JOLIET – There will be no NASCAR events at Chicagoland Speedway in 2021.
Joliet was scheduled to host its annual NASCAR weekend on June 18th, but canceled the event on May 8th following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kentucky Speedway was also dropped from the 2021 schedule. Both racetracks opened to the NASCAR circuit within a year of each other in 2000 (Kentucky) and 2001 (Chicagoland) respectively.
“This is one of many changes reflected on the 2021 schedule, and the schedule shift is by no means a reflection of our fan loyalty – our fans have exhibited a tons of allegiance and patience over the past year,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock in a statement. “Rather, it is a desire and an important step for the industry to incorporate new markets and new courses into the schedule, and expand the variety of competition.”
The tracks will be replaced with additional races at Atlanta Moter Speedway and Darlington Speedway in South Carolina. It’s the first time Kentucky has been off the schedule since 2011.
Chicagoland Speedway has hosted its share of memorable events since opening in 2001, including the location of the first victory of future NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson, who won the 2001 Sam’s Club Presents the Hills Brothers Coffee 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14th 2001. Johnson would go on to win seven NASCAR Championships and 83 races in NASCAR’s premier series.
Route 66 Raceway will also not be holding any drag events next year.
“We want to extend a sincere thank you to all of our fans.” Paddock said. Fans looking for additional information on ticket options can visit Chicagoland Speedway’s website here.