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NASCAR’s young guns With 15 drivers 30 or younger, the sports youth movement is underway and 25-year-old Kyle Larson is helping pave the way BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard mark@buglenewspapers.com

When Kyle Larson takes to the track at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Monster Energy Overton’s 400, it will be his second trip to Illinois in the last few weeks. On June 14, Larson came to Chicago and went to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital to visit with veterans and assist in their food pantry. Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing, is Chicagoland Speedway’s ambassador for their Stars and Stripes Weekend as it hosts its biggest celebration of active duty military and veterans ever June 28-July 1. “NASCAR and a lot of the sponsors do a lot for the military veterans and it has been fun to be a part of it,” Larson said. “In Charlotte, I got to interview a military spouse with Coca-Cola then here we got to go to a veteran’s hospital and help distribute food and surprise one of them with tickets for a race. It seems like every week, we are doing something to show our support for our military and I think that is very important.” As a sport, NASCAR fans historically have a more personal relationship with the athletes. “I think we are all just real guys and we are normal and I think we do a good job of showing people that we are just like them,” Larson said. “I think that compared to other sports, we spend a lot of time with and around our fans while we are on our job and I think that helps us stay down to Earth and I think that translates to everyday life as well. At age 25, Larson is among a youth movement in the sport that currently features 15 of the series’ full timers less than 30 years old – nine of them being 25 and younger. With drivers like Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. retiring over the last few years and some of the top names in the sport like Martin Truex, Jr. (37),

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Kyle Larson is one of the young NASCAR racers that are on the scene ready to take the sport into the 2020s. Kurt Busch (39), Kevin Harvick (42) and Jimmie Johnson (42) all around 40 – the young guys will be carrying the NASCAR torch into the 2020s. “It is nice to see the youth movement rolling in through NASCAR right now even though the older guys are still winning all the races. To be one of the guys leading that charge is cool. We have to keep trying hard to win races while we are still young,” Larson said. “There is a sense that we have to lead like they did and respect the sport like they did and do a good job

of promoting and doing whatever you can to bring a positive impact to the series. I feel that all of us young guys have done a good job with that. We all have our own personalities and it has been good.” The 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, Larson began running Cup Series full time in 2014 and claimed the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award as well. He earned his first win in 2016 at Michigan before recording four wins last season. To date, Larson has five Cup wins, 71 top

10 finishes and has started on the pole six times. Larson does not have a Cup win this season, but does have one on the Xfinity Series. He is looking for his first win of 2018 in Joliet – a track he has had success on. Larson finished fifth last season and has posted three top 10 finishes at Chicagoland Speedway in his four Cup starts, placing seventh in 2015 and third in 2014. His only finish outside the top 10 was in 2016 when he placed 18th. In his Xfinity races here,

Larson placed second the last two seasons, as well as placing second in 2014 and third in 2013. Larson is also looking forward to getting back to summer racing in Joliet. “Chicagoland has always been one of my favorites and I think moving it into the summer months is good. It is good for the racing because the track should be hotter and slicker and give us a chance to move around more and give us other racing lines,” he said. “I am looking forward to it and we are hoping to go out there and run well.”


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Taste of Joliet brings thousands to town BUGLE STAFF REPORT It was a legendary weekend at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium, as thousands passed through the entry ways for the 2018 Taste of Joliet. The annual festival again brought out visitors from across the region for food, fun, and en-

tertainment. This year’s lineup was again exciting for fans, with Dennis DeYoung and Rick Springfield headlining on Friday night, Chase Rice and the Brothers Osborne of Saturday, and Sunday wrapping up with Omar Sanchez Omi and Los Angeles de Charly. Included in the annual event was carnival rides and plenty of food, drink, and beer vendors. The annual festival is put on by the Joliet Park District, with D’Arcy GMC this year’s title sponsor.


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It was a legendary weekend at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium, as thousands passed through the entry ways for the 2018 Taste of Joliet. The annual festival again brought out visitors from across the region for food, fun, and en-

tertainment. This year’s lineup was again exciting for fans, with Dennis DeYoung and Rick Springfield headlining on Friday night, Chase Rice and the Brothers Osborne of Saturday, and Sunday wrapping up with Omar Sanchez Omi and Los Angeles de Charly. Included in the annual event was carnival rides and plenty of food, drink, and beer vendors. The annual festival is put on by the Joliet Park District, with D’Arcy GMC this year’s title sponsor.

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Technology orientation for incoming freshman, parents July 11, 24 All incoming Joliet Central and Joliet West freshmen and their parents and guardians are invited to attend a JTHS Incoming Student Technology Orientation this summer, which will be hosted at the Joliet Central High School Cafeteria on 201 E. Jefferson Street in Joliet and the Joliet West High School Cafeteria on 401 N. Larkin Avenue in Joliet. Families may sign up to attend either on Wednesday, July 11 from 9:00am to 11am in the Central or West Cafeteria or on Tuesday, July 24 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Central Cafeteria. Please arrive 15 minutes early and enter through the main entrance of the building. The orientation will include an introduction to technology resources, logistics and support, and a technology-based activity. Computing devices will be issued to students with a completed Acceptable Usage Policy form. Spanish-speaking interpreters will be present. There will also be an optional tour of the campus after the orientation. Incoming JTHS students and their families may sign up online by visiting tinyurl.com/ jthstech2018. Summer Bridge students are pre-registered and

registration is not required to attend. For more information, please call (815) 727-6860. This Technology Orientation is part of Joliet Township High School’s 1:1 technology initiative that gives every JTHS student 24/7 access to technology by providing laptop computers that are used in school and at home. JTHS believes that the integration of technology is essential to motivating and engaging students in rigorous and relevant lessons. 1:1 technology provides anytime/anywhere learning and opens the doors to the critical thinking and problemsolving skills that students need to compete and contribute in our global society.

Cathedral Area Preservation Association gets new sign hand crafted by Central alumnus The Cathedral Area Preservation Association (CAPA) Board of Directors accepted a handcrafted sign designed and built by Joliet Central High School alumnus (’17) Andrew Gabl and Cary Nick. The 4-foot sign, crafted to withstand weather conditions, is the third sign created to distinguish the CAPA area. The newest sign will be located at the Six Corners intersection within the Cathedral Area boundaries.


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Forest Preserves offer variety of programs From Monee to Romeoville, much to see and do in county JOLIET “Birding by Boat,” 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 14, at Rock Run Rookery Preserve. Travel with a naturalist and listen and look for birds while kayaking through the site’s islands and inlets. Previous kayaking experience is required. The program costs $20 per person and is for ages 18 and older. Register by Friday, July 6, at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470. MONEE RESERVOIR “Photo Paddle,” 8-11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir. Naturalists will guide you along Monee Reservoir to find picture-perfect moments. All cameras are welcome; re-sealable zipper storage bags will be provided. The program is for ages 16 and older and it costs $20 per person. Register by Thursday, July 12, at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 708534-8499. “Kayak Kollege,” noon-2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir. Take this beginner’s course to learn the sport of kayaking. The program is for ages 12 and older and costs $50 per person. All necessary equipment is provided. Register two days before the program at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 708-534-8499. MONEE “Nature Painting Outdoors for Adults,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir. Paint “en plein air,” which is French

for painting outdoors, and then take your masterpiece home. Beginners are welcome. Participants may bring their favorite adult beverages to enjoy. Canvases and paints will be provided. The program is for ages 21 and older and it costs $10 per person. Register by Friday, July 13, at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 708-946-2216. “Dragonflies and Ice Cream,” 1-3

p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir. Take a guided 1-mile hike to look for and learn about dragonflies. Find out why they get the nickname “Mosquito Hawk.” Afterward, cool down with an ice cream treat. The free program is for all ages. Register by Thursday, July 19, at ReconnectWithNature. org or by calling 708-534-8499.

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Getting your kicks on Route 66 The Mother Road offers amazing sights as it winds through Illinois BY THE STATE JOURNALREGISTER STAFF

Perhaps it is the yearning for yesteryear that endears so many to Route 66. Who wouldn’t want to jump into a classic car and explore the United States, stopping at shiny new service stations to pump gas into your vehicle, or sip a cold drink from the soda shops that dot the roadway? Such sepia-toned wishes of driving the Mother Road in its heyday could prompt many of us to start packing for a trip. Ford had been mass-producing vehicles for a little more than a decade when Route 66 was commissioned on Nov. 11, 1926. It was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System, its 2,448 miles starting in Chicago before arriving on the West Coast in Los Angeles (and later the Santa Monica Pier). By 1985, Route 66 had been removed from the federal highway system, as the entire road had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. But it’s still possible to get an idea of what the roadway looked like: Just stop in Lexington to take a trip down “Memory Lane,” a 1-mile stretch of the original 1926 alignment of Route 66 pavement. It was turned into an interpretive trail and is open year-round to pedestrians and bicycles. There, people can delight in the restored vintage billboards and signage. Despite it not being part of the Interstate Highway System, every year thousands still travel Route 66 to explore the communities that make up America’s Main Street. Just a small area of Route 66 in Illinois can net some fun experiences. Take Macoupin County: Stop in Girard for a handmade soda at Doc’s Soda Fountain, which opened in 1929 as part of Deck’s Drug Store. Take in the 22-foot-high granite monument in Mount Olive of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, known for her work as an organizer for the United Mine Workers. And, if you’re willing to go off the beaten path, you can find the 34 separate bird tracks an errant turkey left on the wet highway cement in the 1920s (find them south of Nilwood on Donaldson Road). Any road trip should include visits

to the many giant characters that call various Route 66 communities home. The Gemini Giant still towers over Wilmington. He holds a rocket and wears a space helmet — unlike his counterpart, the Lauterbach Man in Springfield, which holds an American flag and wears a stocking cap. Both are 28-foot “Muffler Man” creations from International Fiberglass, which were made as a promotional tool for auto shops. Of course, the 19-foot fiberglass man holding a hot dog in Atlanta shouldn’t be missed either (too bad it’s not closer to the giant catsup bottle that served as a water tower in Collinsville). And don’t forget to stop in Lincoln to see the 12-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln on a 24-foot-tall covered wagon. There are too many amazing sights to be seen on the Mother Road to list them all. But we offer a few suggestions for those who hop on the roadway at its starting point near Lake Michigan in Chicago and head southwest as they aim to get their kicks on the portion of Route 66 that travels through Illinois. TEXACO STATION, 417 W. WAUPANSIE ST. IN DWIGHT Ambler’s Texaco in Dwight is a shining example of the domestic-style gas stations along Route 66 during the mid20th century. Built in 1933, the station had wood clapboard siding, an arched roof and residential windows adorned with shutters and flower boxes. Three Texaco gas pumps out front were sheltered by a canopy. In 2002, it was donated to the village of Dwight, which, with the help of the National Park Service, restored it and turned it into a visitor center. ROUTE 66 ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM, 110 W. HOWARD ST. IN PONTIAC With the world’s largest painting of the Route 66 shield on the outside and thousands of artifacts inside, the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac is a shrine to the starting stretch of the Mother Road. The current incarnation opened in a former firehouse in 2004 and honors people and places that made significant contributions to the history and character of the road. BEER NUTS, 103 N. ROBINSON ST. IN BLOOMINGTON Travelers have been able to find Beer Nuts since 1937.

That’s the year Arlo Shirk and his father, Edward Shirk, bought a small confectionery store in downtown Bloomington, along with the recipe for a special glazed peanut. In 1950, the Shirks packaged the first bag for a local liquor store, calling them “Shirk’s Glazed Peanuts.” Three years later, the name was changed to Beer Nuts. FUNKS GROVE PURE MAPLE SIRUP, 5257 HISTORIC U.S. 66 IN SHIRLEY/FUNKS GROVE Production of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup has been a family operation since the mid-1800s on land just off Route 66 between Shirley and Bloomington. In early spring each year, the maple trees are tapped and the sap is processed into the sweet product that has made this business a favorite stop among Route 66 travelers. Tours of the facility are available. ATLANTA MURALS, SOUTHWEST ARCH STREET IN ATLANTA More than 80 painters joined forces in 2003 to help preserve the art of handpainted advertising murals in Atlanta as part of the LetterRip on Route 66 event. Five murals were painted, all depicting various scenes from life in downtown Atlanta worked into historical advertisements. The year before, members of the LetterHeads organization painted the J.M. Judy & Sons grocery store advertisement that stretches the full length of one downtown building. INTERNATIONAL ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD FESTIVAL, DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD More than 1,000 classic cars and tens of thousands of spectators annually attend the three-day International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield. This year’s is scheduled for Sept. 21-23. There always has been food, special guests and musical entertainment. But from the Friday night cruise and restoration-parts vendors to the classic restored cars, trucks and motorcycles lining the curbs, it has been the motors that matter. SKY VIEW DRIVE-IN THEATRE, 1500 N. OLD ROUTE 66 N IN LITCHFIELD The Sky View Drive-In Theatre in Litchfield is the last operating drive-in on Historic Route 66 in Illinois.


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HEAT NASCAR returns to Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway in its original summer date

BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard mark@buglenewspapers.com

For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR weekend in Joliet will take place in July. After spending the last seven years as the first race of the Chase for the Cup, the Monster Energy Series Overton’s 400 will run Sunday, July 1. The race will kick off NBC’s live race coverage of the season. “We’re incredibly excited about the return to July,” Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock said when the news was released in May of 2017. “We always listen to our fans, and this is something they’ve asked for — a time when the weather in Chicago is perfect, kids are on summer break, and families look to enjoy memorable experiences together, especially around the Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

The storylines are aplenty for the fans that attend the race this weekend. This season has been dominated by a pair of drivers taking up residence in Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick has posted a series-best five wins on the season, while Kyle Busch has four victories. Busch, however, leads in points by 75 over Harvick. This season is also about who has not won. Chevy has posted only two wins on the season, and one of the drivers of Chevy is Jimmie Johnson, who has yet to win a race through the first 16 races of the year. This is the longest stretch Johnson has gone to open a season without a win since his first full Cup Series campaign in 2002. STARS AND STRIPES Race fans will join the recognition of our country’s service men and women with an omnipresent SEE NASCAR PAGE 6

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military theme woven into four days of racing as part of NASCAR Salutes. “Chicagoland Speedway has always used its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend as a platform to pay tribute to active and veteran military members, and this year we will raise the bar as we celebrate our Stars and Stripes weekend to kick off the Fourth of July holiday,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. Champions Park will include a Freedom Walk, featuring museums, memorials, military vehicles, ceremonies and organizations in support of military and veterans. ROCK THE INFIELD Country music star, Randy Houser holsters four Number One singles under his belt, and has been nominated for numerous CMA, ACM and CMT awards. Some of his most notable hits include: “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “How Country Feels,” “Goodnight Kiss,” “Like a Cowboy” and “Boots On.” He will perform many of

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 | BUGLENEWSPAPERS.COM these hits and more for fans during the pre-race concert on the Chicagoland Speedway tri-oval infield grass, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. as part of the pageantry leading up to the final race of the Stars and Stripes weekend. “Hosting a premier performer and iconic musician like Randy has become part of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tradition,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “We’re looking forward to Randy’s electric performance, which will be a great addition in an already robust and energetic schedule of festivities.” JUST FOR KIDS From Thursday to Saturday, kids’ tickets will be free in select sections for the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT® 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225 and the Xfinity Series Overton’s 300. On Sunday, Kids tickets are $25 off adult prices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400. Kids can visit the Kids Club display to register as an official member for free. The Chicagoland Speedway Kids Club

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Kurt Busch takes a “selfie” with a member of the military during pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chicagoland Speedway will honor our veterans this weekend. is the best way to keep kids dialed into racing action on a regular basis. Chicagoland Speedway mascot DASH will make regular appearances throughout the weekend as well and will be available for

photos with fans. Gaming trucks, face painters, bounce houses and much more will be available for kids in Champions Park located at the Kids Club display. On Sunday, young fans will also have the opportunity to attend

an autograph session, featuring Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, William Byron and Michael McDowell. Event schedule details can be found on our website at www.chicagolandspeedway.com


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WINNING FROM PAGE A3 those good drivers some day and put yourself in a position to win races. It is something you dream about and just hope you get the chance.” That season, the duo won the NASCAR Championship, the first for either of them a year later the team placed second and the No. 4 team is back in search of another championship this year. Harvick is currently second in points this season, 75 points behind Kyle Busch, however, he has five wins this season – the most in the series. “We talked about a lot of things going into this year that we may not be where we need to be and that we need to stay positive and if we couldn’t get this car going – we have the Mustang coming next year and we had to keep working at it. Then we came out of the gate with fast cars and I guess that was a little bit of a surprise to us,” Childers said. “I think having another year of working with Ford and working with their tools and working with the Ford body and all that has been good for us. We are trying to get the cars better aerodynamically and there are some things we changed throughout the company to make

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 | BUGLENEWSPAPERS.COM things better. It seems like all the teams are working together better than they had in the past and sharing information, so it has been a lot of fun from that standpoint and has been a lot of fun going to the racetrack.” After Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500, Harvick rattled off three wins in a row and appeared to be the dominant team in the series after wins in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix. However, after California and Martinsville, like the prize fighter he has shown he is over the years, Kyle Busch recorded his own three-win stretch claiming wins at Texas, Bristol and Richmond. After Joey Logano won at Talladega, Harvick won two more in a row, taking Dover and Kansas. Harvick also won the All-Star Race in Charlotte, but Busch claimed the Series race there the following week, taking the lead back. Childers will look to captain Harvick to another win Sunday at the Overton’s 400 Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. “That was one of the races that started to turn things around last year,” Childers said. “We led some laps and ran in the top three the entire day, so I feel that with the

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Daughter under no obligation to absent dad

DEAR DAVE, My father died recently. He walked out of my life 25 years ago when I was a teenager, and he never wanted anything to do with me after that. His brothers, who have already paid for some of his final expenses, asked if I wanted to pay to have his body cremated. They didn’t ask for money, they just offered it as a chance to be part of things. I’m in good shape financially, and I could easily afford the cost. Morally, I wonder if I have a responsibility to help with things. Do you feel I’m obligated in any way? JULIE DEAR JULIE, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sorry, too, about what happened with your father. I can’t imagine the mixed emotions you must have in your heart. When someone asks me a question like this, I try to put myself in their shoes. Under the circumstances, I don’t think you have any obligation whatsoever — morally or legally — to help pay for anything. If you want to help, and you can afford to do so, then follow your heart. At the same time, I don’t think you should lose one wink of sleep over this if you decide not to contribute. Twenty-five years is long, long time. I don’t know your dad, and I have no clue about his situation or state of mind back then and in the time since. I can’t imagine doing that to a child of any age, though. Do what you feel in your heart is best. But in my opinion, there’s no obligation here. God bless you, Julie. —DAVE


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CALENDAR Ongoing Mondays through Aug. 27 Cruisin’ into Lockport. 6:30-9:30

p.m. in the Central Square and First Midwest Bank parking lots, 9th and Hamilton, through August 27. Come see the finest classic cars, enjoy live entertainment and shop and eat at our Food Court/Farmer’s Market open 4-8 p.m. There will be family entertainment including face painting, inflatables, free snow cones, and specialty nights.

JUNE 27 Race Fan Rally. 5- 10 p.m. in

downtown Joliet at Chicago Street between Cass and Jefferson Streets, N Chicago Street, Joliet. Each year, members of the Will County Center for Economic Development and the Joliet City Center Partnership host a one-day fest on the streets of downtown Joliet to kick off the NASCAR race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

JUNE 29 2018 Rooftop Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St. Joliet. Righteous Hillbillies. $8/$10 815-723-5201 or jolietmuseum.org

JULY 11 Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m.

in downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets. Once again the annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment and featured local breweries weekly. (815)774-6066, jolietdowntown.com

JULY 13 2018 Rooftop Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Joliet Area

Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St. Joliet. Great Moments in Vinyl. $8/$10 815-723-5201 or jolietmuseum.org

JULY 18 Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m.

in downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets. Once again the annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment and featured local breweries weekly. (815)774-6066, jolietdowntown.com

JULY 25 Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m.

in downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets. Once again the annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment and featured local breweries weekly. (815)774-6066, jolietdowntown.com

AUGUST 1 Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m.

in downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets. Once again the annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment and featured local breweries weekly. (815)774-6066, jolietdowntown.com

AUGUST 4 Kidzfest. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in down-

town Joliet, located along Chicago Street between Benton and Jefferson Streets, Chicago Street Between Van Buren and West Jefferson St and the Van Buren Plaza, Joliet. A free family fun extravaganza in downtown Joliet! Be sure to stop by Lewis University’s Mini Campus at the fest to get your picture in a small airplane, make an art project, create a science experiment and more! All activities are *FREE*! There will also be plenty of area businesses and organizations with free activities for kids along Chicago Street. Food and drink will be available at a cost.

AUGUST 8 Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m.

in downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets. Once again the annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment and featured local breweries weekly. (815)774-6066, jolietdowntown.com

AUGUST 9 2018 Rooftop Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St. Joliet. Cadillac Groove. $8/$10 815723-5201 or jolietmuseum.org

AUGUST 15 Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m. in downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets. Once again the annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment

UPCOMING EVENTS IN YOUR AREA WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 | BUGLENEWSPAPERS.COM and featured local breweries weekly. (815)774-6066, jolietdowntown.com

AUGUST 25 2018 Rooftop Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St. Joliet. M&R RUSH. $8/$10 815-7235201 or jolietmuseum.org

SEPTEMBER 8 Fiesta En La Calle. 4-11 p.m. on

Chicago Street, downtown Joliet. An annual Street Festival presented by Alianza de Negocios (a division of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce & Industry). The festival supports the Spanish Community Center and Alianza de Negocios. The event will include live bands, authentic Mexican food, palomas, and a kid’s zone play area.

SEPTEMBER 8-9 WWII Days. Dellwood Park, Rte 171

and Woods Dr., Lockport. Relive the days of WWII from the battlefront and the homefront. New this year is a Vietnam living history experience. www.lockportpark.org

SEPTEMBER 14 2018 Rooftop Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St. Joliet. Strung Out. $8/$10 815-7235201 or jolietmuseum.org

SEPTEMBER 22 Comic Book & Fantast Art Expo.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Joliet Area Historical Museum , 2014 N Ottawa Street , Joliet . Galaxy Comic Book and Fantasy Art Expo will immerse you in the world of comic books, fantasy art and authors; bringing together fans, collectors, and even future writers and artists of tomorrow. This is being held at the modern Joliet Area Historical Museum spread though all four floors. www.jolietmuseum.org

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Rodney Childers has piloted Kevin Harvick to five Monster Energy Cup wins thgis season.

HARVICK & CHILDERS: A winning combination BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard mark@buglenewspapers.com

In 2013, Kevin Harvick and team owner Richard Childress decided to part ways with Harvick eventually joining StewartHaas Racing – Harvick made one phone call that could have changed his career. That call was to Rodney Childers, who at the time was crew chief for the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing. “He called me one day and wanted to

meet with me and wanted me to be his crew chief and I could tell form the get go that he really wanted me to do it and he had my back and wanted to do it together,” Childers said. “After a few meetings, we were dead set that we were going to do this together and push hard every week and win races. I think Kevin has always been one of the best drivers in the garage and as a crew chief, you try and do somethings to try and be with one of SEE WINNING PAGE 7


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