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Route 66 Raceway’s Inaugural Diesel Drag Race

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Each summer, new diesel events sprout up all over the place. As more and more dragstrips, fairgrounds, and dyno facilities become aware of diesel performance, many jump at the chance to get in on the action and host an event. Such was the case with the folks at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Its NHRA-affiliated, stadium-style quarter-mile dragstrip is a phenomenal facility—and in our minds is one of the nicest tracks that diesel vehicles have ever been allowed to compete on.

Last August, we made the trip north and witnessed the first diesels to ever grace Route 66 Raceway. We weren’t disappointed, as the Scheid Diesel rail made several attempts at 200 mph, a familiar 9-second Pro Street truck breeched 150 mph, and a slew of 12-, 13-, and 14-second street trucks tried their hand in the E.T. Bracket and test-’n’-tune classes. Encouraged by what they saw, track officials announced plans to hold another diesel event in 2013. Since it’s located just outside Chicago, traveling to the Windy City might just be the summer ticket in years to come.

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