Dragfest to pull record numbers

JOHN Loy is upbeat in the run up to this weekend's Dragfest as more than 100 nominations have already been received.

“Nominations officially close tomorrow but we do take entries with a $20 surcharge on the day so I would expect numbers will pass 150,” the Warwick District Drag Racing Association publicity officer said.

“Five cars are coming from Townsville for Dragfest.”

This weekend's event is the 10th anniversary of drag racing at Warwick Dragway.

“Each pre-entered racer will receive a 10th anniversary T-shirt,” Loy said.

“We reckon at least 50 racers from the first meeting in 2000 will be at Dragfest.”

Some of the racers from day one who will compete this weekend include Darren Otto (Smokers Car Club in Toowoomba) and Westbrook couple Lyn and Mark Stewart.

A marquee has been erected so the band Back in Business can play after the end of racing on Saturday night.

A feature of the weekend will be the super charged outlaws group headed by Tim Caswell, of Brisbane, who will drive his silver Fairlane on the 1/8 mile (200 metre) strip.

Caswell is a past national champion as is John Ward who will travel from Sydney to drive his super-charged Rail.

The Junk Yard Dog race team from the Gold Coast will compete with six cars at the weekend, three in the super charged outlaw's class.

Junk Yard Dog are regulars at major Warwick events like Dragfest.

Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) divisional director (Queensland) Christine Steffans has nominated her super charged Big Block Chev Rail.

Prospective drivers wanting to have a go at drag racing can just turn up on the day and enter.

Loy said day licences could be obtained to compete in a street-type car at the weekend.

As the drag racing at the recent Monaro Nationals was washed out, a Monaro only bracket is on the program this weekend.


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