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

Friday, January 7, 2011

North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Famers...Ronnie Hood and Charles Carpenter

This was one BAD ride in it's day! That Ronnie drove for Bruce Walker. That car ran ten trillion 5.55 ET's and one or two Farmington Pro Drag Series races back in its day.

Ronnie "the Shoe" Hood taking time for the folks. That is why he's always been a fan favorite in what ever Pro Mod ride he has been in. We need him back in 2011!

In action at the FARM.....Ronnie "the Shoe" Hood 2011 North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee

Before there was Pro Modified or even a all door car TOP Sportsman class, it was quick qualified field of door cars and Dragsters that made up in the early '80's IHRA's Top Sportsman. Charlotte, NC's Charles Carpenter seen here was in the Farm's IHRA Pro Am finals against the late great World Champion Don Young. Charles campaigned his familiar '55 Chevy on the IHRA trail and still had time to do a little bracket racing back in the day.

Carpenter, another fan favorite with his "Shoebox" 1955 Chevrolet, is a early pioneer of the Pro Mod racing. He along with a host of other racers helped to put IHRA on the map with the then popular class.
"Mr. 55 Chevy" Charles Carpenter 2011 North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee. Don't forget about the Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo coming up January 21-22, at the Greensboro Coliseum. We'll inductee Ronnie and Charlie, along with Sam Carroll and Steve Taylor this year. Ceremonies will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday, January 22, hope you can attend.

THANKS to VAN the MAN for the great photography's of legendary racers Ronnie Hood and Charles Carpenter.

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