STP 300 This Weekend at Chicagoland Speedway - Saturday, June 4

Joliet, Ill. – June 3, 2011 – Chicago Bears defensive end, Israel Idonije, will be the Grand Marshal for the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday. 

“I’m honored to be a part of the pre-race ceremonies for the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend,” said Idonije. “To say the coveted words ‘drivers start your engines’ is very exciting, and I’m looking forward to taking in all the racing action this Saturday.”

Idonije was selected by STP to give the famous command, “drivers start your engines,” for the start of the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.  Idonije has been with the Chicago Bears for six consecutive seasons and was named one of three finalists in the NFL this year for the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He was also the 2010 Ed Block Courage Award recipient, awarding NFL players based on sportsmanship, courage and role models of inspiration. 

STP also donated a pair of tickets to 18 deserving service men and women from the Marines and National Guard who will be behind the wheels of the Toyota Tundra’s during driver introductions. For more information on STP and to keep up with all the racing action this weekend visit or follow @OriginalSTP on Twitter.

Chicagoland Speedway will host the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Saturday, June 4. Last season’s American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox will perform the national anthem, and concluding the night race under the lights will be a concert from multi-platinum selling rock band, Puddle of Mudd.  Also performing throughout the afternoon in Champions Park are local Chicago bands 7th Heaven and Infinity.

To purchase tickets for the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 ARCA Series race presented by Menards at Chicagoland Speedway, visit or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

Chicagoland Speedway’s 2011 Schedule:


Date                 Event

June 4             STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 presented by Menards (ARCA Racing          Series)


Sept 16             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sept 17             Dollar General 300 presented by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sept 18             NASCAR Sprint Cup Series       


Route 66 Raceway’s 2011 Schedule:


Date                  Event

June 10-12        NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (Burndown at Sundown)

June 23-26        NMRA NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

July 7-10           O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals (NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)


Sept 15             *Traxxas Torc, The Off-Road Championship Series        


*At the Route 66 dirt oval


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