Route 66 Raceway Named NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Track of the Year

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Racers and fans throughout the Midwest voted Route 66 Raceway the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Track of the Year for the second consecutive time - and fourth time overall - at the 39th annual North Central Division Award Banquet in Indianapolis this month. The year-end award banquet was held at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites on Sat., Jan. 7.

"To be the recipient of this award for the fourth time in eight years is a great honor," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. "Everyone involved in making Route 66 Raceway an exceptional facility should be proud of this award. Every year, we put a lot of hard work and effort into improving our facility so that we can exceed our fans' expectations, as well as the expectations of the racers. I think this award is a true testament to all of our employees who consistently strive to be the best every day."

Tracks eligible for this award must have held either a POWERade Drag Racing Series national event or an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division event. This year, racers and fans chose between seven drag strips throughout the Midwest, including finalists Route 66 Raceway, Beech Bend Raceway Park, Indianapolis Raceway Park and National Trail Raceway. Route 66 Raceway was also a recipient of this award in 1998 (the tracks first year of existence), 2000 and 2004.

The 2005 Division 3 NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Dart Top Sportsman Racing Series, NHRA Jeg's Super Quick Series, and NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League champions, along with a number of other special award winners, were also honored at the banquet.

This season, Route 66 Raceway will once again feature the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals on June 8-11. The weekend - which marks the ninth consecutive year NHRA has visited the drag strip - will feature Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike series. Route 66 Raceway will also be the site for another NHRA Lucas Oil Series Division 3 race on July 13-16, along with a variety of events, including Bracket Racing, Test & Tunes, Jr. Dragsters, and much more.

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