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NASCAR At Chicago: Polesitter Jimmie Johnson Leads Early

Jimmie Johnson couldn't hold of Aric Almirola to lead the first lap of the Geico 400, but he scooted back out front after three laps and has been in the lead ever since at the Chicagoland Speedway. With 25 laps complete, Johnson holds the top spot over Almirola, with Chasers Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski completing the top-five.

Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth, two more contenders, run sixth and seventh, with Joey Logano and Regan Smith holding the eighth and ninth spots. Jeff Gordon rounds out the top-10 early.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been on the move since starting dead last thanks to an engine change Saturday. His No. 88 Chevrolet is already upto 21st. Also on the move is Tony Stewart, who has climbed from his 29th-place to run 15th. Kevin Harvick has come from 35th to run 22nd.

Heading the other way is Martin Truex Jr., who has backslid to 24th after starting 19th.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.