Track “Facts”: Chicago

EDITOR'S NOTE: This was the only Track "Facts" entry that wasn't posted last year.  So here it is!



Nascar races on all sorts of tracks, from short to long, oval to road course, concrete to asphalt.  Here’s a weekly look at all the tracks of Nascar’s National Touring Series.


CHICAGO STREET COURSE


2.2 mile asphalt temporary street course


Debuted 2023


Lights?  No


Series: Cup


Nicknames: n/a


THREE FUN FACTS:

1. The Chicago street course was first attempted in the virtual world of iRacing.  I’m disappointed that more sports don’t adopt video game innovations, like basketball players shooting flaming shots after making three in a row, or Bo Jackson being untacklible.


2. The Chicago street course is only 2.2 miles long, which could be due to the fact that it replaced Road America, a 4 mile-plus road course in the middle of nowhere (sorry, cheeseheads).


3. This circuit returned Nascar to the greater Chicago area, thankfully no longer at the now shuttered Chicagoland Speedway, aka That Place With The Muppet Boycott.



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Indianapolis Race Picks: Uncle Max vs. 13th Place



EDITOR’S NOTE: Spade Racing will continue to update through the “Olympic Break”, even if Uncle Max says he’s too busy cleaning up from a flood in his townhouse to write about his picks this weekend


Friday Evening TRUCK SERIES (4 wins) TSport 200: SAMMY SMITH—reminder that this race is being held at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, and that “LOIRP” is a great name for a video game character.


Saturday Afternoon XFINITY SERIES (4 wins) Pennzoil 250: COLE CUSTER—two in a row for the Cole-powered engine.  Sorry if that sounds weird.


Sunday CUP SERIES Brickyard 400: 13th Place Picks KYLE LARSON.  FAVORITE (1 win): RYAN BLANEY—two in a row…again.  NEXT FAVORITE: BRAD KESELOWSKI—kinda like when Ricky Rudd won in his own car but not.  DARK HORSE: JOSH BERRY—too bad the Wood Brothers can’t count this as a win.


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Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2023 Panini PRIZM Cards, Pack 9 of 12




PACK 9: Yellow Ryan, Kevin’s flyin’, and Zane’s tryin’



FIRST LOOK: Bit of an odd choice for a Ryan Newman photo, don’t you think?  They should’ve picked something that really highlighted his hair plugs and/or conspiracy theories.



TO THE BACK: Always nice to get a reminder of just how fantastic Kevin Harvick was in his prime, even if he did have to put up with multiple years as Danica’s teammate.


SAY WHAT?: “Check it out, my Ken Schrader impression”.


RATING: 7 lug nuts out of 10




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