Thanks, FOX. We'll take it from here.
This weekend, NASCAR makes their one and only trip to The Windy City and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois for the Camping World 400, the 17th race of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Kyle Busch is looking to defend his win from last season and earn his fifth checkered flag of the season.
Here's what we're watching for on Sunday afternoon in the Camping World 400 (Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT on NBCSN).
CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series)
Friday, June 28
4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)
5:05 p.m. – Truck Series qualifying; single truck/one lap (FS2)
7:05 – 7:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)
9 p.m. – Camping World 225; 150 laps/225 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Saturday, June 29
11:05 – 11:55 a.m. – First Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)
12:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; single car/one lap (NBCSN)
2 – 2:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)
3:30 p.m. – Camping World 300; 200 laps/300 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
6:35 p.m. – Cup qualifying/impound; single car/one lap (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sunday, June 30
3 p.m. – Camping World 400; 267 laps/400.5 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Chicagoland Speedway: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Race information: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Stage lengths: 80 laps, 80 laps, 107 laps
Defending winner: Kyle Busch
Most wins: Tony Stewart (3)
JGR Looking To Stay Hot
The strongest team in the NASCAR garage is showing no signs of wavering as the summer stretch begins. They're only gaining momentum.
Joe Gibbs Racing has been dominant thus far in 2019, with three of their four drivers (Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin) winning multiple times and the organization garnering a whopping 10 of the 16 race wins thus far. This past weekend, they not only finished 1-2, not only put three drivers inside the top five, but put all their drivers inside the top eight.
Although Erik Jones, who's been rumored to be in contract extension talks with JGR despite pressure to move elite prospect Christopher Bell up to the Cup Series from Xfinity, sits 18th in the standings, Busch, Truex and Hamlin sit first, second and fifth at the moment.
High Temps, Low Action?
Temperatures for Joliet, Illinois are expected to be in the upper 80s/low 90s on race day, reminiscent to last year's scorching hot race where temperatures inside the cockpit reached over 140 degrees. And that race was an instant classic.
"SLIDE JOB!" - @DaleJr— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) June 27, 2019
Last year's battle between @KyleBusch and @KyleLarsonRacin at @ChicagolndSpdwy was a thriller. @NASCAR returns to @NBCSports Sunday at 3PM ET on NBCSN. #TBT pic.twitter.com/1popHFvk5z
So why wouldn't that be replicated this weekend? Well, close your ears, Kyle Busch, because it's the dreaded p-word.
The new aerodynamic rules package for 2019, highlighted by increased downforce and less horsepower, has produced more close quarters, side-by-side racing when temperatures are cooler. As the temps and track heats up, the cars tend to spread out more, making for a less appealing product on track.
But that's not to say that'll be the case this weekend. We've all seen crazier things happen. Chicagoland is one of the oldest intermediate tracks, making for a bumpy, abrasive surface, translating to, usually, good racing.
NASCAR Returns To NBC
Fans ... REJOICE! The NBC family of networks will play host to all remaining on-track activity for the Cup and Xfinity Series for the rest of 2019. Hallelujah!
Keep it locked to the NBC family of networks all season long, including NASCAR America on NBCSN weekdays at 5 p.m. EST.
2019 NASCAR STANDINGS
Next week, NASCAR heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 6 (7:30 p.m. EST, NBC).