Heads were turning as the Nostalgia Boys took the stage at Route 66 Raceway during Dodge Mopar weekend August 2 -3, 2002. Not only did they dazzle the crowd with hair raising drag racing passes, but they also organized a barber shop on the starting line to raise money and give haircuts to help out LOCKS OF LOVE. LOCKS OF LOVE is a national organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of eighteen with medical hair loss. Joe Reichenburger, Frank Reichenburger, Ray Anhalt, and Mark Beimal all of the McDonalds Coca Cola Nostalgic Race Team all cut off their lovely ponytails and donated them to LOCKS of LOVE so that some child would be able to use the locks in a hairpiece or wig. Joe has been growing his hair long since high school, but it didn?t phase him. ?This is something I?ve been planning on doing for awhile. The whole crew wanted to do this. It is a worthy cause, and it is a small way we can give back to the community.? Route 66 Raceway?s very own track announcer, Stacy Tettemer also saw the value of the program and stepped up to help out. Tettemer normally has a full head of grey hair. He volunteered to shave it all off military style if the crowd and his coworkers would rally together for a $250.00 donation to the DRAW Organization. His friends took the challenge and raised over $500.00 to contribute. One fan handed over a $20.00 bill if Tettemer would shave off his sideburns. Although Tettemer?s hair was not long enough to be used in a wig or hairpiece, his locks wereshave for a good cause. ?It?s not so bad,? said Tettmer, ?I haven?t really looked in a mirror yet, but I can say it is a lot cooler in this heat. I know they won?t use the actual hair but they are probably better off, I don?t really think a kid would want to wear a grey wig anyway.? Local hair stylists Lori Ralls and Belinda Justice of Lou?s Styling Place in Romeoville were friends of Reichenburger and donated their time to do the actual cutting of the hair. ?We enjoyed doing this today. It?s worth it to raise awareness for this cause.? If a person has a pony tail at least 10 inches long and visits Lou?s Styling Place, to donate the hair, Lou?s will provide the hair cutting service free of charge. For more information on how you can participate in the Locks of Love program, please visit their website at, or call their toll free info number at 1-888-896-1588. The McDonalds Coca Cola Nostalgic Racing Team is also sponsored by South Oak Dodge of Matteson, IL and High Speed Welding of Westmont, IL. For more information on Reichenberger and his team please call 815-577-9113. Dubbed the first true "Stadium of Drag Racing," Route 66 Raceway provides top-notch entertainment for all types of racing fans. Route 66 Raceway is a multimillion-dollar complex including a quarter-mile, stadium-style drag strip with 27 luxury suites and a half-mile dirt oval track. The multipurpose facility hosts a wide variety of entertaining events, including two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing National events featuring Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks and motorcycle racing. Route 66 Raceway also features World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derbies, monster truck shows, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, music venues, an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event, and much more. Route 66 Raceway is located 30 miles southwest of downtown Chicago on Old Historic Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, three miles south of I-80 on Route 53.
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