RACE PREVIEW

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CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

SEPT 20, 3PM Charlotte Time, NBCSN TV

1.5 MILES 18 Degrees of Banking

My kind of town Chicago is, and my kind of track Chicagoland Speedway is. Criticized when built as a “cookie cutter track,” this track is actually truly unique. The only thing it shares with other mile and a half tracks is the size. First, there is no such thing as a bad seat here – even the first row has a good back stretch view. Secondly, the back stretch is curved slightly and that makes it very different from the other 1.5 mile tracks on the circuit. This track has enough banking to keep speeds fast and is wide enough to pass pretty easily. When you take a great race facility like this and put it next to a world class city like Chicago, you have a weekend that can’t be beat. This marks the fifth time that Chicagoland kicks off the Chase for The Cup. It will be the second time with 16 drivers. Chevrolet has won half of the last ten races here, with Toyota taking three wins and Ford and Dodge each taking one. But that last Chevrolet win was in 2011. Which driver, which team and which manufacturer will get the first win of this year’s Chase? We’ll find out Sunday.

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