1.5 mile tri-oval
267 laps for 400.5 miles
18 degrees in the turns
11 degrees in the front stretch
5 degrees in the back stretch
Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
Backstretch: 1,700 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating: 55,500 [was 69,000 and 75,000]
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Track Records & Stats
2017 Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex, Jr., 145.401mph, started 3rd
Race Speed Record: Martin Truex, Jr., 9/17/2017, 145.401mph
Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200
Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 6 months, 2 days, 7/11/2009
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 2 months, and 10 days, 7/12/2008
2017 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 187.963mph, finished 15th
Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 189.414mph, 9/13/2013
Oldest Pole Winner: Jeff Burton, 39 years, 0 months, 10 days, 7/09/2006
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 3 months, and 19 days, 9/13/2013
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002
Most Wins: Tony Stewart, 3; Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick & Brad Keselowski, 2
Most Poles: Jimmie Johnson, 2
Most Top 5s: Tony Stewart & Kevin Harvick, 8; Jimmie Johnson & Jeff Gordon, 7
Most Top 10s: Tony Stewart & Jimmie Johnson, 10; Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, 9
Most Lead Changes: 25 - 9/15/2013
Fewest Lead Changes: 12 - 7/13/2003
Most Leaders: 16 - 9/15/2013
Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/2003 & 9/17/2017
Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/2001, 7/10/2005
Fewest Cautions: 4, 7/10/2010, 9/16/2012, 9/18/2016, 9/17/2017
Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/2001
Fewest Caution Laps: 21 - 7/10/2010 & 9/17/2017
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 29, 7/12/2008
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/2003
Most Running at the Finish: 43 (all starters), 9/20/2015
Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 7/11/2004, 7/10/2005 and 9/16/2012
Most Laps Led: 195, Mark Martin, 7/11/2009
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 9, Denny Hamlin, 9/20/2015
Most Wins by Manufacturer: Chevy, 8; Toyota, 6; Dodge, 2; Ford, 1
Races won from starting pos 1: 1 (due to weather, not pole winner)
Track News and Announcements
#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 5th win of 2017, 2nd win at Chicago (also won in 2016) and 12th career win. The win automatically advances Truex Jr. to the Round of 12 (or round 2) of the playoffs.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd (3rd career 2nd place finish, no win yet) followed by #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth and #1-McMurray.
Pole winner, #18-Busch, had a few bad pit stops and finished 15th
#78-Truex Jr. Driver Points lead is 27 points over #42-Larson.
Stage 1 was won by #18-Busch, finished 15th
Stage 2 was won by #24-Elliott, finished 2nd
There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers and 4 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 145.401mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Pit Times (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
TheHouse.com to sponsor Chicagoland races: Chicagoland Speedway and TheHouse.com today announced a multi-year agreement as the entitlement sponsor for multiple levels of NASCAR races through 2019. The agreement begins with TheHouse.com as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, TheHouse.com 225, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series, The House.com 300, on September 15 and 16, respectively. The multi-year agreement expands in 2018 and 2019 as TheHouse.com will own the race weekend by having the rights to all three NASCAR National Series races: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](9-13-2017)
Chicagoland partners with PAWS Chicago to pay tribute to Earnhardt Jr. In recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final season of full-time racing, Chicagoland Speedway has partnered with PAWS Chicago to pay tribute to his remarkable achievements both on and off the track. Taking Earnhardt's deep love for his dogs into consideration, a donation drive will be held in his honor during the NASCAR Cup Series weekend Sept. 14-17. All supplies collected for the Chicago-based animal shelter will be donated in the name of the acclaimed driver to support their efforts toward ending the overpopulation and euthanasia of homeless pets. In addition to the physical donation generated by NASCAR's loyal fan base, Chicagoland Speedway will make a monetary contribution in Earnhardt's name to commend his illustrious career. Chicagoland Speedway is enlisting the help of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s passionate fan base in hopes of generating significant supplies for the many animals PAWS Chicago rescues each year including those saved during national disasters and tragedies like parts of our nation are currently facing.(Chicagoland Speedway)[Read More Here](9-12-2017)
Driver lineup announced for Tales of the Turtles 400 weekend: Cowabunga dude! Nickelodeon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are again taking over the Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR race weekend. Nickelodeon is the entitlement sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 17, dubbed the Tales of the Turtles 400. The track will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. Greg Cipes, the actor who voices Michelangelo in Nickelodeon's television hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will participate in the weekend festivities, greet fans and serve as a pre-race dignitary. The 1.5-mile track will serve as the site of an epic weekend showcase for the new Tales of the Turtles TV season, which is titled Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because it consists of seven separate serialized stories. The featured drivers include:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesMatt DiBenedetto will carry the "Samurai" paint scheme on his Go Fas Racing Ford and Jeffrey Earnhardt for the "BeeBop" and "Rocksteady" on his Circle Sport Chevy.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Matt Tift will have "Lone Rat" and "Cub" on his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series John Hunter Nemechek will have "Undead Shredder" on his NEMCO Motorsports Chevy and Jennifer Jo Cobb will carry "Rebel Road" on her JJC Chevy. [More](9-4-2017)
Teams testing at Chicago: Ten Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are scheduled to take part in a two-day organizational test Tuesday and Wednesday at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for this season's playoff opener, set for Sunday, Sept. 17.[More](8-15-2017)
Two Chicago artists chosen in tie decision to design winner's trophy for Tales of the Turtles 400 Cup race: Good Details and Nickelodeon teamed up to kick off A Good Day for Play with an art showdown featuring six renowned Chicago-based artists. Max Sansing, Sentrock, Tubsz, E.LEE, Lisa Gray and JC Rivera faced off in a three-day competition to create custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles murals in their respective artistic styles and have an opportunity to design the trophy for the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The competition was tough, but the attendees and celebrity judges ended in a tie, selecting Tubsz and Max Sansing to co-design the trophy. Artist E. LEE will have his work featured on a trackside billboard. [More](8-9-2017)
Richard Petty to Celebrate his 80th Birthday at Chicagoland Speedway Chicagoland Speedway will offer an exclusive Richard Petty ticket offer to celebrate "The King's" 80th birthday for the September 17 race, the kick-off race to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs. For $85, fans will receive one grandstand ticket, one infield fan zone pass and take part in a Q&A session with "The King". In addition, $5 of the proceeds for each ticket will benefit the Petty Family Foundation and Victory Junction.
Petty, whose birthday is July 2, will celebrate with a variety of events across the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. At Chicagoland Speedway, fans will kick off the event by singing a grandstand-wide Happy Birthday to Petty, the Hall of Fame driver and owner. In addition, fans will be encouraged to stand and give a round of applause on Lap 43 and then again on Lap 80.(Chicagoland Speedway)[Read More Here](6-2-2017)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns for Chicago race entitlement: Chicagoland Speedway and Nickelodeon today announced that the number-one entertainment brand for kids is the entitlement sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 17, dubbed the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The announcement was made atop the 360 Chicago Observation Deck by Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing, Anthony DiCosmo.[>More](4-28-2017)
Chicagoland special offer for fans if Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500: Chicagoland Speedway announced the release of all remaining inventory following the renewal period for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend Sept. 14-17, 2017. All ticket levels and premium experiences are on sale now including Infield Fan Zone Pit Passes, Green Flag Garage and Legends Club. Not only are tickets now available for purchase, Chicagoland Speedway is presenting a limited-time offer where fans could enjoy a full refund. With this offer, fans who purchase a single-day NASCAR Cup Series ticket between now and the Daytona 500 will receive a complete refund following the race if #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns the victory. Eligibility for "Winning with Dale" is limited to single-day Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Cup Series purchasers in all sections of the grandstands by using offer code: 17DALE500 when logging onto chicagolandspeedway.com/dalejr500.(Chicagoland Speedway)(2-14-2017)
Truex, Jr. wins at Chicago: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Chicago and 6th career win. Truex, Jr. led 32 of the 270 laps. He lead early in the race, but had to pit under green for a tire going down. He spent much of the race a lap down before getting the free pass under the second caution. A late race caution brought most of the leaders down pit road where he got out of the pits ahead of #24-Chase Elliott, who had been leading the race.
Truex, Jr. now earns a spot in the Chase Round of 12 that begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
#22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #24-Elliott, #21-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #5-Kahne, pole sitter #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, and #88-Bowman.
#48-Johnson led the most laps on the day - 118 - but was caught speeding on pit road under green flag pit stops. He finished 12th.
There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 22 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 145.161mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
Unofficial Owners Points Standings (pdf).
Jim Cornelison to sing National Anthem at Chicago: NASCAR fans traveling to Chicagoland Speedway for the upcoming weekend will experience an abundance of amenities in addition to four days of action-packed racing. Fans of all ages will receive a fully-engaging NASCAR experience marked by the kick off for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the green flag flies on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. For the fourth consecutive year, national anthem singer Jim Cornelison, who is better known as the "Gold Standard," will perform the "The Star Spangled Banner" to kick off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Rounding out the pre-race pageantry will be a flyover from the 122nd Fighter Wing Unit for the Air National Guard which is fitting as Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 is the 69th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.
Country music singer and songwriter Chase Rice will perform the pre-race concert for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. Rice worked on a NASCAR pit crew before moving to Nashville to pursue his career in music. Rice has a special passion for NASCAR, developed first through years of attending races while following his father's racing career and through his own career experience within the sport.
Champions Park is a family-friendly area open to all race fans, which includes live entertainment, the Kids Zone featuring appearances by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a social hub providing games and prizes as well as monuments dedicated to past winners. The park is recognized as one of the most impressive fan-interactive display areas on the motorsports circuit as it provides a park-like setting right next to the grandstands where all fans can enjoy entertainment and engaging activities in a party atmosphere before and after the race.
For $75, fans can purchase a grandstand ticket and entrance to the Let's Talk Food Fan Zone. Fan Zone Pit Pass holders are able to spend pre-race in the infield meaning that they are placed in close proximity to the pre-race concert and driver introductions. They are provided access to view the drivers' red carpet walk, participate in NASCAR personality question-and-answer sessions and visit Gatorade Victory Lane prior to the races.
National Highway Traffic Safety Association administrator Dr. Mark R. Rosekind will serve as Grand Marshal of the Drive for Safety 300 on Saturday, Sept. 17. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 20, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actor, Greg Cipes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themselves and the kids of NASCAR will serve as Grand Marshals for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-14-2016)
Illinois Treasurer's I-Cash program sponsoring Chicago pole day: Chicagoland Speedway announced that the Illinois Treasurer's I-Cash program will return as the sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole qualifying on Friday, Sept. 16. I-Cash Pole Qualifying features a series of three knockout rounds of qualifying with Sprint Cup drivers battling to start on the front row in the first race for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Four days of racing action at Chicagoland Speedway will start on Thursday, Sept. 15 with I-Cash Pole Qualifying taking place on Friday followed by the American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights. In Illinois, the state treasurer is the custodian of unclaimed property, such as life insurance benefits, old bank accounts and unused rebate cards. The Treasurer's Office is currently safeguarding 2.5 billion dollars of unclaimed money, 28 million shares of stock, and the contents of thousands of safe deposit boxes. Frerichs' office never charges money to search the database or return unclaimed property.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-6-2016)
Richard Petty joins Chicagoland's Legends Club: Chicagoland Speedway announced that Richard Petty will be inducted into the Legends Club this September as part of an action-packed four-day racing weekend for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff. Legends Club has featured some of the most storied figures, families and personalities in the sport. This climate-controlled viewing suite offers an intimate setting with an all-inclusive package of beer and wine, plus two meals per day. Since its inception, the Legends Club has honored and recognized some of the most notable drivers in the sport, including Rusty Wallace, Richard Childress, Fred Lorenza, Dale Jarrett and Brett Bodine. On Saturday, Sept. 17 Legends Club will induct Petty, as he accepts his position in Chicagoland Speedway's history books. Tickets can be purchased online at ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office.(PR)(8-30-2016)
NHTSA partners with Chicagoland for NXS race entitlement: Chicagoland Speedway announced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the title sponsor for its NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for Safety 300 on Saturday, Sept. 17. The NHTSA was established in 1970 as part of the Highway Safety Act. Its sole mission focuses on achieving high standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. Thus, there is no more perfect pair than NHTSA and NASCAR. In partnership with NASCAR, NHTSA has focused on promoting life-saving highway safety and vehicle safety messages with their Drive for Safety initiative. The program highlights topics including distracted driving, seat belts, tire safety, five-star crash ratings and recalls throughout the 2016 NASCAR season.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-29-2016)
Testing at Chicago August 23rd, fans welcome: Chicagoland Speedway will host a NASCAR organizational test with several of the sport's top teams on Tuesday, August 23, and fans are invited to take part in this preview to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway September 15-18. The drivers who are tentatively scheduled to participate in the organizational test are as follows:
#4-Kevin Harvick, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #21-Ryan Blaney, #22-Joey Logano, #23-David Ragan, #31-Ryan Newman, #34-Chris Buescher, #44-Bryan Scott,
#48-Jimmie Johnson, #78-Martin Truex Jr. and #95-Michael McDowell (All drivers scheduled to attend are subject to change at the discretion of NASCAR and its teams).
With proof of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 ticket purchase, fans can watch their favorite drivers participate in the organizational test free of charge from between 1 and 4 pm. Fans are required to bring their printed tickets as proof of purchase. Those who plan on attending the test can enter the facility through Gate 1 off West Schweitzer Road. Once inside the facility, fans will be directed to park along the Midway directly in front of the main box office. The box office will be open to accommodate fans looking to purchase tickets prior to the start of the organizational test. Attendees will then use the elevators to access the third floor where they will now be able to walk outside and sit within a reserved section of grandstand seats. This exclusive opportunity will be open for those wishing to take in all the sights and sounds of stock car racing. In accordance with usual rules and regulation, fans are welcome to bring soft coolers containing refreshments and snacks for the event.
Lastly, a Chicagoland Speedway staff member will be available to escort a small group of fans every 10 minutes down near the front of the grandstands for a photo opportunity.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 15-18, will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-17-2016_
Chase Rice to perform the pre-race concert at Chicago: Ccountry music singer and songwriter Chase Rice will perform the pre-race concert for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the first race in the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Sept. 18. Florida-born and North Carolina-raised, Rice played football on scholarship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and worked on a NASCAR pit crew before moving to Nashville to pursue his career in music. Rice recently released "Everybody We Know Does," the first single from his highly anticipated, as-yet-untitled new album. His most recent RIAA Gold-certified album, Ignite the Night, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and yielded a pair of Top 5 singles with the Platinum-certified "Ready Set Roll" and "Gonna Wanna Tonight." A dynamic artist and entertainer, Rice has toured with country music superstar Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley and will launch his fifth headlining tour, the Everybody We Know Does Tour, this fall. Special packages are available for Rice's biggest fans, including a $99 ticket upgrade which guarantees a place in the front row for the concert and also includes a Fan Zone Pit Pass (grandstand ticket not included). The Fan Zone Pit Pass is required to enter the infield for the concert.
For $75, fans can purchase a grandstand ticket and Fan Zone Pit Pass, which puts them in close proximity to the concert and provides access to driver introductions, a red carpet walk and the Infield Fan Zone. All fans with grandstand tickets will have the ability to view the concert from their grandstand seat.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-2-2016)
Fans can take the train to Chicago race: Finding the fastest way to the track isn't always the easiest task, but fortunately for fans, Chicagoland Speedway has taken the guess work out of the equation for fans with a commute. Chicagoland Speedway will once again offer fans who are attending the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the convenient and affordable Train-to-Track program for those who take either Metra or Amtrak trains. For just $5 each way, fans can take a short shuttle ride from Joliet's train station to Chicagoland Speedway. Recommended routes include the Metra Rock Island District service which riders can catch from any of the 25 stops along the way and the Amtrak to Joliet with service from St. Louis through Southern Illinois. Guests utilizing the Train-to-Track program will receive print-at-home tickets upon purchase and must reserve a specific time of departure to and from the race track. Upon arrival at the Joliet train station, a Chicagoland Speedway ambassador will greet fans outside and direct fans to a shuttle transporting fans directly to the track. The Chicagoland Speedway ambassador will be available to answer questions throughout the short trip to the track.(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-28-2016)
Chicagoland Speedway signs deal with Papa John's: Chicagoland Speedway announced a three-year contract with the region's Papa John's franchisees that makes the brand the official pizza partner and the only pizza served at the Joliet (IL) venue. The agreement marks a new sponsorship category for the speedway, one of 13 racetracks owned by International Speedway Corp. The track has previously served Chicago-based chains Giordano's Pizza at its concession stands and Connie's Pizza in its suites. But Papa John's has signed the track's first official marketing deal with a pizza chain, according to Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock, who touts the value of a major brand helping to promote the track to its customers. "It's a national brand that sees the value of our platform," Paddock said. "Any time you can partner with consumer packaged goods companies or retail outlets that are going to extend our reach to consumers, that's huge." Chicagoland Speedway's week of NASCAR Sprint Cup events this year is Sept. 15-18, culminating with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which kicks off Nascar's Chase for the Sprint Cup.(Crain's Chicago Business)(6-22-2016)
Jimmie Johnson family ticket package available at Chicagoland: Chicagoland Speedway announced that fans can purchase the exclusive Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package for this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race on September 18. This year's event at Chicagoland Speedway will be the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and Johnson has teamed up with NASA to provide an educational experience for kids with the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education program. On race day, kids will learn the inherent similarities between rockets and racecars through STEM activities led by local teachers trained by NASA in the Rockets 2 Racecars curriculum. In addition to these activities, kids will also receive a 12 page activity booklet to explore throughout the remainder of race day. Finally, the ticket package will culminate with a Q&A session with Johnson who is no stranger to the science of speed lesson that is built into the program. The Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package is $48 for adults and $23 for children and is located in Section "L" at Chicagoland Speedway. Offer valid only on NASCAR Sprint Cup race day.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-4-2016)
Chicago race will be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400: Nickelodeon announced that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Danica Patrick has signed on to drive a special car for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. NASCAR star Danica Patrick, a Roscoe, Illinois native, helped kick off the partnership in true Turtles style. She unveiled her #10 April O'Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS at an event at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then took her car for a spin down Michigan Ave. She will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 18 race. This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well. Patrick's unique car was designed by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, who will also design the race trophy, additional Turtles-branded paint schemes and other visual elements. Brantley breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries through his art and inspired by his 1980s Chicago upbringing, Brantley's work touches on tough subjects in a way that may be easily digestible to the viewer, by telling his stories through youthful characters and their adventures. Brantley's work can be described as pop infused contemporary art inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring.(Chicagoland Speedway), see an image of Patrick's car on the #10 team paint schemes page.(4-26-2016)
Chicagoland Speedway will remain first Chase race in 2016: Chicagoland Speedway announced that they will once again host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2016. The September 15-18 weekend will feature all three of NASCAR's premier series, with the addition of the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday night. For the sixth consecutive season, Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sept. 15-18, with four consecutive days of action packed racing. As the entire "Chase Week" line up of activities in and around the Chicago area continues to grow year after year, the addition of the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday night under the lights will provide guests an even more action-packed, full week experience. The 2016 season will also mark the 15th Anniversary celebration of Chicagoland Speedway. Plans are underway to deliver an amazing lineup of event content and year-round programming for our fans to enjoy as part of this special celebration. Details will be shared throughout the coming months on events and activities tied to this milestone anniversary event. Tickets will go on-sale Monday, October 5 for the 2016 Season.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-29-2015)
Chicago's standalone NXS race expected to move to Pocono: There is expected to be at least one significant change in the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule next season. Chicagoland Speedway, which has hosted two Xfinity races since the 2011 season, will lose its standalone event in 2016, multiple sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. Officials with Chicagoland Speedway declined to comment. The standalone event at Chicagoland has typically been held during the summer. The track's second Xfinity race is held during its Sprint Cup Series weekend each September, which kicks off the championship Chase each season. Chicagoland's loss is expected to be Pocono Raceway's gain. Pocono is expected to add an Xfinity race to its compliment of NASCAR events, sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. The track currently hosts a weekend in June which includes Cup and ARCA races. Pocono's August race weekend already includes a Truck race along Cup and ARCA events. There are at least two important benefits for Pocono hosting an Xfinity race. First, the future of the track's IndyCar Series date remains uncertain and the race would serve to add another event to its calendar. Second, new series sponsor Xfinity is owned by Comcast Corp., whose headquarters is located in Philadelphia - less than a two-hour drive from Pocono.(Motorsport)(9-23-2015)
Hamlin wins at Chicago: #11-Denny Hamlin won the myAFibRisk.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Chicago and 26th career win. After starting 29th, the lowest of any Chase competitor, Hamlin spun on lap 2, and lost a lap, and restarted the race in 43rd. He eventually got his lap back and worked his way through the field. The team stayed on track during the final caution and he took the lead with 4 laps to go. He led just 10 of the 267 laps.
With the win, Hamlin automatically advances to the next round of the Chase.
#19-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #31-Newman, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #42-Larson, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, and #43-Almirola.
Polesitter #4-Harvick finished 42nd. He cut a tire down and spun into the wall after contact with #48 Johnson on a restart midway though the race. He had to go to the garage for repairs for more than 50 laps.
#20-Kenseth now leads the Chase points standings, 2 points over Hamlin.
There were 17 lead changes among 10 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 140.117mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-20-2014)
BRANT sponsoring Chicagoland backstretch: Chicagoland Speedway announced BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, as naming rights sponsor of Chicagoland Speedway's backstretch. The BRANDT Backstretch will see its share of racing action during the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, Sept. 18-20, as NASCAR's three premier series visit Chicagoland Speedway. The Springfield, Ill. based agricultural company, which also sponsors Riverton, Ill. native Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is committed to bringing success to farmers around the world. For over 60 years, BRANDT has delivered a common theme: control. Today BRANDT offers growers around the world unlimited opportunity by supplying new technologies and innovative processes that help bring greater control against the uncertainties of nature. Through three complementary businesses focused on the global agriculture market, BRANDT strives every day to make growers more profitable and the world's food supply more secure.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-16-2015)
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