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Two Huge Events Scheduled to End Season at Kentucky Dragway

Friday, 13 October 2023

CLAY CITY, Ky. — Kentucky Dragway is scheduled to finish its 2023 racing season with two huge events — the 53rd annual Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nationals on Oct. 19-22 and HalloThanksMas on Oct. 27-29.

Both of these feature races which the prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies will be handed out.

There’s a rich heritage with the Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nationals, which the Ken stands for Kentucky and the Mor for Morehead. It was originally called the Ken-Mor Stone Bluegrass Nationals as Ricky Ruth, the son of the late IHRA and Bristol Dragway Owner Jim Ruth, sponsored the event.


This year’s event begins with a Thursday test-and-tune and a $5,000-to-win City 64 Shootout with the Ironman trophies to be handed out. Gates open at noon with the test-and-tune at 4 p.m. and the City 64 Shootout beginning its time run at 7 p.m.

Friday features a timed run followed by eliminations for the Top ET, Modified, Junior Dragster and Sportsman classes. It’s a full day on Saturday with a time run, eliminations for the aforementioned classes and another $5,000-to-win City 64 Shootout with the Ironman trophies.

It finishes up Sunday with time runs for new entries only at 10 a.m. followed by eliminations. Each day Friday through Sunday features a guaranteed purse with $5,000-to-win Top ET, $2,000 for the Mod winner and $500 for the Junior Dragster and Sportsman winners. 

Entry fees are $150 per day or $300 for the entire weekend for Top, $100 per day or $200 for the weekend for Mod, and $50 per day for Juniors and Sportsman.

Crew and spectators can enter $20 per day or $50 for a weekend pass. Kids 7-12 are half off and it’s free admission for 6-under. Spots with electric hookups are $100 for the weekend on a first-come, first-serve basis.

HalloThanksMas begins Friday, Oct. 29 with Carrie’s Halloween Spooktacular. There’s a Friday test-and-tune with a $1,000-to-win Gamblers race and a $100-to-win Junior Gamblers. There’s also a Trophy eliminator race. 

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Saturday and Sunday feature $4,000-to-win for Top ET based on 60 or more single entries and $1,200-to-win for Modified with 20 or more single entries. There are $5,000-to-win City 64 Shootouts each day with the prestigious Ironman trophies. Races are also on tap for the Junior Dragsters, Sportsman and Daily Driver classes, as well as a toy drive on Saturday. 

Crew and spectator costs are $15 per day or a weekend pass for $35. Like the previous weekend, kids 7-12 have half-off admission with those 6-under admitted free. 

Gates open at noon on Friday with time runs at 2 p.m. and eliminations starting at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday gates open at 9 a.m. Time runs are 11 a.m. Saturday and a single time run at 10 a.m. Sunday with eliminations to follow.

Click here to check out the Kentucky Dragway Facebook page for more information on these events and other track news.

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