Whether immortalized in movies or for being the site of big name national races, some U.S. drag strips are known throughout the drag racing world. We’ve made a list of some of the most well-known drag strips in the United States. This is part three of a three-part series. You can read part one and part two here.
Opening its tracks in 1960, it is New Jersey’s oldest and most frequented track. Atco has a 1/4 mile drag race track, that held over 265 events last year. Don’t believe us? Check out their packed event calendar for yourself.
Popular is an understatement: Atco is the busiest track in the nation.
Maryland International Raceway
This track is a little over 50 years old and still going strong. It has had a few different owners throughout the years, most notably Tod Mack, the man responsible for developing the first digital timing system, Digitime. MDIR has an elevation of 80 feet, which is a reason why records are constantly being made. They also have their own J34 jet dryer to minimize track drying time and heat up the racing surface.
Did you know? Discovery’s show Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings recently filmed a live episode here for their new season.
Houston Raceway Park
This drag racing strip was built in 1988 and formally known as the Royal Purple Raceway. It since has gone through a name and color change as a result of their partnership with Pennzoil. It is Houston’s only major multi-purpose motorsports venue and has a seating capacity of 30,000. The racetrack is also responsible for hosting major events like TX2K and the NHRA: Mello Yello drag racing, open for all to attend.
Recent expansion: In 2000, Houston Raceway Park opened a new high banked 3/8 mile dirt oval at the facility.
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