Rain limits drag racing season

This year’s drag racing season has been “pretty lacklustre” as all three Terrace drags were cancelled or cut short by rain.

Dragster burns rubber at the street races on the Saturday morning of the Hot August Nights. Cancelled Saturday afternoon

This year’s drag racing season has been “pretty lacklustre” as all three Terrace drags were cancelled or cut short by rain.

“Weather-wise, it’s the worst we have ever had,” said Kris Barnett, president of the Terrace Drag Racing Association.

Terrace and Houston dragsters join together in a regional points circuit, tallying points from the races run in the two communities.

The annual circuit typically has five races, with a total of seven racing days to tally points.

This year they tallied points from only three days because of weather.

The first race weekend in Terrace June 6 and 7 tallied points the first day, but was rained out the second day, Barnett said.

The Houston Drags July 19 were dry, and dragsters tallied the usual full-day of points.

The third race was Terrace Hot August Nights on the August long-weekend, which were rained out on Saturday for the first time in more than 18 years.

“I was 12 years old when I went to my first drag race, and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen August long-weekend get rained out,” said Barnett.

Dragsters chalked up points at the fourth race in Houston August 22-23, and the season wrapped up with yet another rained out race in Terrace Aug. 29-30.

“This season has been pretty lacklustre… It’s funny because it’s been one of the hottest seasons that we’ve had here in Terrace in a long time, and then every time we tried to race it was raining,” he said.

“If you ever need rain, just let us know and we will schedule a drag race.”

Dragsters wrapped up the season with a banquet August 30.