Series news on Dallas Raceway 2009-05-15

Dream becomes reality as Dallas Raceway roars to life After years of planning and countless months of construction, IHRA racers and fans now officially have a fantastic new facility to call home. Known as the "Concrete Palace," Dallas Raceway...

Dream becomes reality as Dallas Raceway roars to life

After years of planning and countless months of construction, IHRA racers and fans now officially have a fantastic new facility to call home.

Known as the "Concrete Palace," Dallas Raceway came alive Thursday when the first cars to ever take to the all-concrete track made some impressive eighth-mile runs.

IHRA's resident track prep guru Jim Weinert and his crew had the brand-new surface in unbelievable condition, as evidenced by the elapsed times and speeds posted by a number of racers who turned up for the track-opening test and tune session.

A prime example of just how good this new track is, Gaylen Smith propelled his "Texas Bounty Hunter" Outlaw Pro Mod Barracuda to passes of 4.03 seconds at 191 mph and 3.98 at 193. That is impressive anywhere, but on a brand new racing surface it's just amazing.

Photographer Chris Graves, who works on Mitch King's Top Fuel team as well as being the web master and official photographer for the Texas-based Outlaw Fuel Altereds group, provided these first photos from Dallas Raceway. He was overwhelmed with everything he saw at the sparkling new venue.

"It's just awesome -- the nicest track I have seen in years," said Graves. "It has everything racers and fans could want. There were no stones left unturned here, I can tell you. People are going to be floored when they see this place. They call it the concrete palace, and that's exactly what it is. It's just amazing.

"They're running Outlaw Pro Mods here Friday and then we're here with the Outlaw Fuel Altereds Saturday. We're looking forward to putting on a great show. There will be lots of great action and plenty of nitro in the air!"

So with two weeks to go before the running of the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals, the latest and greatest track in the Lone Star State is up and running in impressive style. Congratulations to everyone who made this amazing dream come true.

-credit: ihra

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