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NASCAR Set To Rock With The Chainsmokers And Miranda Lambert At First-Ever Chicago Street Race

The Black Crowes and Charley Crocket will also perform at the historic NASCAR event in July.  

By Andrew Woodin
Split image of the Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert

NASCAR has announced superstar electronic-pop dup The Chainsmokers will join forces with the indelible Miranda Lambert as headliners for the league’s unprecedented Cup Series street race, the Chicago Street Race, rolling into the Windy City on July 1-2. Music fans attending the historic two-day racing event will also have the pleasure of jamming out to The Black Crowes, and blues-country crooner Charley Crockett.

The weekend, essentially a holiday one with the Fourth of July following so soon after, promises to be one extraordinary one for racing fans. What began as an iRacing virtual course, showcasing some of Chicago’s most celebrated areas such as Michigan Avenue, Lake Shore Drive and Buckingham Fountain, quickly evolved, coming to fruition as a history-making street race in the Cup Series. The actual course will traverse 12 turns over 2.2 miles, taking drivers past many of Chicago’s renowned landmarks. Considering how momentous of an event this is, it’s only fitting that NASCAR wrangled up some of the music industry’s biggest names.

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“The Chicago Street Race is truly a first-of-its-kind two-day sports and entertainment event in the 75-year history of NASCAR,” noted Chicago Street Race President Julie Giese. “We are proud to welcome superstars The Chainsmokers, Miranda Lambert, The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett as we reimagine the NASCAR experience in the heart of downtown Chicago over Fourth of July weekend.”

Comprised of Andrew “Drew” Taggert and Alexander “Alex” Pall, The Chainsmokers erupted in 2016 with a trifecta of multi-Platinum certified hits, featuring the Grammy-nominated “Closer,” before taking home the Best Dance Recording Grammy the following year with the group’s club banger “Don’t Let Me Down.”

Lambert, on the other hand, has generated seven No. 1 solo albums, 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, three Grammy Awards and a record-setting 37 ACM Awards. NPR heralded her as “the most riveting country star of her generation.”

For nearly 30 years, The Black Crowes, led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, have been electrifying audiences around the globe with gritty guitar licks, steeped heavy in blues and classic rock. Over the course of producing eight studio albums and four live albums, the timeless, chart-topping rockers have generated several hits, including a pair of infectious earworms “Jealous Again” and “She Talks to Angels” from their 1990 debut, breakout album "Shake Your Money Maker".

Though he’s released 10 albums since 2015, Crockett’s notoriety really only skyrocketed in 2021 when he won the coveted prize of the “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the American Music Honors and Awards in Nashville. Crockett blends country, soul, blues, Cajun and even R&B to craft what he calls his “Gulf & Western” sound, a truly one-of-a-kind mix that continues to mesmerize legions of loyal fans.

The Black Crowes will hit the stage on Saturday, July 1, following practices for the Xfinity Series and the Cup Series. After the Xfinity Series race, The Chainsmokers will close out the first day with a full-length concert. Crockett will open for Lambert on Sunday, July 2, and the concert festivities will wrap prior to the historic Cup Series street race.

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