Mother Nature Offers No Breaks to Drag Racers
On Sunday Northeast Dragway owner Curtis Trueblood opened the gates to the drag stripe hoping to make up a much needed points race.
“Our track runs 12 points races yearly along with other ET and Bracket races from March through November. The point’s series qualifies our races to complete in the bracket team finals, this year to be held at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, N.C. the first weekend of October. But more importantly, the point’s series determines who the track champions will be in each class. Every year brings weekends of rained out races, but this year seems to have really been the worse. We reschedule point’s races just in order to meet our requirement of 5 points races to qualify for bracket finals. Then as soon as we could work in a makeup race we would have it rained out again, said Trueblood. A lot goes into planning these events and make up races can be more difficult. Our races have families and jobs. They plan their racing schedules around other obligations. So we take polls and get the input of our races as to when we can add another make up race. I have guys and girls who have been racing here for years; therefore we do what we can to meet the needs of the drivers. So when we have to cancel and reschedule it makes it difficult for everyone.”
Sunday Mother Nature once again played her part. As the MOD and TOP classes made their way into the staging lanes dark clouds started to fill the skies and before 2nd round eliminations could begin the clouds broke quickly. One by one racers formed a caravan as each one passed through the winner circle area to take cover in their pits. Some joked it was the most cars in one day to go to the winner circle. As luck would have it the rain moved out quickly but not quick enough. The rain had put more rain on the track than the sun along could dry. The Trueblood’s and their staffed worked hard to dry the track in order to complete the day’s event. The sun shone hot and bright for only a short while before the skies would appear to threaten the race again. Racers and workers wasted no time trying to get the cars through each around, but in the middle of the 4th round the rain fell hard and heavy. Rader did not give the track owners anything to work with and it looked as if the rain was there to stay. “The points are tight among the drivers. We have some three way ties in several classes; some are just a round away from first. We will award points to the drivers today through the third round. There’s no way to work in another points race. Next Saturday is a scheduled point’s race and the final one before we have to determine our track champions and complete our roster deadline to turn into the IHRA for the team finals. I just hope next weekend the weather will offer us a better day of racing”, said Trueblood.
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