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Mason Dixon Dragway season opens this weekend

Mason Dixon Dragway season opens this weekend

March 02, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

If you love cars and speed but prefer watching cars race without turning left, then you'll be happy to learn the Mason Dixon Dragway reopens this weekend.

The season's first race is scheduled for Sunday, March 19, but drivers can test their vehicles on the quarter-mile racing strip starting this Saturday, says dragway owner Elmer Wachter. These test sessions give drivers that have added parts or rebuilt engines during the winter an opportunity to give their cars a shakedown and make sure everything is working properly.

A new event this year is the Aug. 6 NNDRA Nostalgia Super Series Event, in which competing cars will be like those that ran at the track when it opened in 1960, Wachter says.

There will be competitive or exhibition passes for stock, super stock, 422 motor sports group, East Coast super stock, East Coast gassers, MANDRA and NETO.

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The season's first race will be a Gamblers Race at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Drivers pay a $10 entry fee, and the top two finishers in each class win money, Wachter says.

The dragway will host 16 Summit ET Points Races this season. Drivers in super pro, pro driver, street and motorcycle classes compete for monetary prizes and to be top driver for their division for the year so they can compete nationally in September, Wachter says. Or drivers can compete for trophies.

The first Summit ET Points Race of the season is Saturday, April 29.

The annual All-Ford event will be Sunday, Aug. 27.

While the Ford event usually draws a large crowd, an even bigger draw is the Mid-Atlantic Mopar event Sunday, May 7, Wachter says. Mopar refers to Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles.

"It's kind of like a carnival that particular day" with vendors, a car show, racing and a swap meet, Wachter says.

In addition to its regular races, the dragway hosts special events such as two Washington County Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pulls on June 3 and July 8.

Upcoming events at Mason Dixon Dragway this season include:

· Sunday, April 9 - Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series - The first of six events the Outlaw Pontiac Racers Association is having at the dragway this year.

· Sunday, May 7 - Mid-Atlantic Mopar Event featuring Dodges, Jeeps and Chryslers.

· Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13 - Mason Dixon National Open - A National Hot Rod Association event. Includes top alcohol dragsters, which run on alcohol and reach speeds of more than 200 mph.

· Saturday, May 27, to Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Weekend Classic - Includes high school race on Saturday and junior dragsters on Sunday.

· Saturday, June 3 - Washington County Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pull.

· Saturday, July 8 - Washington County Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pull.

· Sunday, Aug. 6 - NNDRA Nostalgia Super Series Event.

· Friday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 19 - Division One Junior Dragster Race - Racers, ages 8 to 17, compete in half-scale dragsters for savings bonds.

· Sunday, Aug. 27 - Annual All Ford event.

· Friday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 4 - Labor Day Weekend Classic.

· Saturday, Oct. 7 - Third annual Diesel Drags features big rig tractors, big rig dump trucks, pickups and cars.

· Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5 - Lee Sherman Memorial Race features stock and super stock.

The complete schedule will be available this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway's ticket booth at 21003 National Pike, east of Hagerstown and across the street from Family Recreation Park.

The schedule also is available at www.masondixondragway.com. Information about the upcoming weekend's event is available by calling 301-791-5193.

Spectator admission for dragway-sponsored events is $10 with children 11 and younger getting in free, Wachter says. Prices for other events at the dragway might differ.

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