Aug 14 2018

Joliet, Ill. (August 14, 2018) — Route 66 Raceway announced today that the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic, which  pays homage to the early days of drag racing and hot rod culture, will feature the third annual Will County vs. Grundy County Grudge Matches benefiting the surrounding community organizations on Saturday, August 18. After a Will County win in 2016 and a landslide victory for Grundy County in 2017, the stakes are high to determine who will have the upper hand going into 2019. 


Attendees of the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic will watch as counties clash on the quarter-mile as this special event component presents a platform for Will and Grundy County officials to duke it out on the dragstrip. Local officials will be equipped with vehicles provided by D’Arcy Buick GMC, and will select a local charity to benefit from their participation in the event. New this year, each official was tasked with fundraising for his respective charity which would later be matched by Route 66 Raceway’s charitable foundation, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.).  In 2017, R.A.C.E. donated $21,000 to 12 community organizations as a result to the Route 66 Classic Grudge Matches.

Charities to benefit from dignitary participation in the event are as follows:

Mayor of Joliet Mayor O’Dekirk                          Miracle League of Joliet

Mayor of Morris Dick Kopczick                          Grundy Resource Organization

Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton                         Easter Seals Joliet Region

Morris Police Chief John Severson                     Morris Police Benevolent Society

Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Greg Blaskey                Muscular Dystrophy Association

Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes                         Team Make A Difference

Grundy County States Attorney Jason Helland    Grundy Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity

Illinois State Representative Larry Walsh Jr.        Senior Services Center Of Will County

Will County Executive Larry Walsh                      United Way of Will County

Grundy County Executive Chris Balkema            Grundy County Community Foundation



Tickets for the 2018 events at Route 66 Raceway are on sale now and will be available by visiting or by calling (888) 629-RACE. 


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Route 66 Raceway & Chicagoland Speedway

Route 66 Raceway is the first True Stadium of drag racing. Founded in 1998 by nine local entrepreneurs, the NHRA-affiliated, quarter-mile drag strip is now fully owned and operated by the International Speedway Corporation and is sister track to Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile, D-shaped tri-oval that annually plays host to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA events. Route 66 Raceway hosts weekly ET Bracket Series racing, NHRA Jr. Drag Racing along with annual NHRA Lucas Oil Series and NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series professional drag racing events. The Route 66 Raceway property also includes a half-mile dirt oval track. For more information on Route 66 Raceway, visit



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Route 66 Raceway
500 Speedway Blvd
Joliet, IL 60433