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Quaker City Motorsports Park Keeps Going Strong with IHRA Renewal

Friday, 22 December 2023

SALEM, Ohio — Talk about a great fit. Quaker City Motorsports Park and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced today an extension of their sanctioning agreement.

It’s been a great partnership for the Northeast Ohio track and the sanctioning body with each putting a huge emphasis on grassroots, Sportsman racing. Quaker City repeated as IHRA Division 3 (North Stars) Summit Team Finals champions last season and have won it three of the last four years.

Quaker City is also the home of 2017 IHRA Summit SuperSeries Mod (No Box) World Champion Chris Black and 2020 World Champion Joe Tharp Jr.

The IHRA Summit SuperSeries program saw payouts and prizes increase to over $275,000 with IHRA owner Larry Jeffers in 2023. A.J. Fox, who owns the track with his father Norm, said the IHRA ranks ahead of the pack when taking care of the racers.

“The IHRA has always been good to us and their programs are still the best for the Sportsman racer,” Fox said. “We like their formats and with the things Jeffers has brought in, it’s going in the right direction. It keeps getting better for the non-pro racer.”

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The action keeps getting better at Quaker City. This will mark the 66th season of racing, although the Fox family still takes care of the 188-acre property like it’s brand new. It features a 1/4-mile drag strip with over 2,000 feet of shutdown area, 14 staging lanes and win lights on the concrete wall. 

Other perks include a fenced-in playground for the kids, a pavilion with picnic tables and even the control tower being available to host parties. They’ve ventured out to another form of racing.

“Keeping up the facilities has been big for us,” A.J. said. “We’ve done a ton of work on the pit roads. We’re putting in a mile-long, go-kart road course across from the track that we’ve been working on the past few months.”

But, the focus remains mainly on drag racing. The track is always well represented as Mark Miller beat Michael Basinger in an all-Quaker City No Box final at the IHRA Division 3 Summit Team Finals. Other racers who qualified for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals through the track points included: Brad Slaughter (Box), Russell Terrill (No Box), Matt Uyselt (Sportsman) and Emily Slaughter (Junior Dragster).

QCMP hosts big events throughout the year, highlighted by a sizzling summer stretch. It starts with the Nostalgia race on Memorial Day weekend, followed by Mid-Summer Bracket Bash in June and big money bracket races in July-August

It’s part of the allure of Quaker City Motorsports Park and like the IHRA, its strong commitment to the grassroots racer.

For more about Quaker City Motorsports Park, click here for the track’s website.

Last modified on Friday, 22 December 2023

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