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City Council OKs drag races

Drag racing is coming to Kingman.

The Kingman city council Monday approved the first street drag racing in Kingman to be held Saturday May 5 as part of the Historic Route 66 Fun Run.

Route 66 Wings and Wheels will run a 300 yard drag race on Burbank Street between Beverly and Airway avenues with spectators seated in the Centennial Park parking lot across from the Mohave County Library.

Brain Devincenzi, board member for Route 66 Wings and Wheels, is in charge of planning and running the event.

It will be the same type of race the group has previously run at the Kingman Air Show on the airport runway.

"I have explained the program to Darel Fruhwirth (Kingman Parks and Recreation director) and to (Kingman Police Department) Chief Butler and they are supportive," Devincenzi said.

"The next step is a review by the council and your OK to go ahead."

Councilman Frank McVey was receptive to Devincenzi's proposal.

"We have had several such requests over the years and none have been approved.

This group has done their homework and deserves a chance to show us what they can do," McVey said.

Don Fuller, Wings and Wheels board member, said the event is copied from a successful street drag racing program in Winnemucca, Nev., where it is a safe and successful annual event.

Mayor Les Byram said he would have opposed the race if Beverly Avenue had needed to be closed.

He had concerns about parking and congestion but approved the program with a $3 million dollar liability policy and the safety items the group described.

The burnout area has water applied first to prevent damage to the street.

This was a concern of Streets Superintendent Blake Chapman.

Butler said a previous council had similar concerns when he brought the soapbox derby to Kingman.

"They gave me a chance then and I think this group needs a chance now," he said.

The event was approved as a one-time only drag race and will be coordinated with other Fun Run activities.

Route 66 Wings and Wheels plans a permanent drag racing facility in Kingman in the future to take advantage of the rapid growth of motor sports of all kinds.

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