Schedule for Chase Across America
September 09, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
First race of Chase is Sunday, but there are events in each Chase city this week
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to the Big Apple. Clint Bowyer is headed to Bristol, Conn. It seems NASCAR’s Chase For The Sprint Cup drivers will be a little bit of everywhere in the coming days.
Until, that is, they finally regroup and surface at Chicagoland Speedway, site of this week’s Geico 400, the opening Chase race of the 2013 season.
It’s the Chase Across America, the big push leading into this weekend’s Chase kickoff.
Here’s a look at the Chase drivers, and some of the activities scheduled:
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – The Hendrick Motorsports driver, ninth in the points standings, will be in New York to hit a number of media outlets, including “CBS This Morning,” the New York Post and "America Live" on the Fox News Channel. Earnhardt Jr. is also scheduled to serve as a guest DJ on Sirius XM satellite radio.
Clint Bowyer – Eighth in points, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver is slated to spend the day in Bristol, Conn., on the ESPN campus and is expected to make appearances on various programs throughout the day.
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Matt Kenseth – The 2003 Cup champion won’t have to worry about jet lag, his Chase appearance will find him already in the Windy City. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will visit several Chicago landmarks starting at the Navy Pier in the morning.
Joey Logano – Penske Racing’s Chase representative this year, Logano will arrive at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire, where he will meet members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing as well as first responders stationed at the base.
Kyle Busch – Seeded third in this year’s Chase, Busch will be off to Dover Air Force Base to take part in this year’s 9/11 memorial dedication at the Air Mobility Command Museum. He will also take part in the donation of 1,500 race tickets to USO Delaware for the Sept. 29 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Kurt Busch – Just days after securing his seventh Chase berth, and the first for Furniture Row Racing, Busch will head to Kansas City, Kan., to meet with local firefighters, EMTs and members of the Kansas Army National Guard.
Jimmie Johnson – The five-time Cup champion will be a bit closer to home, heading over to zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. to participate in a “Burnout to the Playoffs” where he join seven-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher. Both drivers will participate in a fan forum for season ticket holders hosted by Monica Palumbo.
Greg Biffle – The Roush Fenway Racing driver will be in Birmingham to visit a local fire house and help promote not only the Chase, but help kick off the city’s Empowerment Day of Service, 9-11 First Responders tribute and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Bombing.
Kasey Kahne – A 9/11 remembrance and fan question and answer session in Roanoke, Va. are part of the activities planned for Kahne, one of this year’s two Wild Card entrants in the Chase.
Kevin Harvick – The Richard Childress Racing driver will spend time with 50 area first responders at Texas Motor Speedway, where Harvick will help put each attendee through “driver’s school” on the 1.5-mile track.
Ryan Newman – Phoenix-area residents may see Newman with their morning coffee as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver is scheduled to be in the area after earning one of two Wild Card berths in the Chase. Newman is slated for area TV appearances and will meet with race fans in a local Safeway grocery story to help promote this year’s Chase as well as the upcoming Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Carl Edwards – The series’ most recent winner may have the most physically demanding appearance of those in the Chase. Edwards will visit Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training headquarters where he is expected to participate in firefighter and emergency training exercises. Those may range from putting out a car fire to working with the MDFR scuba team.