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Old 01-09-2013, 05:21 AM   #1
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This is great news! This facility will be at what used to be a drag strip here in Paducah, KY, then became an airport, and now is a drag strip again. It is located right across the road from Paducah International Raceway (circle track). Drag racers and fans in the area will have a local track again.
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Finish line in sight for new Paducah race track

Elizabeth Fields

Story Created: Tue Jan 8, 2013 3:02 PM
Story Updated: Wed Jan 9, 2013 3:06 AM

McCracken County, Ky.- Six months ago, the plan was for Grow Airpark to continue to run even though the runway was soon going to be home to race car drivers.

Now, owner Dr. Blaine Grow says in order for Beacon Dragway to take off, the runway needs to shut down. He said the air traffic there has dropped drastically and continues to fall every month. He thinks drag racing will breath new life into the strip of land. Grow is working with area developer and Keith Murt on the project.

Mark Lawrence agrees. he's the General Manager of the race track and told WPSD he gets calls from interested drivers every day and more calls are coming now that the May opening day is in sight.

"We still have quite a bit of construction stuff," Lawrence said. He added the runway has been resurfaced, there's a new concrete starting area, and new lighting is up and working. The christmas tree is in and the grand stands are on their way. He's confident they will be ready to go for the first race.

He's also confident in the growing interest in the sport. Beacon Dragway will run races on Saturday night, as to not compete directly with the Friday night races at Paducah International Raceway. On Thursday nights, though, armatures and curious new-comers to drag racing will get their chance.

"If you've got a drivers license you can bring any car out and run it up and down the strip," said Lawrence.
It's called Test and Tune Thursdays and both seasoned drivers wanting to run their cars, or anyone with any kind of car can come drive the 1/8 mile course. Lawrence said seat belts will be required, but most cars aren't able to get up to speeds much faster than when driving on the interstate so it's much safer than illegal street racing.

"The faster cars will have helmets and some fire safety stuff," he said. "Depends on the speed of the cars."
There is an informational meeting Saturday January 12 at the track at 1 p.m. Lawrence, Murt, along with track manager Byron Edwards will be there to answer questions from all future participants. Pit spot rentals will be available for reservations the day of the meeting for the 2013 Season.

For more information contact Byron Edwards at 270-556-6167 or Mark Lawrence 270-210-4388. The new Beacon Drag Strip is located off Oaks Road in Paducah at 4460 Shemwell Lane.
http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news...track-186088952.html

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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and where losing one. Firebird raceway. there lease runs out this year with the Indians. and it won't be renewed. sad.

Firebird International Raceway has been officially notified that its lease on the Gila River Indian Community property will not be extended or renewed. For the last 30 years, Charlie Allen has been president and owner of the Firebird International Raceway facility.

“After almost 30 years, it’s incredibly sad to know that we are looking at the end of Firebird International Raceway,” said Allen, who opened the facility in 1983. “But let me tell you, it’s been a heck of a great ride.”

Charlie Allen and the staff of Firebird Raceway are now focusing on delivering and executing a very full and exciting schedule of events between now and April of 2013. Highlighting the schedule is the return of NHRA and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing for the 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, Feb. 22-24.

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public on November 5th. Allen further stated that at this time, there are no concrete plans to build a new facility elsewhere, and that it is unknown what will happen to the property after Firebird Raceway’s exit in April of 2013. “There has been some talk about the community utilizing the facility as a motorsports venue moving forward, and we have recently been made aware that they have made contact with several sanctioning bodies and promoters that we currently work with,” said Allen. “Beyond that, we really can’t comment.”

The fall event line-up includes the return of the nationally-televised Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Oct. 27-28, as well as the Napa Auto Parts World Finals Boat Race, an event celebrating its 30th year at Firebird Lake, Nov. 2-4. For tickets for these two events, and the rest of the activities at Firebird International Raceway log on to www.firebirdraceway.com or call 602-268-0200.

The 2013 calendar will most likely be released to the public by the end of October.

“We have been truly blessed with some of the most amazing sponsors, partners, racers, and FANS during our thirty years in business, and we are grateful for their loyalty and support,” concluded Allen. “As Firebird International Raceway embarks on its’ 30th and final season, the number one priority will be delivering the absolute best experience and entertainment to each and every one of our many great fans, racers, and partners of the track.”

Arizona Auto Scene would like to thank all of the staff at Firebird International Raceway that we have had the honor to work with over the past couple of years.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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I know where you'll be spending some time this summer Dave.
Yep! There will be an informational meeting at the track this Saturday. I'll be there...wearing my Kentucky Chapter HTC shirt.
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