The all new 710 Dragway will host the Big Chief Pro Modified Quick 8 event this Saturday, September 13th. There no weight rules and screw type blowers are prohibited.
There have been several teams that have tested at 710 and were very happy with the new track. One team saw their best ever sixty-foot times and even better elapsed times. The drivers were impressed with the changes that have been made and how smooth the track is.
The official Pro Modified track record was set back in 2008 by James Cecil. His elapsed time of 4.18 has stood for several years now but come Saturday that number will change. Just how much lower will it go and who will set the new mark? You’ll have to be there to find out.
When the new owner, Jerry Dean Oxendine bought the Dragway in December of 2012 he had a one goal and that was to completely rebuild 710.
“I want to bring something to Robeson County people that they never experienced before,” exclaimed Oxendine. “We want this track to be one of the premiere dragways in the South. This track used to be known as an ‘Outlaw Track’. Now the track is IHRA sanctioned and we’re a family oriented track. We’re working on more improvements as we speak. The future is very bright for 710 Dragway.”
One of the first improvements was the racing surface. The old surface was removed. There were more than 600 loads of sand brought in level the new track. All new concrete was poured and the track was made 55 feet wide. The track is now 2346 feet in length from the starting line to the end of the track. There are still more improvements that are being made to the track weekly.
Also, Mr. Oxendine has partnered with Advance Auto Parts for the Big Chief Shoot Out to benefit the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). A portion of each general admission ticket will be donated to help fight Type One Diabetes.
The track will be open Friday night for test and tune. Saturday the gates open at 3:00 with the first round of qualifying at 4:30 and the second round at 6:00. Eliminations will begin at 7:30. General admission is $20.00 with children 12 and under free.
Story by Buddy Trivette
Photo by Matthew Trivette