Atlanta Dragway new general manager

Report from Motorsport News International FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 ROBARGE NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF ATLANTA DRAGWAY COMMERCE, Ga. -- Veteran baseball executive Dennis Robarge has been...

Report from Motorsport News International

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761

ROBARGE NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF ATLANTA DRAGWAY

COMMERCE, Ga. -- Veteran baseball executive Dennis Robarge has been named as general manager of Atlanta Dragway, NHRA President Dallas Gardner announced.

Atlanta Dragway, an NHRA-owned facility, has been the site of the Fram Nationals since the inception of the race in 1981. The 1997 event is scheduled for April 10-13. Robarge started at the facility Nov. 25.

Robarge, 35, joins NHRA after 13 years as a management executive in Class A professional baseball. He served as assistant general manager of the Salem (Va.) Avalanche from 1990-96.

From 1988-90, Robarge was general manager of the Elmira (N.Y.) Pioneers. He served as radio announcer and assistant general manager of the Little Falls (N.Y.) Mets from 1984-87.

"I'm very excited to be a part of the NHRA after 13 years in baseball," Robarge said. "I'm looking forward to the new challenge and applying the skills I've learned in the baseball business. I'd like to increase the appeal of the facility locally, increasing the growth of local-oriented events. I also want to help the Fram Nationals grow even bigger and to build on the good things happening here."

Robarge, a native of Glens Falls, N.Y., received a degree in broadcasting from Herkimer County Community College. He and his wife, Anita, have settled in the Commerce area. Robarge has a 7-year-old daughter, Katie.

"We're glad to welcome Dennis to the NHRA family," Gardner said. "He will bring new ideas from his successful tenure in baseball that will help Atlanta Dragway remain one of our best and most active facilities. His baseball experience has given him the knowledge of what it takes to run a professional sports facility on a day-to-day basis. He is an ideal candidate for this position." -30-

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