Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff weekend fueled by sponsor BUY: Chicagoland race tickets Chicagoland Speedway announced Tuesday that its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 18 will be known as the American Ethanol E15 225 (Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). With support from Growth Energy, an official NASCAR Green partner, and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, American Ethanol will serve as the sponsor for the race leading into the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event as the 10-race playoff for NASCAR's premier series opens at the Joliet, Illinois facility for the fifth consecutive year. "As we kick off our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, we are thrilled to welcome a partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol," Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway , said in a track release. "Their commitment to reducing emissions through the cleaner burning ethanol fuel has been a vital part of NASCAR's Green Clean Air initiative. American Ethanol has proven to be a tremendous partner not only for Chicagoland Speedway , but for NASCAR's teams, fans and the industry as a whole." The event will be the 16th of the 23-race Camping World Truck Series schedule, and it will be the third event sponsored by American Ethanol, which served as a presenting sponsor for the June 13 American Ethanol Presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 Brought to You by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park and as the title sponsor of the American Ethanol 200 on June 19 at Iowa Speedway . "Growth Energy is thrilled to sponsor the American Ethanol 225 and work in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois family corn growers to promote a homegrown, American fuel," Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said in the track release. "The drivers at Chicagoland Speedway and across the nation rely on E15 for superior horsepower and performance, and as they will tell you, it delivers." Kyle Busch won last year's event for his fourth career Camping World Truck Series victory at Chicagoland . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Intermediate track hosts opening event of 10-race Chase in September The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn’t begin for another 10 weeks at Chicagoland Raceway, but a dozen teams are scheduled to be at the 1.5-mile track later this week for an open team test. Dale Earnhardt Jr . ( Hendrick Motorsports ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ), Sam Hornish Jr . ( Richard Petty Motorsports ) and J.J. Yeley ( BK Racing ) are participating in a two-day Goodyear tire test Monday and Tuesday. They will be joined by Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Greg Biffle ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing ), Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ), Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing ) and Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske ) for the open test. On Tuesday morning, Earnhardt Jr. tweeted that Hornish tested a high downforce package on Monday while a low downforce package was scheduled to be run on Tuesday. Test day2. Heard @SamHornish tested @NASCAR high downforce package yesterday. We start day2 with the low downforce package. #RunninInCircles — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) July 14, 2015 While a lower downforce rules package similar to that used this past weekend at Kentucky Speedway isn't expected to be in play when the series competes at Chicago in September, any additional testing with the setup on the 1.5-mile track would give both Goodyear and the teams additional data going forward. RELATED: France sees improvement in racing at Kentucky At Daytona International Speedway earlier this month, Earnhardt Jr. said he was open to trying a different aero package for Chicago while testing. "I think it's a great idea to go there and take whatever package they would like to try," the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. "Because it's a great opportunity … we will be there three full days." Earnhardt said implementing the lower downforce package for the test didn't necessarily mean the package would be used in the opening Chase race. "We will go through and see what happens up until the Chase with these different packages they want to try and then maybe come to a decision to change something in the Chase," he said. "But until then nothing in the Chase is really going to change as far as I've been told. I feel comfortable about that." A similar rules package will be in play when the series travels to Darlington Raceway in September, and a high drag package is scheduled for races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway later this year. The rules package in place for Saturday's race at Kentucky featured a shorter spoiler as well as changes to the splitter and splitter extension panel. RELATED: What we learned from Kentucky race, rules package While weather problems forced the cancellation of a scheduled extended practice on Wednesday at Kentucky, as well as qualifying on Friday, the 267-lap race featured a record number of green-flag passes throughout the field. Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for NASCAR, didn't completely close the door on the possibility of an aero change for any of the 10 Chase races, five of which will be contested on 1.5-mile tracks, when speaking with members of the media last week, saying, "All options for us are still on the table." "Our position today is that these are the race packages and this is kind of where we're at for '15, but as those conversations take place over the next couple weeks, that could change," he said. Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, O’Donnell said, however, that there were no plans to implement different aero packages for Chase races. "We're going to stick with our plan," he said. "This was something that we developed with the garage area. What are the specific races that we can target together? Everybody feels really good about the plan that we have in place so we'll continue on that path. We're learning a lot this week as well as we take all the data from Kentucky. … "There were some reasons why we picked the race tracks we did from a (preparation) standpoint, and (we) feel like we want to stick to the plan right now." The opening Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 at Chicagoland Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, MRN, SiriusXM). The other nine Chase races will be contested at: New Hampshire Motor Speedway , Dover International Speedway , Charlotte Motor Speedway , Kansas Speedway , Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway , Texas Motor Speedway , Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Ludacris will serve as Grand Marshal for the race RELATED: Buy tickets for Chicagoland Chicagoland Speedway announced on Monday that "Furious 7", the final installment in the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, will be the title sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY race on Saturday, September 19 (6 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, MRN, SiriusXM). The Furious 7 300 will include cast member and musician Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as Grand Marshal for the event. The weekend at Chicagoland will also be the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The relationship between NASCAR and the franchise began in 2011 with great success. "As we saw first-hand with our ground breaking Fast Five partnership back in 2011, UPHE understands the thrills that come along with great racing and the power that can be harnessed through NASCAR Nation," said Scott Paddock, President of Chicagoland Speedway . "We’re looking forward to giving 'Furious 7' and its home entertainment release the national platform that a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend can uniquely deliver. "What better way to celebrate...than to be part of an American institution synonymous with speed, cars and family." "Furious 7", which grossed $1.5 billion at the box office, will be released on Digital HD on August 25 and Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on September 15 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
New England Patriot’s tight end Rob Gronkowski gets a full NASCAR experience as he visits Chicagoland Speedway with his family on fathers day weekend.
Get on-track times for everything at Chicagoland and Iowa The NASCAR XFINITY Series will race at Chicagoland Speedway , and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Check out the full schedule below. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; All times are ET FR IDAY, JUNE 19: ON TRACK -- 11 a.m.-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 3:30-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 7-7:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 (200 laps, 175 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) SATU RDAY, JUNE 20: ON TRACK -- 5:15 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 9:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Chicagoland Race (200 laps, 300 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live )
NASCAR.com’s Jonathan Merryman previews the upcoming weekend for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Chicagoland Speedway and Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway .
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps an exciting battle between Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney as Jones takes the checkered flag and his second win of the weekend in the Owens Corning AttiCat 300 at Chicagoland Speedway .
The Owens Corning AttiCat 300 at Chicagoland Speedway is postponed until Sunday, June 21st at Noon ET on FOX Sports 2.
It was the Erik Jones show at both Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway . Be sure to check out the best moments from the NASCAR weekend.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- International Speedway Corp., on Tuesday announced that Scott Paddock has been named president of Chicagoland Speedway , effective Jan. 18. Paddock formerly served as director of sports marketing for the Gatorade Co., a division of PepsiCo Inc. Paddock, 42, a 15-year veteran in the sports-marketing industry, will report to ISC president John R. Saunders and will be responsible for all operations of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. Information and Tickets "We are excited to have Scott join our company," Saunders said. "This is an important year for Chicagoland as we will celebrate its 10th year of operation and host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. "Scott is a proven, professional sports-marketing executive having managed Gatorade's involvement in NASCAR as well as the other major sports leagues like the NFL. Also, with Scott being a well-respected marketing professional within greater Chicago, we are confident that he will elevate the prominence of our multipurpose motorsports complex within the business community of the third-largest market in the country." Joining Gatorade in 1998, Paddock most recently was responsible for the management of the brand's $120 million sports-marketing sponsorship portfolio, including all league, team and spokesperson relations and negotiations. Prior to joining Gatorade, Paddock was with Sports Partners, a sports marketing and advertising agency that specialized in assisting corporate clients in activating their sponsorship rights and assets. "ISC has a long, rich tradition in motorsports and I am thrilled to be a part of it," Paddock said. "I'm looking forward to leveraging the talent and resources we have at Chicagoland to continue to raise awareness of major motorsports entertainment in a region that is well known for its passion for all levels and types of sports. By delivering a truly unique and memorable guest experience at each of our events, and working to become even further entrenched as a corporate citizen within the community, we will ensure Chicagoland's success throughout the region." Paddock received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1990. He has served on a number of boards and committees, including the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council; member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors -- USA Basketball; Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee; and member of the Board of Directors for Camouflage Kids. He was a professional basketball player and a starter on the 1995 United States National Team. Paddock also was named a member of the Sports Business Journal 's prestigious Forty Under Forty class for 2008. He and his wife reside in Orland Park, Ill., and have two daughters. Caraviello: NASCAR turns to Chicago in search for big city to call home