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Nationwide races at Chicagoland again this season

Series: NASCAR Nationwide. Date: Saturday, mile oval. Start time: 3:30 p.m. (et). Laps: 200. Miles: 300. 2010 Winner: Kyle Busch. Television: ESPN 2. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.

The Nationwide Series runs at Chicagoland Speedway for the second time this season on Saturday. With seven races to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. holds a 16- point lead over Elliott Sadler and a 45-point advantage over Reed Sorenson.

While Stenhouse and his No.6 Roush Fenway Racing team are attempting to win the driver's championship, Jack Roush is also hoping to capture the owner's title with the No.60 car, usually driven by Carl Edwards.

Right now, Joe Gibbs Racing's No.18 team holds a comfortable 48-point lead over the No.60. Joe Gibbs is aiming for his record fourth straight owner's championship in the series. His 20 team captured the title in 2008, and the 18 took it in '09 and '10.

Stenhouse's team is currently 100 points out of the lead in the owner standings.

Kyle Busch normally drives the 18 car but teammate Joey Logano is taking over that seat this weekend. It's the first time Logano will drive the 18 since 2008 at Michigan, where he finished seventh. Ryan Truex will be behind the wheel of the 20 car at Chicagoland.

"It will be weird to climb in the window of the car and see the 18 on the side instead of the 20," Logano said. "But that is what we need to do as an organization to help the 18 team win the owner's championship. This team has had a lot of great runs this year and won a lot of races with Kyle. Hopefully, we can go out there and get another win and help extend that points lead."

Either Busch or Logano has won the last three Nationwide races at Chicagoland.

Busch, the winner of last Friday's race at Richmond, is slated for just three more Nationwide events this season -- Charlotte, Texas and Homestead. Edwards is scheduled to compete in all of the remaining races.

Justin Allgaier, a Riverton, IL native, won the June 4 race at Chicagoland. Since then, Allgaier's season has taken somewhat of a downward turn. He is presently fifth in points (-75).

"Anytime you go to your home racetrack, it raises your spirits and gives you extra incentive to go out and run well," he said.

Forty-eight teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Dollar General 300.