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Van Gisbergen returns to Chicago ready to defend NASCAR street racing title

Van Gisbergen returns to Chicago ready to defend NASCAR street racing title

Shane Van Gisbergen, who won the 2023 NSACAR Chicago Street Race, makes a media appearance in Bolingbrook ahead of the second iteration of the race.

*A YouTube video link to the story is at the bottom of this article.

CHICAGO — With NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race just weeks away, the defending champion was back in town Thursday.

New Zealand native Shane Van Gisbergen was at Bolingbrook, eager to defend his title after winning on the Xfinity Series circuit over the past two weeks.

“I know we’re going to be good,” Van Gisbergen said. “But I have to do everything I can: prepare as best I can, study last year’s race, see what we could have done better and try to continue to improve, but I think There will be tough competition this year.”

A year ago, Shane Van Gisbergen raced the Grant Park course to victory in his first-ever NASCAR race, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in 60 years.

The last NASCAR driver to do such a thing was Johnny Rutherford at the 1963 Daytona 500.

NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race is set to be renewed on July 7, with the Sprint Cup Series race scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpSWZBiF5c