JOLIET, Ill. (AP) --Jimmie Johnson has won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. The 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup begins with Sunday's 400-mile race. Johnson's run of five straight championships was snapped last season, when Tony Stewart took the title.
The other 11 drivers in the Chase had mixed results in qualifying. Matt Kenseth was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth and Kasey Kahne was sixth -- but Earnhardt will have to start from the back because of an engine change.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced to his fifth Nationwide Series victory of the year to take the season points lead, easily outlasting Kyle Busch at Chicagoland Speedway.
Stenhouse passed Busch with 20 laps to go in the 300-mile race. Stenhouse, the 2011 series champion, has won two of the last four races -- and finished second in the other two.