Local Sports Archives for 2020-09

No NASCAR for Chicago in 2021

On Tuesday evening, Chicagoland Speedway put out a press release about how NASCAR would not include the track for it's 2021 season.  


Below is the statement Scott Paddock released to all fans. 



With the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule unveiling, came the unfortunate news that Chicagoland Speedway will not be part of that lineup. In addition, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander Trucks and ARCA will also not be returning to Chicagoland Speedway in 2021.


The move away from NASCAR racing at Chicagoland Speedway is one of many changes reflected in the 2021 schedule, and by no means a reflection of the support our fans have demonstrated. Rather, it is a desire and an important step for the industry to incorporate new markets and new courses into the schedule, and expand the variety of competition. 


All of our fans have exhibited a tremendous amount of allegiance and patience over the past year, during which time we all have experienced significant challenges. While we share your disappointment around this news, we truly appreciate and value your commitment to the sport and to the track.


Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway has been a central member of the Joliet / Greater Chicagoland area for 20 years, and we will continue to operate as an integral part of our community.


As far as NASCAR racing at the Chicagoland Speedway, it’s difficult at this time to speculate on what 2022 might bring.  We will continue to work with NASCAR on potential future opportunities beyond 2021 and will keep you updated.


Finally, due to the corresponding impact on the shared resources between Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, and the future uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Route 66 Raceway will unfortunately not be hosting drag racing events in 2021.


We hope you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support.



Scott Paddock Signature 

Scott Paddock

President, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway

NFL has it's first cancelation due to Covid-19

 The Pittsburgh - Tennessee game originally scheduled for this Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday due to positive cornavirus tests among the Titans, the NFL announced today.


The NFL said a new date and time would be announced as soon as possible and that the postponement would allow additional time for gurther testing.


On Tuesday, the NFL said three Titans players and five team personnel had tested positive for COVID-19.  The Titans have closed their facility at least through Friday and will not be able to practice in any fashion togehter until Saturday at the earliest.


Titans cosch Mike Vrabel said soon after the announcement Wednesday: "Some of them are indeed experiencing flu-like symptoms, nothing I think out of the ordinary.  We anticipate they will feel better shortly.  Nothing of overly concern.  But my concern is always with the health and safety of our players, our staff and their families".

La Porte Slicer Vollyball Tournament

La Porte Sports update:


Due to the number of teams involved in the Slicer volleyball tournament on Saturday, September 12th, the La Porte athletic department regretfully announces that spectators will not be permitted for the event as maintaining social distancing would not be possible.


All matches that are played in Slicer Gym will be streamed through the IHSAA Champions Network on a pay-per-view basis.


The Slicers will play their first two matches in Slicer Gym and, should they win their pool, would continue to play in Slicer Gym.  There will be a total of 6 matches that will be streamed on Saturday in Slicer Gym.  Mishawaka and Fairfield join the Slicer in Pool 1.


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