Make no question about it, a 7,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car is jaw dropping at any Take Off Under the Lightstime of day.  But there is an indescribable aura when watching nitro fuel ignite and erupt from two 300 mile per hour machines under the lights of Route 66 Raceway’s stadium-style dragstrip.  Just as the smoke, flames and flash photography are amplified in the dark of night, so is the performance of the race cars.

Some NHRA National events hold one night qualifying session, on Friday night.  Route 66 Raceway is going beyond and delivering two night qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday night with Nitro qualifying at 5:00pm & 8:00pm both nights.  What does this mean for you, the avid race fan?

Better Experience:   The lights on the tree, the fire in the headers, the shimmer of the paint jobs, the flash photography and reflection of a well-prepared dragstrip are more apparent under the lights. Bob Bode Under the Lights

Better Performance:   Route 66 Raceway is known for delivering on-track performance at night.  In 2005, Gary Scelzi piloted the first Nitro Funny Car over 330 miles per hour at Route 66 Raceway at night.  In 2010, both the Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car final rounds set and still hold the record for all-time quickest side-by-side races in NHRA history.  The cooler air makes for more horsepower which leads to lower elapse times and higher miles per hour – exactly what we’re all looking for!

Better Value:   By closing the night with a Nitro finale, we can better deliver an all-day experience that more than justifies your trip to the drag races.  NHRA Drag Racing is an all-day, all-weekend event.  We deliver over 12-hours of non-stop racing action on Friday and Saturday, from 9:00am-9:30pm.  So consider this, a $41 General Admission ticket on Friday, for 12 hours of racing equates to $3.42/hour at Route 66 Raceway’s stadium of drag Grandstands Under the Lightsracing.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals will return for the 14th consecutive year at Route 66 Raceway, July 7-10, 2011.  For the first time race fans will enjoy two nights of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying under the lights on Route 66 Raceway’s new racing surface.  Drag racing pioneer “Big Daddy” Don Garlits will serve as the race’s honorary legend and also participate in the sportsman competition.  Unique to Route 66 Raceway, every NHRA Full Throttle and Lucas Oil category will compete, delivering the widest variety of race cars on the NHRA tour.  For tickets, call (888) 629-RACE or click here .


Buy your O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals ticket on or before Thursday, June 9 for free admission to the exclusive NHRA Starting Line Party at Route 66 Raceway.

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