How Big Is Chicagoland Speedway? [Solved!]

As a native of Chicago, I think it’s fair to say that I’m a bit of a fan of NASCAR. I’ve always been a big fan of the sport and feel that it accurately reflects American culture, especially the Midwest culture. It blends together the best of sports, technology, and fun into one exciting spectacle that you can’t help but get involved in.

One of my favorite events is the NASCAR Chicago Grand Prix. The race takes place at Chicago’s magnificent Chicagoland Speedway. Although it is a short race, it’s one of the most exciting short races in NASCAR. As a lifelong Chicagoan, I’m always happy to see my favorite cars and drivers take on the challenge of three turns at the one of the most historic racetracks in America. It’s located about 45 minutes south of the city and is easily accessible from there.

Chicagoland Speedway is actually a combination of three different tracks. The first is “Dale Earnhardt Memorial Area”, which is named after the famous NASCAR driver whose family owned the property prior to its being sold in 2005. The second is “Steve’s No. 26 Cup Series Track”, which is named after the late Steve “Cricket” Olson. The third is “Jimmy Spencer’s NASCAR Polynesian Havoc Series” Racetrack, named after one of the most successful drivers of all time, Jimmy Spencer.

Together, those three tracks total nearly a half-mile. It is quite the site to see 175 mph cars go sailing past on concrete terraces with picturesque brick and stone buildings behind them.

How Big Is It?

While I’m sure the above photos give you a good idea of how big Chicagoland Speedway is, I’m not sure they do it justice. Even if you’re not a NASCAR fan, it’s still hard to put into words the feeling you get when you’re standing on the starting line for the race and the grandstands are already enveloping you. The massive size of the venue is something special and I think everyone who attends the race can feel that adrenaline rush of excitement that comes from being in the middle of a NASCAR spectacle.

Is It Worth Seeing?

As a lifelong Chicagoan, I feel that the answer to this question is yes. Even if you’re not a huge NASCAR fan, it’s still an exciting race to see live. Being at the grand opening of the brand new Chicagoland Speedway in 2016 will no doubt be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It really is an incredible place. The photos above don’t do it justice. You have to be there to feel the sheer size of the structure.

As for the race, I think it’s safe to say that it’s among the top ten most exciting races in NASCAR. There’s just something about seeing those cars go round and round on that particular track that makes it special. I’d put it at number five on my list. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a NASCAR race, but I’d still consider it one of the top five most exciting races. Besides, it’s close to home for me. I think everyone in Chicago will be pulling for Kevin Conway. He grew up in Chicago and currently resides in nearby Hinsdale. Conway is very well known in his hometown. He currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing and is looking to capture his first win at Chicagoland Speedway this coming Sunday.

If you’re not familiar with NASCAR, all I can say is: you should be. It’s an incredible sport that has been growing in popularity worldwide. With its mixture of speed and excitement, it’s no wonder why so many people are drawn to it. Who knows? Maybe this Sunday will be the one that puts Conway over the top and lands him his first win as a professional driver. Who knows? Maybe this Sunday will be the one that puts Conway over the top and lands him his first win as a professional driver. Who knows? Maybe this Sunday will be the one that puts Conway over the top and lands him his first win as a professional driver. Who knows? Maybe this Sunday will be the one that puts Conway over the top and lands him his first win as a professional driver. Who knows? Perhaps this Sunday will be the one that puts Conway over the top and lands him his first win as a professional driver. Who knows? Who knows? Who knows?

With this being said, I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re either a fan of NASCAR or you know someone who is. If you’re not, I’d advise you to become familiar with the sport. It’s a great way to learn more about American culture and the Midwest in particular. Even if you’re not a huge NASCAR fan, I think you’ll have a good time watching the pros do their thing and making some interesting observations about life in the United States in the 21st century. Of course, if you ARE a fan of NASCAR, then all I can say is: make sure to watch the race this coming Sunday. It happens to be a very interesting and competitive one as well. It starts at 3:00 pm EST on NBC Sports Network. You can also find online streaming in case you can’t make it to the race or it’s been cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. Hopefully, the health department has lifted its restrictions on gatherings and we’re free to enjoy the outdoors in the same manner as before the pandemic.

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