500 Speedway Blvd
15th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries
GPS Address: 3200 S. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60433
Elevation: 635 feet
Tickets: www.route66raceway.com; 888-629-RACE (7223)
Radio Frequency: 88.5 FM
Stadium-like Route 66 Raceway, which opened in 1998 just outside of the Windy City, has regularly been the site of astounding performances. The event is the site of the JEGS Allstars, which pits the best NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racers from across the country in individual and team competition. The event also is the fifth of the season for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders.
2011 recap: Mike Neff joined teammate Robert Hight as a four-time season winner and in the process gave Ford its milestone 200th NHRA Funny Car victory. Top Fuel’s Del Worsham scored for the fifth time in the season to continue to build his points lead, and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) each won their second titles of the season.
How to Get There: The track is approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago on Route 53 (historic Route 66), three miles south of Interstate 80 in Joliet. From points north, take I-355 south to I-80 west to Route 53/Chicago Street (Exit 132) and proceed south to the track. From points south, take I-55 north to Arsenal Road, then proceed east to Route 53 north to the track. From points east and west, take I-80 to Exit 132 (Route 53) and follow Route 53 south to the track.
Visitor Information: Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 815-727-5371; Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-926-2262