Drag Racing Action Heats Up with Huge Payouts, Street Outlaws Stars and More!
Crossville, Tenn. – Crossville Dragway is a staple in the Southeast, with rich racing history dating back to 1978. Michael Newcome and Rick Wetherbee purchased the track in 2018, and they are coming out swinging with a packed schedule for the 2019 season, featuring stars from the Street Outlaws TV show, huge payouts and a full season of intense, side-by-side action.
While the drag racing action at Crossville Dragway has been silent since November, the track staff has spent the off-season preparing for an exciting 2019 drag racing season. The concrete racing surface was professionally refinished, which involves grinding it flat and polishing it for maximum adhesion of the track prep materials. This results in a perfectly smooth surface that rivals any drag strip in the nation!
The vast improvements to the racing surface has garnered attention from some of the big names of heads up drag racing, who will be traveling from all over the Southeast in an effort to take home some cash and entertain the fans. The season kicks off on March 16th with the first of four “660 Showdown” heads up races throughout the season. With 3,000-horsepower door slammers on the property, in addition to stock suspension “small tire” cars, the 660 Showdown series will provide wheelstanding, door-to-door action.
The biggest news in the 2019 schedule is the “JJ’s Arm Drop” drag race on April 5th and 6th. Hosted by “JJ da Boss”, star of the hit TV show “Street Outlaws: Memphis”, this is gearing up to be one of the biggest events in Crossville Dragway history. With $20,000 up for grabs, the racers will be going all out on the “no prep” surface, making the action unpredictable, just like on the TV show. JJ da Boss and crew will be on hand to orchestrate the action and put on a show for a packed house.
Other highlighted events include a special “Fire on the Mountain” Jet Car spectacular, on Saturday April 27th. Then, there is the Open Outlaws event, which brings 200-mile-per-hour blown dragsters and Pro Mods on Saturday, June 22nd. The Rocky Top Diesel Shootout returns to Crossville Dragway in July, bringing the nation’s wildest diesel-powered cars, trucks and dragsters together. The track will also host the first annual Sun Down Nationals on Saturday July 20th. This event is a Limited Drag Radial (LDR) national points race, bringing heads up racers from all over the country to compete for a HUGE payout.
In addition to this packed schedule of events, Crossville Dragway will continue its Friday Family Fun Night, opening the track to cars, trucks and motorcycles of all shapes and sizes for an affordable night of testing and grudge racing. Weekly bracket racing will continue on Saturdays, with monthly $5,000-to-win bracket races once a month.
Crossville Dragway will remain a family-oriented facility, and both Newcome and Wetherbee’s families will be working at the track to make the 2019 drag racing season fun for everyone. For more information about the new and improved Crossville Dragway,