GEICO 400

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GEICO 400
2011 GEICO 400 logo.jpg
Venue Chicagoland Speedway
Sponsor GEICO
First race 2001
Distance 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
Laps 267
Previous names Tropicana 400 (2001-2004)
USG Sheetrock 400 (2005-2007)
LifeLock.com 400 (2008-2010)

The GEICO 400[1] is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The inaugural running of the race was held in 2001. From 2001 to 2010, the race was held in July, and from 2008[2] to 2010, after lights were installed at the track, the race was held at night. Since 2011, it has been held in September as the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, a playoff-style competition consisting of the last ten races of the Sprint Cup season.

Race history[edit]

In May 2000, as Chicagoland Speedway was under construction, it was announced that the track would hold a Sprint Cup (called Winston Cup at the time) race beginning in the 2001 season.[3] Tropicana served as the race's sponsor from 2001 to 2004, followed by USG Corporation from 2005 to 2007, LifeLock.com from 2008 to 2010, and GEICO since 2011. Kevin Harvick won the first two runnings of the race in 2001 and 2002, while Tony Stewart has the most wins in the race's history, having won it three times, in 2004, 2007 and 2011.

2002 Pre-race
Race action in 2012 edition.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2001 July 15 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:18:16 121.200 Report
2002 July14 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:55:37 136.832 Report
2003 July 13 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:15 134.590 Report
2004 July 11 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:05:33 129.507 Report
2005 July 10 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:08:16 127.638 Report
2006 July 9 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 270* 405 (651.784) 3:03:59 132.077 Report
2007 July 15 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:58:59 134.258 Report
2008 July 12 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:20 133.936 Report
2009 July 11 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:39 133.804 Report
2010 July 10 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:45:34 145.138 Report
2011 Sept 19* Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:47:41 143.306 Report
2012 Sept 16 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:47:37 143.363 Report
2013 Sept 15* Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:10:56 125.855 Report
Note: *2006 race distance was extended to 270 laps, 405 miles (652 km) because of a green-white-checkered finish.
*2011 race postponed from September 18, 2011 to September 19 because of rain.
*2013 race started more than one hour late and then halted after 109 laps for five hours due to rain; the race started during the day but ended at night due to the delays.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Tony Stewart 2004, 2007, 2011
2 Kevin Harvick 2001, 2002

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
4 Joe Gibbs Racing 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013
2 Richard Childress Racing 2001, 2002
Penske Racing 2003, 2012
Hendrick Motorsports 2006, 2009

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
8 Chevrolet 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
3 Toyota 2008, 2010, 2013
2 Dodge 2003, 2012

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2013 ESPN
ESPN2
Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2012 ESPN
2011
2010 TNT Adam Alexander Wally Dallenbach
Kyle Petty
2009 Ralph Sheheen
2008 Bill Weber
2007
2006 Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2005 NBC
2004 Allen Bestwick
2003
2002
2001

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