Route 66 Raceway Announces Full Drag Strip Lineup for 2014 Season
Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, January 15 for all Drag Strip Events Except the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Which go on-sale Saturday, February 15
The complete Route 66 Raceway drag strip event schedule was released today, packed with renowned events like the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!, Route 66 Swap Meet, Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing and the Hollywood Casino Joliet Route 66 Classic.
Test & Tunes begin on April 12 and the first of nine ET Bracket races get underway on April 27, providing local competitors with 25 opportunities to enter the Stadium of Drag Racing. Part of this season’s Test & Tune lineup will feature Friday Nights at 66, a "fun run" format open to all racers. If you’re new to racing, Route 66 Raceway’s trained staff will guide you through the process to safely race your car on the drag strip. Each of the Friday Nights at 66 events will also feature a host car club in the designated Cruise-in Car Corral, a non-competitive place to show your vehicle, watch the races and take in the sights and sounds with other car enthusiasts.
Taking place under the lights on Saturday, June 7, The Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown! features fire-breathing jet cars being propelled to speeds approaching 300 miles per hour. The Burndown at Sundown! serves as a precursor for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, June 27-30. Last season’s Nationals event featured four three-second Funny Car runs at Route 66, the only track to break the four-second barrier four separate times in 2013.
The Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing showcases the NMRA and NMCA, July 10-13, with over 30 classes of all-door slammer drag racing. On top of the monumental track action, check out the pristine car show cruisers and browse the manufacturer’s midway and swap meet.
On August 16, the Hollywood Casino Joliet Route 66 Classic returns to pay homage to early drag racing and hot rod culture, including a special appearance from members of the Nostalgia Drag Racing League. In the ultimate tribute to all things vintage, hundreds of classic hot rods will participate on the drag strip and in the Cruise-In Car Corral in a quarter-mile blast down memory lane.
To close the season, the Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet will return for its sixth year, inviting buyers and sellers from all over the Midwest to exchange items and display their cars in a Show ‘n Shine.
Tickets for the 2014 events at Route 66 Raceway go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 15, except for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, and will be available by visiting www.Route66Raceway.com or by calling (888) 629-RACE.
The 2014 schedule of events at Route 66 Raceway is as follows:
|March 29-30||Extended Technical Inspection (ETI) and NHRA Chassis Inspection, 8am - 4pm
(By appointment only. Call 815-722-5500 and ask for Charlie)
|April 12||Test & Tune|
|April 19||Test & Tune|
|April 26||Test & Tune|
|April 27||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 1|
|May 3||Test & Tune|
|May 4||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 2|
|May 10||Test & Tune|
|May 17||Test & Tune|
|May 18||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 3|
|May 23||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|May 24||Junior Dragsters – 1|
|May 30||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|June 6 - 8||NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series|
|June 7||Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing BURNDOWN AT SUNDOWN!|
|June 13||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|June 14||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 4 – King of the Track|
|June 21||Junior Dragsters – 2 – Junior Drag Racing League Challenge|
|June 26-29||O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries|
|July 5||Test & Tune|
|Junior Dragsters - 3|
|July 6||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 5 – National Dragster Challenge|
|July 10-13||Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing|
|July 25||Test & Tune|
|July 27||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 6|
|August 1||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|August 2||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – 7|
|Junior Dragsters - 4|
|August 8||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|August 10||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 8|
|August 16||Hollywood Casino Route 66 Classic|
|August 17||Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 9|
|August 22||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|August 23||Junior Dragsters – 5|
|September 5||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|September 19||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|September 26||Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66|
|October||Route 66 Swap Meet|
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