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Drag racing back at Baer Field

– Short-track drag racing will return to Baer Field Speedway this Friday.

The high-speed, side-by-side competition will be under the lights for the first time and will take place every Friday in September, with the possibility for more races in October.

Aimed toward street cars and motorcycles, short-track drag racing uses the rules and formats of full-size drag racing, but on a 300-foot course.

It takes place from Turn 4 to the finish line. Winners of races advance and losers are eliminated until a class winner is determined.

Short-track drag racing was a regular feature at the Fort Wayne Speedway in the early 1960s.

Classes of competition include open competition, Detroit iron, minivan, family sedan, front wheel drive, domestic muscle car, import performance car, trucks, Mustang, 4WD, NOS power, cycles and more.

A “Burn-Out” contest will follow the racing, and each program will be capped off by a “Show and Shine” car show.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Test and tune runs will be from 6 to 7:30. Eliminations will be at 8.

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