East Kentucky Hillbilly Drag Race Championship to host events


By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



Cars line up for drag racing during a previous event held at Combs Airport.


The smell of burnt rubber means a day of racing for several area drag racers.


PRESTONSBURG – Local communities have been working to bring the drag races closer to home and the outcome is the East Kentucky Hillbilly Drag Race Championship Series. A total of $25,000 in payouts are already secured for the current season. The series will run throughout the year, with races set the Combs Airport, Downtown Pikeville and I-64 Motorplex.

Each event will remain independent, with entry fees, payouts, and trophies, but entrants who participate in every event will earn points for good finishes, with a seasonal championship in the fall. The series champion will be the one with the most points at the end of seven races. The champion in each of the five classes will receive $3,500, runners-up $1,000 and third place finishers $500.

Walters Auto Group will present Muscle on Main on Friday with drag racing with a last man shootout for a $500 cash purse. The Pikeville Streetlight Challenge with a police cruiser show and special guest Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner will be staged on Saturday. The event will include a cruise-in during the day with door prizes and trophies to the car club with the most members present and longest distance traveled. Trophies will be given for best in show, best decals, best lights and best special vehicle. Inflatables, food vendors and finger painting will be available for the children. For more information about Friday and Saturday’s racing events contact Andy Linton, Executive Director of Tourism and Events at 606-437-5119 or email andy.linton@pikevilleky.gov.

The Combs Airport Arm Drop Drags will hold TNT – Last Man Standing on Saturday, May 28. Rockin’ Rob Cherkas will be in attendance for three shootouts – Street Tire, Drag Radial, and Outlaw classes paying $700 each. Gates will open at 8 a.m. TNT runs will follow at at 11 a.m. Last Man Standing will start at 3 p.m. Inflatables will be available for the children in attendance at the event.

The East Kentucky Hillbilly Drag Race Championship is held in cooperation between Prestonsburg Tourism, Morehead Tourism, Paintsville Tourism and Pikeville City Tourism.

Cars line up for drag racing during a previous event held at Combs Airport.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_cars.jpgCars line up for drag racing during a previous event held at Combs Airport.

The smell of burnt rubber means a day of racing for several area drag racers.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_casper.jpgThe smell of burnt rubber means a day of racing for several area drag racers.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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