NHRA LEGENDS TO CONVERGE AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FUNNY CAR JULY 7-10

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Joliet, Ill. – June 3, 2016 – The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to light up Joliet on July 7-10 at Route 66 Raceway. Various drag racing stars – both young and seasoned – will assemble for two explosive nights and two full days of high-speed action with dragsters rocketing to speeds far surpassing 300 miles per hour. Fans will be able to see who has the best speeds under the sun and under the stars.

In addition to the finest drag racers of today, various National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) legends will attend the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Funny Car. Stars like John Force, Ron Capps and Alexis DeJoria will stand next to the generation of racers that paved the way for their success. Legendary personalities such as Greg Mosely, Pat Minick, Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Gary Dyer, Ron O’Donnell and Arnie Beswick will take part in the action-packed weekend.

With an extensive line-up of events surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Funny Car, the Route 66 NHRA Nationals will feature a skydiver, a car corral displaying the evolution of the Funny Car, a track walk and theme nights.

On Dialed-In Thursday, July 7, more than 350 cars from the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will hit the track as racers kick off the national event and dial in their cars in an all-day display of speed. Kids 12 years old and younger get in for free too!

As the sun goes down, the times drop – a night filled with nitro under the lights comprise Friday Night on Fire. Drivers will look to break track records, just like Cruz Pedregon did in Funny Car last year, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel will all have their first chance to rocket down the dragstrip leaving a grandiose display of fire in their wake.

On Friday evening, Route 66 Raceway will also officially welcome Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Funny Car. While supplies last, fans can purchase an exclusive ticket package which includes a question and answer session with two of NHRA’s most prolific drivers.

The celebration continues as the 50th Anniversary of Funny Car display is unveiled. Various vintage Funny Cars from across the country will come together giving fans an elite look at the evolution of this distinctive racing class. In addition, a legendary Funny Car driver autograph session will be open to all attendees.

The best Sportsman racers from across the country will converge on Route 66 Raceway as well to compete in the NHRA JEGS Allstars finals on Saturday. The JEGS Allstars will prelude the final Nitro and Pro Stock qualifying sessions, which cap a unique and exciting day of racing action. For an exhilarating finale, a jet car will hit the track both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Championship Sunday is the day that determines who will take the coveted top place in the winner’s circle. Each of NHRA's four Mello Yello Series classes will vie for their respective place in Route 66 Nationals history. Competitors in the Lucas Oil Series will also take to the track to determine the fastest of the fast in a jam-packed day of racing.

Once again, fans have the opportunity to purchase a special ticket package for Sunday that includes a question and answer session with Snake and Mongoose. Every ticket provides optimal viewing for a memorable edition of pre-race ceremonies which will praise the 50th anniversary of Funny Car and honor the 90th Anniversary of Route 66. As always, every NHRA ticket is a pit pass and allows fans all-access entry into the pit areas and NHRA Nitro Alley to interact with the drivers and teams as they prep these 10,000-horsepower machines.

Four days of racing await! Fans can experience one or all of them by visiting www.Route66Raceway.com or by calling (888) 629-RACE. 

The 2016 schedule of events at Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Date                             Event                                      

June 4                          Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!

July 7-10                       Route 66 NHRA Nationals         

August 20                     D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic

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