Local motorsports got off its holiday break in grand fashion last week.
New Year’s Day saw a sizeable turnout at Breakers Speedway for a local race scheduled from 3-7pm.
Racers were separated into classes according to 1/8 mile drag time.
There was an open motorcycle class along with six, seven, eight and nine second classes.
On the day numerous prizes were awarded. Among them was US$100 to the person who posted the fastest 1/8 mile time using either a motorcycle or car with front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Some of the more notable awards were US dollar cash prizes for the winners of the various classes.
The motorcycle open winner won $250, the nine second winner won $250, $400 went to the eight second winner, $750 went to the seven second winner and the six second winner nabbed a cool $750.
Of course there was plenty of hype surrounding the US$1000 cash prize on offer for the first car to qualify with a time of 5.999 seconds or better.
The time is significant in that the current track record is held by Floridian dragster Frank Muniz and his yellow Toyota Supra. Muniz ran the car in September last year in a time of 5.685s at 122mph.
Before setting the record Muniz ran times in the 5 second range including marks of 5.985s and 5.925s.
Coming into the New Year’s race the lowest time by a local driver was 6.2s by Dale Davis in a black early 90’s Ford Mustang.
The race was put on by Breakers Speedway Owner Robert Campbell in an effort to spark local racers and the local motorsports scene going into 2009.
Look for more coverage of the race in this week’s Compass Sports section.