Lewistown Raceway holds National Dragster Challenge

By: 
DOREEN HEINTZ
Sports Editor

Spectators at this weekend’s drag racing at the Lewistown Raceway have the opportunity to see this Jet car, which is capable of going 200 mph, three different times on Saturday and Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Lewistown Raceway Association

Officials at the Lewistown Raceway will be keeping an eye on the sky and their fingers crossed as they prepare for the final weekend of the drags on Saturday and Sunday. Last year’s final weekend of the season was rained out, but hopefully Mother Nature will be kinder this year.

“During the National Dragster Challenger on Saturday, drivers in the sportsman pro and super pro have a chance to win a ‘Wally,’” said Nicole McGimpsey, one of the organizers at the Lewistown Raceway.

A Wally is drag racing’s most prestigious trophy and is named in honor of the late NHRA founder Wally Parks.

According to the NHRA website, “A Wally is the ultimate quest for every drag racer, from the weekend warrior Super Street competitor to the 7,000-horsepower gladiators in Top Fuel. When they do earn one, they cling to it with great passion because they have no guarantee they’ll ever win another one.”

Saturday’s time trials begin at 9 a.m. with races set to begin at 1 p.m. Also, on Saturday a jet car is set to run at 12:30 and 4 p.m. According to McGimpsey, the funny car is able to go over 200 miles per hour.

Sunday a King or Queen of the Lewistown Raceway will be crowned. Time trials will also be at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with racing beginning at 1 p.m. The jet car will also make another appearance on Sunday – this time at high noon.

Tickets for both days will be available at the gate. A ticket is also a pit pass. Kids 12 and under get in free both days. Concessions are also available.

“We are expecting up to 100 cars for this weekend’s racing,” added McGimpsey. 

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