NASCAR announces Contenders Live event

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NASCAR announces Contenders Live event

NASCAR announced Friday the launch of NASCAR Contenders Live, an interactive fan event that willallow fans to directly interact with the 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m.. The event is sponsored by Toyota and Sprint.
The event will signify the start of the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 12 Chase contenders will, for the first time ever, interact with fans, answering questions and sharing insights on their own style and techniques of racing.
The first NASCAR Contenders Live Sweepstakes also kicked off Friday, giving gans a chance to win an ultimate package that includes a 2012 Toyota Camry SE, two tickets to the NASCAR Contenders Live fan event, two VIP tickets and two VIP passes to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The package also includes a one-year subscription to SiriusXM Satellite radio and 500 cash.
Fans can visit NASCAR.comContendersLiveto enter the Sweepstakes until August 30 at 2:00 p.m. CT. Fans can also purchase tickets to NASCAR Contenders Live, beginning July 27.
NASCAR has the most passionate fans in all of sports, Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president of partnership marketing and business solutions, said in a press release. What better way to kick off the Chase than with an event that gives fans exclusive access inside a room with the sports top 12 drivers. This also serves as a unique program for Toyota and Sprint who support the sport heavily.
Contenders Live on September 12 provides Toyota with an exceptional platform from which to partner with NASCAR, and the visibility to interface with the sports enthusiastic fan base,Toyota National Manager of Motorsports and Engagement Marketing Keith Dahl said. Toyota has connected with fans in many different ways since we began competing in NASCAR in 2004, and this event will provide still another opportunity for fans to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes.

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

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Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.