Big Crowds Enjoy Record-Setting Action at Route 66 Raceway

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Unseasonably cool temperatures provided record-setting racing conditions at Route 66 Raceway for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals this weekend, allowing fans to witness history, including the three quickest pro fields ever assembled in NHRA History in Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Funny Car.

On Friday afternoon, a sold out General Admission crowd saw the second-quickest run in Pro Stock history when Richie Stevens posted a 6.635 E.T., which bested the previous track record of 6.646 set by Greg Anderson during fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals last October.

Fans braving several rain delays on Saturday had the opportunity to watch Chip Ellis become only the second rider in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle history to break the seven-second mark, recording a 6.988-second run during the third round of professional qualifying. Ellis' quick run on Saturday beat the track record which he'd set on Friday--a 7.015-second E.T. run. Prior to Friday, Andrew Hines held the track record with a 7.093-second run set in May 2004.

Three-time NHRA champion Greg Anderson captured the 22nd annual King Demon Crown with the quickest pass in Pro Stock history at 6.620 (208.20 mph), shattering his own mark of 6.646, which he set at Route 66 Raceway during the fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals last October.

For complete results from the weekend, visit www.nhra.com .

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