Here's What It Takes To Stage A Major Street Race

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

NASCAR will be returning to Chicago this summer.

The series hosted its first-ever street race in the Windy City last summer, and it will return for 2024. We chatted with Julie Giese, the president of the Chicago Street Race, about what went well last summer, how to improve the event for 2024, and what fans can expect.

Speaking of NASCAR, TTAC contributor Matthew Guy and I discussed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. throwing hands after the all-star event. We also talked about how to select the best oil filter wrench for you.

Click here to find us -- we're available wherever you get your podcasts. As always, thanks for listening!

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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 He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and 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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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 24, 2024

    There's an industrial road behind the 2nd set of rail yards in my town. It is undeveloped and straight. Over a 1/2 mile maybe more. It's become the unofficial drag strip even though there's a sanctioned strip in town.

    My son who's now a scout leader was on a civic clean up project with some off duty police. He asked them if they knew of any places that drag racing happens. They all were aware of that road. The unofficial response was, no one else is out there, be careful, and have fun. We were all young once.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 24, 2024

    Will put this one in the hopper.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on May 25, 2024

    Chicago used to a great town. Shame.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 28, 2024

    I found this particular episode to be incredibly offensive.

    I am shocked that eBay Motors is supporting this kind of language and attitudes in 2024.

    I will certainly keep this in mind next time I am choosing where to buy auto parts (I buy a LOT of auto parts).