Joliet, Ill – May 3, 2011 – The Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series has officially begun with the season opener complete.  A strong racer attendance made for a dramatic day of Super Pro Winnercompetitive drag racing on Route 66 Raceway’s new quarter mile racing surface. 

Scoring his first Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series win, John Savarino of Ashkum, Illinois scored the Super Pro win over two-time Super Pro track champion Kenny King of Lacon, Illinois.  A simple transbrake failure on the starting line rolled King’s dragster through the starting line beam giving Savarino the automatic win light.  Savarino drove his 1997 Spitzer altered to his first points series win and to the top of the Super Pro point standings.

Pro Winner In a battle of the Camaros, John Coyle used a near perfect .003-reaction time to counter Troy Bogner’s respectable .015-light to score the win over Bogner in a double-breakout final round in the Pro category.  Bogner, who defeated good friend John A. Singleton Sr. in the semis could not repeat his effort in the final round.  Coyle used a 0.017-second margin of victory to wheel his 1999 Camaro into winner’s circle.

Iowa racer, Bruce Damewood of Clinton, Iowa defeated Lansing, Illinois’ Bob Foster in the final round of Bike.  Damewood proved the value of the quicker dial-in, as his -.017 starting line foul only preceded Foster’s miniscule -.002 reaction time by only 0.025-second.  Damewood used a tight, .009-second package to beat Frank Linders in the semi-final round.Sportsman Winner

A mere -.009 final round red light gave hometown racer Steve Opielinski of Joliet, Illinois the Sportsman win over former track champion Tony Lyons of Ashkum, Illinois.  Opielinski’s 1979 Pontiac Trans Am was dialed in, running within .008-second in three rounds of competition.  Lyons appeared to be on his game with an .011 and .014 reaction time in the quarter and semi-finals but pushed the tree a little too hard in the money round, triggering the red light.

Orland Park, Illinois’ Craig Schober wheeled his big, Highschool Winner1997 Dodge Ram pick-up to the High School race win over Seneca, Illinois’ William Boswell.  While Boswell had the starting line advantage, Schober used a near dead-on 17.302 on a 17.30 dial-in to push Boswell through the finish line stripe, with a 12.380 on a 12.40 dial-in breakout. 

Race two of the Rockett Brand Race Fuels ET Bracket Series is scheduled for Sunday, May 15.  Saturday Test & Tunes are scheduled for both May 7 and May 14.

Route 66 Raceway’s dragstrip will see additional action from such special events such as the jet car, wheel standing and match racing action in the Burndown at Sundown, on Saturday night, June 11.  The stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series return on July 7-10 with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals.  Tickets for these and other events are on-sale now.  Call (888) 629-RACE or visit

Rockett Brand Racing Fuels are blended with the uncompromising care, knowledge and expertise that come from over 50 years of international sanctioned racing experience and in collaboration with professional racing teams and engine builders looking to maximize their competitive advantage.  Rockett Brand Racing Fuel is sold at Route 66 Raceway during Test & Tune and ET Bracket Series events.  Try some today and experience “the science of going fast” for yourself.

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