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Ready for NASCAR Chicago? Which driver do you think will dominate the streets this year?

The Windy City will go street racing featuring the world’s premier stock cars, courtesy of NASCAR on July 6th & 7th. For only the second time, the Grant Park 165 Street Race (Sunday) will run through Downtown Chicago with the Loop 110 Xfinity race (Saturday) to promise a spectacular affair.

Last year, torrential downpours and the Supercars driver Shane van Gisbergen surprised the Second City, as the Kiwi won his NASCAR debut at the inaugural Chicago Street Race. It was a pretty exciting day for firsts! However, that event was cut short to 171.3 miles (78 laps) from its originally scheduled 220 because of ensuing darkness. This year, NASCAR & the city of Chicago have decided to shorten the race to 165 miles or 75 laps to ensure its completion under daylight with enthralling views of the city’s skyline. 

Full schedule & broadcast info for NASCAR’s return to Chicago

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If you are tuning in from home, wondering when and where the excitement will unfold in Chicago, you’re in the right place! Let’s unpack the more important details in anticipation of the Cup Series main event’s green flag announced to fly at 4:30 p.m. ET. Through the week various pop-ups have been arranged to keep fans engaged leading up to a House Music Festival, countless Driver Appearances, and concerts featuring names like the Chainsmokers, the Black Keys, Buddy Guy, Lauren Alaina, and many more. But as for the real action on the race weekend? 

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Couldn’t care less

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The garage opens on Saturday, July 6th, with practice & qualifying for the Xfinity race scheduled at 10 AM and 11 AM respectively. The Xfinity cars will then come off the track to allow the premier series to set the grid with a 50-minute practice session. The cars have been announced to start the first qualifying laps at 1:30 PM ET sharp, barring any unfortunate weather delays. Finally, the Loop 110 Xfinity race will roll off the 2.2-mile makeshift street circuit at 3:30 PM with an expected duration of about an hour to cap off the first exciting day of NASCAR racing in Chicago.

For television coverage, switch your screens to the USA Network! Radio listeners can grab their high-speed auditory frequencies on MRN & SiriusXM’s dedicated NASCAR channel.

 

On Sunday, July 7th, Grant Park 165 will finally come to life on TV screens worldwide after a year, with the green set to drop at 12:30 PM ET. The same sources broadcasting the Xfinity race on Saturday will once again bring your race-day needs live on Sunday. Fans in Canada can watch it all unfold on TNS and RDS. UK spectators can grab the action on Viaplay Group and all the TV screens down under will televise the Cup Series on Fox Sports Australia. Now, as for the main characters of NASCAR’s forthcoming Chicago theater.

Grant Park 165: Complete qualifying order for Sunday’s Cup Race

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40 cars have been entered for the Grant Park 165, with a handful of double-duty aspirants and debutants. Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, Ty Gibbs, Shane van Gisbergen & John Hunter Nemechek are only a few notable names preparing for some overtime advances in the Windy City this weekend. The official qualifying order released by NASCAR divides the field into two groups for the Cup race.

Group A

  1. Austin Hill, #33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
  2. Joey Hand, #60 RFK Racing Ford
  3. Kaz Grala, #15 Rick Ware Racing Ford
  4. John Hunter Nemechek, #42 Legacy Motor Club Toyota
  5. Shane van Gisbergen, #16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  6. Michael McDowell, #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
  7. Corey LaJoie, #7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  8. Josh Berry, #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  9. Ross Chastain, #1 Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet
  10. Daniel Suarez, #99 Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet
  11. Chase Briscoe, #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  12. Todd Gilliland, #38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
  13. Zane Smith, #71 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  14. Brad Keselowski, #6 RFK Racing Ford
  15. Noah Gragson, #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  16. Martin Truex Jr., #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  17. Chase Elliott, #9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  18. Chris Buescher, #17 RFK Racing Ford
  19. Joey Logano, #22 Team Penske Ford
  20. Kyle Larson, #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Group B

  1. Josh Bilicki, #66 MBM Motorsports Ford
  2. AJ Allmendinger, #13 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  3. Austin Dillon, #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
  4. Harrison Burton, #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
  6. Erik Jones, #43 Legacy Motor Club Toyota
  7. Kyle Busch, #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
  8. Justin Haley, #51 Rick Ware Racing Ford
  9. Christopher Bell, #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  10. Daniel Hemric, #31 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  11. Carson Hocevar, #77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  12. Austin Cindric, #2 Team Penske Ford
  13. Ty Gibbs, #54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  14. Alex Bowman, #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  15. Ryan Preece, #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  16. William Byron, #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  17. Bubba Wallace, #23 23XI Racing Toyota
  18. Denny Hamlin, #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  19. Ryan Blaney, #12 Team Penske Ford
  20. Tyler Reddick, #45 23XI Racing Toyota

Each driver and their respective vehicle will roll off their qualifying attempts in the official order announced above. Road course utilizes group qualifying. Hence, the 5 fastest cars from each group will battle to set the initial ten positions on the grid.

Qualifying order for the second annual Loop 110 NASCAR Xfinity race

Similarly, the Loop 110 Xfinity race will feature that very format with some new names, such as Japanese Whelen Euro driver Kenko Miura gearing up for his second-tier debut behind the wheel of Joey Gase Motorsports #53 car. JR Motorsports’ rotating #88 lineup will witness Connor Mosack’s first 2024 start in Dale Jr’s iconic number at the Xfinity Chicago race. Joey Logano will replace Hailie Deegan in AM Racing’s #15 ride on Saturday after rumors suggest a fallout occurred between Deegan and the Xfinity race team.

43 cars have been announced to take part in qualifying. Their determined order for setting the pack will consist of two groups and procedures similar to the Cup race.

Group A

  1. Preston Pardus #50 Pardus Racing, Inc. Chevrolet
  2. Alon Day #45 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet
  3. Kyle Larson #17 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  4. Ty Dillon #4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet 
  5. Alex Labbe #107 SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 
  6. Andre Castro #114 SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet
  7. Josh Bilicki #92 DGM Racing Chevrolet 
  8. Connor Mosack #88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet 
  9. Sage Karam #26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 
  10. Leland Honeyman #42 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet
  11. Josh Williams #11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 
  12. Jeb Burton #27  Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet
  13. Jeremy Clements #51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 
  14. Parker Retzlaff #31 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 
  15. Anthony Alfredo #5 Our Motorsports Chevrolet 
  16. Parker Kligerman #48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet 
  17. Ryan Sieg #39 RSS Racing Ford
  18. Jesse Love #2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 
  19. Justin Allgaier #7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet 
  20. Austin Hill #21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 
  21. Chandler Smith #81  Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Group B

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  1. Kenko Miura #53 Joey Gase Motorsports Toyota
  2. Daniel Suarez #36 DGM Racing Chevrolet
  3. Austin Green #32 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet
  4. Thomas Annunziata #6 JD Motorsports Chevrolet
  5. Brad Perez #35 Joey Gase Motorsports Ford
  6. Joey Logano #15 AM Racing Ford
  7. Blaine Perkins #29 RSS Racing Ford
  8. Matt DiBenedetto #38 RSS Racing Ford
  9. Kyle Weatherman #91 DGM Racing Chevrolet
  10. Kyle Sieg #28 RSS Racing Ford Ford
  11. Ryan Ellis #43 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet
  12. Sheldon Creed #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  13. Sammy Smith #8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet
  14. Brennan Poole #44 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet
  15. Shane Van Gisbergen #97 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  16. Ty Gibbs #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  17. Brandon Jones #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet
  18. Sam Mayer #1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet
  19. Riley Herbst #98 Stewart Haas Racing Ford
  20. AJ Allmendinger #16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  21. Cole Custer #00 Stewart Haas Racing Ford
  22. John Hunter Nemechek #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

A guide to Chicago Street Race ticket options

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The exit gates will be opened at approximately 8:00 PM ET for the spectators after the winner of Sunday’s race takes his victory lap and celebrates in the victory lane of the Chicago Street Circuit. As for the tickets, with less than a day left for the excitement to kick off, many hopefuls will be glad to know that not all seats have been filled yet. The cheapest options range from $269 on General Admission Prices, whereas the Premier Hospitality experience will cost someone upwards of $1900.

Seating arrangements are plenty and varied with many options available for potential bookings. From a third-person perspective, there appears to be something for everyone hoping to visit the Chicago Street Race on the weekend. If you wish to find out further, go to //www.nascarchicago.com/2024ticketinformation/ to know the official prices. Although unlikely, weather forecasts suggest chances of rainfall at multiple intervals on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, considering Chicago’s unpredictable weather, don’t forget your umbrellas even if the skies appear clear. Regardless, do not blink or you might miss out on some history, aka the second-ever annual Chicago Street Race!