Wilkins named GM of Atlanta Dragway

NHRA NAMES WILKINGS GENERAL MANAGER OF ATLANTA DRAGWAY GLENDORA, Calif. (March 9, 2005) -- Ray Wilkings, who has extensive experience in motorsports, including management, operations and competition, has been named general manager of Atlanta ...

NHRA NAMES WILKINGS GENERAL MANAGER OF ATLANTA DRAGWAY

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 9, 2005) -- Ray Wilkings, who has extensive experience in motorsports, including management, operations and competition, has been named general manager of Atlanta Dragway, a facility owned and operated by NHRA.

Wilkings, a resident of Suwanee, Ga., will take over the position, effective immediately.

"Ray has a tremendous amount of experience in all disciplines necessary to effectively manage a motorsports facility," said Don Robertson, executive general manager of Gainesville Raceway and Atlanta Dragway. "We are excited about bringing these talents to bear on behalf of all the NHRA racers in Division 2."

Prior to joining NHRA, Wilkings was president and chief operating officer of Scraleon Design & Manufacturing, a manufacturer of OEM disc brakes and brake-related products for ATV and utility vehicles. He has held numerous positions in the automotive manufacturing industry and has been involved in track operations at Irwindale Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Saugus Speedway.

A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Wilkings has lived in Northern Georgia for more than five years and is an avid fan of motorsports.

"I am enthusiastic about the opportunities to make Atlanta Dragway a great place to race for the NHRA racing community," said Wilkings. "A return to the field of race track operations and management is very exciting."

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 80,000 members and 140 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 Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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