Chicagoland Speedway to open NASCAR's 2011 Chase

HARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR will open the 2011 Chase for the

Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway.

Officials from the speedway and NASCAR were making the

announcement Monday in Chicago.

New Hampshire International Speedway had opened the Chase since

its 2004 inception. The shift to Chicago is part of a scheduling

shuffle that NASCAR is piecing together for 2011.

NASCAR received several schedule requests from the two biggest

track operators in the industry, and the sanctioning body is using

the opportunity to make significant changes for 2011.

By opening its 10-race title series in Chicago, NASCAR will be

racing in the second largest media market of tracks on its Sprint

Cup tour.