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AUGUST 22, 2022

Byron Dragway aerial shot. Photo courtesy of Byron Dragway, Facebook

Byron Dragway—the 1/4-mile dragstrip in Byron, Illinois home to Glory Days Vintage Drag Racing and Fall Diesel Drags—has been sold from BJ and Rhonda Vangsness to the Robertson family. 

“After more than 30 years of owning and operating the dragway, BJ and Rhonda entered into a purchase agreement to sell [the track]... A heartfelt thank you and congratulations go out to BJ, Rhonda and the entire Vangsness family. The dragway would not enjoy the success it does today if it were not for their passion, hard work and commitment to providing the best experience to customers,” the track said in a release attributed to the Robertson family. “One of the primary reasons for our acquisition... is to ensure that the facility remains a race track. In an era when dragstrips are closing at a record pace, we are proud to say Byron Dragway will not be one.” 

As part of the announcement, Jacob Steder will now oversee the facility’s day-to-day operations as the general manager.

Plans for “The Playground of Power” include increased days and hours of operation, including more evening and nighttime events, along with improvements with new scoreboards, updated and expanded bathrooms, and more. 

A Test & Tune event has been added to the schedule on Sunday, August 21. 

For more information, visit byrondragway.com



American Drag Racing League (ADRL) logo

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has canceled the remaining dates of the 2022 Extreme Racing Oil & Fuel ADRL Tour Presented by RJS Racing.

ADRL as a drag racing sanctioning body is also being shuttered, effective immediately.

ADRL General Manager Andy Carter released the following statement:

Regretfully, we have made the decision not to move forward with the remaining dates of the ADRL’s 2022 season. I have taken a new role within our industry that comes with a strict no-compete clause. Trying to manage an organization like ADRL is a big endeavor and rebuilding the brand makes it even tougher. Mel Roth, who ran the day-to-day operations, and I have discussed every option out there. Between his business, the races he already promotes, and other commitments, it would be impossible for him to continue running the sanction on his own.

We are truly saddened to have to make this decision. Mel and I both believed in the brand and wanted to be able to rebuild the organization. Finally and most importantly, good luck to all the racers; you guys are really what drag racing is all about.

For more information, visit adrltour.com.

Drag Racing Ends At Englishtown Strip
January 17, 2018
  Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, which has hosted drag racing since 1965 and the NHRA Summernationals for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series since 1971, will not conduct quarter-mile or eighth-mile drag racing at the historic New Jersey drag strip this year.
Owned and operated by the Napp family, the decision has been made to end drag racing at the facility and refocus the business on other types of entertainment. 




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