PADUCAH, Ky. – NHRA has announced the addition of Beacon Dragway in Paducah, Ky., to the NHRA Member Track roster.
The track is being reopened by Top Fuel driver Keith Murt who operates Murtco, Inc. the leading mechanical and underground utility contractors in Western Kentucky and Blain Grow, both lifelong developers in the area.
Major renovation to the property started last fall and will be completed before opening this spring with test and tune and fun and grudge racing scheduled on Thursday nights and the tracks point racing series on Saturday nights along with a number of special events planned throughout the season.
New concrete starting line pads have been installed, the racing surface repaved, a new tower erected, new track lighting and new TSI computer timing system and scoreboards are being installed.
The airpark office is being remodeled as a hospitality center and one of the hangers is being renovated into an eat-in or carryout concession complex. Fans will enjoy viewing from pit side elevated grandstands and extensive paving of additional pit parking is scheduled for completion as soon as weather permits.
The track is located at Grow Airpark which was originally the sight of the McCracken County Drag Strip that operated from 1969 to 1974. It was operated as Western Kentucky Dragway from ’74 to ’76 before being converted to Grow Airpark which is adjacent to Paducah International Raceway.
“We are excited to work with Keith Murt and the staff at Beacon Dragway in bringing safe, fun and exciting drag racing events back to the Paducah area,” stated NHRA Division Director Jay Hullinger. “The track will host the tenth race in the 25th Silver Anniversary season of the JEGS NHRA Super Quick Series. We have a number of touring regulars in the series, many who reside in the Western Kentucky area.”
The track will host the 2013 Kentucky State NHRA Drag Racing Championships, an event that travels around the state from year to year among the NHRA member tracks. In addition, the track will qualify drivers through its point series for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National and Division championships, as well as, hosting the National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge and Summit Racing NHRA King of the Track special events.