Travel Tips: Chicagoland Speedway – Sept. 13-15, 2013

The Chase is on! NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup takes center stage for the next 10 weeks, and it kicks off this Sunday, Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway, home of the Geico 400. The Camping World Truck Series kicks off the action on Friday, Sept. 13, and the Nationwide Series is sandwiched in between on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Thursday, Sept. 12 is a busy day away from the track, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT with NASCAR Contenders Live at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Doors for the event, featuring the 12 eligible Chase drivers, open at 12:30 p.m. CT, with tickets starting at just $10 – get tickets here.

Later in the day, downtown Joliet, Ill. hosts Race FanRally from 4 to 10 p.m. CT. The event takes place on Chicago Street between Jefferson and Cass Streets, and kicks off with the NASCAR Hauler Parade at 5 p.m. CT. There will also be live music, driver appearances and question-and-answer sessions, plus the event-closing fireworks ceremony at 9:45 p.m. CT.

Sunday’s pre-race concert, beginning at 11:10 a.m. CT, will feature rising country star Brantley Gilbert. A Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience Pass will allow access to the grass area for the Brantley Gilbert concert – get them here. The National Anthem for Sunday’s race will be performed by the 2013 winner of “The Voice,” Danielle Bradbery.

Key on-track times:

Friday, Sept. 13 –
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 9 and 11 a.m. CT
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – noon CT
  • Nationwide Series practice – 1:40 p.m. CT
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 3:05 p.m. CT
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 4:10 p.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series practice – 5:35 p.m. CT
  • Camping World Truck Series 225 – 7:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, Sept. 14 –
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 10 a.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series qualifying – 11:05 a.m. CT
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 1 p.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca Cola – 2:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, Sept. 15 –
  • Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 – 1 p.m. CT

For a complete schedule of events at the track, click here.

For information on the Coca Cola Family Track Walk, taking place Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CT, click here.

For more race information and to purchase tickets for the Geico 400 weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, visit
Travel Tips: Chicagoland Speedway – Sept. 13-15, 2013 Travel Tips: Chicagoland Speedway – Sept. 13-15, 2013 Reviewed by Paula on Monday, September 09, 2013 Rating: 5