Unleash the Heat, Light up the Night at the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!


Joliet, Ill. — April 4, 2017 — The Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown! will return for the most explosive night of drag racing at Route 66 Raceway. As soon as the sun goes down at the World’s Premier Drag Racing Facility, the track will light up as the Burndown at Sundown! features jet-propelled, fire-breathing cars rocketing to speeds approaching 300 miles per hour. Burndown at Sundown! is one evening of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series exhibition where over 500 cars will spring into action during three full days of racing.

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS) is the premier Sportsman racing program in motorsports: It is where the future stars of NHRA Drag Racing develop their skills. The three-day event at Route 66 Raceway is expected to have upwards of 500 vehicles from 10 classes including: Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. Racers compete across the nation in 46 divisional and 26 regional events. With hundreds of cars in 10 different classes, LODRS truly has something for everyone.

KC Jones Jet Trains and Wheelstanders

They aren’t called the world's wildest locomotives for nothing. The Cannonball Express Jet Car, Chattanooga Choo-Choo Jet Car and Crazy Train Wheelstander will ignite fire into this year's Burndown once again.

Hypersonic Jet Funny Car

Barry Richter's Hypersonic jet funny car is propelled by a fire-breathing jet engine and can reach speeds up to 280 miles per hour in a quarter-mile!

Fifty Cal

Oswego, Illinois native Scott Holdridge will display his Fifty Cal Jet Dragster on the quarter-mile as it rockets to speeds approaching 300 mph.

Dave Modder’s Dragon’s Fyre

The Dragon’s Fyre Jet Truck is a 1940 Ford pick-up truck powered by a General Electric J-85 after-burning turbo jet engine. The Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck is the only one of its kind.

Top Alcohol Dragster & Funny Car

As a part of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars will be on display. Top Alcohol Dragsters use supercharged, nitro-burning engines, supercharged methanol-burning engine or an injected nitromethane combination that can reach speeds of 285 mph. The injected nitro cars do not use a transmission, and the supercharged cars have three forward speeds that launch them down the quarter-mile in 5.1 seconds.

Similar in physical appearance to their nitro-burning Funny Car counterparts, Top Alcohol Funny Cars are restricted to the use of methanol fuel and have a three-speed transmission that allow for the vehicles to reach speeds of 270 mph. Top Alcohol Funny Cars are capable of completing a quarter mile in 5.3 seconds.

New in 2017

The Burndown at Sundown! is turning up the heat in 2017 with some firey additions. Fans can experience a midway filled with fire-themed food and drinks, an official hot sauce tasting challenge and a special Fire Truck Touch-A-Truck Display. Also within the midway, beat the summer heat at the beer garden and rock out with our live entertainment! Cap off the evening with a firework show, fire eater performance and feel the flames shooting from the exhibition show. It’s a night that will surly bring fire to life!

Saturday’s spectacle of fire and explosion will begin at 5 p.m. although racing will take place throughout the entire day. Tickets for the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown! are only $20, while kids 12 and younger are admitted for $5.

To purchase tickets to the Burndown at Sundown!, the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, or any of the other 2016 Route 66 Raceway events, visit us online at, 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 2017 event schedule at Route 66 is as follows:

Date                             Event

 June 2-4
 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 
 June 3 
 Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!
 July 6-9 
 NHRA Route 66 Nationals
 July 27-30 
 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
 August 19 
 Route 66 Classic
 October 1
 Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet

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