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Joliet, IL 60433

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Tailgating in Joliet is something special in Northern Illinois. The summer season is short and the tailgating is furious. 75,000 seats in the Chicagoland Speedway and they will all be filled. Beforehand all those butts will be sitting in the parking lot having some pre race bbq, sausages and a wide array of sides as well as cold beer. Remember that you cannot bring your food and drink into the track. The good news is that you can buy food and drink inside once you are there. overall tailgating at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet Illinois is a great time. Leave early as traffic can be a tough and bring some chow as it is what happens before the race.


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  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher wouldn't hurt
  • Sunscreen
  • Food/Drinks
  • Bottle opener
  • Napkins
  • Serving
  • Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage
  • Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
  • Something to sit on


Chicagoland is known for pizza and sausages. Basically meat eaters as far as that goes. One thing to remember you should NOT EVER put ketchup on a hotdog when visiting this area. It is a mustard only crowd. BBQ reigns supreme as the Chicago area is also known for Ribs. Chicken and anything else you can get over a fire and cover in BBQ sauce is also a go. The local beer is Old Style but you may have a hard time finding anyone who will admit to drinking it. Budweiser is probably the beer of choice. The people of the Chicago are good midwestern types who like to have a good time and keep it real. The warm weather season is short so they pack in a good time whenever they can.


Seats: 75,000
Shape: D-Shape Oval
Distance: 1.5 miles
Turns: 18 degree
Straightaways: 11 degree frontstretch, 5 degree backstretch
Length of frontstretch 2,400 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,700 feet



Chicagoland Speedway is a speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. The speedway is actually located several miles south of Joliet proper, just off Illinois Route 53 between Joliet and Wilmington, Illinois. It currently has a capacity of 75,000 people. Since its inaugural season in 2001, the Chicagoland Speedway has become an unexpected and significant draw for major NASCAR and IRL events, often selling out major races months in advance.

The speedway itself is known to be one of NASCAR's infamous "cookie cutter" speedways, due to the fact that it resembles many other 1.5-mile (2.4 km) downforce racetracks that resemble a D-shape in the NASCAR racing series. Although it may have the stigma of being a "cookie cutter" D-shaped oval, Chicagoland is unique in that it is one continuous curve, as the backstretch has a noticeable bend to it.

Chicagoland hosts the August IndyCar Series Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 and NASCAR Truck Series race that was added as of August 2008, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ( 400) and From 1999 through 2000, the Chicagoland Speedway was built adjacent to the older Route 66 Raceway. In 2001, Chicagoland hosted their inaugural events, with NASCAR's Busch (Now Nationwide Series) and Winston Cup (which then became NEXTEL Cup Series and now Sprint Cup Series), ARCA RE/MAX Series, and IRL IndyCar Series races making up the initial schedule. These series continue to run at Chicagoland Speedway annually through 2008.

On September 11, 2005, Ryan Briscoe was involved in an enormous crash at Chicagoland Speedway, breaking both clavicles among other injuries. He was released from the hospital on September 19 and following some initial treatment in the USA, moved to the specialist Formula Medicine facility in Viareggio, Italy, for the bulk of his rehabilitation. It took 8 weeks for Briscoe to recover from the injuries he sustained in the crash. His official web site announced his return to the USA on November 14, 2005. Following the incident Ryan was nicknamed "Briscoe Inferno"

On September 25, 2007, speedway officials announced the installation of lights for the 2008 season. With this new addition to the 1.5-mile (2.4 km), D-shaped oval, Chicagoland Speedway became only the tenth Sprint Cup facility (five each with Speedway Motorsports and ISC tracks) able to hold night racing. The NASCAR race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in 2008 featured two night races - the Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 11, followed by the Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 12.

On September 9, 2007, Logan Gomez won his first career Indy Pro Series (now Firestone Indy Lights) race by only .0005 seconds, or three inches (76 mm) over that year's champion Alex Lloyd. This was officially recorded by Guinness World Records as the closest finish in professional motor racing history.

On July 11th, 2008, Chicagoland Speedway held its very first night race, the Nationwide Series' Dollar General 300, which was won by Kyle Busch. The next day, July 12th, the Sprint Cup Series raced under the lights in the 400, which was also won by Kyle Busch, making him the only driver to win the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races in the same weekend, as well as being the only driver so far to win under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway. In August 2008, it was announced that a NASCAR Truck Series race would be run in 2009, coming from Atlanta Motor Speedway in a 2009 NASCAR Schedule realignment, and would be paired with the IndyCar series race, which will become a Saturday night race that year. The ARCA event will become part of a Friday night package for that season as well.


  • July 14, 2002 - Kevin Harvick, Race Record (Average Speed), 400 miles,136.832 mph
  • July 8, 2005 - Jimmie Johnson, Fastest Qualifying Lap, 1.5 miles, 188.147 mph

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