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Crossville Dragway to Offer IHRA Summit SuperSeries Program in 2024

Wednesday, 14 February 2024

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Crossville Dragway is ready to take full advantage of the International Hot Rod Association Summit SuperSeries program in 2024.

While the Tennessee drag strip is a longtime IHRA member track, this year it’s stepping up a commitment with a strong bracket racing program which includes Box, No Box, Sportsman and Junior Dragster in a series known as Crossville’s Mountain Madness. There’s also a plan to send a team to participate in the IHRA Summit Team Finals.

It has been welcome news to the track’s racers with the chance to participate in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering. Over $275,000 in payouts and prizes were awarded to racers in 2023.

“I’ve always been with IHRA and had great customer service with them,” track owner Michael Newcome said. “They’ve always been ‘Johnny on the spot.’ But this year, we’re doing a bracket program and plan to race in the team finals. It seemed to make a lot of people happy that we’re doing that.”

The track has some good history in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries as David Bigham, representing Crossville Dragway, won the Sportsman title at the 2021 World Finals.

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As for Newcome, he has owned the track for seven years and gained a great reputation among his fellow track owners as one good to work with. He’s been great to coordinate schedules where they aren’t scheduling big events on top of each other. His track certainly stands out with a familiar green paint you easily see when one passes by on Interstate 40.

Newcome had the entire track ground to take out some minor bumps and dips. Then, he had Total Venue Concepts come by and work on the track surface, making it a terrific place for the racers to power down the track.

Besides the bracket racing, they have heads-up radial racing and a good No Prep series. They even hosted the Outlaw Diesel Series in 2023 where multi-time champion racer Van Greer took home the victory. Outside of drag racing, they also host a demolition derby and tractor pulls.

The concessions are considered top notch as people come to the track Friday nights just to get hamburgers. On the hot days, the racers appreciate that the restrooms are air conditioned. 

He still has a passion for the track and the sport. He also likes the accessibility of IHRA officials including IHRA CEO and Owner Larry Jeffers and IHRA President Mel Roth.

“When I’ve needed something, there’s an immediate response,” Newcome said. “We’re excited about this year and ready to get going.”

You can keep up with the latest Crossville Dragway news by clicking here to check out the track’s Facebook page.

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