Geoff Cowles/News A view from the starting gate down the track at Pacemakers Dragway Park in Mount Vernon. The 2018 season is scheduled to begin in mid-April.

Geoff Cowles/Mount Vernon News

A view from the starting gate down the track at Pacemakers Dragway Park in Mount Vernon. The 2018 season is scheduled to begin in mid-April. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Long, lazy summer afternoons, with the smell of gasoline and burnt rubber hanging in the air seem far away.

This week’s break from winter’s chill served as a reminder that drag racing season isn’t too far away after all. Racing fans will have plenty to look forward to when the gates swing open at Pacemakers Dragway Park.

Fittingly, Pacemakers — America’s second-oldest dragstrip in continuous use — will continue to focus on the kind of racing that brought it into existence in 1956. That will mean more of the popular street-racing series that has drawn drivers from throughout the area. Not only will Pacemakers bring back the big-money prizes on Cash Days, but it will be expanded to include no-prep racing, where they will race without the track undergoing its usual preparation.

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Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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