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Humboldt County Dragway to Host IHRA Ironman Classic, Cooke Concert on Saturday

Thursday, 01 June 2023

HUMBOLDT, Iowa — It promises to be a fun-filled Saturday at Humboldt County Dragway with the Iowa track hosting its first-ever IHRA Ironman Classic followed by a concert by breakout country music star Ashley Cooke.

The prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies will be up for grabs in five classes — Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman, Street Eliminator and Junior Dragster — in this unique non-points event. 

The race is expected to attract some of the best bracket racers in the Midwest with Humboldt County Dragway less than 65 miles from the Minnesota border. The 1/8-mile drag strip, which has a rich history dating back to 1963, decided to join the International Hot Rod Association for its 60th anniversary season.

Track owners Tom and Melanie Monson promised a diverse schedule of events for the anniversary year. The IHRA Ironman Classic, followed by the concert, is one way they are delivering. Gates open at 11 a.m. with a test-and-tune from noon to 3 p.m. and racing to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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Cooke, best known for her hit “Never Til Now” with Brett Young, and the band Salty View cap off the night with their concert. A talented singer-songwriter, Cooke won the illustrious Country Showcase in 2019 joining an elite group of winners that includes Brad Paisley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida-Georgia Line. The Wisconsin native, who now lives in Nashville, has even been featured in People magazine.

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As for the IHRA Ironman Classic, the program is offered to all member tracks. Prior to this program, a sportsman racer could only win an Ironman if they traveled to an IHRA Summit Team Finals, Sportsman Spectacular or World Finals. This program gives local tracks a chance to create extra excitement in their bracket program and offer competitors a chance to win the prestigious Ironman.

Click here to check out the Humboldt County Dragway Facebook page and keep up to date with all the latest happenings at the Iowa track.