DRAGWAY OPENS IT’S 13th SEASON
It’s that time of the year that all drag racers wait for. Opening day of a new season.
Drag racers lined the entrance to Northeast Dragway as the gates opened for its 13th season. Curtis Trueblood, owner of the drag strip was worried that today’s first race would have to be postponed due to the cooler temperatures that were forecasted. Trueblood said that other tracks in the area had cancelled their race for today last night in anticipation of cold temperatures. “We just can’t allow the cars on the track if we can’t get air temps above 50 degrees. Its just to hard to get the track warm enough and safety is always our first concern” said Trueblood.
Racers greeted each other with hugs and hand shakes as they caught up with each other about what they had done during the off season. Many racers spent their time off refreshing their motors while other showed up with beautifully new paint jobs. Many came to the track expecting great things from their machines while other just hoped that they had worked out all the bugs that left them plagued with disappointment during last years season finale. Drivers like Jut Crumpler of Elm City, NC showed up today with his 2 sons all three ready to race, hoping that one of them would take home the trophy. Jut Crumpler proved to be the champion as he beat out young gun Shane Griekspoor in the TOP Eliminator Class. Larry Miller from Richmond Dragway took on Eric Whitehurst in the Modified Class. Miller took the win from Whitehurst when Whitehurst pushed the tree and fouled out with a red light. Darnell Tillett took first place over Tony Boone in the Street Class. Perry Bowen received first place honors over Delton Dove in the Pro Bike Class. In the Jr Dragster Division Sierra Eure of Suffolk, Va knocked out all her competitors round after round and took first place when she beat Brandon Bell.
At the end of the cool, sunny day drivers were just happy to finally have their need for speed satisfied. Three months off seems like an eternity said Hannah Winslow of Edenton. We were still working on my Modified S10 until 2 a.m. I just couldn’t miss the very first race. But thanks to my dad and some really good friends I was able to do what I love best…drag racing.
Northeast has scheduled a Test and Tune for this Friday night with the second points/bracket race on Saturday.