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A Shortened Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2024 

After over 2" of rain and a canceled Friday qualifier, Saturday turned out to be beautiful as we hosted The Inaugural Gary McMann Memorial National Open. The gorgeous weather had us all in good spirits, and as the morning kicked off, the mood would quickly turn sour as computer problems would plague the morning and cause almost 3 hours in delay. After the technology bugs made their way out, it was smooth sailing, and we pushed almost 250 entries down the track in just under 8 hours!

 

Michael Freeman chose the right time of day to drop a .001 reaction time as he took his Duster down the line to get the win over Craig Schultz in Super Pro. Bill Cox saw nothing but green lights, and he took down Kevin Haack in the Pro final, with Haack having some trouble on the starting line. In Sportsman class, it was Dave Klein getting his first win of the season, as he handled Tim Earle on both ends of the track. Don Paisley took his little Trans Am to the winner's circle in Trophy class, and it was all Emma Lane in Junior Dragster as she powered her way through the winner's bracket and picked up the converted Wally in the Junior Dragster Runoff over Slade Hess. 

 

The staff at Tri-State Raceway would like to thank all of the racers for sticking with us and being patient as we sorted everything out. We would also like to thank the Midwest Class Racers, MWSCA, and NCSSA for choosing to spend their Memorial Day weekend with us. We look forward to seeing everyone next weekend as we host the 2024 NHRA Division 5 2nd Annual Wick Buildings Race Shop Showdown Built by Dave River Construction Lucas Oil Points Race.

A Victorious Opening Weekend

May 20, 2024

We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to open the 2024 race season. The test and tune on Saturday went very well with over 120 cars on the property, including a nitro pro mod and a top alcohol funny car! Yet as soon as the sun rose on Sunday, a new points season dawned, and it was time for the chase to start!

 

Mark Rosenbaum picked up right where he left off last year clenching a win in Super Pro over Mike Halverson. After a runner-up on Saturday, Valerie Chitty finally cashed in a victory as she took down Kevin Haack in Pro. Andrew Quinn took a starting line advantage all of the way down the track to turn on the win light in Sportsman. Newcomer, Kagen Hilsenbeck, made himself right at home in the winner's circle as he took out Emily Vargason in the final of High School. Our Gear Driven Performance No-E Open Bike class saw a familiar winner as Pat Finder set out to defend his 2023 championship, while Street Bike saw a first-time winner as Randy Czarnecki got the job done on Sunday. Leighton Haack fought her way through the winner's bracket of our Junior Dragster class only to come up a little short to Slade Hess in the helmet run-off. Lastly, Suzy Kania picked up a win in Trophy with her 17.70 ET, while on the other side of the coin, Bill Black picked up the win in Quick 16 going 6.89 at 196mph! 

 

We cannot thank everyone enough for helping make our season opener so successful. The support from all of our racers makes doing this job so easy, and we can’t wait to see everyone again very soon!

We're Back, Baby!

April 2, 2024

A mild winter has given way to a wet and windy spring. As April blooms, although it may not feel like it, the race season is 100% back and better than ever! 

For some of us, there is never really an off-season...just long winter months of fixing broken parts (like throttle cables, amirite?), telling endless stories of what ifs, and talking about how great we are going to be in the spring. For Lucas, Alex, and myself, the off-season was highlighted with a road trip to PRI and a couple of outings to Topeka, Kansas. There were also plenty of meetings to be hosted, whether it was brainstorming to bring in new ideas, or trying to learn as much as we could to put the track in the best position possible.

Yet, for all of us, the time for talking is over, and it's time to get things rolling. So, while we finish up some off-season projects and implement some new ideas, we ask that you get your race cars tuned-up and ready to hit the drag strip. We kick off the 2024 season in just 20 short days!

Fangmann Brothers Aim for Second-Year Success

December 29, 2023

With the new year right around the corner, the Fangmann brothers have agreed to take over track operations here at Tri-State Raceway for a second year. With a previous successful race season in 2023, they are looking forward to what is to come. Congratulations to the boys. We anticipate a great 2024 race season and hope to see everyone soon!

Tri-State's Future in Fangmann's Hands

January 1, 2023

The new year brought a new change to Tri-State Raceway and a big one at that! The Fangmann's, long-time employees of the track, announced that for the 2023 race season, they would be handling all track operations. Congratulations to them, and we look forward to a very exciting race season!

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