Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans visit to Chicagoland Speedway Fan Zone
From Submitted Reports April 13, 2013 12:40AM
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Updated: May 15, 2013 6:45AM
National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR’s NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for a record-tying 10 consecutive years, will join fans to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in September.
Earnhardt is scheduled to appear in Chicagoland Speedway’s Checkered Flag Fan Zone for a question-and-answer session with fans Sept. 15, before the GEICO 400.
“I always enjoy getting out there and interacting with our fans. They are the ones who make what we do possible,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “The energy level and excitement is always high at Chicagoland. It all starts there and it’s important for those in the Chase to have a good finish.”
Earnhardt is third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings this season. He finished in the top 10 the first five races including two second-place finishes: the Daytona 500 and Auto Club 400.
Chicagoland car show
Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway have announced details for a car show during the Rally, Rock and Race weekend — three days of NASCAR racing, music and off-road racing — July 19 to 21. The car show will take place in Champions Park at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21 prior to the start of the STP 300.
Fans and car clubs have the opportunity to be a part of the NASCAR race day at Chicagoland Speedway with their classic car on display and an opportunity to win an on-track parade lap during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend in September. The top five entries will also be awarded a VIP package for the STP 300.
The five winners will be selected by voting among race fans and car enthusiasts in attendance to determine which classic cars are the Best in Show. Winners will receive access to the drivers’ meeting, Pit and Infield Fan Zone passes, upgrade seats in section A, a track lap and more during Chicagoland Speedway’s September race weekend.
To enter the car show, participants must complete an application online, with a photo. The show will be limited to 200 entries, which will be selected at random provided they meet entry criteria. Once the 200 entries are chosen, there will be a $30 application fee. The full set of rules and regulations is available on the registration page. Registration opens April 25 and closes May 9.
For more on the 2013 race season at Chicagoland Speedway or to purchase tickets, visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or call (888) 629-7223.
The Joliet Slammers announced the signing of pitcher Evan Anundsen.
The 24-year-old right-hander from Littleton, Colo., was a fourth-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006. He spent the past seven seasons pitching in the Milwaukee organization and started 24 games for Double-A Huntsville in 2012.
Anundsen’s best season as a pro came in 2009 when he posted a 2.69 ERA in 23 starts for the A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees.
The Slammers also signed left-handed pitcher Chuck Lofgren, who has Triple-A experience.
Lofgren, 27, was a fourth-round selection of the Cleveland Indians in the 2004 draft. His pro career includes being named the starting pitcher for the 2006 Carolina League All-Star Game. Lofgren also was named to the United States team for the 2007 All-Star Futures Game. Clayton Kershaw, Matt Garza and Justin Upton were on that roster.
Lofgren pitched for the Cleveland organization from 2004 to ’09, the Milwaukee organization in 2009 and ’10 and the San Francisco organization in 2010 and ’11. Last season, he pitched for the Amarillo Sox of the American Association. Lofgren has appeared in a total of 47 games at the Triple-A level.
The Slammers will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for area youth at 8 a.m. Saturday at Silver Cross Field.
Those who wish to participate can have their parents fill out the registration form in advance at www.jolietslammers.com/phr. They can also fill out the form the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. All participants will enter at the main gate of Silver Cross Field.
Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. Boys and girls are divided into 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 age divisions and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league ballparks and the national finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
Single-game tickets are on sale for all 51 Slammers home games.
Tickets can be purchased online. They also are available by calling or stopping at the Slammers box office from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is (815) 722-2287.
Joliet Catholic linebacker Matt Madrigal, an All-East Suburban Catholic Conference selection, will continue his football career at Millikin University.
Joliet Central pitcher Andy Kochel will continue his baseball career at Grace College.
The Joliet Black Chamber of Commerce of Will and Cook counties will hold its annual golf fundraiser May 18 at Broken Arrow. The cost is $125.
For information and to make reservations, visit joliet firstname.lastname@example.org, call (815) 600-9710 or fax (815) 464-8110.