Welcome to Drag City News

Here's a breif history of what Drag City News was and is now. It was a newspaper started back in 1976 by then Farmington Dragway track operators Jim Turner and Jerry Joyce to PROMOTE racing at Farmington, but to also give their racers extra exposure to the world. Enter Norman Drouilard, Sr, with out his connections in the newspaper printing world, there wouldn't have been a DCN. Again it featured Race Results, Up coming events and features on racers ...but most importantly it had PICTURES. Later I brought it back to life PROMOTING the Carolina Coalition. Like everything else in this world it has gone to computers. There quicker to update and don't cost as much to do. BUT there is still nothing like seeing pictures in news print. What I hope to do here is bring back a little of that past and mix it with todays modern blog.

I want to go back it time, but not get stuck there. I want to keep a posting on local track races, race results and it's racers. Bascicly have a daily newspaper for anyone interested in the world of drag racing.


Mark Joyce

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dollars Day Just Like Old Times At The Farm

What would the end of the year be....without the annual Farmington Dragway Dollars Day Flea Market and Race?  It's always been my favorite and it always was Norman Drouillard and Jerry Joyce's favorite when they started the event back in 1983. They would have been proud to see all the folks that braved the cold, cloudy and snowy day to sell and buy their wears. Yours truly was there and I was glad to see a lot of folks out and about. Thanks to all that bought up on the 5 for $10.00 shirts, hope you enjoy them in warmer weather. Chad was glad to sale a few things, but like most racers he ends up buying more than he sold...lol. Thanks to David Lambert for the hamburger it hit the spot and it was good to talk to Ray Williams for a while. He ended up buy some pistons and rods from Chad to make him a new 555 cu in motor for his Oldsmobile. Hud you'll be busy this winter....lol. Sorry Norman, Jr I didn't get back down to the guy with the "Sling Shot" Dragster frame for sale on our row. If anyone knows who he was or has a number let me know 336-480-8481.

 Getting back to the day.....yesterday brought back memories of racing in the snow at the Farm. (Don't get me wrong. Yesterday was NO day to try to race). Back ten years ago cars were a little slower, but we didn't put as much work in getting the track ready like Jason and John do now. Son....give me a little VHT and we was racing then and it didn't cost to much to do. So yesterday we would have been fighting a losing battle......IT SNOWED more than a flake.  BUT the good was in the flea market and the goods that was laid out in the Farm pit area and the PEOPLE we got to talk to and see. I was glad to see Jody and Corey Leazer of Mooresville Dragway out and about at the Farm's Market of Goods. Jody had a Mustang for sale and was wanting to buy that Dragster Rick Varner had for sale for son Corey. They were also in attendance at Farmington and Piedmont's big Foot Brake races with their Nova.
 Also...Congratulations to Mike Hutchens the now two time PTRA - Pro Tree Eliminator champion. He was in the house with his collection of drag toys. Got to say hello to Mike Hawks, a former Farm TOP Champion and his young son. Hope he gets to feeling batter and can join us next year for the 2011 Jerry and Norman's LEGENDS of the Farm event. Heard from "Big" Ernie Humes that they are putting a bigger tire and motor under the 2010 Farmington and Piedmont Dragway Foot Brake championship Dodge Demon of son Ernie for 2011. Big Ernie (in shorts now) told me that are looking for some 6.50's and more mile per hour with this already deadly combination. Sounds like the Foot Brake world better watch out for "Lil Ernie" again in 2011. Remember the Mopar ace also won the Div.1 IHRA Team Finals title in MOD ET back in September at Farmington for Team Farm.
Again ....had a great time just hanging out in the pit area and talking to folks. I just don't get to do that enough during the year from working the tower. So it was good do that and also listen to Ray Williams and James Overcash's war stories (drag racing wars that is). Glenn Ferguson, Jr came by also a said they've put new disc brakes on the families Ford, and they're getting new wheels for the three time IHRA Hot Rod world championship Fairlane. Glenn, Jr. says he plans to run some NHRA Division 2 Super Street (10.90) events this coming year along with regular IHRA Hot Rod.
 Look forward also to running the now twice rescheduled "Race of Champions" event for all 2009-2010 race winners at Farmington Dragway in TOP Eliminator, Foot Brake and Junior Dragster some time in March 2011. Hope that don't get snowed out...lol... anyway....
Don't forget my annual MJ's Function and Chicken Stew has been moved to the "Game Room" at Farmington and it will be Saturday, December 18th. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the food, pictures and fellowship. Things get started around 5 PM and please bring any old pictures, papers and stories..also anyone wanting to bring a side dish or dessert you are more than welcome. Hope to see you there. MJ

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