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Mon, 07 Apr 2014, 20:32 PM

Route 66 Raceway Announces 2014 Test and Tune Themes
Courtesy of Pat Kenny

JOLIET, Ill. -

Route 66 Raceway today announced its 2014 Test & Tune theme schedule, 10 Friday nights worth of entertainment and excitement for expert and casual racers alike. The first Test & Tune of the 2014 season is Saturday, April 12.

A Test & Tune is your opportunity to safely see how fast you can race down the drag strip. Whether you're a first-time driver in your street legal vehicle or a seasoned veteran getting your dragster dialed-in for serious competition, a Test & Tune is fun for racers of all experience levels.

The first theme night takes place on Friday, May 23, with the Memorial Muscle Test & Tune. Featuring All-American muscle cars, it is a perfect way to kick off Memorial Day weekend. A week later, join us for the School's Out Test & Tune featuring high school racers.

On Friday, June 13, get an early start on Father's Day weekend in the Dads & 'Vettes Night Test & Tune. Treat your dad to a trip down the drag strip when Route 66 Raceway also welcomes various Corvette clubs. Don't miss July's only theme night, when the Bikes and Babes Test & Tune takes place on Friday, July 25, with bikes both on display and thundering down the drag strip.

Get through the dog days of summer with the Beat the Heat Test & Tune on Friday, August 1. See if you can outrun the police in the quarter-mile without the fear of getting a speeding ticket. On Friday, August 8th the Chevy vs. Ford Test & Tune takes place as two of America's classic manufacturers square off during the Monster Truck Mayhem weekend at the Route 66 Dirt Oval.

August comes to a close with the Ladies Night Test & Tune, when female racers receive a goody bag and a chance to show off their stuff on the race track. The MOPAR Madness Test & Tune gets underway on Friday, Sept. 5, with a special tribute to the HEMI engine featuring Dodges, Chryslers and Plymouths.

The Latin Night Test & Tune on Friday, Sept. 19, transitions into the Last Blast Test & Tune on Friday, Sept. 26, Route 66 Raceway's final Test & Tune of the season.

If you're new to racing, Route 66 Raceway's trained staff will guide you through the process to safely race your car on the drag strip. Select Friday Nights at 66 events will also feature a host car club in the designated Cruise-in Car Corral, a non-competitive place to show your vehicle, watch the races and take in the sights and sounds with other car enthusiasts.

To participate, a driver must have a valid state or government driver's license to participate and cars and motorcycles must pass NHRA Technical Inspection. A participant run card is $25 in addition to a $15 gate admission, with kids 12 and under being admitted for free. Participants are also required to wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves and closed-toe shoes.

Test & Tune theme nights begin in May, but if you can't wait until then the full 2014 Test & Tune schedule at Route 66 Raceway is as follows:

Date             Event
April 12        Test & Tune
April 19        Test & Tune
April 26        Test & Tune
May 3           Test & Tune
May 10          Test & Tune
May 17          Test & Tune
May 23          Memorial Muscle Test & Tune
May 30          School's Out Test & Tune
June 13         Dads & 'Vettes Night Test & Tune
July 5          Test & Tune
July 25         Bikes and Babes Test & Tune
August 1        Beat the Heat Test & Tune
August 8        Chevy vs. Ford Battle Test & Tune
August 22       Ladies Night Test & Tune
September 5     MOPAR Madness Test & Tune
September 19    Latin Night Test & Tune
September 26    Last Blast Test & Tune

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