Kentucky’s Beacon Dragway joins NHRA

Beacon Dragway in Paducah, Ky., had been added to the NHRA Member Track roster. The track is being reopened by Top Fuel driver Keith Murt who operates Murtco, Inc., and Dr. Blane 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 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.

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.

For additional track information go to their website www.beacondragway.com.