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By: Bill Freis
Joliet, IL Aug. 8 The schedule has been set for the Last Stand at the Stadium
auto racing event on Friday, September 11 and Saturday September 12, 2009 at the
Joliet Memorial Stadium, and Hampton Inn Hotels have signed on at the Official
Hotels of the Last Stand.

Friday, September 11 Grandstand gates will open up at 11am. Practice for all
divisions will be from 10:45am until 3:45pm. Qualifying for all divisions will
be from 4 until 6:30. A special September 11th National Anthem will kick-off
racing at 7pm with heat races for all divisions.

Saturday the gates will swing open again at 11am. Practice for all divisions is
from 10:45 through 3:30. There will be an on track vintage midget exhibition
from 4 through 6pm as well as an autograph session immediately after. The
National Anthem starts things up at 7:00 once again followed by fast car dashes
and feature events for all divisions with the National midgets closing out the
event with a 40-lap feature event.

Tickets to The Last Stand at the Stadium will be available in a presale at a
discounted price or full price at the gate the day of the event. You can
purchase your pre-sale tickets at Ken Woody’s Sports and More in Joliet, The Hot
Rod Barn (exit 105 and I-80) in Seneca, Educational Outfitters in Plainfield and
at Suburban Bank and Trust Locations in New Lenox, Lemont, Orland Park and

A two-day pass purchased before August 31 will be $30, while individual daily
passes will be $16 for Friday and $22 for Saturday if purchased before August
31. If you decide to purchase tickets at the gate the two-day pass will be $40
dollars and single day passes will be $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday.
Children 11 and under are free throughout the weekend. Should Saturday’s events
be cancelled due to inclement weather, Sunday, September 13 is the rain date.

Because of the history of “The Stadium”, the finality of this event, and the
large purse being offered to the competitors, the event has drawn the attention
of drivers and car-owners from all over the country. Local racing expert, Mike
Guglielmucci Jr. says “We have always dreamed of putting something like this
together at The Stadium, but never thought it would happen. Now we have a very
special opportunity to give the old place the proper send-off it truly

Hampton Inn and Town Place Suites by Marriott have signed on as the official
hotels of The Last Stand at the Stadium event, offering discounted rates to
anyone needing rooms for the event. Hampton Inn has locations in Joliet at I-80
and Houbolt Road in the Riverboat Center and at I-55 and Route 30. The Town
Place Suites by Marriott are also located at I-80 and Houbolt Road in the
Riverboat Center. For more information or reservations visit them on the web at , or

The event will be two full days of pure family fun. Friday will include the
return of the Big Wheel races for kids, give-aways, including bicycle helmets
for kids and a limited amount of free checkered flags for kids as well.
Saturday will include Dash races for the fastest cars of each division and as
many as six feature events.

For updated information in the weeks leading up to The Last Stand at the
Stadium, visit