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IHRA Ironman Classic Races Set for Paris, Hilo Dragstrips This Weekend

Tuesday, 27 June 2023

PARIS, Texas — The excitement level gets ramped up at a pair of International Hot Rod Association member tracks this weekend with IHRA Ironman Classic races at Paris Dragstrip in Texas and Hilo Drag Strip in Hawaii.

Paris Dragstrip is hosting the IHRA Ironman Classic on Saturday as part of its Red River Valley Shootout. The Texas track features $3,000-to-win races in the Super Pro (Top) and Pro (Mod) classes. The Sportsman and Junior Dragsters will also be competing for the IHRA Ironman trophies.

Entry fees are $150 for the Top and Mod cars and $45 for the Sportsman and Junior Dragsters. There is also a fireworks show. It’s $25 for pit entry and $10 for spectators with kids 11-under admitted free. Gates open at 3 p.m. with time trials at 5 p.m.

This follows a test-and-tune and separate set of races on Friday night. These feature $1,000-to-win for the top two classes. Gates open at 4 p.m. with time trials at 6 p.m.

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The Hawaii Drag Racing League is presenting the IHRA Ironman Classic at Hilo Dragstrip as part of the Uncle Gary Arita “Shakedown in H-Town” on Saturday and Sunday. The prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies will be handed out Sunday for the following classes: Big Guns (Quick Eight), Shot Guns (Open Wheel/Doorslammers), Hand Guns (Import/VW) and Junior Dragsters. There will also be racing for the motorcycles and mopeds.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. There is a $10 per person entry fee with persons 10-under free.

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The IHRA Ironman Classic program is offered to all IHRA 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 keep up with the latest Paris Dragstrip happenings through the track’s Facebook page.

You can check out the Hilo Dragstrip action here through the Hawaii Drag Racing League page.