Sept 15, 2018
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 (2016-2017) MyAFibRisk.com 400 (2015) MyAFibStory.com 400 (2014) GEICO 400 (2011–2013) LifeLock.com 400 (2008–2010) Chicagoland Speedway
First race: 2001
Distance: 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be the 70th season of professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 47th modern-era Cup series season. The season will begin at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the 60th running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Brickyard 400 on September 9, 2018. The playoffs will end with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018. Martin Truex Jr. enters as the defending champion, having won his first in the series.
Chicagoland Speedway is located to the south of the Windy City, in Joliet, Ill., this track offers NASCAR fans a chance to experience racing in America's heartland. Chicagoland Speedway sits on 930 acres of land, which is large enough to accommodate 42 United Centers (Home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks)
The plan to build a superspeedway in the third-largest market in the nation had been rumored for years. Auto racing executives and major-league sanctioning bodies had long maintained that the untapped market of Chicago was perhaps the most lucrative in the country. The race to build a major speedway in the Windy City took its first step toward becoming a reality during an informal meeting between Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George and Bill France in late 1995.
The Motorsports Alliance, consisting of George, France and home-remodeling magnate John Menard, was formed in the spring of 1996 and immediately began considering sites that summer. The first effort to begin the project was to focus on a 500-acre plot of land less than 30 miles from downtown Chicago, near the Dupage County Airport. Faced with constructing a facility that would be able to host NASCAR and the Indy Racing League on a small parcel of land, the trio decided that the extremely high price of real estate would not fit properly into the budget.
The Alliance was contacted by several communities that were interested in building the facility and even looked at sites as far west as Rochelle, before turning their attention to the small farm community of Plano, about 70 miles west of Chicago, in the fall of 1997. Unfortunately, Illinois annexation laws at the time prevented Plano from incorporating the land. The project was abruptly stalled.
Menard then withdrew from the Motorsports Alliance, citing an increased demand to attend to his business affairs. However, as auto racing's visibility continued to skyrocket, the desire to begin racing in Chicago grew. Then came a call from Dale Coyne, who was raised in nearby Plainfield. He had successfully negotiated with Joliet to build the ultra-modern Route 66 Raceway there in 1997.
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
2015 MyAFibRisk.com 400 Winner: Denny Hamlin
2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 Winner: Brad Keselowski
2013 Geico 400 Winner
Matt Kenseth, the top seed in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, added to his advantage in Sunday's rain-interrupted: the 2013 GEICO 400 victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
2012 Geico 400 Winner
Brad Keselowski is NASCAR's 2012 GEICO 400 winner. Keselowski lead with a late surge and a 3.1-second victory over favorite Jimmie Johnson at Chicagoland Speedway. Johnson finishes second as Chase race begins.
2011 Lifelock.com 400 Winner
This is Tony Sterwart's first victory of 2011 for the two-time champion, who hadn't win since Fontana, Calif., in October 2010. Stewart stretched his final tank of fuel to the finish – something he had failed to do in the Chase opener at New Hampshire last year. Stewart ran out of gas with a lap to go last year, a swing that cost him five spots in the standings, and he never recovered to challenge for the title.
2010 Lifelock.com 400 Winner
David Reutimann wins 2010 Lifelock.com 400. Reutimann entered the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with one career win, a rain-shortened victory at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2009. But this time there was no rain in sight on Saturday, July 10th night, and after passing Jeff Gordon before the final set of pit stops Reutimann beat Carl Edwards to the checkered flag to get his second win. This win pushed Reutimann up to 15th in the points standings, just 96 points behind 12th place Clint Bowyer, who moved into the Chase thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 24th-place finish. Junior fell to 13th --15 points behind Bowyer. Mark Martin is now 14th -- 37 points out of the Chase after finishing 15th.
2009 Lifelock.com 400 Winner
After dominating much of the race Mark Martin bobbled slightly on a restart and suddenly found himself chasing Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers with thirty five laps to go. Mark had been restarting from the inside all night but picked the outside lane for this final restart with his teammate Jeff Gordon on the bottom. Mark got a great jump and was all by himself in turn one with two laps to go.