Eldredge's Pre-Race Concert Will Take Place On Sunday, Sept. 20 Joliet, Ill. -- Country music sensation and Illinois Native, Brett Eldredge, as the pre-race concert act for the myAFibRisk.com 400 -- the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Sept. 20. Eldredge hails from Paris, Ill., approximately 180 miles south of Chicago, and released his new single, "Lose My Mind," last Tuesday. The CMA New Artist of the Year plans to release his sophomore album later this year. His debut album, Bring You Back, yielded the No. 1 hits "Don’t Ya," "Beat of the Music," and "Mean to Me." The 29-year-old Eldredge was a student at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst before moving to Nashville to chase his dreams. "Over the past several years we've had an opportunity to host some of the premier performers within the country music industry, and we're looking forward to Brett Eldredge continuing that tradition," said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway . "Including an artist of Brett's caliber as part of our weekend festivities is an exciting addition for our track, NASCAR and particularly our fans, and the fact that he's from our own backyard makes it even more special as we kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ." Special packages are available for Eldredge’s biggest fans, including a $99 ticket upgrade which guarantees a place in the front row for Brett's concert and also includes a Fan Zone Pit Pass (grandstand ticket not included). The Fan Zone Pit Pass is required to enter the infield for the concert. For $75, fans can purchase a grandstand ticket and Fan Zone Pit Pass, which puts them in close proximity to the concert and provides access to driver introductions, a red carpet walk and the Infield Fan Zone. All fans with grandstand tickets will have the ability to view the concert from their grandstand seat. 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 p.m. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway , Sept. 18-20, will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track with the Furious 7 300 as the precursor to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . In addition to the racing action, fans can enjoy live musical entertainment, Champions Park, tailgating and more. Tickets start at just $25 with kids tickets (12 and under) $25 OFF, and parking is always free at Chicagoland Speedway . Buy Chicagoland Tickets
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RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " Chase Grid Complete news and notes on all 43 drivers from the myAFibRisk.com 400 1. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin's worst start at Chicagoland turned into his best finish at the track when he opted to not pit prior to the Lap 263 restart and used likely the best restart of his career to roll to the win. He is the first driver to secure a spot in the Contender round. 2. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Chase contender rallied back after being busted for speeding on pit road on Lap 52. 3. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch bounced off the wall early in the race, but was leading when the final caution flag was waved. He opted not to pit and fell back when he didn't get a strong run at the restart. 4. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman restarted 14th on fresh tires and improved to score his fifth top-five of the season. 5. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth's team continually tweaked the No. 20 Toyota to help Kenseth maintain his grip on the points lead. 6. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano, a Chase contender, turned in his second-best result at Chicagoland on Sunday. The Connecticut-native found himself caught in between the Johnson-Harvick issue after bumping Johnson on a restart; which, in turn, caused Johnson to slide into Harvick's Chevrolet. 7. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson is two-for-two at Chicagoland -- two starts, two top-10 results at the 1.5-mile oval. Larson was the first non-Chase contender to cross the finish line. 8. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski rebounded from a loose wheel to post his 10th straight top-10 result of the year, a series best. 9. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch led a race-high 121 laps as the Joe Gibbs Racing domination continued on Sunday. 10. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola ran inside the top 15 for most of the day en route to his first Chicagoland top-10. 11. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson ruffled some feathers early when he made contact with Harvick, after being tapped by Logano, while trying to get back onto the track after the Lap 135 restart. 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt lost several spots in the closing laps when he committed to the top line off the restart and was stalled behind cars on older tires. 13. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . The fastest in Saturday's final practice, Truex was strong all day but got caught up in a four-wide, Lap 263 restart and shuffled to the back. 14. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon, who made a series-tying best 788th Cup start Sunday, took the lead on Lap 144 after a controversial restart, paced the field for 40 laps before pitting under green on Lap 185. 15. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan used the beneficiary pass twice and the wave-around several times to improve his track position and stay on the lead lap. 16. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. In his first Chase race as a contender, McMurray gambled with pit strategy and experienced a bit of tire rub in the closing 30 laps. 17. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A first-time Chaser, Menard was running 12th and on the lead lap with 18 laps to go. A late-race pit stop and crazy restart cost him position. 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse spent the first half of Sunday's race looking for the best line. When he ran the top line, he reported, the rear of his car became too tight. 19. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . It was a tough day for Bowyer, who struggled throughout the entire race getting through Turns 3 and 4. 20. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was considering fuel mileage while racing for the beneficiary pass late in the race Sunday. 21. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle, frequently vexed this season with his car's handling, experienced similar on Sunday and also had the misfortune of brushing the wall. 22. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Scott rolled off the grid 21st and tying his second-best Cup result of the year (he finished 13th at Las Vegas). 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . "Heck yeah boys! Excellent stop," Allgaier encouraged his pit crew during their sixth stop. Unfortunately, the chassis adjustments didn't pan out in the laps to come, as Allgaier noted there wasn't a change in the handling. 24. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne made an unscheduled stop late in the race for a vibration and spent the rest of the race running quietly. The primary radio chatter was his lap times. 25. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart was among the cars knocked off the lead lap during season's longest green-flag run. He was running 16th on Lap 83 and was the last car on the lead lap. 26. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick was running 30th when she reported a "loud metal noise" in the back of her car nearing Lap 100. 27. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill was one of 16 drivers knocked off the lead lap within the first 50 laps, but he had the fortune of being a legitimate contender for the beneficiary pass. 28. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Once his team addressed a loose-handling condition, Bayne employed the wave around during caution periods and held steady in the top 28. 29. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt held steady to improve upon his previous best Chicagoland finish of 30th. 30. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish started 22nd but had to pit unexpectedly for tire rub during the first quarter of the race, causing him to go two laps down. 31. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The Chicagoland first-timer was cautioned on the restarts by spotter Tony Raines , who said "It's like Talladega or Daytona here at the start/finish line. They're all pushing each other." 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The caution flag was waved on Lap 191 just as Gilliland's team was completing his green-flag stop. 33. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Within the first 50 laps, Wise reported a vibration in the right rear, prompting his crew chief to call him down pit road and further off the lead lap. 34. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett pitted just prior to the second caution flag for a vibration and later chose to take the wave-around. 35. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley chased a free-handling car and was running 34th past the midway point on Sunday. 36. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger, who was involved in Denny Hamlin 's early on-track spin, took another hit by Lap 48 when he sustained a flat left-rear tire and had to stop on pit road. 37. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Around Lap 151, Bowman reported to his crew that something in the rear of the car had broken and he had to hit pit road. 38. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton battled a loose-handling condition during his debut at Chicagoland Speedway and within the first quarter of the race already had dropped the track bar a half inch. 39. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, later tweeting his car was "off all weekend," started where he finished in his Chicagoland debut. 40. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson scored his second-best result this season from behind the wheel of the No. 98 Ford. 41. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Making his second Chicagoland start, Hill struggled to make up much track position after starting 43rd. 42. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion experienced tire rub after contact with Johnson on the Lap 135 restart and cut his left-rear tire, ultimately causing him to hit the wall hard three laps later. 43. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon's best Chicagoland start and strong top-10 run was cut short when he got into the wall on Lap 131.
RELATED: Full standings " Chicagoland race results Advancing: Denny Hamlin rebounded from a 29th-place starting position and an early spin to win Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in the opener for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . As a result, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver advanced to the Contender Round. It was Hamlin's first win in 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicagoland , and it came a little more than a week since the Joe Gibbs Racing driver tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing basketball. Four out: These four drivers would not advance to the next round (Contender) if the Challenger Round ended today. (Note: The Challenger Round ends in two weeks at Dover International Speedway .) Jamie McMurray (two points behind 12th-place driver) Paul Menard (-3) Clint Bowyer (-5) Kevin Harvick (-22) Reason for hope: Ryan Newman kept his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet out of trouble on Sunday and posted a fourth-place finish, his ninth top-10 finish in 14 starts at Chicagoland . He moved up to eighth place in the Chase standings and is 12 points ahead of McMurray, who is in 13th place. Reason for worry: Defending champion Kevin Harvick ran into trouble on Lap 135 when his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet came into contact with Jimmie Johnson 's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS. A few laps later Harvick's tire went down and caused him to spin and wreck. He had to go to the garage and finished 42nd. Now Harvick needs a win in the next two races -- or to be near-perfect and see someone else fall behind in points -- for him to advance. Up next: Sylvania 300 , 2 p.m. ET, Sept. 27 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) Who it favors Most wins: 3 -- Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Ryan Newman Best driver rating: 106.7 -- Jeff Gordon Best average finish: 10.2 -- Brad Keselowski Who it hurts Fewest top 10s: 6 -- Jamie McMurray (in 25 starts), Carl Edwards (22), Martin Truex Jr . (19) Worst driver rating: 61.4 -- Paul Menard Worst average finish: 20.7 -- Jamie McMurray
RELATED: Full starting lineup Kyle Busch used a fast lap of 180.959 mph in the final round of group qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series to take the Coors Light Pole Award at Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday's Furious 7 300 (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The pole is Busch's third of the season in the XFINITY Series and the 46th of his career in the series. In 11 starts at Chicagoland , Busch has three wins, seven top fives and now two poles at the 1.5-mile track. Busch is looking to make it Chicagoland sweep for the No. 54 team in the XFINITY Series. Erik Jones won the June standalone event at Chicagoland piloting the No. 54 Toyota to Victory Lane. Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez made it a clean sweep of the top three spots in the starting lineup. Kenseth (180.844 mph) will line up in the front row with Busch, while Suarez (180.542 mph) will line up in the third position. Ty Dillon (179.922 mph) will join Suarez in Row 2 for the start of the race. Ryan Blaney (179.892) and Kyle Larson (179.736 mph) will comprise Row 3. Entering Saturday's race, Chris Buescher holds a 21-point edge over defending series champion Chase Elliott and a 27-point lead over Ty Dillon . Elliott did not advance to the final round of group qualifying and will start 17th, while Buescher will line up eighth. Morgan Shepherd did not qualify for the race.
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings JOLIET, Ill. -- In a race where teammates raced like archrivals to the checkered flag, Kyle Busch surged ahead of Matt Kenseth with a crossover move on the second-to-last lap and won the Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race by .791 seconds over his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday night. The two JGR cars were the clear top of the field, but after they swapped the lead three times on Laps 176 through 178, Busch pulled out to an advantage of more than one second over Kenseth. With Busch trying to save a half-lap of fuel, however, Kenseth closed the gap in the closing laps and surged past his teammate on Lap 199, as both drivers were trying to dodge the lapped car of John Wes Townley . With Kenseth powering his No. 20 Toyota deep into Turn 3 after making the pass, Busch was able to cross over and retake the lead to the inside as Kenseth lost momentum. Busch pulled away on the final lap to win his fourth XFINITY Series race of the season, his fourth at Chicagoland and the 74th of his career, extending his own series record. Busch's car, however, was too low on all four corners when the ride height was measured during post-race inspection. NASCAR is taking the car to its tech center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation. If penalties are warranted, they will be announced next week. RELATED: Busch's car fails inspection at Chicagoland Darrell Wallace Jr . used fuel-mileage strategy to perfection and earned himself a third-place finish, coaxing 67 laps out of his last tank of gas. Paul Menard ran fourth, followed by Ty Dillon , who moved into second place in the series standings, trailing leader Chris Buescher (seventh on Saturday) by 25 points. Defending XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott ran 14th and dropped one position to third in points, 28 behind Buescher. Busch thought he had control of the race when he passed Kenseth for the lead on Lap 178 of 200 and began to pull away. "I thought when I got to him and I cleared him and drove away by a second-plus, it was over, and I said, 'OK. Thank you -- I can breathe a little bit," Busch said. "Then he started running us back down, and I tried to go back to the top and I was loose up there again when I went back there. "Just had to battle through there. He was right there, though … Once he lost his momentum off of (Turn) 4, it was over. That was some fun racing, though." Kenseth, who thought he had the faster car, was understandably disappointed with the outcome. "I had the best car tonight, and I got beat by a better driver," said Kenseth, who also would have preferred for Townley not to have been in the mix when the outcome of the race was decided. "It would have been nice if he'd gotten the heck out of the way, I'll tell you that," Kenseth said. "Chase (Elliott) was very courteous. He was already a lap down, and he moved down and gave us the top, because he knew that's where we were racing. "Clyde Torkel (a reference to Townley derived from the movie Stroker Ace), he just stuck it right between us. I got around him, and he passed me back when I was trying to race Kyle for the win. That was disappointing." Wallace's third-place finish was a career best for the driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, who is battling sixth-place finisher Daniel Suarez for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. "I try not to let (the rookie contest) worry me too much, but I would say it's good seeing me pass that 18 (Suarez) on the restarts every once in a while," Wallace said. "As long as we're finishing ahead of him, it will be a close battle all the way to the end."
JOLIET, Ill. -- NASCAR will govern restarts with assistance from an extra, dedicated set of eyes going forward in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed Saturday that the sanctioning body will use an extra official to monitor a camera aimed at the restart zone in all three national series. The change went into effect Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway for the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, and will be in place Sunday for the myAFibRisk.com 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the opening race in the 10-race Chase postseason. Restarts have been a hot-button issue in recent weeks, highlighted by two high-profile incidents. Last month at Bristol Motor Speedway , race leader Ryan Blaney was black-flagged for jumping a restart in a truck series event; he rallied from a lap down to win. Last weekend at Richmond International Raceway , Joey Logano cried foul after race winner Matt Kenseth was not penalized for gaining an advantage on the final restart. Drivers are reminded about double-file restart procedures in every drivers' meeting. The leader -- also termed the "control car" -- must restart the race between double red marks and the single red mark on the outside wall beyond Turn 4. In Friday's Camping World Truck Series' drivers meeting ahead of Saturday's rain-delayed race, series director Elton Sawyer warned drivers not to put officials in a position to make a call. Chase-eligible drivers voiced opinions about policing restarts as they made the media rounds at Chase Media Day in Chicago. Several offered up the idea of expanding the zone, but a common refrain was for NASCAR officials to be more proactive in enforcing the rule. "They've got a tough job," said Denny Hamlin , one of four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers with Chase berths. "If they want to officiate from above, that's a very, very hard thing to do, especially as far away from the race track as they are. I think yeah, you try to make it as black-and-white as possible, but restarts are important and everyone's always going to try to get an advantage, but I am a believer that the leader should have the advantage." It's the second time in two years at Chicagoland that NASCAR has added a wrinkle to double-file restarts, which debuted as a standard procedure during the 2009 season. In the drivers' meeting before the 2013 Chase opener here, NASCAR clarified the restart rules, stating that the second-place driver could beat the control car to the start-finish line once the green flag emerged. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said in an appearance earlier this week on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that restarts remain a "ball-and-strike" judgment call. "It's still one we want to leave in the drivers' hands," O'Donnell told SiriusXM. "If we have to get involved and make those calls with more video, we'll do that. But we'd still like to see it play out the way it does through the final 10."
RELATED: Live weather updates from Chicagoland " Trucks race postponed JOLIET, Ill. -- Rain has halted on-track activity Friday at Chicagoland Speedway , throwing a kink into a busy tripleheader weekend schedule for all three NASCAR national series. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, which had begun at 4:35 p.m. ET, was canceled without a full round being completed. So the field is being set per the rule book, resulting in practice speeds being used to set the starting grid. Friday's Truck Series race was postponed. The American Ethanol E15 225 is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway (FOX Sports 2, MRN). NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET, was also canceled. Kevin Harvick will lead the field to green Sunday from the pole position. Precipitation pelted the 1.5-mile oval and surrounding area Thursday evening and returned Friday, the opening day of track time for the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. The main event -- the myAFibRisk.com 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) -- marks the first of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs. All three series got on track Friday for opening practice before rain started to fall during the opening round of Truck Series qualifying, bringing out both the tarps and a red flag. Still scheduled for today is the American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1), the 16th of 23 races for the truck tour this season. The XFINITY Series is scheduled to resume on-track activity Saturday with qualifying at 2:45 p.m. ET and the Furious 7 300 at 6 p.m. ET. Both are to be broadcast on NBCSN/Live Extra.