Route 66 Raceway Confirms Major Event Schedule

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The Route 66 NHRA Nationals will again headline the major event schedule at Route 66 Raceway. (Dodge photo)

JOLIET, Ill. — Route 66 Raceway has set its major events schedule, highlighted by the Route 66 NHRA Nationals on July 9-12.

“The robust line up of event programming once again features unparalleled content that provides something for everyone, from racing to Rock ‘n’ Roll,” said Route 66 Raceway President Scott Paddock. “Our featured Route 66 NHRA Nationals will feature four new classes for the fans to experience new sights, new sounds and new stars in 2020.”

Fans will experience 11,000 horsepower and speeds of 300 mph with Funny Cars and Nitro-powered dragsters accelerating from zero to more than 330 mph in less than four seconds at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. For the first time Route 66 Raceway will feature four new classes in Factory Stock Showdown, Top Fuel Harley, Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Pro Modified. The addition of these four new classes compliment the always exciting nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel classes.

Route 66 will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and PlumbingBurndown at Sundown Saturday night, May 30, under the lights in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season championship event May 28-31.

As the sun goes down on  Route 66 Raceway, the track heats up with explosive content all night with a fire-festival theme consisting of jet-propelled cars rocketing to speeds near 300 mph performances by the United States Freestyle Motocrosss Team, concerts, specialty food items, a fire-breathing performance by Logan Cruz, whose set is a hybrid of art, dance and circus and much more. The best of 10 sportsman racing classes, including nitro-powered dragsters and supercharged funny cars will be featured during the four days of Lucas Oil Drag Racing. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the proving ground for the future stars of the NHRA.

The 14th Annual Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing will pit the National Mustang Racers Ass’n and the National Muscle Car Ass’n in head-to-head competition on the track in pursuit of victory July 30-Aug. 2. Noted as the most popular on the four-stop tour, the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing has been home to many record-setting passes in the more than 30 classes. Off the track, the event features a car show, swap meet and manufacturer’s midway.

The D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic will pay homage to the early days of drag racing and hot rod culture on Aug. 15. Fans attending the Route 66 Classic will leave the world of today and take a trip to yester-year as the event features nostalgia match racing, a bigger and better classic car cruise-in, fierce pin-up contest, the return of the Sneaky Tiki Bar and more. Fans are encouraged to dust off their poodle skirts or leisure suits and crack open that tin of pomade because they are about to experience time travel like never before.