|September 18, 2016|
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Race: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
Place: Chicagoland Speedway
Date and Time: Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Tune-in: NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps)
What to Watch For: The 16-driver, four-elimination round Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kicks off this weekend. … The winner of the opening Chase race has gone on to win the championship three times: Kurt Busch (2004), Tony Stewart (2011), Brad Keselowski (2012). … Defending Chicagoland race-winner Denny Hamlin goes for his second straight checkered flag after visiting Victory Lane at Richmond last weekend. … Tony Stewart embarks on his final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. … Jimmie Johnson eyes a seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, which would tie him with NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most championships all-time. … 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick enters the Chase leading the series in average running position (8.2), driver rating (110.3) and fastest laps run (830). … Four drivers are set to compete in their first Chase: Kyle Larson, 24, Chris Buescher, 23, Chase Elliott, 20, and Austin Dillon, 26.