GLENDORA, Calif. (March 5, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has named Craig L. Armstrong as General Manager for Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. Atlanta Dragway, one of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the NHRA, is the long-time host of the famed NHRA Southern Nationals.
In his new position, Armstrong will be responsible for overseeing all operations at Atlanta Dragway, including competition, sales, facility maintenance, marketing, community relations and supervising the track's personnel. He will report directly to Cary Menard, NHRA vice president for business and legal affairs, who has direct responsibility for all of the NHRA owned and operated tracks across the country. Other NHRA owned and operated tracks include: Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.; National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis; and, Pomona Raceway, Pomona, Calif.
"We're very fortunate to have someone with Craig's background and capabilities take over the GM position at Atlanta Dragway," said Menard. "He has certainly compiled an effective management record at Portland Speedway and we're confident he will demonstrate the same at Atlanta Dragway, one of our most important NHRA-owned and operated facilities."
Since 1988, Armstrong has been General Manager and CEO of Western Speedways, Inc., which operates Portland (Ore.) Speedway. During his tenure there he supervised all aspects of the race facility. He also has worked as owner of Armstrong Motorsports, a Portland-based marketing and broadcasting consulting firm, and served as a pit reporter for MRN Radio at various NASCAR events. In addition, he has produced radio and television broadcasts for NASCAR, CART, Formula One, IMSA and SCCA events.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a great organization as NHRA," said Armstrong, who will begin his new position on March 15th. "I have a broad background in oval racing, and I will be the first to admit I have a lot to learn about drag racing. Fortunately I am a drag racing fan, so it will be an easy transition. I plan to bring all of the focus, energy, determination and passion to Atlanta Dragway and do my part to help make NHRA the motorsport for the 21st century."
Armstrong and wife Leslie have three children, Lauren, 21, Ian, 18, and Beth, 16. The family is in the process of relocating to the north Georgia area.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.