Featuring pictures and stories of local drag racing
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.
The North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame will inducted Ralph Seagraves, Curtis Smith, Doug Herbert and Tommy Mauney into the hall for 2012 Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the 10th Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo in Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
(4/21/29 - 9/27/98)
Ralph Seagraves was, without question, the most influential man in Motorsports for the past forty years. Seagraves, a native of Winston-Salem, went to work for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. in 1955. He was in charge of the Special Events department, which was later called Winston Sports Marketing. He started Winston's involvement in NASCAR and in 1973 he brought Winston to NHRA and IHRA. Their involvement brought both forms of racing to the fore front for millions of Motorsports fans. By supporting, not only the major tracks, but all of the sanctioned tracks in the US from coast-to-coast, everyone knew what the Winston 'Red' stood for.
Ralph Seagraves not only brought racing to America, he oversaw Winston's involvement in several hundred major events a year.
The legacy of Ralph Seagraves is quite simply that of Motorsports, which wouldn't be what it is today without his vision and leadership.
(Picture above is Ralph with his wife Ardette and to the right is Ralph with Maurice Petty)
Curtis, a native of Clinton, NC, began his racing career in 1974. His first race car was a '69 Camaro that he raced at Kinston Dragway.
Curtis went on to win 17 national meets on the NHRA and IHRA curcuits driving the 1967 Camaro "Hot Stuff". He was the first Sportsman driver to win three IHRA national events in a row, he won an IHRA World Championship in 1966 and is currently number ten on the IHRA national events list.
Curtis, who built his own motors, with help from Bobby Warren, gives credit to his dad and mother, Earl and Christine and his father-and mother-in-law, Eugene and Dotty Carlsward for their help and support during his racing career. He is truly a NC Hall of Famer.
Doug, now residing in Concord, NC, gives credit to his dad Chet, who is a NHRA Hall of Famer and Billy Williams, as having the biggest influence on his racing career. In the Top Fuel Class, Doug has 10 IHRA National Events wins and 20 NHRA National Events wins for a total of 30 National Event wins, which has led him to 4 IHRA World Championships as well as being the 2nd member of the 300 MPH Club. A former Eagle Scout and Pilot, Doug is building a car that he will race at the Bonneville Salt Flats with the goal of running 500 MPH, which will break the world land speed record. Doug is presently the owner and operator of Doug Herbert Performance in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as the founder of B.R.A.K.E.S., Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe, an organisation designed to prevent injuries and save lives by training and education teenage drivers and their families about the importance of safe and responsible driving, forming B.R.A.K.E.S. was a decision Doug made after tragically loosing his sons, Jon and James in 2008 do to an automobile accident. Perseverance is what has made Doug a great racer and a Hall of Famer.
Tommy, currently residing in Shelby, North Carolina, began his professional career at Bristol in 1974. He won is first IHRA Pro Stock Championship in 1990 and has been one of the few racers to successfully move to Pro Modified where he won another IHRA Championship in 1995 and went on to win many National events in the Pro Modified class.
A noted and highly respected owner of TM Race Cars, he designs and builds cars for many Pro Modified racers. Among his early influences in racing he's included Jerry Joyce, Ronnie & Virgil Church, Gene Fulton and Harry Wright. Tommy credits his crew members, the Willifords, Shannon Jenkins, Dean Jonas and Drot Bell for much of his sucess in racing.
A Pro Modified pioneer and race car fabricator, makes him a drag racing warrior and a member of the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Don't miss the event that official says "Race Season" is here.....Jim Turner's 10th Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod EXPO....Friday & Saturday - Jaunuary 13-14, 2012 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Car Show, Swap Meet, Trade Show, Drag Cars, Muscle Cars, Classic Cars, Show Trucks, Custom Bikes and more. Labeled as "the Biggest Indoor Show in the SOUTH" it has donated over $50,000.00 to the Shriners Hospital in the last nine years.
Friday - 5;30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductions @ 11:00 AM
I remember November not for the change of the weather, but because I lost the greatest dad anyone could have ever had…..Jerry Joyce. Born November 15, 1936, my dad also passed away in November on the 25th, 1986. Even twenty five years later I miss him like it was just yesterday we lost him, his memory and how he loved drag racing and it’s people is what lives in my heart.
That’s one of the reasons I wanted to start the Jerry & Norman’s LEGENDS of the Farm weekend to honor the memory of my dad and his partner Norman Drouillard, Sr. When my dad passed away, he and Norman had just purchased the Farm. See, they had been renting it since 1976 from Stonestreet and Wilson. These two together started a lot of Farmington traditions we have today. The Big 5 second Shootout, Dollars day race & Flea Market, first weekly drag racing point series in this area and tons of special show, classes and promotions. My favorite was our own track newspaper the Drag City News. This especially was a passion with my dad, wanting to spread the results and coming events that happened at the Farm for its racers and fans.
Again the Farm has gone through its third ownership change it just the last eight years. I think with positive feedback to the new ownership from the racers and fans we may see a return to some of the ways that made Farmington – Farmington. Yes, Times are a whole lot different now than they was some twenty five years ago, but the basics of drag racing still remain the same. Have a happy and save Thanksgiving and remember November.