“Money Talks”- Controversial Insider Publicly Calls Out Chicago’s Mayor Amid NASCAR’s Major Backdoor Step

Published 10/05/2023, 8:25 AM EDT

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The torrential rain threatened the race from being canceled, as the streets got waterlogged and Chainsmokers canceled its concert. However, nothing could become a hindrance to creating a history on the streets of Chicago that overlooked the lush landscape of the city. A probable comeback of the race had to face uncertainty, even though NASCAR had signed a three-year contract with the city authorities.

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After months of deliberation, it is apparent that the city authorities have finally arrived at a conclusion, as NASCAR published its final schedule for the 2024 Cup Series. The schedule does include the Chicago Street Course Race. However, the recent announcement failed to create a dent in the minds of many, as one of the NASCAR insiders claimed foul play and backdoor activities led to the inclusion of the race in the schedule.

NASCAR Insider bashes Chicago City authorities for foul play

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Even though the weather inclement had delayed the race for more than an hour, the rain failed to dampen the exhilarating mood of the audience. The race, although shortened, was undoubtedly one of a kind, as it created history in the longstanding history of NASCAR. The race had left the audience begging for more, and they hoped that it would honor the term as stated in the contract and return for the next season.

However, it seemed that the promises made by NASCAR were on the brink of being dishonored, as the mayor of the city stated in a public announcement that it would review the terms and whether it was feasible for the city to host another street course race without disrupting the harmony of the locals. Nonetheless, the announcement made by NASCAR for the upcoming schedule delivered a positive tide for NASCAR and its audience.

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Owing to this, it seems that it is just the tip of the iceberg, as one of the controversial insiders tried to underscore foul play. The city authorities announced the return of the race on the 6th and 7th of July. Mayor Jhonson stated in an announcement, “NASCAR has also committed to addressing costs incurred by the Chicago departments and agencies in facilitating and securing the event as consistent with other large-scale events.”

As a result, spotter Brett Griffin expressed his displeasure regarding the announcement as NASCAR is set to bear the expenditure of the city and lamented backdoor activities. He exclaimed on Twitter, “He came around and changed his stance. Money talks and he wasn’t afraid to just come out and say it. He was one of my top 3 issues with last years race. Congrats to everyone excited about the second annual Chicago Street Race.”

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This was not the first time that Griffin had expressed his annoyance regarding the Chicago Street race. Before the inaugural race, the Kaulig Racing spotter had also displayed a similar stance and was not convinced by the street course racing.

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He had earlier expressed disappointment regarding the uncertainty that loomed over the second season of the race. He had expressed, “So NASCAR is coming in there with teams with NBC, and NASCAR is spending tens of millions of dollars. I’ve heard north of 40 million dollars to come in and put this show on.”

“So NASCAR is coming in there with teams with NBC, and NASCAR is spending tens of millions of dollars. I’ve heard north of 40 million dollars to come in and put this show on.”

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With that being said, the 2023 Cup Series is just days away from hosting its final showdown and ushering in the next season. It will be an interesting affair to see how the new season transpires and delivers surprises to the audiences.

 

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Ayantika Maitra

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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. It was initially Formula 1 that made her fall in love with the world of motorsports. But quickly, the raw and unfiltered nature of NASCAR is what led her to build an affinity for the Stock Car Racing Series.
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Shivali Nathta

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