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Courtesy of New England Dragway in Epping.




New England Dragway

Where: 280 Exeter Road, Epping
When: Open every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April to October (see calendar online for special events)
Features: Open drag racing, drag racing events
Visit: newenglanddragway.com




The main drag
-mile drag strip celebrating 50 years

07/14/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 New England Dragway in Epping is celebrating its 50th year as the only official ¼-mile drag strip in New England.

The track opened on Sept. 11, 1966, initiated by members of the New England Hot Rod Council. 
Today, the Epping location features races with special dragster cars, plus the opportunity for non-pros to race their own street cars.
“Drag racing is essentially an acceleration contest between two vehicles over a measured course, whether it's an 8-mile track or a ¼-mile track,” General Manager Joe Lombardo said.
The track is open four days a week, on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from the beginning of April through the end of October. It offers everything from general grudge racing to special world-class events.
The NHRA New England Nationals, which took place June 1 through June 5 of this year, was televised on Fox Sports 1 and attracted several celebrities in the drag racing world, such as Tony Schumacher and Brittany Force.
The track will host three other special events this year. The Lucas Oil Regional Championship series is slated for the weekend of July 22 through July 24 and features the annual “Night of Fire” event on July 23, where nitro-fueled cars will take over the track.
The “Jet Cars Under the Stars” race will be Aug. 6 and will feature jet cars and trucks along the track.
And a special anniversary show on Sept. 10 will be in observation of the 50th anniversary of the date the track first opened.
Racers can come to the track on any typical Wednesday or Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m. and pay $25 to use it as long as they want, as long as the track is not being used for any special events. Lombardo said people of all ages come out to make changes to or improve the performance of their cars.
“It's done in a legal environment, so every car of course has to meet a safety inspection and has to have a working seat belt,” he said. “When you're not doing this on the certified track, obviously what you're doing is illegal street racing. So that's been a primary focus ... to make sure people go out and have some fun while going down the track safely.”
Lombardo explained the type of safety inspection depends on the time a car will take to travel across the track due to the level of acceleration. If that time is under 14 seconds, he said, riders are required to wear a fire jacket and a helmet in addition to a seat belt.
“As they get quicker and quicker, we change the safety requirements accordingly, and of course we try to keep people always up to date on what those are,” he said.
New England Dragway is still owned and maintained by many families of the racers that have been involved in its operation, dating back generations to its opening day.
“It's always nice to see somebody here that comes for the first time,” Lombardo said. “Another nice thing is that all of the events are open pit events, and if you wanted to walk down to the track and talk to your favorite driver, they are usually really good about talking to the spectators about their cars.” 





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