"Wrecks & Rock Night" next Saturday - Amateur Team Demo Returns & more!
Tournament of Destruction Round 2 is next Saturday June 22 featuring the first-ever "Wrecks & Rock Night," the latest theme event for 2013, but it has several elements reflective of last year's amazing Amateur Night. The next wave of Team Demolition Derby talent will hit the track and definitely hit each other during the 2nd Annual Team Demo Amateur race. Rookie and up-and-coming drivers representing all 8 teams will form Team 9 and Team Zero and square-off to destroy each other in a full Team Demo 5-lap race!
Last year, the 5-vs-5 Amateur Race was pure chaos and carnage including from two participants already signed-up for this year: Jerry Decker and Mike "Pancakes" Leodoro. Decker took the win for Team Zero while Leodoro ignited a storm both on and off the track when he used a replacement car and plowed into #07 Shaun Elder well after the green flag. Elder is not in this year's race (currently a full-time member of Real Steel), but there may be other drivers out to extract revenge on his behalf. The full line-ups for Team 9 and Team Zero will be posted in the coming days.
New this year, live music will be rockin' the Tournament of Destruction pit party from 4:00 all the way up to race time! Bring your tailgate party right up to the stage area, check out all the cars on display, grab giveaways from LKQ Auto Parts.
Also returning on June 22 is the wildly popular Kid Krashers! Registration will open soon for children ages 5 & under to race in front of the grandstands in specially painted "cozy coupe's" and dish out their own style of smashing!
Tickets for Round 2 are on-sale now! Buy before June 17th and save $4 per-ticket for Adults & Juniors.
|2013 Team Demolition Derby Ticket Information
|Juniors (Age 12 and under)
|Infants (Age 2 and under)*
|*Must sit on adult's lap
Phone - Call the Route 66 Raceway box office at 888-629-7223
Online - Tickets for all 2013 events are available at Route66Raceway.com
In Person - Chicagoland Speedway Administration* building 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri
* Located on the North side of Schweitzer road across from Route 66 Raceway's Gate 12
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*Reminder of Grandstand Re-entry policy for 2013*
General Admission Gates for the Tournament of Destruction open at 5:30pm.
Guests may exit and re-enter the gate between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
No re-entry will be permitted after 7:30pm. Need directions to the track? Click here
New Team Demolition Derby and Figure-8 Racer Hero Cards at Round 2!
Introducing the best piece Tournament of Destruction merchandise you'll ever find for $1. Brand new 5''x7'' double-sided hero cards featuring all the heavy hitters of Team Demolition Derby and the Figure-8 Spectator Racers will debut at Round 2. Get yours at the official TDA merchandise booths during the pit party or inside the gates under the grandstands.
The cards are perfect for driver autographs at the pit party on June 22nd and especially at the huge "Stars of the Cars" pit party at Round 3.
You won't find a better souvenir for that price at any other live event! And if wearable merchandise is more your style, support your favorite team with the brand new Team Demo for only $15 each:
The Toddler-size Team Demolition Derby drivers return! Kid Krashers at Round 2!
Team is so easy even a kid can do it, right? Probably not at the full-scale, but that's why there's Kid Krashers! The child and crowd favorite event returns next Saturday at Round 2 of the Tournament of Destruction featuring multiple divisions of races for different age groups. The races take place right in front of the grandstands in between the rounds of Team Demolition Derby. Online registration and full details are coming soon. Check out the Kid Krashers photos from last year to see what's in store again!
Final Photos from Round 1: Reckoning, Orange Crush and Mean Green Machine!
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All photos from 2013 Tournament of Destruction Round 1 are now online. Reckoning, Mean Green Machine and the Round 1 champions Orange Crush conclude the photo updates from the May 18th event. More video highlights are yet to come plus a look ahead at the Round 2 "Wrecks & Rock" event on June 22 featuring the 2nd Annual Amateur Team Demo race.
LKQ Auto Parts first-ever "Hit of the Night" and "Most Valuable Driver" awards!
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2013 Tournament of Destruction series sponsor LKQ Auto Parts announces the first-ever "Hit of the Night" and "Most Valuable Driver" award recipients: Seek-N-Destroy team owner and driver #21 Greg Mesich wins Hit of the Night and Mean Green Machine crusher #16 Zac Van Allen receives Most Valuable Driver!
Both drivers impressed LKQ representatives with their timely, and crucial hits, and they happened to be nearly identical results. Mesich sliced through #18 Dave Swan's Mean Green Machine wagon with surgical precision tearing the back-half of the car almost completely off the frame. #26 Chad Young follow-up with another hit in the same spot and the 1-2 punch put Swan out of contention. Mesich nearly put himself out for more than just the race after barreling through Swan and into the wall folding up his car in the process. Mean Green Machine survived the onslaught, but the carnage is sure to linger in their minds through the rest of 2013.
In the Semi-Finals, #16 Zac Van Allen rocked Reckoning's #7 Brian Anderson with two clean shots early in the race. The reigning Champions were in control as Anderson cleared lap 4 and headed for the white flag. Van Allen broke free from a pile-up in Turn 2, charged across the infield and blasted Anderon's up against the front wall. The impact tore the rear axle out from under the #7 and gave Mean Green the opening to re-claim the lead. #19 John Clemmons took advance and came back from 2 laps down to win it! Afterwards, tempers flared between Anderson and Van Allen as emotions from 2012 and this race reach a boiling point. The season is young and there's a good chance these championship contenders will lock bumpers yet again.
LKQ Auto Parts will formally present Mesich and Van Allen their Round 1 Hit of the Night and Most Valuable Driver awards at the Round 2 event on June 22nd. Each driver will receive a trophy and $100 gas card as a bonus for their destructive efforts. TeamDemo.com will announce the next winners 8-days following each event.
Team Demolition Association once again thanks LKQ Auto Parts for their active involvement with the 2013 Tournament of Destruction and support of our incredible drivers!
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Orange Crush defeats Mean Green Machine in the Finals, wins Round 1 Event!
Round-by-round Team Demolition Derby results:
Orange Crush defeated Real Steal
Junkyard Dogs defeated Damage, Inc.
Reckoning defeated Full Throttle
Mean Green Machine defeated Seek-N-Destroy
Orange Crush defeated Junkyard Dogs
Mean Green Machine defeated Reckoning
Orange Crush defeated Mean Green Machine
Figure-8 Truck Winner: #13 Donnie Lutz
Figure-8 Car Winner: #82 Tom Pleckham
Welcome 2013 Tournament of Destruction Series Sponsor LKQ Auto Parts!
Team Demolition Association, Inc. proudly welcomes LKQ Auto Parts as the title sponsor for the 2013 Team Demolition Derby "Tournament of Destruction" exclusively at Route 66 Raceway! LKQ Corporation is the largest nationwide provider of aftermarket collision replacement products, recycled OEM products and refurbished OEM collision replacement products such as wheels, bumper covers, lights, and is a leading distributor of paint and body shop supplies.
LKQ Auto Parts serves tens of thousands of collision-repair businesses, mechanical service shops and vehicle dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. LKQ Self Service Auto Parts spans all across the United States with several locations in Illinois plus Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, California and more.
LKQ Auto Parts offers the nation's largest inventory of quality recycled auto parts. Find a location near you, visit in-person or search the online inventories to find the parts that fit your needs. Customers at the Chicago and Blue Island Illinois self service auto parts locations can take 50% during the final weekend in May and everyone the U.S. and Canada is eligible to win a brand new 2013 Toyota Prius C™ through the "Get Green with LKQ" promotion until June 30th.
LKQ Auto Parts will have a major presence throughout the 2013 Tournament of Destruction including a full display at every pit party, presenting the new "LKQ Hit of the Night" award to one Team Demolition Derby driver, and be on the lookout for free t-shirts launched up into the stands between races!
We greatly thank LKQ Auto Parts and their nationwide affiliates for supporting Team Demolition Derby in 2013.
Ultimately, it is the teams and our loyal fans who will see and experience the benefits of this new partnership.
TDA also extends gratitude towards continued partnerships with:
AM-COAT Painting in Lockport, IL - Official Beauty Contest sponsor
Midwest Family & Sports Medicine Center / Dr. Anthony Leazzo - Official Team Physician
and welcome another new partner:
Chicago Bullet Proof Systems, Inc / Metaltek Fabrication, Inc. - Supplier of all mandated driver-side door bars