Joliet, Ill. – February 15, 2013 Tickets to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Route 66 Raceway are on sale now.  Fans can purchase tickets online at or by phone at 888-629-RACE.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with Two Nights of Nitro, giving our fans two exciting nights of action under the lights in Route 66’s True Stadium of Drag Racing” said Scott Paddock, Route 66 Raceway president. “After a historic O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 in 2012 that featured Erica Enders becoming to the first female driver to win an NHRA Pro Stock race, we can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for our fans.”

The NHRA Nationals begin with Friday Night on Fire, featuring the first night of qualifying for the stars of NHRA followed by a jet car finale, with fire breathing jet cars attempting to reach speeds of 300 miles per hour. The following day, All-Star Saturday celebrates Route 66 Raceway’s 15th Anniversary season with the legends of drag racing and the second round of qualifying before Championship Sunday. The weekend wraps up with prestigious Championship Sunday, marking the finale of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals. Championship Sunday features an all-access experience for fans including a track walk, driver introductions and a Winner’s Circle celebration. In 2012, Antron Brown emerged victorious in the Top Fuel class on Championship Sunday and went on to become the NHRA Top Fuel World Champion.

Additionally, every ticket purchased will also serve as a pit pass, meaning each fan will receive an up-close and personal look at their favorite cars.

The best prices of the season are available with advanced purchase, with walk-up prices increasing in 2013. To purchase tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, or any of the other 2013 Route 66 Raceway events, visit or call 888-629-RACE (7223).

The 2013 schedule of spectator events at Route 66 Raceway is as follows

Date                             Event  

May 18                         Team Demolition Derby #1 at the Dirt Oval

June 7-June 9                NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series      

June 8                          Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning Burndown at Sundown!

June 22                         Team Demolition Derby #2 at the Dirt Oval

June 27-30                    O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries

July 11-14                     Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by Miller Welders

July 19-20                     Traxxas TORC Series presented by Amsoil at the Dirt Oval

July 27                          Team Demolition Derby #3 at the Dirt Oval

August 17                     Route 66 Classic

August 24                     Team Demolition Derby #4 at the Dirt Oval

September 21               Downright Diesels

September 28               Team Demolition Derby #5 at the Dirt Oval

October 6                     Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet

For the complete 2013 Route 66 Raceway 15th Anniversary Schedule, including an opportunity to take your personal vehicle down the drag strip in a Test & Tune or Bracket Race, click here.

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