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Chicagoland IRL event no longer the finale, but it doesn't matter

Originally Published: August 28, 2009
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPNChicago.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- There's something about Chicagoland Speedway that seems to bring out the best -- and worst -- in several of the Indy Racing League's top drivers.

That's been especially evident in each of the past three years, when the Speedway played host to the IRL season finale. Unfortunately, the 1.5-mile oval no longer marks the end of the season for the IRL. That distinction has moved to Homestead Miami Speedway in South Florida.

Rather, Chicagoland Speedway now hosts the third-from-last ...

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