Dale Earnhardt Jr. performed a celebratory burnout on State Street in front of the Chicago Theatre on Monday. Earnhardt will return to Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 15 for the Geico 400, which is the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
“Chicago is a great town with great fans. It’s fun for us to get out there and do something different, so to put a Cup car on State Street made for a cool day,” said Earnhardt Jr. in a release. “We appreciate everyone coming out to see us and we’re looking forward to putting on another great show in September.”
Earnhardt Jr. will be back in Chicago for the start of a weekend triple-header for the weekend of Sept. 13-15. The qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will occur on Friday afternoon, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for Friday night, the Dollar General 300 will occur on Saturday and the GEICO 400, the start of NASCAR’s playoffs is scheduled for Sunday.
"I think that Chicago is the perfect place to start the Chase," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We have a great following up here, a lot of fans love to come out to see us race. It’s a great race track; the track’s really come into its own.
"And the town’s a lot of fun, this is one of my favorite towns … Every time you come up here, you run into something new, just a great town to spin and enjoy yourself."
Earnhardt. Jr currently sits in sixth place of the the points standings, but he's confident in his and his team's ability to close the gap on the competition moving forward.
"We have a strong team," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We'd like to learn a little bit more and improve just a little bit more before the Chase starts, but we feel like we have a good shot and we're pretty confident."