NASCAR summer festival at Chicagoland speedway activities, entertainment

6/26/2019, 4:15 p.m.
As the Ultimate NASCAR Summer Festival Weekend rapidly approaches, Chicagoland Speedway would like to remind racing fans of the variety ...

As the Ultimate NASCAR Summer Festival Weekend rapidly approaches, Chicagoland Speedway would like to remind racing fans of the variety of entertainment activities taking place as June 27-30.

BBQ SmokeDown

The top stars in barbeque move in and start cooking on Friday before the green flag waves over the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225. Stop by the Lower Ridge Camp Ground and watch as celebrity chefs prepare chicken, ribs, pork and brisket for the BBQ SmokeDown, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned competition. The barbequing continues on Saturday, but this time, the fans can throw their names in for the Burger Battle. The fan with the best burger will be crowned on Saturday evening at the campground stage.

Pit Bike National New to Chicagoland Speedway in 2019 will be the inaugural Pit Bike National, featuring motocross legends Ryan Villopoto, Jeff Stanton, Damon Bradshaw, Carson Brown, Mike Brown, Gary Semics, Kyle Vance, Willy Browning and more. Star of NBC's "Chicago Fire" Taylor Kinney will also participate in the weekend's pit bike festivities.

Access to the Chicagoland Speedway Pit Bike National is included with a NASCAR grandstand ticket. For admission to the Chicagoland Speedway Pit Bike National, fans must have a NASCAR ticket for that day, or a Sunday ticket. Tickets must be presented at the viewing area for admission.

Upgraded Infield Fan Zone

Fans who purchase an Infield Fan Zone Pit Pass will now be granted exclusive access to a special viewing area within the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage that features the top 12 Cup drivers' cars, access to the tech inspection and much more. Fans will have access to the garage area during select times on Saturday and Sunday. Fans can enjoy a place to rest and cool off in the new Portacool Chill Zone, featuring several cooling units, lounge chairs, and shade in the Fan Zone as well. A Fan Zone Pit Pass experience includes the opportunity for live driver special Q&As, front-and-center access to the drivers' red carpet walk, up front access to the pre-race concert with Lee Brice and photos in Gatorade Victory Lane.

Musical Entertainment

Country music singer and song writer Lee Brice will kick off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 with a performance on Sunday, June 30 at 12:15 p.m. following fans' "Parking Lot Parties." The Camping World 400 pre-race concert is presented by New Country, Chicago's BIG 95.5. Brice has achieved Gold and Platinum status on every album and single released. His hits include "A Woman Like You," "Love Like Crazy," "Hard 2Love" and "I Don't Dance." Lee's new single "Rumor" is out now and follows "Boy," the debut song from his fourth studio album, Lee Brice.

In addition to Brice, fans can enjoy additional musical performances throughout the weekend. Live bands will perform during all hours of Champions Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include a Saturday night post-race concert featuring Miller Lite and iHeart Radio's Nashville Nights artist Scott DuBose and the 101 Ranch. Sunday will boast a mix of classic rock and authentic Chicago blues with a post-race concert by up-and-coming country group The Joe Stamm Band. Campground entertainment includes a variety of artists such as Nashville Recording Artist Kelsey Hickman, Voice Contestant Josh Gallagher, Chicago blues legend Joanna Connor and the glam-rock powerhouse Poison'd Crue. The entertainment continues in