Chicagoland to Host Last-Chance Races for New XFINITY, Truck Series Playoffs

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Joliet, Ill. January 20, 2016 — Following the overwhelming success of elimination format of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs introduced in 2014, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian France, announced Tuesday that a similar system will be implemented in both NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The announcement made on Tuesday was the first of several racing innovations presented by NASCAR for the 2016 season.

Chicagoland Speedway will present a dynamic weekend Sept. 15-18 as it kicks off the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth consecutive season. New in 2016, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will participate in their last-chance race before the new playoff format begins.

“The anticipation, excitement and energy surrounding the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway continues to grow year after year,” said Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock. “First and foremost we will see the intensity of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers competing to punch their ticket to the second round of the Chase. Now, with the extension of the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff format, our fans will experience two more high-stakes races with playoff berths on the line.”

Starting this season, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will each feature a seven-race, three-round Chase format to determine its respective champions. While all three series will conclude with a Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, each will begin at different tracks.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin following the race at Chicagoland Speedway and will feature 12 drivers with two elimination rounds. In the subsequent races, the field will be trimmed to eight and then the Championship 4 who will compete at Homestead.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase will also begin following the last qualifying opportunity at Chicagoland Speedway. The first round in this series will only feature eight drivers with two elimination rounds that will trim the field to six and then the Championship 4. Similar to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the four drivers advancing to the Championship in Miami will have their points reset with the highest finishing Championship 4 driving winning it all.

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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 15-18, will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The complete 2016 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend

Thursday, Sept. 15        ARCA Racing Series

Friday, Sept. 16            NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, Sept. 17        NASCAR XFINITY Series

Sunday, Sept. 18          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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