News Briefs: NHRA, NASCAR ticket sales begin
February 14, 2014 6:22PM
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:15AM
Route 66 Raceway will begin ticket sales Feb. 15 for the June 26 to 29 O’Reilly Auto Parts National Hot Rod Association Nationals. The ticket prices will be the lowest of the season.
Every ticket is a pit pass, allowing fans to enter the garage area and watch pit crews working on vehicles before competition. Fans also can interact with drivers and buy tickets for Club 66, the raceway’s premium fan experience.
The O’Reilly Nationals will feature night racing June 27 and 28, with the finals during the afternoon on June 29.
Meanwhile, ticket sales for Chicagoland Speedway’s 2014 race weekends are to begin Feb. 23.
NASCAR’s ARCA and Nationwide racing series visit the weekend of July 18 to 20, and the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship tripleheader race weekend is slated for Sept. 12 to 14.
For more information, visit www.Route66Raceway.com or www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com; call (888) 629-7223; or visit the track’s administrative office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Both tracks are at 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet.
Lewis University airport to get roadway makeover
Gov. Pat Quinn this week announced a $609,000 capital investment for a construction project at the Lewis University airport in Romeoville.
The project, which will involve a makeover of the airport entrance road, is part of Quinn’s agenda to create jobs.
Gallagher Asphalt Corp., of Thornton, was awarded the contract for its bid of $609,663, according to a press release about the project. Construction is expected to begin in May.
“The improvements at Lewis University Airport continue efforts to upgrade our region’s infrastructure,” said state Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Lockport. “State leaders must continue to invest in our roads, bridges and airports to meet the needs of our growing community.”
The state funds for the project come from the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, the press release said.
College-financing workshops set
“Paying For College Without Going Broke” workshops are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, and 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox.
The one at East, 201 Colorado Ave., will be in Room 117. The one at West, 21701 Gougar Road, will be in the Warriors’ Lodge Room.
The free workshops will be led by Patrick Kaiser, owner of College Funding Strategies in Tinley Park. They are designed to help parents of high school students learn how to prepare to pay for the high cost of college. The focus will be on how to select colleges that will offer the best financial aid awards regardless of income.
To register, call (708) 633-9909.
County health official to speak at Chicago Heights church
Payne Chapel AME Church in Chicago Heights will mark Black History Month by hosting Cook County Department of Public Health chief operating officer Terry Mason as a guest speaker.
The event is slated for 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at the church, 1511 Center Ave.
Mason is to discuss the impact that food has on one’s health. He is a nationally recognized health educator and inspirational speaker who champions holistic approaches to health management, according to church officials.
Olympia Fields proposes weapons restrictions
Carrying a weapon on village property in Olympia Fields soon may be prohibited.
A proposal calls for banning anyone from carrying a weapon — including knives, clubs, Tasers or guns — on village property. The policy exempts law enforcement officers and tools used by village employees.
Roads and parks are not included in the restricted areas, according to village administrator David Mekarski.
Weapons also would be allowed to be kept locked in a car that is parked in a village lot.
The village board is to review the policy at its March 10 meeting and is expected to vote on the issue on March 24.