On & Off Track Action at Route 66 NHRA Nationals




Pop Tarts with the President and Lemonade with the Ladies of NHRA headline fan-friendly amenities during NHRA Nationals, July 9-12

Joliet, Ill. – June 25, 2015 – Once a year, the biggest stars in drag racing roar down the drag strip at the Route 66 Raceway Nationals while reaching speeds of over 300 MPH. The speed, noise, smell and excitement draws drag racing enthusiasts from across the country, but this year race fans will have even more to do before, after and in between the four-second Nitro runs.

The NHRA is world-renowned for the access at its races, where every ticket serves as a pit pass. That means in addition to viewing races from the grandstands, race fans can also stand within feet of the crew chiefs to smell the nitro as they rebuild engines, or get an up-close look at their favorite driver for some autographs. Route 66 Raceway is looking to take that a step further in 2015, with a new lineup of fan activity.

On Saturday, July 11, Route 66 will host “Lemonade with the Ladies of NHRA” from 2:30-3:00 p.m. For $20, a limited number of fans will enjoy an ice cold glass of lemonade with several of NHRA’s female stars, as they discuss their current season and personal racing history.

On Sunday, July 12, Championship Sunday kicks off with Pop Tarts with the President, a youth-focused event featuring Track President Scott Paddock. Dash, the Route 66 Raceway mascot and other special guests will attend the 30-minute session in the Route 66 display area for pictures, autographs and more. Pop Tarts with the President is free of charge, and will provide all the energy needed for the Sealmaster® Track Walk at 10:00 a.m.

For race fans looking for an escape from the heat and an upgraded club experience, grab a spot in Club 66. Limited seating is available, and Club 66 provides a great view for Two Nights of Nitro and jet car finales. Your ticket includes complimentary food and beverage (excluding alcohol), two meals and light snacks daily, three beer drink tickets per day (21+ only) and free preferred parking for every two tickets for $220 per day.

Indoor seating is also available for $99 per day. Food and beverage is not included in this ticket, however you may bring concession food purchased from our vendors up into the climate-controlled suite to enjoy.

The Route 66 NHRA Nationals officially kicks off on Thursday, July 9th with Nitro Night in Downtown Joliet. Nitro Night is an exhilarating event that will give you the chance to meet NHRA drivers, enjoy vendors, hot food, live music by Soul Motion, and ice-cold beverages. The event is free of charge, and takes place on Chicago Street in Downtown Joliet from 5:00-10:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets to the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, visit us online at www.Route66Raceway.com, call 888-629-RACE, download the Route 66  Raceway mobile app,  visit the Route 66 Raceway Administrative office Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm or stop by box office the day of the event.

The 2015 schedule at Route 66 Raceway is as follows:

Date                             Event  

June 26                         Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

June 27                         Junior Dragsters – 3 – Junior Dragster Challenge

July 9-12                      Route 66 NHRA Nationals

July 17                          Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

July 18                          Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 6

                                    Junior Dragsters – 4

July 24                          Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

July 30 – Aug 2            10th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

August 7                       Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

August 9                       Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 7

August 15                     Route 66 Classic

August 16                     Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 8

August 21                     Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

August 22                     Junior Dragsters – 5 

August 23                     Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series – Race 9

August 28                     Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

September 11               Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

September 25               Test & Tune/Friday Nights at 66

October 4                     Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet

For the latest event details and information stay connected on Twitter and Facebook or by visiting www.Route66Raceway.com.

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Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill.  The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com.


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