NASCAR in Chicago Remains a Hit With Fans

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I spent a few minutes pre-race on Sunday talking to NASCAR fans about the second edition of the Chicago Street Race. I asked if they were enjoying themselves, if the race was better than the first edition, and what, if anything, NASCAR could change.


Two gentlemen, Dave and Ben, were happy that it was dry -- I didn't have a chance to reconnect with them once the rain came.

Meanwhile, Chicago ex-pats Joe and Carmela, who now live in Tampa, said that except for the entrance gates, almost everything was improved from the first year. Carmela said the race needed to be more accessible because it was "ridiculous" to have to walk so far.

Zachary Brown, from the Chicago suburb of Antioch, said "it was the best NASCAR race he'd been to". This was before the green flag dropped.

His friend John, who said he'd been to 47 races, added he'd "never seen [anything] like this". Brown, John, and another friend of theirs loved how the skyline framed the racetrack's background.

The only thing these guys didn't like? The NASCAR EV prototype.

I can't quote them directly here based on the expletives they used when asked about it.

Obviously this is only a small sample of fans, and anyone who buys a ticket is more likely to think favorably about the race than not, but despite the rains once again causing a shortened race, it seems that NASCAR fans are glad to see racing on the streets of Chicago.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy 3 days ago
    Here is my comment.
  • Cprescott Cprescott 2 days ago
    I though the so-called road courses that are tracks. I like the racing through the city streets. It gives a proper perspective for the drivers. And Chicago drives Denny Dumbazz crazy so that makes it even better.
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  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
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