Welcome to our new series where we highlight drag strips all over the country. Today we make two stops. The first will give you chills, because it’s so cool some might even call it “ice cold.” The other will have you feeling so hot you’ll need to bring sunscreen. So, pack your coat and a pair of shorts as we make our way to Alaska and Arizona.
Alaska Raceway Park
The drag strip in Alaska Raceway Park is ¼ mile and the only drag strip to become an IHRA-member track, it’s also the only drag strip in the state! The strip opened in 1964 and has gone through various names as well as a couple of updates—like the addition of parking for spectators, a heated 300-foot concrete launch pad, 4,100 feet of asphalt, and the track's surface was also weathered and frost-heaved. In October of 2019 Alaska Raceway Park made the switch to the NHRA Northwest Division 6, becoming NHRA's northernmost track.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
One of the few drag strips in Arizona, the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park has hosted many racing legends like Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Ayrton Senna and Shirley Muldowney making it a staple in the racing scene. The track is 1/4 mile, sanctioned by the NHRA and hosts various events throughout the year.
Home to the Saguaro cacti, Tucson is also home to Tucson Dragway—one of the nation’s most active dragways. It hosts a variety of diverse events year-round like the IHRA National Nitro Jam, Super Chevy Weekend, and other major racing events including the Tucson Dragway Reunion. They have a packed calendar lined up this year, which you can learn more about on their website.