With race moving to July next year, Chicagoland to host NASCAR playoff

13 Sep , 2017 Sports

Chicagoland Speedway has one more race in the playoffs before it goes back to its roots next year.

This Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 is the opener of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 10-race playoffs. Next summer, the Joliet track will host its race on July 1, ending Chicagoland Speedway’s fall run.

But this move back to the summer isn’t a negative for the track. It’s something Chicagoland Speedway, which hosted a July race from 2001-2010, didn’t ask for but welcomed when the 2018 schedule was announced in May.

“When we moved to September, part of the reason for that move was NASCAR wanted to give the start of the playoffs a big platform and a big stage. And what better market to do that than one like Chicago, and we were thrilled to have that position for the past seven years,” Chicagoland Speedway president Scott Paddock said. “But a lot of our fans, quite frankly, lobbied and were pretty vocal about wanting that return to the summer time.”

The reasons Paddock listed make sense. Unlike Sunday when the Bears, Cubs and White Sox are in action, the Blackhawks are in training camp and there’s even a PGA Tour event to …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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