After talking with a lot drivers and teams on Saturday, I decided to focus on some of the race tracks that attended the show. First up was the Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wi. I spoke with Randy Henning and Marcel Kuper, owners of the track for the last 24 years. I used to go Union Grove with my cousin, who raced his Malibu there back in the 60's. They tout Great Lakes as the Biggest Little Track and being the friendliest to fans and drivers. They are open 200 days a year and are an IHRA sanctioned track.
In July, the Route 66 Raceway hosts the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In June its the NHRA Lucas Oil Series Division 5 racing. In conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, Route 66 holds the Burndown at Sundown with specialty racers and jet cars. In August, the Route 66 Classic is held, bringing back the Classic racers and cars of yesteryear for a blast down memory lane. Late July brings the NMRA/NMCA World Series of Street Legal Drag Racing. It's four days of the world's fastest street cars going head to head. In addition, the Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series runs 8 races during the Spring and Summer. The Midwest Top Sportsman Series and the Midwest Super Comp Series also visit during the season. The future of drag racing is the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League and will be running five races this season. It will be a very busy race season at Route 66.
The Dirt Oval @ 66 is undergoing a makeover. The Dirt Oval Promoter Sherri Heckenast is reconfiguring and rebuilding the dirt track from 1/2 dirt oval to a 3/8 mile oval. In addition to the Team Demolition Association races, the World of Outlaws will have four dates, along with the Monster Truck Mayhem event and other racing.
The racing complex will be a very busy place this season.
I want to thank the Race and Performance staff for their assistance in covering another successful Expo. This is an event that is always on my schedule and I would recommend it be on yours.