Get ready to drag; weekend races at Ridge Top Complex

White corvette named "Thumper" with owner/driver Roger Robinson. Drag racing at Ridge Top Complex, St. George, Utah, Sept. 22, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Fast quarter-mile times and the roar of engines will be in ample supply Saturday and Sunday as the St. George Lions Club and Blackrock Motorsports sponsor drag races at the Ridge Top Complex in St. George, commonly known as the old St. George airport.

Dennis Tangreen, Gunnison UT, stages his 1964 Ford Falcon Futura. BlackRock Motorsports Drag Race, old airport St. George, Utah, Sept. 21-22, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Dennis Tangreen, Gunnison UT, stages his 1964 Ford Falcon Futura. BlackRock Motorsports Drag Race, old airport St. George, Utah, Sept. 21-22, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

Automobiles, motorcycles, hot rods and specialty drag vehicles will be revving up their engines to take the trophies home. The events will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with test and tune, then serious racing competition will start at 1 p.m. Sunday’s events will follow the same schedule.

Anyone can run a car or motorcycle in the races. Bracket racing with handicapping will be in effect for all vehicles, and a “King of the Hill” competition will be held at the close of racing each day.

The fee to run a vehicle in the test and tune is $25, with an additional $25 to enter the “King of the Hill” race, winner takes all. Admission for spectators is $5.

Drag racing at Ridge Top Complex, St. George, Utah, Sept. 22, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Drag racing at Ridge Top Complex, St. George, Utah, Sept. 22, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

Fabian Ortiz, of the St. George Lions Club, said he is excited for the event.

“We have the thumbs up on everything,” Ortiz said. “We’re looking forward to a great weekend of racing.”

“One thing I’d like to remind everyone is to stay off the track,” Ortiz went on to say. “Last time, we had a lot of people out on the track and it became a safety issue. Please stay off the track this weekend unless you are racing.”

Event details

  • Where: Ridge Top Complex, 620 S. Airport Road, St. George
  • When: Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22 | Events begin 8 a.m. each day
  • Admission: $25 per event for racers | $5 for spectators

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