Mooresville Dragway has joined Division 2, the NHRA Southeast Division, as a NHRA member track.
Mooresville Dragway, located in the heart of stock-car country, Mooresville, N.C., hosts events March through November. A weekly points championship, the 2nd annual Hot Rod Festival, and the North Carolina Street Outlaws No Prep race, highlight the busy schedule.
The track was opened in the early 1960s by Glen Leazer. By the early 1970's, his son, GW took over and operated the track with oldest son Doug managing the facility for the majority of those years. During the last few years of operation, son Jody had the reins until it temporarily closed in 2015. The Leazer family built Mooresville Dragway into a major bracket racing icon during the eighties and nineties, including helping to build the Pro Modified ranks with many Quick 8 shows. Donnie Gibbs Jr. purchased the facility in early 2017.
“Mooresville Dragway is excited to enter a new chapter in its long history by joining with NHRA,” said Tony Brown, track manager. “Track owner, Donnie Gibbs Jr. and I are ready for the 2018 season which includes hosting a National Open Series event as well as the SFG Promotions No Dragster Nationals, several Gibbs Race Cars 4.70 Outlaws and GWT Services Pro Tree Racers Association (PTRA) events. Our racers and fan base are in for a great variety of drag racing which of course, includes a strong bracket program which is the core of our diverse schedule.”
“Mooresville Dragway’s location outside of Charlotte, N.C. puts it in the heart of the motorsports world,” said Rich Schafer, director of NHRA Division 2. “It’s fantastic that NHRA drag racers in the Charlotte area now have a weekly racing program in their backyard and a chance to earn a Wally Trophy.”
NHRA-sanctioned tracks are eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the tracks have the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events including the NHRA All Access Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge, where racers compete for the coveted Wally trophy.
NHRA Division 2 facilities host NHRA-sanctioned competitions throughout the year along with countless other events for the heartiest of drag racing competitors and fans. Racers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee make up one of the toughest divisions. For more information, including schedules, point standings, and more, go to the Division 2 website, NHRADiv2.com.