The death of Chicagoland Speedway? Is racing over in Joliet?

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The death of Chicagoland Speedway may be upon us.

According to plans, first made public by Motorsports/esports Reporter Adam Stern, show the speedway being cut off into plots of land through turns 3 and 4 of the Speedway. Public documents and sources have shown NASCAR is planning to turn part of the complex into an industrial park, raising questions if the track itself is in immediate jeopardy of being lost. 

NASCAR has not commented on the plans publicly or confirm they are authentic.

On April 16th during a meeting of the Joliet Planning Commission, a representative was set to speak about the development project, but it was delayed to July 16th. 

Chicagoland Speedway originally broke ground on September 28th, 1999 and opened two years later in July 2001. The Speedway has hosted NASCAR and Indycar races in its history, accounting for three of the closest finishes in Indycar Series history. The series stopped racing at the Speedway in 2011.

NASCAR last raced at Chicagoland on June 30th, 2019. This year’s race has already been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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