Sources: Chicago gets 2011 kickoff

8/6/2010 - NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chicagoland Speedway will kick off NASCAR's 2011 Chase, multiple sources told ESPN.com Friday.

New Hampshire has hosted the opener of the 10-race playoff since the Sprint Cup series went to the format in 2004. That race is expected to move to another date in the Chase, likely the second, currently held by Dover.

Chicagoland has hosted a race on the second weekend of July since its first Cup race in 2001. The July weekend is expected to go to Kentucky Motor Speedway, which has a Tuesday news conference scheduled to announce it is getting a Cup date next season.

Kentucky picked up a date from Atlanta Motor Speedway, which announced Thursday it was losing its March date and would host only one event for the first time in 50 years.

Kansas also is getting a second date, that according to sources coming from California.

The shakeups are among many on the schedule that is expected to be released later this month.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.