Da Cubs, Da Bears, Da Nationwide Series...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to the Windy City for the first of two events at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be Larson's first race at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in Joliet, Ill. Larson has been strong at the intermediate tracks so far in 2013, scoring two top-five and seven top-10 finishes at tracks 1-2 miles in length.
Keep On Trucking...For the first time this season, Larson's No. 32 Camaro will sport the orange and black paint scheme of International. Formed in 1902, International is a leading producer of medium trucks, heavy trucks and severe service vehicles. International's products, parts and services are sold through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico with more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world.
This Week's Camaro...Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 International team have prepared chassis TSM-402 for competition this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. TSM-402 has earned top-five finishes in its two previous starts this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (fourth) and Michigan International Speedway (second).
DASH 4 CASH...This weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway will serve as the final qualifier in the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash. The top-four finishers in the STP 300 running for NNS championship driver points are eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27.
Meet and Greet...Larson will join his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates, as well as other NNS drivers, in the autograph session on Saturday, July 20 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. CDT at Champion's Park located behind the frontstretch grandstands.
Watch and Listen...The STP 300 can be seen live on Sunday, July 21 on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Larson headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to make his first NNS start at the 1.058-mile oval. After struggling to find speed in practice, Larson laid down the 13th-quickest time in qualifying and looked to add to his streak of eight consecutive top-ten finishes. After running in the top-15 throughout the entirety of the CNBC Prime's 'The Profit' 200 and moving up to eighth position for the final green/white/checkered restart, a late-race penalty for a restart violation relegated Larson to a 14th-place finish.
Kyle Larson on Chicagoland Speedway
"Unfortunately we broke our top-10 streak last weekend in Loudon, but I can't say enough for the consistency this team has shown at this point in the season. We have been really strong every week, especially at the mile-and-a-half tracks, so I think that we will be good even though it's my first time racing at Chicagoland. The chassis we're bringing has been really strong both times we've run it, so I have no doubt that we'll have a really fast piece. Hopefully I can learn this track quickly and start a new streak."