Monday, September 8, 2014

Travel Tips: Chicagoland Speedway – Sept. 12-14, 2014

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The 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup is on! NASCAR’s annual Chase for the championship takes center stage for the next 10 weeks, and it kicks off this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14 at Chicagoland Speedway, home of the 400 on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Camping World Truck Series kicks off the action on Friday, Sept. 12, and the Nationwide Series hits the track on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10-11 are busy days away from the track, as Chase Grid Live hits Chicago’s Tribune Tower Plaza, 401 N. Michigan Ave. along the Chicago River. The free fan fest will feature a free concert from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT) as well as a Q-and-A with the rising stars of NASCAR (Thursday at 3 p.m. CT). Learn more about Chase Grid Live here.

On Thursday, downtown Joliet hosts the 14th annual Race Fan Rally from 4 to 10 p.m. CT. Taking place on Chicago St., the free event features the NASCAR Hauler Parade as well as live entertainment, driver appearances and more. Get more information on the Race Fan Rally here.

Key on-track times:

Friday, Sept. 12 –
  • Nationwide Series practice – 11 a.m. and 3:30 CT
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – noon CT
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 2:05 p.m. CT
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 5:35 p.m. CT
  • Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 – 7:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, Sept. 13 –
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series qualifying – 11:05 a.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 – 2:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, Sept. 14 –
  • Sprint Cup Series 400 – 1 p.m. CT

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

For more race information and to purchase tickets for the 400 weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, visit