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11:33 AM Mon, Oct. 22nd

Drag races coming Saturday

Kingman Drags II is expected to draw 250 cars and 8,000 spectators to the Kingman Airport on Saturday and Sunday.

"Drag racing in Kingman was born on Burbank Street at the 2001 Fun Run," Brian Devincenzi said.

"With approval of the city council, Route 66 Wings and Wheels organized a fun drag race last year."

Devincenzi, chairman of the board for the group, said Kingman police estimated 6,000 people crowded into the Burbank Street parking lot at Centennial Park to see Kingman's first drag races.

"The only complaint we heard was the lack of seating and the difficulty for spectators trying to see the events," he said.

This year racers will compete in four divisions with 250 cars expected from Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Competition will be held at the Kingman Airport just north of the area where the dragsters raced during the air and auto show last October.

Spectators will travel Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66) to the airport entrance and follow the signs to parking areas.

Gates will open at noon Saturday and competition will run from 4 p.m.

to 10 p.m.

"We are starting late Saturday to avoid conflict with the Fun Run activities at the Powerhouse," he said.

Racing on Sunday will be from noon to 4 p.m.

with gates opening at 10 a.m.

Admission is $2 per person and $5 for reserved seats in the bleachers.

Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs both days.

"We kept the prices low enough that the family can afford to attend," Devincenzi said.

Entry fees are $20 each vehicle per day or $35 for the weekend.

Classes are pro, sportsman, street and trophy.

The street class is for unmodified vehicles driven every day.

The jet dragster booked for exhibition runs is broken, he said.

Organizers are combing the area for a substitute jet dragster.

Junior dragsters with five horsepower engines will be available for youngsters ages 8 to 16.

Six or seven locally owned vehicles are expected to compete.

Kaylan Johnson owns and races a car that he keeps at Dream Machines on Beale Street.

Bob Sterling will debut a front-engine dragster that is an antique design in the sport.

"He is the premier chassis builder in the U.S.

and located right here in Kingman," Devinsenzi said.

The second drag racing event in Kingman is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts with Findlay Auto Group and Budweiser as lane sponsors.

A funny car will be available for view at NAPA on Andy Devine Avenue today.

Route 66 Wings and Wheels has organized the races as a fund-raiser for purchase of property to build a permanent racing facility in the Kingman area.

The racing would provide a revenue stream for a planned museum for vintage autos and aircraft.

"We proved last year that Kingman will support drag racing," Devinsenzi said.