Chicagoland Speedway Track News, Records & Links

JUMP TO: Track Links | Stats & Records | Latest News | Links to Past News

500 Speedway Blvd.
Joliet, IL 60433

Phone: 815-727-RACE
Fax: 815-727-7895

Track Specs:
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]
Opened: 2001

Track Websites & Social Media:
Chicagoland Speedway
ISC Motorsports
Chicagoland Speedway - Facebook
Chicagoland Speedway - Twitter
Chicagoland Speedway - Instagram
Chicagoland Speedway - YouTube
Chicagoland Speedway - Flickr
Chicagoland Speedway - Pinterest
Track Stats -

    Track Records & Stats

  • 2015 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 140.117mph, started 29th

  • Race Speed Record: David Reutimann, 7/10/2010, 145.138

  • 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

  • 2015 Pole Winner: none, canceled by rain

  • 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: 3 - Tony Stewart; 2 - Kevin Harvick & Brad Keselowski

  • Most Poles: 2 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Top 5s: 8 - Tony Stewart & Kevin Harvick; 7 - Jimmie Johnson & Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 10 - Tony Stewart & Jimmie Johnson; 9 - Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman

  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 9/15/2013

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Leaders: 16 - 9/15/2013

  • Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/2001, 7/10/2005

  • Fewest Cautions: 4, 7/10/2010, 9/16/2012

  • Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/2001

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 21 - 7/10/2010

  • 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, 4; Dodge, 2; Ford, 1

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 (due to weather, not pole winner)

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 26: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 1 of 15
  • Races won from the top 10: 5 of 15

Track News and Announcements

  • 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 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 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 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)

Chicagoland Speedway News Archive
Race Track and Schedule News
Race Track Links
Race Ticket Info and Links
Jayski's NASCAR Xfinity Series Site
Jayski's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Site
Jayski's Silly Season NASCAR Sprint Cup News Page
Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site

Next Race: Pure Michigan 400

Countdown to Race Time: 8/28/2016 ~2:16pm/et

Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, MI

NBCSN, 2:00pm/et
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Radio Channel 90

Friday, August 26, 2016, 5:15pm/et
TV: NBCSN, August 26, 5:00pm/et
Live Radio online at

Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11:30am/et
TV: CNBC, August 27, 11:30am/et

Race / Event Information

Michigan Race Info page

Bristol Race Info page

Team / Driver / Track Links

Racing Charity Spotlite

Upcoming Racing Charity Events

Jayski's Corner

Race Track News

XFINITY Series News & Race Info

Camping World Truck Series News & Race Info