Full 2016 Schedule Announced For Route 66 Raceway

A Full Season of Racing Ahead at Route 66 Raceway

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Joliet, Ill. — January 15, 2016 — The complete Route 66 Raceway event schedule was released today ensuring yet another complete season of exhilarating, super-charged racing. Renowned events such as Test & Tunes presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Races, the Hollywood Casino Joliet Snocross National Presented by Hayes Brake, Import Face-Off, the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!, NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing and the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic join the Route 66 NHRA Nationals to form the complete 2016 lineup.

“In 2015, we witnessed a terrific year of racing at Route 66 Raceway with a thrilling mix of new events, such as ISOC Championship Snocross and RevArena, accompanying long-standing favorites like the Burndown at Sundown!, the Route 66 Classic and our weekly Test & Tunes,” said Scott Paddock, President of Route 66 Raceway. “As we flip the calendar to 2016, we look forward to building on the momentum of the previous season and once again delivering an unparalleled racing and guest experience at our world class facility”

The season opens with the Hollywood Casino Joliet Snocross National Presented by Hayes Brake on March 4-5. AMSOIL Championship snowmobile racing descends upon the famed drag strip for a rare mid-winter motorsports treat. Fans can once again expect two days of high flying, berm-busting snowmobile action as professional, semi-pro and amateur classes compete for the AMSOIL Championship.

2016 continues as bracket series racers ready for the season with the first of three Test & Tunes presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on April 16 leading to the first of eight Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series races on April 24. Starting on May 1, Test & Tunes morph into Race Your Ride events where local competitors have the opportunity to enter the World’s Premier Drag Racing Facility to put their vehicles to the ultimate test. Junior Dragsters get their first crack at the dragstrip on May 21, in the first of six competitions for the season.  

On May 22, the most innovative import series in the U.S. returns to Joliet bringing much more than a race and care show. Import fans will spend the entire day enjoying amenities such as quarter-mile drag racing, a car, truck and bike show, sound-system contests, a model expo, burnout contests, DJs, vendors and more.

Taking place under the lights on Saturday, June 4, the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown! features jet-propelled, fire-breathing cars rocketing to speeds approaching 300 miles per hour. The Burndown at Sundown! serves as a precursor for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, July 7-10. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will feature a full day and one night of nitro qualifying. Here fans will be able to see who has the best speeds both under the sun and under the stars. The weekend culminates with the Championship on Sunday.

The Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing showcases the National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association, July 28-31.  On top of the monumental street legal drag racing, the weekend features a car show, swap meet, manufacturer’s midway and much more.  Last year’s Super Bowl was the closest contest in the event history.

On August 20, the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic returns to pay homage to early drag racing and hot rod culture. Featuring nostalgia match racing including funny cars, gassers and pro stocks and a Show ‘n Shine, the Route 66 Classic is a quarter-mile blast down memory lane.

To close the season, the Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet will return for its eighth 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 2016 events at Route 66 Raceway are on sale now and will be available by visiting www.Route66Raceway.com or by calling (888) 629-RACE. 

For email reminders regarding the 2016 Route 66 Raceway schedule, click here.

Full Route 66 Raceway Schedule:

Day Date   Event
  March 4-5   Hollywood Casino Joliet Snocross National Presented by Hayes Brake
 Sat. April 16, 2016   Test & Tune presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 1
 Sat. April 23, 2016   Test & Tune presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 2
 Sun. April 24, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 1
 Sat. April 30, 2016   Test & Tune presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 3
 Sun. May 1, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 2
 Fri. May 6, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 1 
 Sat. May 7, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 3
 Fri. May 13, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 2 
 Sat. May 14, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 4
Junior Dragsters – 1
 Fri.
May 20, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 3
 Sun. May 22, 2016   Import Face-Off
 Fri. May 27, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts – 4
  June 3-5   NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
 Sat. June 4, 2016   Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!
 Fri. June 17, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 5
 Sat. June 18, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 5
Junior Dragsters - 2
 
 Fri. June 24, 2016 Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 6
 Sun. June 26, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 6
Junior Dragsters - 3
 
  July 7-10 Route 66 NHRA Nationals
 Fri. July 15, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 7
 Sat. July 16, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 7
Junior Dragsters - 4 
 Fri. July 22, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 8
  July 28-31   NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
 Fri. August 5, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 9
 Sun. August 7, 2016   Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series - Race 8
Junior Dragsters – 5
 Fri. August 12, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 10
 Sat. August 20, 2016   D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic
Junior Dragsters - 6
 Fri. August 26, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 11
 Fri. September 9, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 12
 Fri. September 23, 2016   Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts - 13
 Sun. October 2, 2016   Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet

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