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NASCAR at Chicagoland 2015: Winners, Losers from the 400

For much of Sunday’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway—won by the ACL-less Denny Hamlin—the race lacked a great deal of action. There was a green-flag run of 116 laps, and Kyle Busch led for much of that, which failed to infuse the race with any sort of drama. Then things got real. An eventful restart sent Kevin Harvick, the defending Sprint Cup champion, to the garage, where he wouldn’t return for 57 laps. Jeff Gordon, making his record-tying 788th consecutive start, jumped the gun on a restart and led for 40 laps. All in all, the first race of the Chase was a sign of things to come. Jeff Burton, an NBC NASCAR analyst, said prior to the race: These Chase drivers have worked all year long to put themselves ...

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