Weather Delays IHRA Xtreme Raceway Park Opener

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Weather Delays IHRA Xtreme Raceway Park Opener
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The International Hot Rod Association and Ferris, Texas’ Xtreme Raceway Park have moved the dates of the Summit Sportsman Spectacular race from March 9-11 to June 1-3 in order to accommodate construction delays due to weather.

Covering 90 acres, the Xtreme Raceway Park features an 1/8-mile, all-concrete track, a concrete pit area, six 400-foot staging lanes and a 200-feet sand safety pit. A mere 20 miles from downtown Dallas, it’s perfectly located to capture the attention of both local enthusiasts and passing travelers on the Interstate 45 to Houston.

Unfortunately, the park’s prime real estate doesn’t protect it from the ravages of winter. Unexpectedly cold temperatures at the outset of the year, coupled with last week’s heavy rains, have forced the construction team to postpone projects to the point that the facility simply won’t be ready to host a major event at the previously scheduled time.

“The weather has caused several delays in construction. Although the facility is close to being finished, it is important we run some test-n-tunes first to make sure that everything is working properly before hosting such a large event,” Xtreme Raceway Park General Manager Gaylen Smith said. “We are committed to providing a great experience for the racers and we look forward to welcoming them to our track in June.”

“It’s unfortunate that we have to make this tough decision, but we have to give the construction crews and staff at Xtreme Raceway Park the proper time to complete the projects to host their first major event,” IHRA division director Frank Kohutek said. “They are building one of the nicest drag racing venues in the country with plenty of safety features and modern amenities to provide the best possible experience for our racers. We look forward to racing there in June with our IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular event.”

All pre-entries for the original March 9-11 Xtreme Raceway Park dates will be honored for the new dates. Racers can now register until May 21 to take advantage of an offer to buy entry into Saturday’s race and get free entry for Sunday’s race.

The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will begin at Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C., March 9-11, 2018.

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