Today's ET Bracket race could not have gone smoother. The weatherman keeps threatening us with rain, but so far this weekend he's been wrong. It was a partly cloudy day with the sun popping in and out of the clouds. It was driving my light meter crazy. As the afternoon wore on, it became real windy. Standing on my ladder was quite treacherous. After two rounds of qualifying, the eliminations started. Throughout the entire day, there were no stoppages for oil or anything. Just good racing. I would like to congratulate our winners:
High School-Ryan Thompson
Pro Eliminator-Troy Bogner
Super Pro- Larry Bokal
Motorcycle-Bob Foster Jr.
Here is some of the action from today. To see all the action please click here. To see the complete portfolio, please click here.
We will be taking next weekend off because of our Granddaughter's 13th Birthday weekend. Our next events will be the following weekend to including the Monster Truck Mayhem event at the Dirt Oval.
It seems like forever since I updated Shutter Speed Reads. Last weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the ARCA Series were in town. Due to circumstances during the event, I did not take one picture of a racecar! I cannot remember the time when I was at a racetrack and never used a camera. In review, the Enjoy Illinois 300 was won by Chase Elliot and the Ansell ActivArmr 150 ARCA race was won by Mason Mitchell. Now on to this weekend. Due to family commitments, I was unable to attend Friday night's Test &Tune at Route 66. However, on Saturday Team Demolition Derby Round 2 was held at the Dirt Oval. There was a threat of rain all day, but Mother Nature finally cooperated and we had a beautiful night for racing and crashing. Throughout the round robin Tournament of Destruction, the Mean Green Machine was the team to beat. Led by "Cadillac" Zac Van Allen, they destroyed the Junk Yard Dogs in the final. This was the second win in a row for the Mean Green Machine. Before the final, there was a short fireworks show.
Before the action started singer Claire Wagner did a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. She did a better job than most that I have heard at major sporting events. She sang it the way it is supposed to be sung and not "stylized".
Here are some images from the large capacity crowd and the night's action. To see all the action please click here. To see our complete portfolio, please click here.
Next up is Rockett Brands Racing Fuel ET Bracket race 6.
After two days of rain interrupting the racing, it was nice to have a beautiful day to run. Today was the running of the elimination finals along with the bracket eliminations. Following the elimination races, it was the running of NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl. The NMCA cars took an early lead but the NMRA came storming back and won, 6-5. Congratulations to the Pro Mod winner Steve Summers and all the rest of the winners.
And the winners get to take one of these home!
And the Car Show continued in the Midway.
All told it was a very successful day!
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The rain delayed the racing until about 2:30 p.m . There were a couple of short rain delays, but quick action by the Route 66 staff kept the track dry. The original plan was to get in as many elimination rounds as possible up to 11:00 p.m. There were two other delays, one for an oil down and the other a very strange incident.. A car did its burnout in the Toyota lane and returned to the starting line when it suddenly shot forward with loud popping noises. As the car continued slowly down the track, I saw flames and smoke coming from under the hood. The fire and smoke became quite intense before the driver was able to get it stopped. Fortunately, the driver was able to exit the car safely. Before I left for the night, I was unable to determine what happened. The other bad part was that it caught me totally by surprise so I didn't get any pictures of it. However, Bill Swanson of Competition Plus captured the whole sequence. When they upload the gallery from Saturday you will be able to see it by clicking here. I will attempt to find out what happened on Sunday.
Here are some photos from Saturday's action.
At the same time as the on-track action, there was a car show in the Midway. Here are a few from that.
I decided to leave the track around 9:00 p.m As I was leaving, it started to rain and didn't stop for my entire hour drive home. When I arrived home, I learned that because of the weather they had to call it a night.
The weather is looking much better for Sunday and it should be a great day. It will probably be longer than anticipated due to Saturday's rain delays, but enjoyable all the same.
See you at the track.
Right now it is Saturday and I am sitting at home waiting for the weather to clear before heading to Route 66 for today's action. On Friday, I didn't get to the Raceway until about 2:00 pm. It was a difficult day for photography because of the changing lighting conditions. When the clouds obscured the sun, the light was perfect, however when the sun was out there was a tremendous amount of glare. I resorted to using my flash to try to knock down some of the harsh sunlight. As I related in my earlier post, my plan was to leave before the night's action was completed, so I left shortly after the 2nd round of Pro Mod qualifying. There are some very fast cars here this weekend, running in the high 5's to low 6's for the quarter. If we can get this rain out of here, it should be a fun and exciting weekend of racing. To check on the status of the racing please click here for NMRA or here for NMCA. These are their Facebook pages.
Below is some of the action from Friday.
This weekend Route 66 Raceway will be hosting the 9th Annual Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by Strange Engineering. You can get more complete schedule information by going to either the NMRA website or the NMCA website, whichever is your cup of tea. On Thursday, there will not be any on track action, however Nitto Tire and ProMedia will be hosting a Happy Hour on the Midway between 5-7:00 pm. The actual racing begins on Friday with a test & tune in the morning, followed by two qualifying sessions. It will be a full day of racing! I will be there for the three days of the event, but Friday and Sunday will be short days and Saturday a long day for me. Last year, I had a scheduling conflict and could only make Sunday. Here are some photos from last year's Sunday event.
I want to thank ProMedia in advance for providing our credentials to cover this event.
I hope to see all our drag racing friends at the Raceway this weekend!
Today's racing was totally different then yesterdays. Everything went extremely well and mostly on time! The first thing to complete today was the Junior Drag League Challenge. The racing started with Todd Trench Jr. (TJ) defeating his sister Tori. TJ continued on, eventually facing Andrew Green. Andrew had a faster reaction time and defeated TJ taking home the Wally. After the completion of the JDL Challenge, the ET Bracket Series started their qualifying leading to the elimination rounds. This race was part of the NHRA National Dragster Challenge where each class winner was awarded a Wally. The first elimination winner was High School with Fernando Lopez Jr. taking home the first Wally. This was followed by all the other classes, Sportsman winner- Tony Lyons, Pro Bike- Bob Foster Jr., Pro Eliminator- John Singleton and Super Pro- King of the Track winner Jay Allen. Congratulations to all our winners!
Here are a few photos from today's action.
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The next event at Route 66 is this coming weekend with the the 9th annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street legal Drag Racing Presented by Strange Engineering. I'm not sure whether I will attend this event due to some credential restrictions.
This was a strange day at Route 66. The weather looked to be good and everything started on time. After which everything that could go wrong, did! There were scoring problems, oil-downs, minor accidents, etc. It was a series of starts and stops. At the end of the day, the Junior Drag Challenge had to be stopped because of persistent drizzle and the remaining five modified dragsters will run tomorrow in conjunction with the Rockett Brand Fuels ET Bracket Series. We did finish the Sportsman Division with Jesse Lasik defeating Bobby Churchill Jr. in the final earning a Wally. Kamryn Schubbe had the fastest reaction time for the Sportsman. The Chicagoland Buick Club also ran today. Its been a long time since I saw that many Grand Nationals in one place. Next up is the Rockett Brand Fuels ET Bracket Series.