MOUNT VERNON — He’s done everything short of sacrificing his very own 1961 Ford Falcon race car to Mother Nature, but until this weekend, nothing seemed to be going right for Pacemakers Dragway Park owner Rod Zolman — at least from a weather perspective. The first couple of months of the 2018 season had been a washout, but his luck may be changing. The historic drag strip was blessed with summer temperatures, and, mostly, dry skies Saturday.
“Hopefully, we’re going to have a dry July and August so we can get some races in,” said Zolman. “We are behind the eight ball. We have gotten only three races in. We’ve never had a year like this.”
The 2018 season started late because of the extended spring winter that plagued the area. When it finally started, it did with a bang when nationally-renowned street racers faced off. Zolman was ready to show off all of the improvements that had been made at America’s second-oldest drag strip but, in the ensuing weeks, he just couldn’t find a way to improve the weather. With a new patio, a new souvenir shop and expanded parking, Pacemakers was ready for some big things this year. The addition of Velvet Ice Cream has been a big fan favorite.