Eight facilities join NHRA Member Track family

Eight drag racing facilities join NHRA Member Track family. GLENDORA, Calif. -- Eight drag racing facilities have signed member track agreements with the NHRA, it was announced today by officials of the world's largest motorsports sanctioning ...

Eight drag racing facilities join NHRA Member Track family.

GLENDORA, Calif. -- Eight drag racing facilities have signed member track agreements with the NHRA, it was announced today by officials of the world's largest motorsports sanctioning organization.

NHRA division officials have been busy since late last summer signing new member tracks. The latest member tracks to join the NHRA family are located in the Southeast, South Central, West Central, Northwest, and Pacific divisions.

"Preserving the right to race is of paramount importance to NHRA and cultivating member track participation has been one of our most important initiatives during the past two years," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "We welcome these member tracks into the NHRA family and look forward to providing all of our member tracks with an expansive menu of services. One of our primary goals at NHRA will always be to support facilities that embrace, conduct, and showcase NHRA's grassroots race programs."

The new Southeast division tracks are Mobile Dragway in Daphne, Ala., just east of Mobile, Ala., and Fayetteville Motorsports Park in Fayetteville, N.C. Mobile Dragway is an eighth-mile facility, while Fayetteville is a quarter-mile drag strip. Both tracks participate in NHRA's Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League.

Roswell, N.M., is the home of one of the South Central division's newest tracks and the other is located in Wichita Falls, Texas. Roswell Dragway is a quarter-mile facility and participates in both the Summit Racing Series and the Jr. Drag Racing League. Wichita Raceway Park is about 120 miles northwest of Dallas. The eighth-mile facility also will feature the Summit Series and Jr. Drag Racing League.

NHRA's Northwest division also has signed two new tracks. Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, 50 miles northeast of Spokane, Wash., and Intermountain Motor Sports Park in Acton, Mont., just north of Billings, Mont., are the newest member tracks in the region. Both tracks are slated to take part in the Summit Racing Series and the Jr. Drag Racing League. Silverwood Theme Park is the Northwest's largest amusement park featuring more than 50 rides and attractions. Intermountain Motor Sports Park is scheduled to open later this year.

Rolling Thunder Dragstrip at Mid-America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, Iowa, is scheduled to open in 2003. The newest member track in the NHRA's West Central division is located approximately 20 miles Southeast of Omaha, Neb., and will participate in the Summit Racing Series and the Jr. Drag Racing League. The drag strip is a part of a larger complex that currently features a road course, with future additions planned, including a water sports lake and kart track.

In the Pacific division, construction continues on Mopar Drag City in Banning, Calif. The facility is located approximately 25 miles southeast of San Bernardino, Calif. Developers broke ground on the project in September 2002.

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 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 Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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