The Sprint Cup Series has a rare weekend off, but the Nationwide Series is running in conjunction with the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, home of the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 on Saturday, July 19th. Joe Gibbs Racing is sending three teams to Chicagoland, including 18-year-old Erik Jones, who is making his Nationwide Series debut.
Jones, who is running a part-time schedule in the Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, is the most recent winner in the series, picking up the second win of his career at Iowa Speedway last weekend. He’ll be in the No. 20 NarcolepsyLink.com Toyota Camry for JGR at Chicagoland.
Elliott Sadler, who will be in the familiar No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota this weekend, currently sits second in points, eight points behind leader Regan Smith. Sadler has one win in nine Nationwide Series starts at the track, coming back in 2011 for Richard Childress Racing. Last year, Sadler finished fourth and 19th in two races.
Sam Hornish Jr. returns to the seat of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, a ride in which he already has one win this season (Iowa). Hornish Jr. has five top 10 finishes in five Nationwide Series starts at Chicagoland, including finishes of second and third last season for Team Penske.
Qualifying for the Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 takes place at 3:10 p.m. CT on Saturday, followed by the green flag at 7:30 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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