Chicagoland Speedway: Looking back at the 2010s
Relive the top moments of the decade from Chicagoland Speedway
- 1. Slide Job
- 2. Smoke Show
- 3. Second No More.
- 4. Keselowski Sneaks Through
- 5. Hamlin's Hot Dog
- 6. Slimed
- 7. Night-Time Thriller
- 8. Championship Run Begins
- 9. Early Domination
- 10. It's a New Track Record
2018. Kyle Busch. Kyle Larson.
With just 5 laps to go, second place running Kyle Larson gets into the turn 2 wall and loses all momentum that he had built up to catch leader Kyle Busch. Busch catches lap traffic and allows Larson to catch him on the final lap. Larson sends it off into turn 1 and pulls a "Slide Job" on Busch. After contact in the turn 2 wall, Larson exits the corner with the lead with Busch on his bumper. Busch gives Larson the bumper in turn 3 and the rest is history. Busch becomes a two-time Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Winner.
2011. Chicagoland hosts the first race of the Chase.
With the 2011 regular season in the rearview mirror, all eyes turned to Joliet for the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. After hosting races in mid-July for ten years, Chicagoland Speedway would become the home for the start of the Chase. Tony Stewart could not wait to return to the Magnificent Mile and a Half after a disappointing regular season. Stewart, who already had two wins at Chicagoland Speedway, looked to capture his third CLS win, this time in September. With rain in the area all day long, the GEICO 400 was pushed back to Monday afternoon. Stewart would lead the final 15 laps and win his third Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway and go on and win the Championship after winning 5 of the 10 races in the Chase.
Bowman Becomes a Cup Series Winner.
Alex Bowman entered the 2019 Camping World 400 finishing in every position on the Cup Series grid. Except one, first. Bowman started eighth and worked his way up to the front in just a short amount of time. On lap 171, Bowman would take over the lead and hold that position until green flag pit-stops occurred. Kyle Larson hunted down Bowman with just six laps remaining and took over the lead. Bowman would go on and get back by Larson on lap 262 and go on to win his first career NASCAR Cup Series race.
2014. Keselowski Splits His Way to Chicagoland Win.
After racing side-by-side for five laps, Brad Keselowski was able to catch leaders Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick. With just 16 laps remaining, Keselowski would enter turn 1 in third and exit turn 2 as the leader. The driver of the Miller Lite #2 made it three wide and never looked back, leading a total of 62 laps and winning the MyAfibStory.com 400.
2015. Denny Hamlin Has Dinner in Gatorade Victory Lane
Denny Hamlin was on a mission in 2015. After a horrible qualifying lap, Hamlin would start 29th and would have his work cut out for him. Trying to gain as many positions as possible at the beginning of the race, Hamlin would be involved in a lap 3 incident and would fall a lap down. From that point on, Hamlin would be the man on the move. Working his way up to the top 5 towards the end of the race, the #11 Toyota would lead the final 5 laps and win at Chicagoland Speedway!
Hamlin was a bit hungry after his win and ate a Chicago Style Hot Dog in Gatorade Victory Lane. A priceless moment in Chicagoland Speedway history.
2017. Martin Truex Jr. goes Back-To-Back; Gets Slimed in Gatorade Victory Lane
Martin Truex Jr. continued his dominating season by winning the first race of the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs at the Tales of the Turtles 400. Not only did MTJ pick up his second career Chicagoland Cup Series win, he joined Kevin Harvick as the only other back-to-back winner in track history. In partnership with Nickelodeon, the winner of the 2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 would be slimed in Gatorade Victory Lane. As it stands, Truex Jr. is the first and only NASCAR driver to be slimed after winning a race.
2013. Rain Delay Turns into a Night-Time Thriller.
Could the trend of champions continue? 2011 and 2012 Chicagoland Speedway Cup winners Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski would continue their winning ways throughout the Chase and claim the Cup Series Championships. Matt Kenseth would look to add his name to that list at the 2013 GEICO 400. After rain showers delayed the race after 109 laps, the race was delayed to Sunday evening, under the lights. Kenseth would lead a race high 89 laps and win the race but fall just short of his second career Cup Series Championship.
2013. Young Gun Steals the Show.
Coming off a successful sophomore campaign in the NASCAR Cup Series, Brad Keselowski looked to add more wins to his career totals. Starting the Chase for the Sprint Cup in fourth, Keselowski soared to the top of the standings after winning the 2012 GEICO 400 in convincing fashion. Keselowski's crew made quick work on a green flag stop that allowed the #2 to get in front of Jimmie Johnson with 25 laps to go and allowed Keselowski to stay out front and score his 4th win of the season.
2016. Trouble results in Win for MTJ
In 2016, Martin Truex Jr. worked his way to the lead on lap 77 after starting 8th. However, a tire issue force MTJ to pit early and fall a lap down. A timely yellow on Lap 121 allowed Truex and the no. 78 team to get back on the lead lap. From that point on, the all eyes were locked on Truex. Battling with rookies Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, Truex was forced to hold of the young guns on a late race restart. Leading the final two laps, Truex advanced to the Round of 12 in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.
2013. Track Record Run
Joey Logano brakes the Chicagoland Speedway qualifying Track Record on September 14, 2013. He was clocked in at 189.414 MPH