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Chicago gets first Chase race of 2011

Updated: August 9, 2010, 6:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR will open the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway, shifting the start of its title-deciding 10-race format to the second largest media market the series serves.

"I can't think of a better market than Chicago and the Chicagoland area to kick off NASCAR's version of the playoffs," track president Craig Rust said in an announcement made Monday in Chicago with NASCAR officials, current series points leader Kevin Harvick and defending ...

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