NASCAR race picks for Chicagoland

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The Chase begins today at Chicagoland Speedway. After two days of practice, it’s time to race. But who will win?

NBC Sports’ writers – along with a fan – will give you their picks for today’s Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Here is this week’s picks:

Nate Ryan (@nateryan)

Jimmie Johnson.

It suddenly has become trendy to pick against him, so the six-time series champion has extra motivation to buck conventional wisdom – and check off a track he has yet to conquer that carries hometown meaning for crew chief Chad Knaus.

Dustin Long (@dustinlong)

Chase Elliott

What better way for the Chase to begin then with a Chase taking the checkered flag for the first time in his Sprint Cup career? The Hendrick Motorsports cars don’t seem to be as off as they have been at times this season. Were they saving something for the playoffs?

Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin)

Kyle Larson

Larson enters the Chase with a career-best three top-three finishes in a row, including his first win at Michigan, a track not too unlike Chicagoland. Larson’s first two starts in Chicago ended in the top 10, including a third-place result in his rookie year.

Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall)

Kyle Larson

A 1.5-miler to open the Chase plays in Larson’s favor to get off to a good start in the first round. The 42 team has also been one of the strongest lately as he’s racked up five top-six finishes (including the Michigan win) in the last seven races. 

Jerry Bonkowski (@JerryBonkowski)

Brad Keselowski

He has two wins (and three other top 10s in seven career starts) at Chicagoland Speedway, including one that kicked off his 2012 championship run. With four top fives in this season’s last six races, Keselowski is peaking at the right time as the Chase begins.

Fan: Donna DeBoer (@DRLDeBoer)

Denny Hamlin

I think he and the team are positioned to start the Chase like he started it last season.