WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -
Just five months after the storm and thanks to the help of the racers and others in the community, the northern Mississippi reopened as one of the premier drag strips in the Southeast. Now two years later, Holly Springs, known for its racer-friendly amenities, has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
"We care about our racers and they care about us," track operator Aileen Davis said. "When the tornado hit, it destroyed everything and all we had left was the ticket booth where they pay to come in. We put our nose to the grindstone and several of our racers helped us clean up. People came in, got the job done and got us back running."
The racers and others have seen the commitment of the track owners and know how much the facility means to the local area.
The attributes of Holly Springs Motorsports are many including a laser-leveled, all-concrete surface over a full 1/8-mile. There are concrete walls, guardrails in a 1,400-plus feet of uphill shutdown area and a full sand trap.
It also features eight staging lanes, an AccuTime timing system and numerous speakers throughout a very well-lit facility. But, it's taken to the next level with all-asphalt parking, numerous electrical hook-ups, a fuel shack and a highly-reviewed concession stand.
Davis believes the IHRA Summit SuperSeries program fits in nicely with their philosophy of taking care of the racer.
"All of our racers enjoy that, especially the chance to race at the (IHRA Summit) World Finals," she said. "Where we're located, Memphis is just right up the road from us. I just had a truck driver we deal with, call me and tell me how he was a track champion up North and how he had come to the World Finals. It's just a great opportunity for our racers to race against the best from all over the country."
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