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Edinburg Motorsports Park to Race Under IHRA Sanction in 2023

Sunday, 25 September 2022

HOUSE SPRINGS, Missouri — Edinburg Motorsports Park will continue to operate under International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) for the 2023 season.

Named the top motorsports venue in South Texas, it’s one of the most historic facilities in the country. The former Moore Field Auxiliary Air Strip was first used as a drag strip in 1953.

The track is owned by veteran drag racer Albert Rodriguez and his business partner Rey Chavez. Zaith Rodriguez, a former Top (Box) track champion, serves as a right-hand man for his father. He is the chief starter at a track where there’s a huge emphasis of getting teenagers off the streets racing and onto the track. They’ve formed an unofficial partnership with local law enforcement.

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It’s where IHRA comes in, bringing in such positives as licensing, insurance and safety regulations. That also ties back to the history of the facility as D.C. McNabb, a 17-year-old Harlingen High School student, posted a Texas gas-fueled record run of 142.85 mph back in 1958.

Returning to the present, Edinburg had a nice contingent of bracket racers who competed in the IHRA Division 4 (Renegades) Summit Team Finals over the weekend. Track champions Leroy O’Bryant in Box and Cameron Nelson in Junior Dragster took Race of Champions wins. Alan Friedeck made the finals in No Box.

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Beyond the drag strip, there is a 240-feet mud drag track where 4-wheelers, side-by-side and other vehicles compete. For Edinburg spectators, it brings added value as they’re able watch races on both tracks. You’re liable to see anything from dragsters to pickup trucks to electric cars to motorcycles to ATVs, as the multi-purpose motorsports facility has also hosted autocross and motocross events.

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Another value for spectators and racers alike are the feature reasonable prices at the Track Side Café, which features items likes tacos and quesadillas, hamburgers and fries.

Click here to learn more about Edinburg Motorsports Park and check out the track’s website.

Last modified on Sunday, 25 September 2022

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