished in 3rd place. John probably wishes the Chase had started one week later because he would had have had a nice start. He finished in 26th place as the Chase started, now he is up to 24th place.

Brian Blair finishes in 4th place to get his 3rd top 5 of the year and Leon Baker rounds out the top 5 with his 4th.

The only other Chaser to make the top 10 was Stephen DiCaprio on 8th. He moved up to 4th place in the standings, tied in points with Charquillia Addison who finished 11th. Interesting enough, Ryan Smith who led the regular season and Fred Sanchez who entered the Chase as #1 both struggled this week and find themselves near the back of the Chase field.

Race #2 will take place next week at New Hampshire, we'll see if we can get a second player locked in.

A look at Lucky Dog Racing's 2014 Chase Field

For an in depth look at the drivers who will be racing in the Chase this year, you can read about them here: Chase Field 2014




All-Time
Cup Series Winners

Pos.
Driver Name
Team
Wins
Last Win
1. Harry Jeffery Coast To Coast Racing 12 8/3/14
2. Matt Sealey* Racing Traditions, Inc. 11 6/26/11
3. John Wilson Texas Motorsports 10 8/10/14
4. Ed Blackman Coast To Coast Racing 10 7/27/14
5. Leon Baker 5:16 Racing 9 3/9/14
6. Stephen DiCaprio Racing Traditions, Inc. 9 10/20/13
7. Gwen Demian Intimidator Racing, Inc. 9 8/12/12
8. Sue Perna* 2Fast4U 9 11/6/11
9. Gary Wheat Northeast Ohio Motorsports 8 8/23/14
9. Charquillia Addison Gopher Broke Racing 8 6/22/14
Member wins are ranked by date. Most recent wins are ranked first.
*indicates inactive member



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Kyle Larson was the biggest surprise and nearly played the role of Chase spoiler.
Focus On The Chase
Chicagoland Chase Finishes
Driver
Wins
+/-
Dean Higley 1st +11
Randy Cook 2nd +3
Stephen DiCaprio 8th +7
Charquillia Addison 11th +3
Jordan Hunt 15th +9
Ron Blackman 19th +4
Lou Demian 21st +6
Robby Stone 22nd +1
Kevin Sullivan 23rd +4
Gary Wheat 24th -5
Joe Tenpenny 25th -2
John Wilson 29th -8
Jose Rodriguez 33rd -1
Fred Sanchez 35th -12
Ed Blackman 38th -8
Ryan Smith 42nd -12


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LDR: Joe Levis


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2014 Top 10 Drivers
Pos.
Driver Name
Team
Points
1. Dean Higley Racing Traditions, Inc. 2046
2. Randy Cook Randy Cook Racing 2045
3. Charquillia Addison Gopher Broke Racing 2036
4. Stephen DiCaprio Racing Traditions, Inc. 2036
5. Jordan Hunt Northeast Ohio Motorsports 2029
6. Ron Blackman El Diablo & The Magic Men M.S. 2028
7. Gary Wheat Northeast Ohio Motorsports 2026
8. Robby Stone Northeast Ohio Motorsports 2025
9. Lou Demian Intimidator Racing, Inc. 2023
10. Joe Tenpenny JJs Dimes 2022
2014 Top 10 Teams
Pos.
Team Name
Drivers
Points
1. Racing Traditions, Inc. S. DiCaprio, D. Higley
P. Scannell, J. Turgeon
136
2. Randy Cook Racing R. Cook, J. Magee
R. Smith, T. Howell
108
3. El Diablo & The Magic Men M.S. J. Rodriguez, G. Miller
W. Riney, R. Blackman
95
4. Gopher Broke Racing F. Page, C. Addison 88
5. Northeast Ohio Motorsports J. Hunt, B. Douce
G. Wheat, R. Stone
86
6. Stormdevil Racing J. Smogolski 73
7. Texas Motorsports J. Wilson 72
8. Happy Pappy F. Sanchez 69
9. JJs Dimes J. Tenpenny 66
10. Slingshot Motorsports M. Mason, G. Eichele,
R. Perrotta
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