Rev up your weekend and see NASCAR in Illinois
Whether you are a die-hard NASCAR enthusiast or simply looking for a fun weekend activity, Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend, taking place Sept. 15-16 in Joliet, is jam-packed with action and entertainment for all to enjoy. Visitors can witness NASCAR racing in America’s heartland, see a performance by country star Luke Bryant, learn more about the sport and experience the prized NASCAR culture.
The September racing weekend includes the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series on Sept. 15 and the GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sept. 16. NASCAR stars battling at the event include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and more.
Regular tickets provide admission to the two main events and the Luke Bryant concert. For those looking for even more NASCAR fun, the Checkered Flag Fan Zone and Turn 4 Club tickets provide additional access to events and activities. A variety of hotels in the area are offering travel packages to make the most out of a NASCAR weekend.
The Chicagoland Speedway is located on historic Route 66, adjacent from the Route 66 Raceway. It is a $130 million, 1.5-mile, D-shaped, tri-oval speedway that rests on 930 acres of land, which is large enough to accommodate 42 United Centers (home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks). Currently, the Chicagoland Speedway holds the title of the largest sporting facility in Illinois. To learn more about the Chicagoland Speedway, please visit chicagolandspeedway.com.
In addition to the NASCAR weekend, Joliet features a variety of other sites and events to discover. Make sure to visit the Joliet Area Historical Museum. There you will find Route 66 memorabilia, interactive exhibits, life size models of characters like the Blues Brothers and plenty more. Joliet is also home to the Bird Haven Greenhouse. The Haven’s historic greenhouse features a tropical house, cacti room and outdoor gardens. To learn more about the area’s many sites and attractions in addition to the NASCAR weekend, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.
-The Illinois Office of Tourism