Facelift for drag strip

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Major improvements are underway for a local sporting attraction. One that owners say will rebuild the drag racing industry here in the Wabash Valley and should attract more enthusiasts than ever.

It’s a 1/8 mile drag racing track that hosts a sporting event where the difference of mille-seconds is the difference between a runner up and a champion. It’s the life that Adam Price has known for almost 10 years.

“Since I was 16 (I’ve been racing, as soon as I got a car. It was just a little Jeep Cherokee and I was racing Sportsman’s class,” Price explained.

But the warped metal and aging asphalt have turned the track Adam grew up on, into a bit of a dinosaur.

“My dad raced back in the early ’90s up through the early 2000s and everything and the track it used to pull a lot more people, but I’m hoping maybe the improvements and stuff will bring some guys back,” Price said.

Those fixes are underway for the Crossroads Dragway. It’s a massive project for the short track that basically requires redoing the racing surface.

“The asphalt is over 20 years old itself. Some of the concrete’s a little bit newer than that, but we are replacing some of the concrete at the starting line and then about 1,700 feet of asphalt is going in,” Randy Peters of the Crossroads Dragway said.

The joint venture between the Vigo County fairgrounds and the Crossroads Dragway comes in to the tune over $100,000. But both sides see it as an investment in the community.

“We are a part of that Scheid Diesel Extravaganza and so we’ll have people from all over the country that come in to race diesel trucks and things,” Peters said. “Then even be spectators for that event. But on other things we have other major events that bring people in from 4 to 5 state area.”

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