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Start time, TV info – NBC Chicago

Start time, TV info – NBC Chicago
Start time, TV info – NBC Chicago

The NASCAR Chicago Street Race is back for the second time and is hoping for another headline-grabbing weekend in the city.

Although last year’s race provided plenty of excitement despite a rainy and stormy weekend that presented the downtown Chicago street circuit with entirely new challenges, it remains to be seen what exactly the race will bring this year.

Before the race starts, here is an overview of all the important information you need to watch the race:

When does the NASCAR Chicago Street Race take place?

Both the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series will race at the 2.2-mile track on the July 4th holiday weekend of Independence Day.

The Xfinity Series, considered the second-highest class in stock car racing below the Cup Series, begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT with The Loop 110.

The Cup Series race, known as Grant Park 165, is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Where is the NASCAR Chicago Street Race track?

The course in Chicago is located in the heart of the city.

Just like in 2023, the 12-turn race will take place on stretches of road that surround and border Grant Park, including Columbus Drive, Jackson Boulevard, Michigan Avenue, Roosevelt Road, Balbo Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Here is a map of the route:

How can I watch the NASCAR Chicago Street Race?

NASCAR Xfinity Series: The Loop 110 airs on NBC and streams on Peacock.

NASCAR Cup Series: Grant Park 165 will air on NBC and stream on Peacock, with MRN and SiriusXM providing radio coverage.

Coverage of the Chicago Street Race Xfinity event begins Saturday at 2 p.m. CT on NBC. Coverage of the Chicago Street Race Cup event begins Sunday at 3 p.m. CT on NBC and Peacock.

In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will offer two special broadcasts covering the event.

One of them will air on the NBC Sports Chicago Plus channel from 6:30-7 p.m. CT on Friday and will be available to stream on the 24/7 streaming channel NBC 5 Chicago. Coverage will also be streamed live in the player above.

Another stream will run on the day of the big race from 2:30-3:30 p.m. CT on the 24/7 streaming channel NBC 5 Chicago. Coverage will also be streamed live in the player above.

Here is the event schedule for the Cup and Xfinity Series:

SATURDAY, JULY 6

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT: Practice + Qualifying Rounds | NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (USA, streaming on NBC Sports)

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. CT: Practice + Qualifying Rounds | NASCAR CUP SERIES (USA, streaming on NBC Sports)

2:00 p.m. CT: Driver Introductions at the START/FINISH LINE | NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

2:30 p.m. CT: The Loop 110 | NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (50 laps) (NBC, streaming on NBC Sports, Peacock)

SUNDAY, JULY 7

3:10 p.m. CT: Driver Introductions at the START/FINISH LINE | NASCAR CUP SERIES

3:30 p.m. CT: Grant Park 165 | NASCAR CUP SERIES (75 LAPS) (NBC, streaming on NBC Sports, Peacock)

What if I want to watch in person?

For those who want to watch the race live and in person, tickets are still available for race weekend. A list of the best seats to watch can be found here.

Numerous restaurants and bars are also hosting viewing parties for the event. These include venues like Fatpour, Pippin’s Tavern, The Lodge Tavern and more. You can find a full list here.

NASCAR Chicago Street Race: Drivers and Participants List

The Cup Series entry list includes all the usual full-time drivers as well as some wildcards.

Shane van Gisbergen, who races full-time in the Xfinity Series but won the Cup race in Chicago last summer, will defend his victory in the No. 16 Chevy for Kaulig Racing. Additionally, Xfinity regulars AJ Allmendinger and Austin Hill will compete in the Cup race as part-time drivers, and road racing ace Joey Hand will make his first start of the season for RFK Racing.

Here is the list of participants for the cup race on Sunday.

Who are the favorites in the NASCAR Chicago Street Race?

Here are five names to keep an eye on all weekend:

Shane van Gisbergen

Where else should we start? SVG’s win in Chicago last summer was his debut start. Since then, the New Zealander has moved to the United States and immersed himself fully in the NASCAR world. He has two Xfinity Series wins this season and is competing at the Cup level on the side while honing his skills. SVG will be a contender to win both events this weekend.

Christopher Bell

Last year, Bell led the most laps (37) and won Stages 1 and 2 before finishing 18th. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota is also arguably the best driver in the Cup Series right now. He has won two of the last six races and leads all other drivers with nine stage wins. Bell should be in contention on Sunday as he seeks his 10th career victory.

Kyle Larson

Larson, arguably NASCAR’s biggest star, made headlines in May when he competed in his first Indy 500. The California native leads the Cup points standings and recently won at Sonoma Raceway, another road course. Larson finished fourth in Chicago last year.

Chase Elliott

NASCAR’s most popular driver is also one of the series’ best road course racers. Elliott leads all active drivers with seven road course wins, but his last victory came in 2021. At Chicago last summer, Elliott finished third after crashing in practice and starting at the back of the field.

Justin Haley

Here’s an underdog to watch out for. Haley led 23 laps at Chicago last year and finished second to SVG, but he’s in a different car this time around. He moved to Rick Ware Racing in the offseason, a move that surprised many as RWR is one of the smaller teams. But Haley, 25, has impressed in 2024 with four top-15 finishes in the last seven races. He could be a secret favorite to do well again on the streets of Chicago.

What’s the weather like for NASCAR in Chicago this weekend?

Although it is still several days away, the initial forecasts for the weekend indicate that there will be no repeat of 2023, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

Saturday is forecast to be partly sunny with highs around 27 degrees, while Sunday looks to be partly sunny, warm and humid, with the possibility of thunderstorms late in the evening. Highs are likely to be above 27 degrees.

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