500 Speedway Blvd.
Joliet, IL 60433
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
Grandstand Seating: 55,500 [was 69,000 and 75,000]
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Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 142.330mph, started 25th
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
2014 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
Most Poles: 2 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5s: 8 - Tony Stewart & Kevin Harvick; 7 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 10s: 10 - Tony Stewart & Jimmie Johnson
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: 42, 7/9/2006
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: 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7/10/2005
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 8 - Chevy; 3 - Toyota; 2 - Dodge; 1 - Ford
Races won from starting pos 1: 1 (due to weather, not pole winner)
Furious 7 to sponsor Chicago XFINITY race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Furious 7, the $1.5 billion worldwide box-office blockbuster and most successful installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, as the title sponsor for its NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Furious 7 300 will feature cast member Chris "Ludacris" Bridges will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Furious 7 300 as NASCAR's stars of tomorrow set the stage for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Furious 7 will be released on Digital HD on August 25 and Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on September 15 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) as an all-new extended edition. The film has become the highest-grossing movie in the history of the franchise.(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-13-2015)
NASCAR Explains pit road confusion in Chicago XFINITY race: Nineteen teams were penalized for pitting too soon in Sunday's Xfinity race at Chicagoland Speedway although NASCAR's tower stated on the radio - which teams monitor - that pit road was open. The problem was that the official at the entrance at pit road had a red flag up and the red lights on, indicating pit road was closed. A green flag and green lights indicates pit road is open. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained Monday on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio what happened and why the drivers were penalized. "The tower did come over the radio and say pit road was open, but if you go back to the driver's meeting, what we say in every driver's meeting is the light and the flag are what dictates whether it's open or not,'' he said. "The (official) at the opening didn't hear the radio communication so the red flag and light were still on and, in that case, if anyone comes down pit road and it's technically closed via the light or the flag, they'll receive a penalty for pitting too soon.''(NBC Sports)(6-22-2015)
Owens Corning sponsoring Chicago XFINITY race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Owens Corning as the title sponsor of its NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on Saturday, June 20. The Owens Corning AttiCat 300 will take center stage in the motorsports world, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into an off week. "Most of us have seen the Pink Panther or the PINK Fiberglas insulation, but very few people realize just how many Owens Corning products impact our day-to-day lives," said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. "We're looking forward to educating both our fans and the larger NASCAR industry on Owens Corning, as we highlight its brand during Father's Day weekend at Chicagoland Speedway." In addition to the XFINITY Series race, the June weekend will welcome back the ARCA Racing Series with the Scott 150 and two nights of TORC: The Off Road Championship Series Presented by Amsoil at Route 66 Raceway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-13-2015)
Gronkowski and family serving as grand marshals at Chicago NXS race: New England Patriots All-Pro tight end and Super Bowl Champion, Rob Gronkowski, will kick off Father's Day Weekend at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 20. Alongside his brothers Gordie Jr., Chris, Dan, Glenn and their father, Gordy Sr., it will be a family affair as Rob and his four brothers serve as co-Grand Marshals and Gordy Sr. serves as the Honorary Starter. Rob will then lead the field of drivers onto the track as the official pace car driver prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series race under the lights. Gronkowski, 26, recently became the first tight end in NFL history to have four consecutive seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions, and owns an NFL record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end in a single season with 17 in 2011.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-3-2015)
Country Music star Brett Eldridge to kick off the Chase at Chicagoland: Chicagoland Speedway today announced country music sensation and Illinois Native, Brett Eldredge, as the pre-race concert act for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Sept. 20. Eldredge hails from Paris, Ill., approximately 180 miles south of Chicago, and released his new single, "Lose My Mind," last Tuesday. The CMA New Artist of the Year plans to release his sophomore album later this year. His debut album, Bring You Back, yielded the No. 1 hits "Don't Ya," "Beat of the Music," and "Mean to Me." The 29-year-old Eldredge was a student at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst before moving to Nashville to chase his dreams. He will join Darius Rucker's Southern Style Tour beginning May 14. Special packages are available for Eldredge's biggest fans, including a $99 ticket upgrade which guarantees a place in the front row for Brett's 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. 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 Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-30-2015)
McMurray co-hosting bowling event in Chicago: Jamie McMurray and 2014 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up Melvin Gordon are partnering to co-host a celebrity bowling event on April 28, prior to the NFL Draft, and Chicagoland Speedway fans now have an exclusive opportunity to purchase a ticket to the event and Chicagoland's June's XFINITY Series race. Tickets to Stars and Strikes are $100, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Fans will have an opportunity to enjoy complimentary food, beer and soft drinks while meeting celebrity athletes and entertainers in addition to playing billiards and bidding on exclusive items in a live auction. Beyond the night of celebrity entertainment, purchasers will also receive a ticket to Chicagoland Speedway's stand-alone June XFINITY Series race on Father's Day Weekend as a part of the $100 package. Stars and Strikes, which runs from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., will be held at Lucky Strike in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. The event will feature celebrity athletes and entertainers in addition to Gordon, the Wisconsin Badgers standout, and McMurray, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star. Only 150 tickets are available for purchase and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-12-2015)
Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)
Keselowski wins at Chicago: #2-Brad Keselowski won the MyAFibStory.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 2nd at Chicago and 15th career win. He took the lead with 16 laps to go when he passed #4-Harvick and #42-Larson who had been battling the lead. His win automatically moves him into the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
#24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, polesitter #18-Busch, #41-Busch, #1-McMurray, and #20 Kenseth.
8 Chase drivers finished in the top 10 and 12 of them in the top 15. The worst finish by a Chase driver was #43-Almirola. He finished 40th after losing an engine while running in 6th place with 36 laps to go.
There were 18 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 142.330mph.
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).(9-14-2014)
The first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to Chicago in 2015: NASCAR announced that Chicagoland Speedway will once again host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2015. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will return to Chicagoland Speedway for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, Sept. 18-20, with a triple-header weekend of action. Rally, Rock and Race weekend will return with a stand-alone NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 20, the day prior to Father's Day. In addition to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the June weekend will welcome back the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and two nights of TORC: The Off Road Championship Presented by Amsoil at Route 66 Raceway. Tickets for the 2015 NASCAR race weekends at Chicagoland Speedway will go on sale Monday, September 15, 2014. 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 Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. Chicagoland Speedway fans will have access to the best prices of the year beginning on Monday, September 15. Ticket renewal information will be reaching 2014 customers following the upcoming Sept.12-14 race weekend. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 18-20, will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the NASCAR Nationwide 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. NASCAR's Father's Day weekend features a rare-off weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, with the Nationwide Series taking center stage in the world of motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-26-2014)
Janssen Pharmaceuticals partners with Chicagoland for Sprint Cup race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR, as the title sponsor of this year's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The MyAFibStory.com 400 will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in recognition of National AFib Awareness Month, running throughout September. Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition caused by an irregular heartbeat that impacts as many as 2.7 million Americans. AFib increases a person's risk for stroke by up to five times and is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65. Patients with AFib should ensure they talk to their doctor about lowering their risk of stroke and appropriate treatment options. Janssen became involved with NASCAR in an official capacity earlier this year, sponsoring both a NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway and Brian Vickers' #55 Toyota, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Cup ride at the Southern California facility.(Chicago Speedway)(7-30-2014)
July Nationwide race at Chicago becomes EnjoyIllinois.com 300: As part of a longstanding partnership, Chicagoland Speedway announced the Illinois Office of Tourism as the title sponsor of its July NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The EnjoyIllinois.com 300 will run under the lights on Saturday, July 19, during a rare off-weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, providing a national platform for Illinois' flourishing tourism industry. Tickets for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, Chicagoland's only Saturday night race of the season, start at just $30 for adults and $5 for kids, while Fan Zone Pit Passes are only $25. A race ticket also includes access to the Ansell ActivArmr 150 ARCA Racing Series race, running on the same day.(Chicagoland Speedway)(5-6-2014)
Lucas Oil to sponsor Chicagoland truck race: Chicagoland Speedway today announced Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this September. The Lucas Oil 225 will hit the track for a night race on Friday, Sept. 12, as part of a triple-header weekend to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. In recent years Lucas Oil has produced a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. "Lucas Oil has made good racing oil for a very long time that really works," Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas said. "We are very excited to be the title sponsor for the Lucas Oil 225 in September and look forward to presenting thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing for the enjoyment of the Chicagoland fans."(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-15-2014)
Jimmy John's to sponsor Chicago Nationwide race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola will serve as the precursor for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Champaign, Ill., based sandwich company, which will also sponsor Kevin Harvick for 12 races in the Sprint Cup Series, has made a visible commitment to the NASCAR Industry. Founded in Charleston, Ill., and based in Champaign, Ill., Jimmy John's has over 1,800 locations. What makes Jimmy John's different from the rest is that it's honest, it's good, it's fast, at a decent price.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-2-2014)
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