Located adjacent to Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois features two main tracks: a quarter-mile drag strip and a half-mile dirt oval; there is also a road course and off-road track on site. Throughout the racing season, the facility hosts weekly racing and special events.
Opened in 1998, Route 66 was the first drag racing "stadium," with a 30,000-seat grandstand surrounding the starting line area. Today, the track is owned by International Speedway Corp. (ISC), which also owns Chicagoland Speedway and many other NASCAR tracks.
The main NHRA events scheduled for Route 66's drag strip in 2014 are the NHRA Lucas Oil North Central Division competition, June 6th through 8th, and the NHRA Mello Yello Series' O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals, June 26th through 29th. The track also hosts NHRA Junior Dragster competition throughout the season. The dirt oval hosts weekly racing featuring sprint cars, midgets, modifieds, and stock cars, as well as special events like monster truck shows and demolition derbies. It has also hosted World of Outlaws events in the past.
Tickets are not yet on sale for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals – stay up-to-date at www.route66raceway.com.
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