The weekend of May 2nd El Paso will come alive with the sounds of thunder and the slinging of sand as the El Paso Sand Drags & Speedway will host the Inaugural American Sand Drag Association’s Southwest Nationals.  The three day event will feature the Nations best sand drag racers from California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.  As many as 300+ racers usually attend these ASDA national events.

Many El Pasoans will be competing in both the Professional and Sportsman classes such is the case with Anthony NM resident Cash Claridge, who won the Open class at the Hobbs Summer Nationals, last season.

On Friday night the track will feature a match race between two nitro burning Top Fuel Dragsters which have yet to be named.  Also, former two time World Top Alcohol Dragster Champion, Richard “Big Beans” Frijole, from Phoenix Az. will be participating in the highly contested eliminator class.   

This event is the first National Event of the ASDA 2008 racing season with other events being held in Atoka Oklahoma, Hobbs New Mexico and the World Finals, which will be held here in El Paso the weekend of August 22nd.

12:00 noon test n tune
4:00 Top Alcohol & Top Eliminator time runs (does not count for qualifying)
5:00 start local races end at 11:00pm

9:00 sportsman time runs (only for sportsman that have paid to race)
11:00 top alcohol and top eliminator time runs (this counts for qualifying)
11:30 sportsman eliminations Bikes and Cars sports 1 first sports 2 is second and the bikes will run third. We will then start all over in the same order until we are done.
2:00 2nd qualifying run for the TA and TE cars
3:00-4:30 pro time runs for vehicles entered in the pro classes.

9:00am pro time runs
10:30 pro eliminations start
12:00 first round of top alcohol and eliminator
12:20 pro eliminations
2:00 second round Top Alcohol & Top Eliminator
2:15 last rounds of pro elimination
3:30 top alcohol and top eliminator finals

General Admission is $10 for ages 12+ $5 for kids 5-11 and Free for kids under 5 years of age.  A full three day pass is only $25.  All tickets are available at the gate.

The El Paso Sand Drags & Speedway is located at 13101 Gateway West at Clint exit 42.

For more information call Ben de la Vega at (915) 588-5490.

Press Release Courtesy: Ben De La Vega - Track Announcer-Media Director

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