Start your engines for weekend drag racing

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 – The first of the four scheduled 2014 St. George Lions Club-sponsored BlackRock Motorsports drag races will be held Saturday and Sunday at Ridge Top Complex, 998 South Airport Road, St. George.

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

Tech inspection on Saturday opens at 8 a.m. with time-trials starting at 9 a.m. Timed eliminations begin at 1 p.m.

Tech inspection opens at 9 a.m. on Sunday and racing starts at 10 a.m., test-and-tune runs and grudge-match races.

Saturday’s racing will use a “pro-style tree.” For those not familiar with drag racing, the “tree” is the yellow, green and red lights used to start a race.

BlackRock Motorsports has partnered with the St George Lions Club in an effort to continue to bring drag racing to Southern Utah.

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

“We hope this will encourage both participants and sponsors to get involved. Both parties are working together to make the racing more fun and safer,” said Blake Foster from co-sponsor Speedtech Performance. “The city has allowed the use of the portable bleachers which will make spectating much more pleasant.”

“The St. George Lions Club has been looking for another activity to participate in along with our Dixie Roundup Rodeo in St. George,” said Greg Mathis, member of the board of directors of the Lions Club. “We are excited about taking on production of the drag race as our next challenge. With the cooperation of Dixie ATC and St. George City, we are confident that these race events will provide a safe and entertaining venue for many years into the future.”

There will be classes for American iron, hot rod, diesels, open, and motorcycles (contingent on sufficient entries to race). A few alcohol-altered drag cars are expected to make some very quick passes down the track.

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

“This is a safe place in a controlled environment to bring your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle and see just how fast it really is,” BlackRock Motorsports’ Jason Hill said. “Bring the family, watch the races and help support Southern Utah drag racing.”

You do not have to have a race car or be a race car driver to enter. New cars, old cars, SUVs, minivans, motorcycles and pickup trucks are welcome to compete.

Registration to race on Saturday is $50. Registration to race on Sunday is $20. Spectator admission is $5 / person or $20 for a family pass. Children 10 and under are free.

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2 Comments

  • Roger Robinson April 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Do hope that the weather cooperates for us racers and fans.. Nice article and the car does look very familiar.

  • BSMETER April 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    WHAT?!? I thought if it wasn’t a marathon, a 5K, or bike race and they didn’t close down every road in town it was illegal.

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