Miramichi Dragway hosted the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) National Open over the weekend on Friday July 29th and Saturday July 30th, 2016. This was the first time a sanctioned event had ever been held in the Miramichi and it was a big event for the local drag racing park with record attendance for cars and spectators.
Miramichi Dragway had 115 cars registered for the NHRA Event, a new record for a NHRA event in Central and Eastern Canada, and 236 cars in total for the weekend for the event and points meet. The pits were full of race cars with some having to park in the over flow area. Drivers came from as far away as Florida to compete for a coveted Wally. On Saturday, the spectators stands were full as well.
Over the weekend, six new records were set in Stock/ Super Stock. The fastest pass of the NHRA event was in 6.54 seconds at 206 mph.
Planning is underway to host another NHRA event in 2017.
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Top Sportsman/ Top Dragster
1st – Doug Wrathall – Cape Breton
2nd- Dave Anthony – Newfoundland
3rd – Peter Carpenter – Fredericton
1st – John Armstrong, Nova Scotia
2nd – Fred Thibeault – Nova Scotia
3rd – Chris Chapman
1st – Jason McNeil – Nova Scotia
2nd – James Cowie – Miramichi
3rd – Doug Forbes -Fredericton
1st – Glenn MacLean – PEI
2nd – Benny Neisten – Cape Breton
3rd – Kenny Leeman – New Brunswick
1st – Tony McNeil – Halifax
2nd- Chad Ramsay – PEI
3rd – Richard Boyd – PEI
Stock/Super Stock Combo
1st – Jerry Hatch
2nd – Guy Desjardins
3rd – Malcolm London
The Miramichi Dragway Park had been scheduled to host the Atlantic Canada All Out Race this weekend, August 6th & 7th, but due to weather cancelled the race earlier this week. For more information about the Miramichi Dragway Park and to find out the track schedule of events, visit their website at www.miramichidragwaypark.com or Like their Facebook Page.