After the USDRS’s 3-race event program during it’s inaugural season last year — the Napa/Autopro-sponsored circuit is going to both expand and mix things up a bit for it’s 2016 campaign. That includes some efforts that are intended to be both more fan and racer friendly.
For this year – a total of five series races will be presented with the first event of the year coming at TMP Cayuga over the Victoria Day weekend (May 22-23). Three of the five races will be more concise two-day affairs while the season’s two marquee events, Canadian Nitro Nationals, (at Cayuga) and Labour Day Weekend (at Grand Bend) will remain as 3-day events.
As reported earlier, the organization, which featured three classes (Pro Mod, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster) in it’s initial 2015 season, has announced the addition of two new eliminators for 2016. Top Eliminator (an all run fast bracket category) is to included for all 5 races and the wildly popular Outlaw 10.5 category will be featured at 3 season events.
One event this year will be a 1/8th mile race feature. For the USDRS that will take advantage of a format which has over the past few seasons gained more respect in both racer participation and fan appreciation. The USDRS Mid-Summer Nationals (at TMP Cayuga – July 23-24th) will be an all 1/8th mile affair.
“1/8th mile drag racing has seen a huge growth in popularity,” admitted Steve Martin who is a Series Director for the USDRS. “At the moment there isn’t any 1/8th mile events in Ontario for these types of race cars. This race furthers our commitment to try new formats for 2016 and maybe beyond.”
Non 1/4 mile drag racing continues to gain momentum within drag racing in North America – becoming somewhat of a new norm within the advancement of the sport. Not only does it offer some potential safety advantages, for fast door slammer genre racers it generally provides a more cost effective and less parts attrition option to go drag racing.
For more information on the USDRS visit there official website: HERE
Posted by Bruce Biegler