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Chicagoland Speedway Provides a Multitude of Amenities as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Kicks Off

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JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR fans traveling to Chicagoland Speedway for the upcoming weekend will experience an abundance of amenities in addition to four days of action-packed racing. Fans of all ages will receive a fully-engaging NASCAR experience marked by the kick off for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the green flag flies on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.

Major Concert Entertainment

Country music singer and songwriter Chase Rice will perform the pre-race concert for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. Rice worked on a NASCAR pit crew before moving to Nashville to pursue his career in music. Rice has a special passion for NASCAR, developed first through years of attending races while following his father’s racing career and through his own career experience within the sport.

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.”

Pre-Race Show

For the fourth consecutive year, national anthem singer Jim Cornelison, who is better known as the “Gold Standard,” will perform the “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Rounding out the pre-race pageantry will be a flyover from the 122nd Fighter Wing Unit for the Air National Guard which is fitting as Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 is the 69th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.

Champions Park

Champions Park is a family-friendly area open to all race fans, which includes live entertainment, the Kids Zone featuring appearances by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a social hub providing games and prizes as well as monuments dedicated to past winners. The park is recognized as one of the most impressive fan-interactive display areas on the motorsports circuit as it provides a park-like setting right next to the grandstands where all fans can enjoy entertainment and engaging activities in a party atmosphere before and after the race.

Chicagoland Speedway is also presenting a NASCAR Post-Race Party in Champions Park. This special show will feature live music with Maggie Speaks and an appearance by Rusty Wallace. The post-race party will kick-off approximately 30 minutes after the checkered flag is waved.

Let’s Talk Food Fan Zone

For $75, fans can purchase a grandstand ticket and entrance to the Let’s Talk Food Fan Zone. Fan Zone Pit Pass holders are able to spend pre-race in the infield meaning that they are placed in close proximity to the pre-race concert and driver introductions. They are provided access to view the drivers’ red carpet walk, participate in NASCAR personality question-and-answer sessions and visit Gatorade Victory Lane prior to the races.

Mobile App

Fans can get their information on the go and keep up with the most up to date track action with the Chicagoland Speedway Mobile App. This is a resourceful tool to use for track maps, camping, admissions, purchasing tickets and even times and scheduling. Additionally, it is a great way to keep up with announcements, notices, directions, and much more by simply downloading it to your Android or iPhone completely FREE of charge.

Food Offerings

Highlighting this year’s menu will be the Heart Attack Chips and homemade 10” Italian Sausage sandwich from Genoa Italian Concessions. Genoa Italian Concessions begins the Heart Attack Chips build by starting with three fresh potatoes that are spun into chips before being dropped into the deep fryer. After being placed on a plate, a healthy portion of melted cheese and more than a half pound of bacon top the chips. Starting with their own special sausage recipe, Genoa Italian Concessions presents its 10” Italian sausage on a fresh bun with onions and peppers.

Free Parking and Coolers Permitted

General parking at Chicagoland Speedway is always FREE. Fans are allowed and encouraged to bring a soft-sided cooler (6x6x12) filled with beverages and snacks!

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 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The complete 2016 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend

Thursday, Sept. 15       ARCA Racing Series SCOTT® 150

Friday, Sept. 16            NASCAR Sprint Cup Series I-Cash Pole Qualifying

Friday, Sept. 16            NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225

Saturday, Sept. 17        NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for Safety 300

Sunday, Sept. 18          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

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About Brian Eberly

Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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