Joliet, Ill. (March 25, 2011) - Tickets go on-sale Saturday, March 26 for Route 66 Raceway’s marquee event, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals.  With a new tune up this year, Route 66 Raceway promises to deliver NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series action like never before.   

Just days after we celebrate Independence Day, the Fourth of July fireworks will not be the only night time spectacle as Route 66 Raceway will hold two nights of nitro qualifying, under the lights.  Top Fuel Dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars will light up the night sky during Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 qualifying sessions in preparation for Sunday eliminations.  Drag racing’s biggest stars including local racer and seven-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher, will be on-hand racing at over 315 miles per hour on Route 66 Raceway’s newly resurfaced dragstrip.   

NHRA Drag Racing’s most prolific pioneer, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, will be the event’s honorary legend as part of the NHRA’s season long 60th Anniversary celebration.  The driver of the famed Swamp Rat dragsters, who has earned three NHRA Top Fuel world championships and claimed 35 national event victories, will participate in fan meet and greets and sign autographs throughout the weekend.  Garlits was named the number one drag racer during NHRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration ten years ago.

As an added bonus to our early ticket buyers, race fans will enjoy our complimentary, 60th Anniversary Racing Legends Reunion Starting Line Party.  The Thursday, June 9 party will be an appreciation night, rewarding our loyal fans with the opportunity to meet drag racing pioneers and active professional drivers.  Anyone who purchases an O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals ticket before or on Thursday, June 9, is invited to join the party.

Buy your O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals tickets beginning 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, March 26 by calling (888) 629-RACE or visiting .  Don’t forget to buy early to gain exclusive admission to the special, 60th Anniversary Racing Legends Reunion Starting Line Party on June 9.

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