Drag racing event to celebrate Fourth of July weekend

Drag racing event to celebrate Fourth of July weekend

Drag racing event to celebrate Fourth of July weekend
July 01
18:14 2014

Steven James / Staff Writer

North Star Dragway will be hosting the “Pro Mod vs. Fuel Altered Showdown” July 4 and 5. For the showdown, 24 cars will race against each other in several races until the final car wins.

Gates open at noon July 4 and 5 and seating begins at 2 p.m. Fireworks close Friday’s event.

A jet funny car, a jet engine powered car, will be featured both nights. Jet funny cars do not usually race each other; they are just added attractions.

Tickets for the showdown can either be purchased online or at the gate. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the gate, $30 for a 2-day pass, free for children 12 and under and half-off for members of the military.  The Dragway is located at 3236 Memory Lane in Denton.

Pro Mod, short for Pro Modified, is a type of drag racing car that is made out of atypical material, including fiberglass and carbon fiber, and have an average of 2,000- 4,000 horsepower. Fuel Altered is an older type of funny car that look like models of popular cars of the years they were built and are usually driven by older drivers. Fuel Altereds have an average of 7,000- 9,000 horsepower. The showdown will show off the abilities of both the cars and the drivers.

North Star Dragway opened in Denton in 1996. Gene Nicodemus, the current owner of the dragway, bought the place in 2012 after being a former employee.

He said one of the things he loves about drag racing is that the playing field for drag racing is even. Years ago, not many tracks would follow the national racing guidelines. However, more tracks today follow those guidelines, which require racers to all use the same equipment.

“It’s usually the man with the most money wins, because he can keep spending money, spending money, spending money,” Nicodemus said. “It now comes down to more of a tuning game than a money spending game.”

Many North Star Dragway sponsors will be at the drag racing event as well, including TurboBullet.com, MonsterClutches.com and NTXDiesel.com.

“We just rip on each other and have a good time,” TurboBullet owner Brant Campbell said. “The website is for racers, by racers.”

Campbell himself is a drag racer. He drives a 1973 Camaro when he races.

“I just love the kind of people that you meet at the races,” he said. “It’s also fun to travel.”

One of the contestants, Mark Moore, has been racing for 35 years. He has raced in Oklahoma, California and Texas.

He said that he first got into racing when he was in high school. He began by street racing with his hot rod during the weekends.

“I just love the adrenaline,” Moore said. “There’s nothing quite like the competition of it.”

A late 60s Z28 Chevrolet Camaro ready to race at North Star Dragway. Photo by Steven James – Staff Writer

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