Racing on the ridge attracts drag fans; STGnews Videocast

Spectators enjoying the racing at the Ridge Top Complex Saturday, March 21 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Spectators enjoying the racing at the Ridge Top Complex, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Black Rock Motorsports and the St. George Lions Club began a new season of drag racing Saturday at the Ridge Top Complex in St. George. The old airport runway has become a quarter-mile drag strip for both local and visiting racers.

All types of cars were racing Friday, from high-performance drag cars to motorcycles to a Volkswagen Beetle TDI.

Spectators were in ample supply, enjoying both the racing and the commentary of the track announcer, who kept the crowd engaged between runs.

Firefighters from the St. George Fire Department and paramedics from Gold Cross Ambulance were there to ensure the safety of the racers and the crowd.

A Corvette and a Dodge from California staging at the Ridge Top Complex Saturday, March 21 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A Corvette and a Dodge from California stage at the Ridge Top Complex, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m., the first five hours of the event were devoted to what is called “test and tune,” then the “King of the Hill” competition began at 1 p.m. In this competition, all cars and motorcycles ran in the same class, but each vehicle had to have a time listed on the windshield. This became the participant’s handicap time, and if they traveled faster than this time, they were disqualified for “breaking out of their bracket.”

Racing continues Sunday on the same schedule as Saturday — test and tune at 8 a.m. and “King of the Hill” at 1 p.m. Admission for spectators is $5, and participants can race their cars for $25, with an additional $25 fee to join the “King of the Hill” race.

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