Danica Patrick prepares for Chicagoland, “hometown” track (interview)

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Danica Patrick has 17 starts on the NASCAR season with one top ten finish, an average start of 13.6 and average finish of 19.9. She’s currently ninth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings. Patrick’s position makes her the all-time highest ranked female in NNS competition this late into the season.

This weekend at the STP 300, the Roscoe, Illinois (90 miles northwest of Chicago) native is having her homecoming, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. At this track, she’s raced twice: finishing 10th once, and 24th on the other occasion. The track was the site of Patrick’s third-career pole in IndyCar competition, where she holds six starts with an average finish of 10.8.

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Danica Patrick visits home state, contemplates doing the double (video)

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Danica Patrick came back to her home state (Chicago’s Oak Street Beach) to help promote Chicagoland Speedway‘s summer events. The Roscoe, Illinois native was back in her home state and greeted both media and fans. In the two videos below, she answers racing questions.

The most searched female athlete on the internet talked about what she’s learned in her first year of NASCAR, and what she remembers about racing at each track she comes across. Then, in video two she discusses the possibility of doing “the double,” on a future Memorial Day weekend.
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Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth comes to Chicago (video)

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This season’s Daytona 500 champion and Cambridge, Wisc. native, Matt Kenseth, stopped by the W Hotel Lakeshore for a fan event and Q&A hosted by Chicagoland Speedway.

Kenseth, currently second in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, will return to Chicagoland Speedway this September for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (think Stanley Cup playoffs, but NASCAR, this is the second year in a row Chicagoland has kicked it off)– the GEICO 400, September 15-16. Kenseth was last year’s pole winner at Chicagoland Speedway.

The fan event was limited to just 25 spaces and took place in the “Altitude” Lounge on the 33th floor of the hotel. It was rescheduled from February, when the crazy weather delays in Daytona postponed Kenseth’s arrival in Chicago.

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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming to Chicago

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR’s NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for nine consecutive years, will join fans to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Earnhardt Jr., who currently sits in second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, will appear in Chicagoland Speedway’s Walter Football.comfor a question-and-answer session with fans on Sunday, September 16 prior to the GEICO 400.

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Duncan Keith Grand Marshal of Joliet NASCAR Event

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Duncan Keith, star defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, 2010.

Keith, the 6-foot-1 fan favorite, made headlines during the historic run for the title through sheer stamina, strength and skill – especially after he returned to the ice less than seven minutes after losing seven teeth in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. He brought home plenty of hefty hardware in 2010, including the Norris Trophy for best all-around performance in the NHL and a Gold Medal from his home country’s Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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