The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the North Central Division will roll into Route 66 Raceway July 11-13 for the Burndown At Sundown. This fourth stop on the six-race Divisional series also marks the second consecutive weekend that racers from the “Land of The Winners” will be taking to the track. Every LODRS category races this weekend, and nearly all are in very tight points battles.

The Top Alcohol categories present the most shining example, with Troy Coughlin Jr. leading Brandon Greco by 21 points in TAD. Defending Burndown at Sundown winner and North Central Region TAD Champion Marty Thacker is set to turn his season around with strong showing. Rookies Marina Anderson and Matt Sackman are also seeking success Out of division players will also play a significant role in this category. Among them are West Region and TAD National Champion Chris Demke. Demke and the Maddern Racing team have considerable success at this track, with several wins including the 2015 Route 66 Nationals. TACF is no less competitive with Todd Robertson leading Tony Boglio by 11 points. Ray Drew is right behind, 32 points out of the lead. The Hales Corners, WI class veteran is on a hot streak of late, with a runner-up finish at last weekend’s Indianapolis regional, and a national event win at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, OH.

The Top Dragster and Top Sportsman categories are also extremely tight. Edward Dudley leads Zach Sackman by 9 points in TD. Gary Wojnowski Jr. has 2 points over 2nd place Brandon Baxter, and 2018 JEGS All-Stars TS winner Lester Johnson is in third, 11 points back. Route 66 Raceway will also celebrate its 20th Anniversary season with an enhanced Burndown At Sundown program on Saturday. Leading off with Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car qualifying, the on-track program will feature the several jet-powered drag cars, including Barry Richter’s Hypersonic, wheelstanders, Nostalgia Pro Stock match races, and Freestyle Motorcycle stunt demonstrations. Fans can also enjoy new entertainment and food opportunities on the Midway with live music and Jake Melnick’s Hot Wing Challenge.


“Route 66 Raceway is thrilled to welcome back the NHRA North Central division to our world-class facility for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series,” said Route 66 Raceway President Scott Paddock. “In addition to showcasing some of the nation’s top drag racers competing for championship hardware, the highly popular Burndown at Sundown will feature jaw-dropping on-track content including fire-breathing jet cars and more for our fans to enjoy.”

A significant component of all North Central Division races is live streaming of the entire event by D3TV. Now broadcast over YouTube, D3TV reaches fans and racers worldwide and achieved a significant milestone during the Indianapolis broadcast last week with one million views. These broadcasts are on

Gates at Route 66 Raceway open at 7 a.m. each day. Qualifying and time trials start at 9 a.m. Friday and continue Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp, and Top Sportsman qualify Friday at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:15 and 8 p.m. Sportsman Eliminations continue Sunday at 9 a.m. with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car running eliminations at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway are $16 Friday, $20 Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are $5 each day. Route 66 Raceway is located at 3200 S. Chicago Street in Joliet, off Interstate 80 at Highway 53.

For more information call the track, (815) 722-5500, or visit