Racing fans will notice some changes this year at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, with a new beer stand, burnout box and sound system in the pit areas.
“The past three years have marked significant improvements and repairs to multiple areas of the track. The results have been growth in fans, race teams, reputation and a positive vibe about Lancaster," track president Tim Packman said.
A new 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand is replacing the old structure, known as Bruz's Place. Plans call for an area for fans to hang out with a view to both the drag and stock car action. The speedway also plans to return fresh cut fries to the concession stand.
The burnout box, where drivers drive through water and smoke their tires, and two sections of concrete just in front, area being replaced. Also, a slight dip at about the 60-foot mark of the 1/8-mile drag strip in lane No. 1 will be raised up to make it level. There was a dip where the existing starting line area met the newer concrete surface that was installed last year.
New wiring and speakers are being added to the sound system for the pit areas used by drag racing and stock car competitors. The upgrade will reduce delays for both racing programs since competitors will have an easier time hearing when their division or class is called to the staging area.
Improvements are to be completed before the start of the season, which opens April 22 with the “Queen City Clash” for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing season kicks off with a Test n’ Tune April 28 and points begin May 5.
Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres on Gunnville Road in Lancaster.
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