Joliet Route 66 to host 2006 event

NHRA VISITS ROUTE 66 RACEWAY FOR ONE EVENT IN JUNE 2006 (Joliet, Ill. -- August 4, 2005) The NHRA announced today its 2006 schedule for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which features a spring visit to Route 66 Raceway for the CARQUEST Auto...

NHRA VISITS ROUTE 66 RACEWAY FOR ONE EVENT IN JUNE 2006

(Joliet, Ill. -- August 4, 2005) The NHRA announced today its 2006 schedule for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which features a spring visit to Route 66 Raceway for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals on June 8-11. The June event will be the NHRA's only visit to Joliet next year.

"In previous years, we had NHRA Nationals here in May and September, which meant we were always battling inclement weather," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. "Our goal is to bring the raw power and excitement of NHRA drag racing to Joliet when weather isn't typically a concern. In order to make that happen, we had to give up one of our two NHRA weekends. Obviously, you cannot guarantee perfect weather, but we feel that this date in June is a good time of the year for the event, and will provide a better atmosphere and enhance the overall experience for the fans."

The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in June 2006 -- which will again feature Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike series -- will mark the ninth consecutive year that NHRA has visited Route 66 Raceway in Joliet.

"NHRA enjoys visiting Route 66 Raceway, year-in and year-out, as there is no finer facility or better place to watch a drag race," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "Now, with one annual event and, coupled with the ideal June date, we are confident the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals will become one of the largest races on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit."

NHRA action begins Thu., June 8, with Sportsman Qualifying and Time Trials. Friday's activities include Sportsman Qualifying and Eliminations, Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying. Highlighting Saturday's activities are Sportsman Eliminations, Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying. Final Eliminations will take place on Sun, June 11.

Tickets for the general public are tentatively scheduled to go on sale in March after all renewals from this year are processed. For ticket prices and more information, call 815-727-RACE.

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