Dallas Raceway ready to Jam

For track owner Kenny Barnes and his crew, the weekend of May 29-31 can't get here soon enough.

After years of putting everything he has into a dream, that dream will finally become a reality later this month as his brand new, all-concrete track is set to host its very first national drag racing event when Nitro Jam rolls into town for the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals at Dallas Raceway May 29-31 in Crandall, Texas.

"Kenny Barnes and his team at Dallas Raceway have spared no expense in making his dream a reality in Dallas. I hope that the racers and fans who attend this event get a chance to thank Kenny for building such a wonderful place to not only grow IHRA's brand of entertainment, but for building a facility that will help grow the sport," said IHRA Vice President of Racing Operations Skooter Peaco.

Located just a few miles outside of downtown Dallas, the track is in a prime location and Barnes is planning on seeing some big crowds when the world's fastest cars hit the track for the first time later this month.

"All the tracks around Dallas are close to two hours away and you could get racers there, but you couldn't get fans there," Barnes said earlier this month. "People still want entertainment, but they don't want to drive two hours to and from the track. We are 24 miles from downtown Dallas and 14 miles from the interstate putting us in a great location."

Highlighting the weekend long event will be the facility itself as the state-of-the-art track prepares for big crowds and its first rounds of nitro-fueled drag racing action.

Along with the well-documented all-concrete design, Dallas Raceway also has a few other unique features, including a 3,600-square foot tower complete with a control room and suites, a massive hospitality center, 13-and-a-half acres of paved concrete pit parking and even a 24 million gallon lake stocked with bass and catfish, adding a little extra incentive for drivers to make an early arrival to the track.

The 112-acre facility also has modern, air-conditioned bathrooms, showers, and even a game room, making Dallas Raceway a perfect destination for families.

"The reality of today is there are far more tracks closing than opening and none that I know of at this level are being constructed from the ground up," Peaco said. "Kenny has the vision and the passion that a national event track operator needs to be successful and I look forward to watching the Dallas Raceway team develop into one of the premier operations in the country and one of the premier stops on the Nitro Jam tour."

The Amalie Oil Texas Nationals is the third event on the 10-race 2009 Nitro Jam tour. It will feature three professional classes of racing, including the world's fastest machines in Top Fuel, IHRA's own Pro Modified class, and the quickest and fastest Pro Stock cars on the planet competing in Elite Motorsports Pro Stock.

Current professional point leaders coming into the race are: Bruce Litton (Top Fuel), Ray Commisso (Pro Modified), and Cary Goforth (Pro Stock).

Sportsman racing will also be featured at the event as drivers from IHRA's seven sportsman classes will have another chance to punch their ticket to the year-end Tournament of Champions.

Friday and Saturday night's action will be highlighted by the SafeAuto Night of Fire

The SafeAuto Night of Fire will feature professional qualifying under the lights and the awesome show-stopping spectacle that only Bob Motz's 20,000- horsepower jet-powered Kenworth can provide.

From the 20-foot flames and earthshaking launch of the "King of Quake" Bob Motz to the eight-foot flames shooting into the night sky from the headers of the 320 mile-per-hour Top Fuel dragsters, the SafeAuto Night of Fire is always the highlight of any IHRA national event.

Championship Sunday will close out the weekend with eliminations set to begin at 11 a.m. and final eliminations taking place at 4 p.m.

The inaugural event at Dallas Raceway is sure to be a spectacular affair, so don't miss out as one of the most unique race tracks on the planet showcases the fastest cars in the sport next month in Crandall. There's only one first time, and to be a part of something this historic is a rare opportunity. Don't miss your chance to say "I was there."

-credit: ihra