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Chicagoland could be added to Sprint Cup schedule

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11:12 AM ET 08.06 | There is a good possibility that Chicagoland could be the latest venue added to next season's Sprint Cup schedule, but officials have refused to confirm or deny the rumors. "Currently, we're still working with NASCAR on finalizing the details of our 2011 schedule," Chicagoland spokesman Jeff Stur said. "We plan on making an announcement once everything has been completed." Talk has swirled around Chicagoland being eyed as the season opener for the series in 2011.

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August 6, 2010  11:27 AM ET

Wow, a new article. I am at a loss for words.

August 6, 2010  11:46 AM ET

It should be added to the CHASE...move from July to September

August 6, 2010  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow, a new article. I am at a loss for words.

I know I am.
What are you supposed to say about a rumour?
We already have one date there.
Why do we need another?
Bring us a new/old short track instead

August 6, 2010  11:55 AM ET

From the whole Story ;)

Chicago likely would get its Chase date from Auto Club /Calif Speedway, which currently has February and October dates on the Cup schedule.

With dates being shuffled, Auto Club likely will lose one of its Cup races to Kansas, which already has a Chase date. The options for a regular season date at Kansas appear to be in April or June.

Auto Club Speedway, which sold out all of its races when it had one Cup race a season, might have its one Cup date pushed into March with the second race of the season possibly moving to Phoenix.

What happens to Chicago July date, which was the weekend after Daytona? The most likely spot for that will be Kentucky, which is getting one of Atlanta's Cup races.

If Chicago opens the Chase, then the next two races likely would be at Dover and New Hampshire with the remainder of the Chase schedule remaining pretty much the same.

;) We find out the Schedule on Tuesday from NASCAR...till then Rumors.

August 6, 2010  12:06 PM ET

Also this move could back fire ;( If NASCAR chose to open the Chase at Chicago, it would kick off its version of the playoffs in the third biggest media market and also in a market where it has struggled to sell tickets the last two years.

and Add to that ;-( also vs Da'Bears on Sunday

so is the Chicago race still going to be run on Saturday Night

August 6, 2010  12:37 PM ET
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Like you said Nova just rumors.....in the Papers around here(Hour from Ky. speedway) the talk is that a New Hampshire date will be given to Ky. Since its owned by Brutons Speedway network. But till the schedule comes out its just everyone blowen smoke......

It already out of the bag that Atlanta is losing a race, another Bruton track, so I am guessing Kentucky gets that race. And then maybe next year the second New Hampshire date gets move to Las Vegas for its second race. ....but Whatever

August 6, 2010  12:41 PM ET

After a week they put this crap on,,when we have a Road course race comming up,,Geeeze,,how lame can you get.

August 6, 2010  12:41 PM ET

"Talk has swirled around Chicagoland being eyed as the season opener for the series in 2011."

That's just crazy. I grew up a few miles from where they built the track, and it's nice to be able to visit home and see a race, but there's no way Chicago should be hosting the opening race. It's a pretty boring race at a very aero dependent track where the lead car just takes off from the pack. And even with just one race per year there, they have a hard time selling tickets. I'll be semi-happy that they continue to be on the schedule, but it shouldn't open the season and it shouldn't be in the Chase.

August 6, 2010  01:23 PM ET

I hate this track when it comes to NASCAR racing. As far as I'm concerned it can leave the schedule for good.

The facility makes one heck of an IndyCar track however.

August 6, 2010  02:32 PM ET
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race at Michigan then go to Chicagoland - then Brickyard - then Kentucky.......its economics NASCAR trying to save gas

and a wrong move, totally, the summer is already too full midwest races.

August 6, 2010  03:03 PM ET

isnt chicagoland already on the schedule......?

also, why would they get rid of daytona 500/speedweeks as the opener? i dont get it.

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August 6, 2010  03:31 PM ET
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...Folks in India don't know the difference.

****, they probably have masters in economics from Northwestern......

August 6, 2010  03:32 PM ET
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The actual article says "officials will neither confirm nor deny reports that the 1.5-mile track in Joliet, Ill., will get a Chase For The Sprint Cup race and possibly open the Chase in 2011."Open the Chase not the season...Folks in India don't know the difference.

lol, i guess i probably should have clicked the article instead of relying on the t&r clowns.. thanks

August 6, 2010  04:19 PM ET
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It already out of the bag that Atlanta is losing a race, another Bruton track, so I am guessing Kentucky gets that race. And then maybe next year the second New Hampshire date gets move to Las Vegas for its second race. ....but Whatever

Thats what I'm hearing.. Burton Smith has called a press conference at Kentucky Speedway for Aug 10..
Also hearing that Fontana will lose a race date and that will go to Kansas City in 2011

August 6, 2010  04:46 PM ET

Well if it's that strong of a possibility to open the Chase in Chicago, hopefully they wont go back to selling tickets as a 2-race package. Up until this year, you had to buy a seat for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup race. When I went 2 years ago, the cheapest ticket for 1 seat was $180.

I think they realized they were losing a ton of money by making it a package deal and sold them by single races this year. f they make it a Chase race, the owners might try to get greedy and make it a package deal again.

August 6, 2010  05:38 PM ET

Thought it was ( I could be Wrong ) for Chicago to get the Best seats, had to buy IRL & NASCAR together, can of like Season tickets

August 6, 2010  06:01 PM ET
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Thought it was ( I could be Wrong ) for Chicago to get the Best seats, had to buy IRL & NASCAR together, can of like Season tickets

I don't know about the best seats in Chicago, I was talking about having to pay $180 for 1 ticket for the cheapest seats in the place. Luckily, my parent's neighbor was a vendor there and let me use an employee pass for the race. I just waited til about 10 minutes after the race began and then found an empty seat about 15 rows up on the exit of pit row. There were a ton to choose from.

August 6, 2010  06:20 PM ET

Season opener??? What about Daytona?

 
August 6, 2010  06:40 PM ET
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Season opener??? What about Daytona?

Chicago would be the CHASE opener....T&R did not get it right....Season opener at Chicago 20 degree with a Wind chill of -10 in February...pit crews in Parka

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