Rains stops the race action in Chicago

Rain delayed the race start, and after 109 laps the race was stopped again for rain at the Chicagoland Speedway.

At the Chicagoland Speedway, the GEICO 400, the opening race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, has been stopped by rain after 109 laps had been completed. Rain also delayed the start of the race by more than an hour.

In total, the 400 event should cover 267 laps with the field needing to complete 134 to make it an official event.

At this time, Matt Kenseth holds the lead with Brad Keselowski second and teammate Joey Logano third. Jimmie Johnson sits in fourth followed by Chase contenders Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Next in line are Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer.

Going into the most recent pit stop, Johnson held the lead by three seconds only to fall back with confusion over a possible loose lug nut on the right rear wheel. (The lug nut had been affixed but the NASCAR official did not know it.) The five-time champion spent 20 seconds in pits while Kenseth and others were much quicker.

Chicagoland does have lights, so officials will endeavor to complete the race today.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Article type Breaking news
Tags chicagoland, kenseth, nascar sprint cup, rain