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Here’s Who’s Performing & Appearing at Chicago

The historic and one of the most anticipated weekends of the season arrives for NASCAR as it heads to the Windy City of Chicago for the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series’ first ever street race.

There are certainly several unknowns leading up to a weekend that is set to put NASCAR on a unique spectacle. And as the buildup continues, here is who will take part of a monumental weekend for the sport.

TV Broadcast: The Grant Park 220 for the NASCAR Cup Series will be on NBC on July 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET. On July 1, The Loop 121 will be broadcast on the USA Network at 5 p.m. ET.

National Anthem: Uniting Voices Chicago will perform the national anthem prior to the Grant Park 220. Uniting Voices Chicago will include more than 30 local performers to perform the rendition.

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The Loop 121 national anthem will be performed by Roman Banks in a partnership with Broadway in Chicago. Banks will perform the title role in the play Michael Jackson.

Pre-race Concert: The inaugural Chicago Street Course event will feature a packed lineup of performers for the weekend concerts. The Black Crowes will perform following qualifying for both Cup and Xfinity, while The Chainsmokers will hit the stage following the Xfinity race. Prior to the Cup race, Charley Crockett and Miranda Lambert will perform pre-race concerts.

Official Pace Cars: NASCAR announced that all three manufacturers will take part during both races this weekend. All three OEMs will pace the field in both races, as the lineup will be determined based on the pole-winning manufacturer.

About the author

Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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They should have a parade for the tow trucks, at least 38, that will be required to take what is left of the cars to the recycling plant.


Couldn’t have said it better!


So, buy a ticket for the concert and get a free entry to see the race? Which is the Headlining event here? lol

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