Downright Diesels

Route 66 Raceway’s Inaugural Diesel Drag Race

Mike McGlothlinFeb 1, 2013
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.
Photo 2/12   |   Nothing makes diesel drag racing look better than seeing two 9-second trucks blast down the track. Brothers Seth and Micah Sullivan duked it out in the Pro Street Class all day, with Seth (red Dodge) taking the overall win. The infamous 12-valve-powered, second-gen Ram’s quickest quarter-mile elapsed time was 9.25 seconds in the 150-mph range.
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.
Photo 3/12   |   From old-body-style 7.3Ls to Super Duty 6.4Ls, a handful of Fords showed up to either run test-’n’-tune or the E.T. Bracket Class. Here, a test-’n’-tune 6.4L-powered F-250 leaves the line, bound for a mid-14-second run.

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