NHRA VISITS ROUTE 66 RACEWAY FOR ONE EVENT IN JUNE 2006

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The NHRA announced today its 2006 schedule for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which features a spring visit to Route 66 Raceway for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals on June 8-11. The June event will be the NHRA's only visit to Joliet next year.

"In previous years, we had NHRA Nationals here in May and September, which meant we were always battling inclement weather," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. "Our goal is to bring the raw power and excitement of NHRA drag racing to Joliet when weather isn't typically a concern. In order to make that happen, we had to give up one of our two NHRA weekends. Obviously, you cannot guarantee perfect weather, but we feel that this date in June is a good time of the year for the event, and will provide a better atmosphere and enhance the overall experience for the fans."

The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in June 2006 — which will again feature Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike series — will mark the ninth consecutive year that NHRA has visited Route 66 Raceway in Joliet.

"NHRA enjoys visiting Route 66 Raceway, year-in and year-out, as there is no finer facility or better place to watch a drag race," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "Now, with one annual event and, coupled with the ideal June date, we are confident the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals will become one of the largest races on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit."

NHRA action begins Thu., June 8, with Sportsman Qualifying and Time Trials. Friday's activities include Sportsman Qualifying and Eliminations, Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying. Highlighting Saturday's activities are Sportsman Eliminations, Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying. Final Eliminations will take place on Sun, June 11.

Tickets for the general public are tentatively scheduled to go on sale in March after all renewals from this year are processed. For ticket prices and more information, call 815-727-RACE.

See below for the full 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule

46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Wingernationals Pomona, Calif. Feb. 9-12
22nd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals Phoenix Feb. 24-26
37th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla. (PSM) March 16-19
19th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals Houston (PSM) March 31- April 2
Seventh annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals Las Vegas April 6-9
Sixth annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn. April 28-30
26th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Commerce, Ga. (PSM)May 4-7
42nd annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals Columbus, Ohio (PSM) May 18-21
18th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals Topeka, Kan. May 25-28
Ninth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Joliet, Ill. (PSM) June 8-11
37th annual K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, N.J. (PSM) June 15-18
10th annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals St. Louis (PSM) June 23-25
27th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Denver (PSM) July 14-16
19th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle July 21-23
19th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals Sonoma, Calif. (PSM) July 28-30
25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn. (PSM) Aug. 10-13
19th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals Memphis, Tenn. (PSM) Aug. 18-20
52nd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Indianapolis (PSM) Aug. 30 - Sept. 4
22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals Reading, Pa. (PSM) Sept. 14-17
21st annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals Dallas Sept. 21-24
Inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals Richmond, Va. Oct. 6-8
Sixth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Las Vegas (PSM) Oct. 26-29
42nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif. (PSM) Nov. 9 -12

(PSM) = Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle

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