NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 - Sept. 18
Martin Truex Jr. didn't need a turtle shell to be a hero on this day. Truex, with the help of a lightning-fast final pit stop, brought home the checkered flag in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, kicking off The Chase in grand style.
With the heroes in a half shell on hand, Truex shredded through the competition on a green-white-checkered restart to take his first victory at Chicagoland Speedway and the sixth of his Cup Series career.
The race, which featured multiple twists and turns due to pit road penalties and ill-timed (depending on who you ask) caution flags, came down to the final moments. Rookie Chase Elliott led with less than 10 laps to go, but a caution due to a blown tire on Michael McDowell's No. 95 Donatello Chevy set up the final set of stops. Truex's crew beat Elliott's off pit road, positioning Truex in fourth spot, and on the outside line, for the final restart after three cars didn't elect to pit. Elliott was P5 on the bottom and was mired in traffic as Truex took the lead coming to the white flag.
It would have been Elliott's first career NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Truex led 32 laps and finished ahead of Joey Logano, Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson led a race-high 118 laps, but was hit with a pit road speeding penalty midway through the race and never recovered, finishing 12th.
Chicagoland Speedway partnered with Nickelodeon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to put on a spectacular show, as the turtles themselves helped kick off festivities as well as offer their likenesses to cars in the race.
TMNT CARS INCLUDEDED:
Danica Patrick - No. 10 April O'Neil Chevrolet
David Ragan - No. 23 Leonardo Toyota
Michael McDowell - No. 95 Donatello Chevrolet
Ty Dillon (substituting for Regan Smith) - No. 7 Raphael Chevorlet
Landon Cassill - No. 38 Bebop Ford
Joey Gase - No. 32 Rocksteady Ford
NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive For Safety 300 - Sept. 17
Erik Jones was there when it counted, winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive For Safety 300. Teammate Kyle Busch dominated the event, but blew a tire and spun with 18 laps to go while in the lead. After the final series of pit stops under caution, Elliott Sadler stayed out and took the lead. His old tires were no match for Jones' fresh rubber and superior No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry as Jones took the lead with 9 laps to go and never looked back.
It was Jones' second career XFINITY Series victory at Chicagoland Speedway and fourth total of the 2016 season.
Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Sadler, Daniel Suarez and Justin Allgaier. Busch finished 13th. This was the final race before the inaugural XFINITY Series "Chase" playoff, and with his win, Jones secured himself the top spot in points as the playoff started.
Suarez and Bubba Wallace were both driving special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed paint schemes as part of Chicagoland Speedway's partnership with Nickelodeon during the weekend. Suarez dove the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Michelangelo Toyota Camry, while Wallace piloted the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Shredder Ford Mustang. Wallace finished 20th.
NCWTS American Ethanol e15 225 - Sept. 16
In the last race before the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "Chase" playoff, a Cup Series regular stole the show as Kyle Busch earned his 46th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the 2016 American Ethanol e15 225. Busch staved off a hard-charging Cameron Hayley during late-race restarts that provided extra excitement at the end of the race. The race ended one lap longer than the scheduled distance because of a green-white-checkered finish.
Busch led four times for a race-high 95 laps. It was his fifth win at Chicagoland in the Camping World Truck Series.
Daniel Hemric finished second, followed by Hayley, Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter.
Defending American Ethanol e15 225 winner John Hunter Nemechek was driving a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed paint scheme as part of Chicagoland Speedway's partnership with Nickelodeon for the weekend. Nemechek piloted the No. 8 #TeamTurtle/#TeamFoot Chevrolet Silverado to an 14th-place finish.
ARCA Racing Series SCOTT 150 - Sept. 15
Chase Briscoe, driving the No. 77 Big Tine Toyota Camry for Briggs Cunningham, dominated the 2016 SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, leading 86 laps on his way to victory. Briscoe led three times, including the final 18 circuits. From his second starting position, Briscoe took the lead on lap 1 and was on cruise control most of the way.
The race was marred by three cautions, the final for an accident involving polesitter Shane Lee.
John Wes Townley finished second, followed by Christopher Bell, Kyle Weatherman and Dalton Sargeant.
It was Briscoe's fifth win of the season and fifth career ARCA Racing Series victory.