CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr. walks around Buckingham Fountain as Nascar's top 12 drivers Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin meet with the media and fans during Nascar Chase for the Sprint Cup Media Day on September 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images for Nascar)
NASCAR is sending its 12 playoff drivers in a "Chase Across America" media tour this week to promote the final 10 races of the season, which begins with Sunday's Chicagoland Speedway race.
All of the drivers will meet with local and national media on Wednesday in Chicago – there's also a fan event at the House of Blues – but they'll first spread out across the country for local events on Tuesday.
Here's the schedule and where each driver is headed (information compiled from NASCAR and the tracks):
Johnson is in New York today to make media rounds on several national outlets, including FOX Business News (earlier this morning), HLN (1:10 p.m. ET) and FOX News (3:45 p.m.). Most drivers are doing their events on Tuesday, but NASCAR wouldn't get much publicity if it sent a driver around on the anniversary of Sept. 11.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NASCAR's most popular driver is headed to Bristol, Conn. on Tuesday to do the ESPN "Car Wash." That's when ESPN sends an athlete all over its campus to appear on various shows and channels – TV, radio and internet.
Earnhardt Jr. will be a guest on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 at 9:45 a.m. ET, followed by appearances on SportsCenter, First Take, NASCAR Now, SportsNation, NFL Live, PTI and ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt Show.
Keselowski was assigned to Chicago, where he'll visit a local fire station on Tuesday (the anniversary of Sept. 11) to recognize the service firefighters provide. During the visit, Keselowski will receive a tour of firehouse and take part in various challenges testing his firefighting skills.
Hamlin will visit a military aviation center in New Hampshire to meet with troops who are being deployed after New Hampshire Motor Speedway's upcoming race weekend. He'll also do a meet-and-greet with selected ticketholders.
The Chase wild card driver will make a trip to Philadelphia (the closest major market to Dover), where fans will have a chance to see him and attend a free question-and-answer session on Tuesday.
Kahne will participate in a Q&A on a stage in the middle of "Xfinity Live!" at 6 p.m, moderated by WXTU-FM's morning show co-host, Andie Summers.
Talladega Superspeedway will host Harvick and breast cancer survivors on Tuesday to help "Turn Talladega Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Harvick will be meeting with breast cancer survivors and painting the Talladega logo pink at the start/finish line.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex is headed to Kansas City, where he'll make a Tuesday morning visit to the campus of NASCAR Cup Series sponsor Sprint and meet with Kansas National Guard members.
After that, he'll attend a fan event at 12:30 p.m. local time at the 810 Zone (a sports bar located in the Leawood Town Center).
Biffle will visit a Martinsville-area high school on Tuesday for an old-fashioned pep rally, which will include cheerleaders, a marching band, race cars, football players and a stadium full of cheering students.
In a Sept. 11 event featuring more than 3,000 students from area high schools, Bowyer will help honor Fort Worth police officers and firefighters on the frontstretch at Texas Motor Speedway. He'll also speak to students about his life story and the perseverance it took to reach the Sprint Cup Series.
After clinching his Chase spot in dramatic fashion, Gordon will attend a media luncheon and fan event on Tuesday in Phoenix. The event, at the Half Moon Sports Grill in the Biltmore area, features a fan question-and-answer session at 12:15 p.m.
In another 9/11-related event, Matt Kenseth will fly to Miami Beach on Tuesday for an event with U.S. Coast Guard members. Kenseth will go out to sea aboard a Coast Guard cutter and drive it in the open water. He'll also lead maneuvers, including a man overboard simulation utilizing a stern launch with a 33-foot "small boat" the Coast Guard uses for search and rescue.
Kenseth will also have lunch with crew members, participate in a question-and-answer session and tour the base.
Stewart was assigned to Charlotte, but he won't be making his appearance until next week (Sept. 18). Details have yet to be announced.