Chicagoland Speedway and ESPN Chicago Form Partnership for 2013 Season

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Joliet, Ill. — February 21, 2013 — Chicagoland Speedway and ESPN Chicago (WMVP-AM 1000) today announced a multifaceted partnership for the 2013 season, including weekly reporting throughout the NASCAR season, driver interviews and broadcasting select races during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

The partnership pairs Chicago’s leader in sports broadcasting with the state’s largest sporting facility to offer unique and entertaining coverage like never before.

ESPN analyst John “Jurko” Jurkovic will provide updates throughout the season to keep Chicago area race fans informed on the latest NASCAR news. Live remote broadcasts will also be held from Chicagoland Speedway and NASCAR personalities and drivers will make regular appearances on various shows, including Waddle and Silvy and Carmen, Jurko and Harry. NASCAR season, driver interviews and broadcasting select races during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. 

“We look forward to embarking on this integrated partnership with one of the leaders in Chicago sports like ESPN Chicago and providing the latest news and insider stories all season long,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway president. “Through our new integrated partnership, ESPN Chicago will help feed the appetite of the more than one million motorsport fans in the region. ESPN 1000 is a great platform for our fans to utilize, featuring content that is not only informative, but also incredibly entertaining.”

ESPN Reporter Ray Flores will also provide weekly NASCAR reports to give listeners a peek at all the behind-the-scenes action.

“Having an expanded relationship with a great partner like the Chicagoland Speedway only enhances our brand as the No. 1 name in sports,” said Adam Delevitt, Program Director for ESPN 1000. “We are extremely excited to work together with the fine people at CLS”

Races can be heard locally on NextMedia’s WCCQ-FM, 98.3, or through an affiliate in your area listed on

Tickets for the 2013 NASCAR race weekends at Chicagoland Speedway go on-sale Sunday, February 24, 2013 in conjunction with the 55th running of the Daytona 500. For more information on the ’13 race season at Chicagoland speedway or to purchase tickets, call 888-629-RACE (7223) or visit

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Returning for the third consecutive year, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will once again kick-off at Chicagoland Speedway – Sept. 13-15, 2013. The three-day weekend will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The complete 2013 NASCAR schedule of events at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Date                             Event

Sunday, July 21            STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

                                  ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Friday, Sept. 13            NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, Sept. 14        Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sunday, Sept. 15          GEICO 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

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