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Camping World 400
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NASCAR Cup Series
VenueChicagoland Speedway
LocationJoliet, Illinois, United States
Corporate sponsorCamping World[1]
First race2001 (2001)
Last race2019 (2019)
Distance400.5 miles (644.5 km)
Laps267 (Stages 1/2: 80 each
Final stage: 107)
Previous namesTropicana 400 (2001–2004)
USG Sheetrock 400 (2005–2007)
LifeLock.com 400 (2008–2010)
GEICO 400 (2011–2013)
MyAFibStory.com 400 (2014)
MyAFibRisk.com 400 (2015)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 (2016)
Tales of the Turtles 400 (2017)
Overton's 400 (2018)[2]
Most wins (driver)Tony Stewart (3)
Most wins (team)Joe Gibbs Racing (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (9)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Turns4

The Camping World 400 was a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, from 2001 to 2019. Previously, the race was held in July from 2001 through 2010, with night races held from 2008[3] to 2010. From 2011 to 2017, the races were held as the first race of the Cup Series playoffs in the round of 16. In 2018, as part of the schedule realignment, the race was held on the last weekend of June.

Alex Bowman is the final winner of the race.

Race history[edit]

In May 2000, as Chicagoland Speedway was under construction, it was announced that the track would hold a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race beginning in the 2001 season.[4] Tropicana served as the race's sponsor from 2001 to 2004, followed by USG Corporation from 2005 to 2007, LifeLock.com from 2008 to 2010, GEICO from 2011 to 2013, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutica from 2014 to 2015, and Nickelodeon has sponsored the race through the network's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series since 2016.[5] Kevin Harvick won the first two runnings of the race in 2001 and 2002, while Tony Stewart has the most wins in the race's history, having won it three times, in 2004, 2007 and 2011. Traditionally run in early to mid-July, the race became the opening race of the NASCAR playoffs in 2011, moving the race to mid-September in the process. Since a schedule realignment in 2018, the race returned to a July race weekend.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 race was canceled.[6] The race was dropped from the 2021 schedule.[7]

2002 pre-race
Race action in 2012.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Sponsor Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report Ref
Laps Miles (km)
2001 July 15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet GM Goodwrench 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:18:16 121.2 Report [8]
2002 July 14 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet GM Goodwrench 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:55:37 136.832 Report [9]
2003 July 13 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge Mobil 1/Alltel 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:15 134.59 Report [10]
2004 July 11 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet The Home Depot 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:05:33 129.507 Report [11]
2005 July 10 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Budweiser/2005 MLB All-Star Game 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:08:16 127.638 Report [12]
2006 July 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet DuPont 270* 405 (651.784) 3:03:59 132.077 Report [13]
2007 July 15 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet The Home Depot 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:58:59 134.258 Report [14]
2008 July 12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota M&M's 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:20 133.936 Report [15]
2009 July 11 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet CarQuest/Kellogg's 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:59:39 133.804 Report [16]
2010 July 10 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Tums 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:45:34 145.138 Report [17]
2011 Sept 19* 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Office Depot/Mobil 1 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:47:41 143.306 Report [18]
2012 Sep 16 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge Miller Lite 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:47:37 143.363 Report [19]
2013* Sep 15 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Dollar General 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:10:56 125.855 Report [20]
2014 Sep 14 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Miller Lite 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:48:50 142.33 Report [21]
2015 Sep 20 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota FedEx Ground 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:51:30 140.117 Report [22]
2016 Sep 18 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Furniture Row/Denver Mattress 270* 405 (651.784) 2:47:24 145.161 Report [23]
2017 Sep 17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Furniture Row/Denver Mattress 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:45:16 145.401 Report [24]
2018 July 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Skittles Red, White, & Blue 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:50:52 140.636 Report [25]
2019* June 30 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Axalta 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:50:49 140.677 Report [26]
2020* Not held
  • 2006 and 2016: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish.
  • 2011: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2013: Race started more than one hour late and then halted after 109 laps for five hours due to rain; the race started during the day but ended at night due to the delays.
  • 2019: Race delayed more than 3 hours after 12 laps due to threatening weather; the green flag was moved up 14 minutes and ended under the lights just after 9 pm ET.
  • 2020: Race canceled and moved to Darlington due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Tony Stewart 2004, 2007, 2011
2 Kevin Harvick 2001, 2002
Brad Keselowski 2012, 2014
Martin Truex Jr. 2016, 2017
Kyle Busch 2008, 2018

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
6 Joe Gibbs Racing 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018
3 Team Penske 2003, 2012, 2014
Hendrick Motorsports 2006, 2009, 2019
2 Richard Childress Racing 2001, 2002
Furniture Row Racing 2016, 2017

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
9 Chevrolet 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2019
7 Toyota 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Dodge 2003, 2012
1 Ford 2014

Race reports[edit]

  • 2001: The race was the inaugural race hosted in Chicago. The dominant car was rookie Kevin Harvick who led 113 of 267 laps. The pole-sitter was Todd Bodine and teammate Jimmy Spencer rounded out the front row for Travis Carter Enterprises. Harvick went on to win the race, his second Cup victory, narrowly beating Robert Pressley.
  • 2002: Ryan Newman won the pole but Kevin Harvick won his second race at Chicagoland in a row after starting from 32nd.
  • 2003: Tony Stewart won the pole for the race. The race was notable for what happened on lap 214 when Johnny Benson crashed starting a chain reaction crash collecting 6 other cars. In the crash, Bobby Labonte's car hit the wall in turn 3 and the rear of his car caught on fire. Labonte was able to crawl out of his car which he fell to the ground shaken but ok. His crew had recently fully fueled the car during the last caution which made it difficult for the fire crews to put out the fire on Labonte's car. Ryan Newman ended up winning the race.
  • 2004: Jeff Gordon won the pole for the race. The race was notable for what happened on lap 127. Rookie Kasey Kahne was the leader on the restart when Tony Stewart jumped to the outside of Sterling Marlin, who was behind Kahne, and got into the back of Kasey Kahne turning him into the wall ruining his chances to win the race. Frustrated, Kahne's crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. and his crew went over to talk to Stewart's crew chief Greg Zipidelli when a fight broke out between the two crews in Stewart's pit box. To make matters even worse for Kahne and his crew, Stewart would go on to win the race picking up his first win of 2004.
  • 2005: Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the event. Dale Earnhardt Jr. gambled on a two-tire stop and beat Matt Kenseth to pick up his first win of 2005.
  • 2006: Jeff Burton won the pole for the race. In the closing laps of the race, it was a battle for the lead between Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon, who both have a history dating back to that years' Food City 500 at Bristol. With 4 to go, Gordon got to Kenseth's rear bumper in turn 1. In turn 2, Gordon got into Kenseth and spun Kenseth around bringing out a caution and setting up a green-white-checker finish. Gordon would go on to the race.
  • 2007: Casey Mears won the pole for the race but Tony Stewart had the most dominating car of the race and won the race.
  • 2008: Kyle Busch won the pole and won the race. Before the race began, it had rained. Busch began to celebrate and went to the grass but Busch ended up getting stuck in the grass.
  • 2009: Brian Vickers won the pole for the race but Mark Martin won the race picking up his 4th win of 2009.
  • 2010: The race began the pre-race ceremonies by giving the invocation. Afterward, Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer, performed the United States National Anthem while Duncan Keith gave the command to start engines.[27] Kevin Harvick drove his race car to the garage area. On lap 197, it was said that Harvick's crew members were changing a fuel pump. On lap 212, Edwards passed McMurray for the fourth position. One lap later, Reutimann passed Jeff Gordon for the first position. Fifteen laps later, Biffle's engine failed. One lap later, Johnson made a scheduled green-flag pit stop. On lap 233 Bowyer claimed the lead as Reutimann came to pit lane for a pit stop. Afterward, Edwards and Montoya led as green flag pit stops continued. Green flag pit stops finished on lap 236 after Reutimann reclaimed the lead. On lap 242 Edwards claimed the second position from Jeff Gordon. Reutimann remained the leader and crossed the finish line first to clinch his second career victory in the Sprint Cup Series. Edwards finished second ahead of Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, and Jamie McMurray.[27]
  • 2011: This was Chicagoland's first race to be the hosting site for the first race of NASCAR's Chase for the Cup. The race was delayed to Monday due to rain with Matt Kenseth winning the pole. Tony Stewart won the race on fuel mileage to pick up his first of 5 wins in that season's chase that resulted in his third Cup Championship.
  • 2012: Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the race and led the most laps of the race but Brad Keselowski won the race to pick up his 4th win of 2012
  • 2013: Joey Logano won the pole for the race. The race started an hour late due to rain. On lap 109, the race was haulted again due to rain. The race ended at night fall and Matt Kenseth won the race to pick up his 6th win of 2013.
  • 2014: Almirola made his final stop as the caution came out with 36 laps to go after Carl Edwards' car cut down a left-rear tire, and Larson cycled back to the lead in the process. While pitting, Almirola blew his car's engine, and he retired from the race. Almirola later described himself as "heartbroken" with the result.[28] The race restarted with 30 laps to go but only ran for a handful of laps before Clint Bowyer brought out the fifth caution of the race, with 23 laps to go, after he hit the wall in turn 1. The race restarted with 18 laps to go, Harvick and Larson raced hard with each other for the lead but Brad Keselowski shot through in between them to take the lead with 16 to go. The caution flags flew for the sixth time with ten laps to go after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick made contact on the front stretch. Upon exiting her car, Patrick stated that she "talked with Ricky afterward and we're fine".[29] The race restarted with six laps to go and Brad Keselowski coasted on to victory lane, for his second successive win.[30][31] Keselowski expressed his delight at the result, stating that he "was waiting for an opportunity to strike and it came. The car stuck and everything came together".[32]
  • 2015: After drag racing through the front stretch, Kurt Busch passed his brother for the lead with 46 laps to go. Edwards began the final cycle of pit stops with 29 laps to go. Kurt Busch pitted with 28 laps to go and handed the lead to Hamlin. Hamlin pitted with 24 laps to go and handed the lead to teammate Matt Kenseth. Kenseth hit pit road with 23 laps to go and the lead cycled back to Kurt Busch. Allmendinger was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Debris in turn 2 brought out the sixth caution of the race with 10 laps to go. The debris were pieces of a brake rotor that came from the No. 83 car of Matt DiBenedetto. "Did the yellow even need to come out? I don't even know," Kurt Busch said after the race.[33] He, Gordon, and Hamlin opted to stay out while the rest of the lead lap cars opted to pit.[34] The race restarted with five laps to go. Gordon got a good start on Kurt, but he was passed underneath by Hamlin, forced up the track, and ultimately finished 14th.[35] Denny drove on to score his 26th career victory.[36]
  • 2016: Chase Elliott was leading the race and looked like he was gonna pick up his first Cup Series win. But Michael McDowell blew a tire and hit the wall bringing out a caution and sending the race into overtime. The race restarted with two laps to go in overtime, Blaney was no match on old tires against Truex on new tires. Truex passed him on the backstretch with two to go and drove on to score the victory.[37]
  • 2017: This would be the final race for Chicagoland to host the first race of the NASCAR Chase. Kyle Busch won the pole but Martin Truex Jr. picked up the win for his 5th win of 2017
  • 2018: For the first time since 2010, Chicagoland Speedway would hold a race in July. The race occurred on a very hot day. Paul Menard won the pole but the race would become notable for a fantastic finish between Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson. On the final lap in turn 1, Larson attempted to pass Busch and tried to use the slide job but instead ended up making contact with Busch and putting him in the wall. Larson took the lead on the backstretch but Busch sent the car in into turn 3 and got into Larson sending Larson sideways. Busch won the race over Larson as the crowd booed Busch when he came out of the car even with Busch making a baby face to the camera while he was getting booed.
  • 2019: This race would be Chicagoland's last as the next event would be canceled due to the Pandemic. Austin Dillon won the pole for the race. The race only got 11 laps in before a thunderstorm moved into the area and the race was halted. The race was delayed for 3 hours and 12 minutes before the race resumed. Alex Bowman was searching for his first ever Cup Series win after he had finished 2nd for 3 races in a row at Talladega, Dover, and Kansas. But Bowman had to duel it out with Kyle Larson. With 8 laps to go, Larson took the lead from Bowman but 2 laps later, Bowman took the lead back from Larson and Bowman won his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series win. During his celebration, Bowman ended up getting stuck in the grass that was softened by the rain but got out and celebrated with the fans and his crew.

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