Street drags up next for Kingman

Engines will roar downtown this weekend

KINGMAN - Contrary to widespread misunderstanding, the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags 7 blasts off Friday.

"The event is absolutely on," said Route 66 Wings and Wheels President Brian Devincenzi.

Between Tuesday and Friday, Beale Street will be closed between First Street and before Third Street, just west of the Circle K. On Friday, the closure will extend to Fifth Street for the Downtown Block Party and Car Show.

The first events take place from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, and proceed from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and wrap up from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Devincenzi said general admission is $10 each day while children 5 and under get in free. There is also a $100 hospitality suite ticket that gets one into every event, access to a starting line seat and a tented area with food catered by the Kingman Co. Steakhouse, beer provided by Romer Beverage (Budweiser) and sodas provided Coca-Cola, he said.

The hospitality suite, safety safari and volunteer sponsor is Kingman Regional Medical Center, Devincenzi said.

Cost to enter Block Party and Car Show is $10. That's good for the car entry and a dash plaque, but for $25 one gets a car entry, a single street drags entry, an event T-shirt and a dash plaque.

There are five classes of car awards at the show: Best in Show, Best Paint Job, Best Under Construction, Best Motorcycle and People's Choice.

Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place, with a $50 cash prize for each 1st place.

The show will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and run until the award ceremony at 7 p.m. that evening.

Other event sponsors include Findlay-Nolte Auto Group (super-stand sponsor), Hooch's Bar and Grill (beer garden sponsor), Mertens Heavy Equipment Repair and Empire/CAT (lane sponsors).

After all the fun, cleanup will start Monday, and Devincenzi hopes to be done that day.

Local hotel owner Herberta Schroeder said the events are great for the local economy. In fact, she would like to see it happen more than once a year.

"They bring in a lot of people," Schroeder said.