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No More Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Racing Ever? – Joliet, IL Patch

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Joliet's NASCAR track is near Laraway Road.
Joliet’s NASCAR track is near Laraway Road. (Image via Google Maps)

JOLIET, IL — Millions of people from across the U.S. have flocked to Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway for more than 20 years to watch NASCAR that gets televised across the nation, but Joliet’s track may not have a future. On Tuesday, Sports Business Journal broke the news on Twitter that Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway is being stripped of its annual NASCAR weekend as part of the 2021 schedule.

NASCAR, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, also pulled its Joliet NASCAR event from this year’s schedule.

Joliet was supposed to host its annual NASCAR race weekend on June 18-21.

The full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule (barring potential last-minute changes): pic.twitter.com/gdMkHpYrg2

— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) September 30, 2020

Joliet’s NASCAR track now has a murky future and it’s possible that NASCAR racing is over for Joliet and Will County.

The track opened in the late 1990s and for a number of years, it enjoyed hosting two NASCAR races, huge revenue for the Joliet region, notably the motels and hotels throughout Will County.

On Tuesday evening, WJOL Morning Show Host Scott Slocum reported the news to his Facebook followers, asking them, “Have we seen the last racing ever at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet. Property could be home to more warehouses in the future?”

WJOL’s story on the NASCAR shakeup that puts Joliet in bad shape can be read here.

On Twitter Tuesday afternoon, there was a strong reaction to the news of Joliet losing its NASCAR weekend for the 2021 season.

The following comments were posted on the thread for the Sports Business Journal news blurb:

  • “Wow. That’s sad. I thought it was Road of the Americas in Texas that was getting a race? Or both?”
  • “Is it to allocate more to the tracks that they own outright?”
  • “They need to cull the schedule down to 28 races and lose the stupid All Star race. The ratings would increase due to less product.”
  • “Are you kidding me?”

#BREAKING: @ChicagolndSpdwy will be stripped of its annual #NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in 2021, according to people familiar with the decision, as part of NASCAR’s schedule shakeup that will be formally announced tomorrow (@A_S12). https://t.co/8iDbxZuHzu pic.twitter.com/Ip5TchZ1Sl

— Sports Business Journal (@sbjsbd) September 29, 2020

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