The fuel gauges were on empty when the checkered flag waved at Chicagoland Speedway this afternoon.  Tony Stewart coasted where he could and nursed his car to an impressive win kicking off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. 

Now, everyone must refuel rapidly and get ready for the SYLVANIA 300.

The exciting Chase weekend begins on Thursday with both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice and qualifying. The K&N Pro Series East will qualify for the New Hampshire 125 at 3:15 p.m. and then the Whelen Modified Tour will qualify for the New Hampshire 100 at 4:45 p.m.  The best part, admission is free.

After an exciting day of on-track action Thursday, be sure to check out the NHMS and WOKQ FanFest beginning at 5 p.m. This free celebration dedicated to fans, features entertainment from Atlantic Records recording artist Brett Eldredge, driver autograph sessions with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stars Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet and Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota, Q&A’s and much more.

Friday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will finally hit the track for both practice and qualifying for the SYLVANIA 300.  Qualifying will run at 3:10 p.m. Immediately following qualifying fans can see the NASCAR stars of tomorrow during the K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125.  That race will begin at 4:45 p.m. and features the best young drivers in the country.

Get the most bang for your buck on Saturday with “The Magic Mile” triple header. The Whelen Modified Tour will kick off three intense races with its 100-lap event beginning at 12:45 p.m.  After the mighty modifieds, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race the 1.058-mile speedway for the F.W. Webb 175 beginning at 3 p.m.  Kyle Busch will attempt to make it three wins in a row at NHMS behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra. The American-Canadian Tour will wrap up the jam-packed day with the third annual ACT Invitational beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tour legend Brian Hoar broke his drought at NHMS with a win in August, while top rival Eddie MacDonald is still stinging from that event after a late race electrical problem that caused him to fall out of the lead.

Festivities for the SYLVANIA 300 will begin at 10 a.m. when the U.S. Legend Cars International will race a 20-lap feature on the mini-oval in turns 1 and 2.  Country Music Award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry will entertain fans during the pre-race concert at 12:15 p.m., followed by driver introductions at 1:30 p.m.

Then it’s time for NASCAR’s best drivers will cross the Granite Stripe for the SYLVANIA 300. The green flag will drop at 2 p.m., an hour later than last year.   Watch all 12 Chase drivers battle side-by-side for the coveted top spot in NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs or see if a different name will steal the spotlight for the afternoon.

The action begins Thursday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept 25. To purchase tickets for all of the NASCAR action call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.