History Lesson: Chicago & NASCAR

With the NASCAR Chicago Street Race (July 1-2) approaching, let’s examine the history of NASCAR racing in and around America’s “Second City.”. The year was 1954 and the NASCAR Cup Series (known then as Grand National) was beginning its seventh season. For the first portion of the 1956 season, Blue Island’s Raceway Park was run under NASCAR sanction. From 2001 through 2019, the Cup Series raced at the 1.5-mile tri-oval located some 45 miles southwest of Chicago. Alex Bowman won the last Cup Series race there on June 30, 2019. Could the upcoming NASCAR Chicago Street Race be the beginning of a new chapter to the story?.

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