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A rainy forecast has forced officials to cancel Saturday's NASCAR-sanctioned races at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.
The scheduled Legends of the Pacific touring series will return as part of the August 31st races at the speedway. NASCAR action continues on June 15th during Father's Day Weekend and will include Steel Rodeo Freestyle Motorcross.
More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.
New! $5 Ride to the Racetrack shuttle service to NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA events at World Wide Technology raceway15 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, and the St. Clair County Transit District are teaming up to give NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA fans a lift to the races. Race fans will receive a round-trip bus ride to WWT Raceway events from the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station for only $5.
The shuttle is a cost-effective and convenient alternative for fans travelling to and from WWT Raceway. Buses will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The $5 ride ticket is cash-only. Buses will depart and return to the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station’s Park-and-Ride Lot at 9200 St. Clair Avenue in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Buses will drop fans off at WWT Raceway’s northwest parking area.
The races include the June 22 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series doubleheader, the August 24 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the NTT IndyCar Series and qualifying day (Friday, September 27) for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
For a complete list of permitted and prohibited items, please visit: http://www.wwtraceway.com/new-
For more information on the St. Clair County Transit District, please visit www.SCCTD.org or follow @SCCTransit on Twitter.
To purchase tickets and obtain more information about World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
Global Music Superstar Kelly Clarkson To Perform National Anthem at 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge15 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem before the start of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Clarkson will sing on Race Day in the traditional spot before the 33 drivers are called to their cars in front of the largest single-day spectator sporting event crowd in the world. The performance will take place on the heels of the Tuesday, May 21 season 16 finale of NBC's "The Voice," where Clarkson serves as a coach on the hit show.
Clarkson, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, first rose to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of "American Idol." She has grown to become one of the most popular artists of any era, with 18 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. Clarkson also is the first artist to top each of Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts.
She has won three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Association Award.
Clarkson is quickly becoming a familiar and celebrated figure at the world's most famous racetrack. This will be the second consecutive year and third time overall Clarkson has performed the anthem before the Indianapolis 500, as she also sang in 2011 with Seal while accompanied on piano by David Foster.
"It's a pleasure to welcome Kelly back to IMS on Race Day to sing the national anthem for hundreds of thousands of fans in the stands and millions of viewers around the world," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "She is a global icon and an incredible singer, and our fans have loved her performances of the anthem last year and in 2011. We look forward to her delivering another stirring, poignant rendition just before engines are fired for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"
Clarkson has released eight studio albums and one greatest hits album. Her most recent album and first for Atlantic Records is the Grammy-nominated "Meaning of Life." She also has written two children's books, including the New York Times Top 10 best-seller "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby."
Along with her role on "The Voice", Clarkson hosted the Billboard Music Awards for a second consecutive year and voiced the character of Moxy in STXFilms' "UglyDolls" in 2019. Clarkson also is scheduled to make her daytime debut with her talk show, "The Kelly Clarkson Show," airing in September 2019 on NBC.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26 and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.
The race will be televised live on NBC for the first time, with the event's iconic pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. (ET).
Two of South Carolina’s premier sports traditions are partnering together for the third consecutive year to give its fans a fun day at the ballpark this Saturday, May 18.
Darlington Raceway, the iconic NASCAR track, will sponsor the Coastal Carolina University baseball game against Appalachian State at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC. Coastal Carolina is the 2016 NCAA College World Series champions.
It is the last home regular season game for the Chanticleers before postseason play begins in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. CCU will be the host school for the conference tournament from May 21-26 at Spring Brooks Stadium.
The game, slated for a 2 p.m. start on May 18, will feature in-game promotions, race ticket giveaways and much more. The Darlington Raceway pace car will also be on display at the stadium that day.
“We appreciate the strong partnership we have with Coastal Carolina University and its athletic department,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “We’ve been able to sponsor a CCU baseball game for the past three years and support a College World Series winning program headed by head coach Gary Gilmore. This weekend’s weather looks great and we encourage all race fans to come out and support Darlington Raceway day at the ballpark this Saturday.”
Tickets for the CCU game against Appalachian State are available by visiting www.GoCCUSports.com.
College students attending the game are encouraged to visit the track’s information booth to learn about its college ticket program, which is an affordable way for students to enjoy the Bojangles’ Southern 500 with a fun tailgating atmosphere.
Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. on NBC. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.
You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.
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Iowa Speedway today announced the title sponsor for the June 15 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race will be Mars, Incorporated – the parent company of iconic brands such as M&M’S® and Snickers®. This marks the third time the organization has sponsored a race at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.
“As racing fans and promoters, we strive to align the speedway with world-class organizations and elevate their brands to the most dedicated fans in professional sports,” said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. “Having Mars, Incorporated come aboard again this year is another example of the unrivaled promotional power and versatility of NASCAR and Iowa Speedway.
“We are thrilled to bring the colorful fun of the M&M’S® brand and its products to race fans alongside one of our longest standing partners, Casey’s General Store.”
As an Official Partner of NASCAR, Mars, Incorporated amplifies its activation at the track by leveraging the iconic brands people know and love to engage NASCAR fans on a national level. The renewed partnership with Iowa Speedway will include advertising, event marketing and social media at the race track to help improve the experience for fans, partners, teams and employees.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S® 200 presented by Casey’s General Store will run on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT on FS1. The M&M’S® 200 will be the first race of Wide Opening Weekend which pairs the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the fourth consecutive year.
Single-race and event weekend tickets can be purchased in one of three convenient ways. Fans can purchase tickets, access additional information and ask questions by visiting IowaSpeedway.com, calling 866-787-8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT.
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Toledo, Ohio is the glass capital of the world, nicknamed the Glass City, due to the production of a wide range of glass products. A significant amount of window glass used in the automotive manufacturing boom of the early to mid-20th Century was produced in Toledo, and the process that produces glass bottles was perfected in Toledo as well. The Mud Hens, made famous by Toledo native Jamie Farr as Corporal Max Klinger on M*A*S*H is another claim to fame, as are Klinger’s favorite snack Tony Packo’s hot dogs.
Toledo also happens to be one of the Midwest’s epicenters for auto racing with long-defunct tracks like Toledo Raceway Park and Ft. Miami Speedway, which was located where the current Lucas County Recreation Center now sits. Those two tracks were the site of many nights of jalopy and open wheel races through the mid-1900s before racing moved to Toledo Speedway in 1960.
The then-dirt half-mile opened on June 8, 1960 with a supermodified show won by Toledo’s own Al Beale. In the intervening 59 seasons, just about every top name driver in the country has competed on Toledo’s now-paved high banks. NASCAR champions like Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison, and Darrell Waltrip all competed at Toledo, as have Indy 500 winners Gordon Johncock, Al Unser, and Tom Sneva.
That pipeline didn’t end at the end of the 20th Century. Current NASCAR stars Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, and Michael McDowell have all raced at Toledo, and all of them but Busch – surprisingly – have won.
Toledo is also the home of ARCA, the Automobile Racing Club of America. Founded in 1953, ARCA has sanctioned thousands of races at hundreds of racetracks in the intervening 67 years.
The attention of the motorsports world will again be focused on Toledo Speedway on May 19 when the ARCA Menards Series takes to its home track for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. Over the years, sixteen drivers have earned their first ARCA victory at the series’ home track. The drivers who have earned their first wins on Toledo’s ultra-fast high banks range from the prolific, to the up-and-comers, to the one-off winners who were never able to recapture the magic again.
Ten-time series champion Frank Kimmel logged his first win – the first of a record 80 ARCA wins – back in May 1994. Kimmel would go on to victory a total of nine times at Toledo, which makes it his most prolific track alongside the legendary Salem Speedway in Indiana.
“This is just a really cool racetrack,” Kimmel said. “That first win was huge for me. At some point we had to stop being the bridesmaid and be the bride. We had to beat Bob Keselowski, Bobby Bowsher, and Dave Weltmeyer that night. We ended up winning nine times at Toledo but that first one is what got it all started. It’s still a pretty special memory to me.”
Todd Gilliland, who recently earned his second series win at Talladega Superspeedway, won at Toledo in his first-ever series start. It was a record-setting win, as Gilliland was one day past his 15th birthday, making him the youngest winner in series history. And since ARCA rules stipulate you must be 15 years old to race, chances are that’s a record that will stand for years to come.
Gilliland won’t be racing at Toledo this season, as he is racing a partial ARCA schedule while chasing the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series title. He credits that Toledo win for helping establish himself as an up-and-comer worthy of a high-profile opportunity. He currently races for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“Toledo is fun short track,” Gilliland said. “It’s really wide, and you are probably turning more than you want on the straightaway. That was new to me when I raced in the ARCA Menards Series race there a few years ago, and I had to learn as fast as I could. Keeping the car turning is really important for the long run. The fans seem like they come out from everywhere and they always have a great crowd on hand. It’s really cool to be the record holder as the youngest winner in ARCA history after my win at Toledo. Watching the guys that have won there after me like Myatt Snider, Harrison Burton and Zane Smith is really cool as well because they are bunch of my buddies. It’s a fun race track and I’ll be tuned-in cheering on my Toyota teammates.”
One driver that hopes to join Kimmel and Gilliland as ARCA winners at Toledo is Corey Heim. Heim is 16 years old, not quite as young as Gilliland was at the time of his Toledo win, and he comes with a wealth of short track experience already under his belt. Heim finished second in the CARS Tour super late model points last season, winning one of the series’ nine races.
“I’m really looking forward to Toledo,” offered Heim. “It’s a relatively flat race track, which I’m particularly good at and I know Chad Bryant Racing has been very good there in recent years, so I look forward at the chance for my first ARCA Menards Series victory.”
Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. A 35-lap ARCA late model sportsman feature event will close Saturday’s activities at the track. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 pm ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live user chat throughout all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Tickets are available by calling the Toledo Speedway ticket office at (419) 727-1100. Discounted tickets are available at Northwest Ohio Menards locations for $15, a savings of $10 from the raceday ticket price.
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The always popular Super Late Models are set for their first of two appearances at Lincoln Speedway, in Lincoln, IL, this coming Friday, May 17. It also marks the 2019 opener for the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Model tour, after the original opener was rained out at Belle-Clair Speedway. Four other racing divisions will join the Super Late Models on Friday night.
The Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models have a ten event schedule with events at Lincoln Speedway and Highland Speedway this weekend. In addition, events are scheduled to be held at Macon Speedway, Jacksonville Speedway, Spoon River Speedway, and Belle-Clair Speedway throughout the course of the summer months. Friday’s Lincoln event will be a tune-up for the highly attended June 30 Summer Nationals event at the track.
Last season, Fairview Heights, IL’s Daryn Klein, claimed the victory in the Super Late Model shootout at the track over Michael Kloos, Rickey Frankel, Rusty Griffaw, and hometown favorite, Myles Moos. 19 drivers took the green. Rain claimed the 2017 event, while Rich Bell bested a field of 22 cars in 2016. 2018 point champion, Jose Parga, of New Berlin, IL, is expected to be on track to start his title defense.
While the DIRTcar Pro Late Model division is not scheduled to run this Friday night, a number of drivers in the class may take advantage of the chance to compete with the Supers and gain valuable track time. A $100 bonus has also been put up for the top finishing Pro Late Model competitor. The event pays $1500 to win and $150 to start.
The DIRTcar Modifieds will be running for the fourth time this season as last year’s champion, Brian Lynn, leads the field. Lynn, of Mason City, IL, has three top fives and a feature win and has built a 16 point lead. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. is second in the standings, while Ray Bollinger is third, Austin Lynn fourth, and Jared Thomas fifth. In addition to Lynn’s win, Bollinger and Rick Conoyer have found victory lane. NASCAR's Kenny Wallace has also announced he'd be back this Friday night to compete with Lincoln Speedway's strong field of Mods.
The DIRTcar Street Stocks are back for another event at the track. While the Street Stocks don’t compete for official championship points at the track, Terry Reed, of Decatur, IL has had a good start at the speedway with the most consistent finishes so far this year. Darrell Dick, Andy Zahnd, Rudy Zaragoza, and Braden Bilger have also faired well in the two races at the track. Jeremy Nichols won the Midwest Stock Car Tour event, while Nick Macklin claimed the Big Ten win.
Mason City, IL’s Andy Baugh leads the field of Nutech Seed DII Midgets coming into the fourth night of action. Baugh has won two of the three features but came up short in the most recent event as Karter Sarff took the win. Brandon Smith, Patrick Ryan, Mark McMahill, and Jeff Sparks round out the top five in standings. The Nutech Seed Front Row Challenge will be $300 for a driver that accepts the challenge and can win from the back on Friday night.
The final division on the Friday night docket will be the DIRTcar Hornets. Pekin, IL’s Danny Oates is off to a great start, holding the point lead by two after grabbing three top five finishes. Eric Vanapeldoorn, who has won two of the three features is second in points, while Cook Crawford, Carter Dart, and Brady Reed are top five competitors.
Grandstand admission for Friday’s event is just $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under. Parking is also free. Pits open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will start at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00 PM.
For more information, visit the website at lincolnspeedwayil.com.
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Stewart departed Joe Gibbs Racing – the team which helped Stewart win two championships – to form Stewart-Haas Racing with underdog co-owner Gene Haas prior to the 2009 season, and many expected the operation to struggle. Entering the All-Star Race, however, Stewart had five top-five finishes in 11 races.
“We’d been running well before the All-Star Race, but I don’t think any of us had an expectation of when we thought we’d win a race,” Stewart recalled. “I felt in my heart that the team was capable of winning a race in the first year at some point, but I never would’ve dreamed it was going to be one of the biggest races of the year, especially in our backyard.”
Stewart lined up 15th for his maiden All-Star tilt as a team owner. “Smoke” wasn’t among the favorites for much of the night. He stayed inside the top 10, however, and started fifth for the final 10-lap dash for the cash. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth made up the front row.
Kyle Busch took the green flag fourth and wedged his car between the race-leading mounts of Kenseth and Gordon entering Turn 1. Catching the front row by surprise, Busch sped to the top spot with nine laps remaining.
Busch, Gordon and Ryan Newman, Stewart’s teammate, emerged as the primary contenders for the win.
It was going to take a wreck involving all three to give Stewart or Kenseth anything more than a puncher’s chance at the $1 million winner’s check. As Gordon and Busch maneuvered side-by-side down the backstretch, Newman forced his way into the fracas. He pushed Busch’s car past Gordon’s as the three leaders rocketed into Turn 3. Newman then jumped to the outside of Busch and Gordon, forcing the trio to take up every bit of room available on the track in Turn 4.
Stuck in the middle, Busch moved low to side-draft Gordon in hopes of gaining a small advantage. Gordon, at the same time, slid up half a lane off the bottom groove and hit Busch’s car flush with the right side.
The contact knocked Gordon’s car sideways and as the four-time series champion spun – eventually hitting the outside wall head-on – Busch slid into Newman, who pounded the frontstretch wall.
Suddenly, there were two new names trailing Busch at the head of the field: Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.
Kenseth cleared Busch for the lead with six laps to go, but the side-by-side battle enabled Stewart to close to within a car length of the two leaders. A caution with five laps remaining gave Busch a second chance at passing Kenseth. He instead lost second place to Stewart.
With four laps to go, Stewart got beside Kenseth but broke loose and had to lift off the throttle. Stewart went back to the bottom groove and gained ground with three to go. Two from the finish, Kenseth ran his fastest lap of the night.
It didn’t matter. Kenseth’s car pushed up the track entering Turn 1, Stewart pounced and drove away for a pass that gave his team $1 million instead of the $200,000 reserved for second.
“We were too loose the whole night and didn’t have a shot to win,” Kenseth recalled. “We tightened it up for the last segment and when we inherited the lead, we were just way too tight to hold (Stewart) off. It was a very disappointing ending for us. That’s the great thing about the All-Star Race: It’s all about winning. Second feels as bad as last.”
First felt pretty good for Stewart. The victory erased any doubts that Stewart-Haas Racing was a legitimate NASCAR operation. Stewart and Haas were race-winning owners and Stewart’s decision to leave Gibbs proved to be a calculated risk that paid dividends.
“There were a lot of people who didn’t know what to think about what we were trying to do,” Stewart said. “I think (the All-Star Race win) really sent a message about how dedicated our organization is to being successful. It kind of quieted a lot of the naysayers and a lot of people who were on the fence trying to decide if I’d made a good decision or not (to become a team owner). I think standing there on the stage and getting the check was a pretty good statement.”
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race tickets for adults start at just $49 while kids 13 and under get in for $10. Tickets, camping and upgrades for every event are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/
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The IndyStar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announce the launch of the Race to $500K Indy 500 Pick'em Contest. The contest, beginning on May 20, 2019, will allow fans to predict the finishing order of the May 26 Indianapolis 500 race. The winner who correctly predicts the finishing order of all 33 drivers will win $500,000 presented by IndyStar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Participants can submit their predictions at www.indystar.com/500k until 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 26 to be entered to win the cash prize. In addition, all registered participants will be entered to win one of two Runner-Up Prizes: A VIP experience including pre-race pit passes for the 2020 Indianapolis 500 and a pair of Grandstand Tickets for the 2020 race.
In conjunction with the contest IndyStar has rolled out the Indy 500 Calendar. This interactive page will curate everything race fans need to know about the month-long celebration. Race fans can always stay up to date on pre-race happenings, driver information and real time race-day coverage with expert commentary and content from IndyCar Insider Jim Ayello, @jimayello on Twitter.
"IndyStar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway have enjoyed a great partnership for decades," said David Hakanson, IndyStar's vice president of sales. "Each year we partner with IMS on a new wrinkle to build excitement around 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' - and we are excited about this new contest, where some someone could win $500,000."
"This contest with our friends at the IndyStar adds some extra fun and opportunity to an activity every race fan enjoys," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "While it's not an easy task picking the Indy 500 finishing order, I know it's a challenge people are going to embrace once the starting grid is set. Good luck to everyone who participates in this exciting new sweepstakes!"
For official contest rules, please visit www.indystar.com/500k/rules.
Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Extend Partnership with MillerCoors as the Official Beer Partner14 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Chicagoland Speedway and MillerCoors announced today that they have reached a multi-year extension to continue a long-standing exclusive category marketing partnership. MillerCoors, which has been a partner of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway for over two decades, will serve as the official beer partner.
“MillerCoors has become synonymous with Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway since the partnership began in 1998,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. “We’re excited to continue this longstanding partnership and to provide racing fans with a wide range of MillerCoors products throughout the season.”
As part of the agreement, Miller Lite will have at-track prominence, continued brand integration and dedicated fan experiences at the Miller Pit Stop in Champions Park within Chicagoland Speedway and the Miller Rooftop Deck, located at the Route 66 Dragstrip.
To celebrate, MillerCoors is hosting activities in the campground featuring prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend.
MillerCoors will remain present throughout the racing season as sponsor of Route 66 Raceway’s esteemed Miller Lite Rooftop Deck and the Miller Lite Pit Stop in Chicagoland Speedway’s Champions Park. In addition, Miller Lite will now appear as the presenting sponsor of NBC’s Sports Talk Live weekly segments with Scott Paddock, as well as in a weekly campaign featured on Chicagoland Speedway’s social channels, highlighting the winner of each week’s race, along with special Miller Lite giveaways and prizes.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place in June as part of the four-race weekend June 27 – June 30. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 27 with the ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150 followed by NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 showdown.
To purchase tickets to any 2019 Chicagoland Speedway event, visit us online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, call 888-629-RACE (7223), download the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, visit the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.