The Staging Lane

Drag Racing in New England in July

Jets, Gassers, Land Speed Racing, and The Hall of Fame Nationals should ensure a hot month of July

by Neil Van Zile

Even with the complete washout that was visited on drag racing fans on the July 4th weekend, there is still plenty of great racing planned for the remaining four weekends this month.

There are now three tracks in the region that are hosting weekly street night action each week. Lebanon Valley Dragway and New England Dragway both hold Wednesday Street Nights every week. New Oxford Dragway has recently added their own bi-weekly Midweek Madness, which will happen on Wednesday nights of July 14 and July 28 this month. New England Dragway also hosts Friday Street Nights every week.


Loring Timing Association
The Loring Timing Association hosts The Maine Event in July. At 2 5/8 miles, the LTA race track is currently the longest asphalt LSR surface available in the world today.

Week Two

Friday, July 9

Lebanon Valley Dragway kicks off the party in July with Ratchet Fridays, a Party, Car Meet, Drag Racing event hosted by

New Oxford Dragway is having their weekly points race that night as well, this week with Jr. Dragsters.

Saturday, July 10

New England Dragway kicks off a VP Race Fuels ET Points Series double-header weekend on Saturday, along with Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street points races.

Lebanon Valley Dragway is featuring electronic and non-electronic Port-A-Tree Gamblers races, in addition to the Northeast Old Drag Racers and Musclecar Association (NODRAMA) and the Northeast Super Street Association (NESSA).

Winterport Dragway is hosting another installment of the Gassah Guys and a T&L Gamblers race.

Sunday, July 11

The second half of the VP Race Fuels ET Series doubleheader continues at New England Dragway, plus the NHRA Summit King Of The Track race.

Lebanon Valley Dragway plans to host the NHRA Summit Series Points Race. 

Winterport Dragway is also hosting its weekly Bracket Points race.

Fans of sand drag racing will want to head off to Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds in Hiram, Maine for a double-header weekend of racing by the Northeast Off-Road Competition Vehicle Association (NEORCVA). It will Fair Weekend so there will be a full schedule of fair events in addition to the sand drags.

Week Three

Things start to heat up in Week Three.

Friday, July 16

New England Dragway starts a two-day Street Outlaws No Prep Kings race on Friday.

Lebanon Valley Dragway is hosting the Northeast Street Outlaws 1/8th Mile No Prep event that day as well.

New Oxford Dragway will have their weekly Points Race that night.

Winterport Dragway is starting three days of racing that weekend with an Open Test and Tune.

Saturday, July 17

New England Dragway completes the Street Outlaws No Prep Kings event on Saturday.

Lebanon Valley Dragway will host the Bikes in the Valley, the Central Mass Drag Racers (CMDR), and a Test & Tune session.

Winterport Dragway continues their full weekend with a Bike and Sled Shootout, Footbrake Challenge, and a Quick 16 Race.

Sunday, July 18

Lebanon Valley Dragway features their regular NHRA Summit Series Points Race, plus the NHRA Summit King of the Track race on Sunday.

Winterport Dragway rounds out their three days of racing with the Fred Hutchinson Memorial Race and a round of Pro Stock 800 Sleds.

New England Dragway takes a little rest on Sunday, playing host to the All-Star Racing Association (ASRA) and a Test & Tune session.

For fans of land speed racing, The Loring Timing Association is hosting their first event of 2021 at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone, Maine. The Maine Event is a four-day affair, starting on Wednesday, July 14, and finishing up on Saturday, July 17. Admittedly the seven-plus-hour drive up into the wilds of northern Maine will keep most people away, but if you want to see real land speed racing at more than 250 mph up close, it’s a lot shorter drive than it is to Bonneville.

Week Four

Friday, July 23

Lebanon Valley Dragway will host the G&J Auto Body Track Rental and LVD Drift #4 on Friday.

New Oxford Dragway holds a weekly Points Race with Juniors that night.

Saturday, July 24

The East Coast Gassers are having a double-header event at Lebanon Valley Dragway starting on Saturday. The NODRAMA series is also making an appearance at LVD that day.

New England Dragway is hosting the popular annual Ray Rice Memorial Bracket Race on Saturday. There will be NO test and tune session at NED that day.

Winterport Dragway also has racing on Saturday, with a No Time Race, Street Night, and an Open Test and Tune session.

Sunday July 25

New England Dragway is holding the New England Hot Rod Hall Of Fame Nationals, presented by the Orientals Hot Rod Club on Sunday. The event includes a full day of racing, with Gassers, an appearance of the East Coast Pro Comp Association (ECPCA), a Jr. Dragster Index race, plus the monthly swap meet. The Orientals will also induct new members into the New England Hot Rod Hall Of Fame.

Lebanon Valley Dragway will hold a round of their NHRA Summit Series Points series, and another race with the East Coast Gassers in addition to the White Wall Roma Car Show, a This is Bracket Racing Series Points race AND a swap meet.

Winterport Dragway plans to hold their weekly Bracket Points Race that day.

Week Five

Friday, July 30

If you like Jets, this is your weekend.

Lebanon Valley Dragway starts the Jet drag racing action with the New York State Jet Wars on Friday night.

New Oxford Dragway is having their weekly Bracket Points Race that night as well.

Saturday, July 31

The Jet action continues at New England Dragway with the Jet Cars Under The Stars on Saturday. A full schedule of racing action includes Jet Trucks, Jet Dragsters, Jet Funny Cars, and Wheelstanders. Also on hand will be the Iannotti Select Cars Top Sportsman, ECPCA Pro Comp, Street Fighter, Fast By Gast Top Bike, Pro Stock 800 Sled, and Pro Mod Sled Asphalt racers.

Lebanon Valley Dragway plays host to another round of the Port-A-Tree Gamblers, NESSA, and an open Test & Tune session.

New Oxford Dragway will be the site of the New Oxford & Winterport Bracket Bash on Saturday. The two Maine 1/8 mile tracks will compete against each other for bragging rights on top of a nice payout for the winners.

Sunday, August 1

Lebanon Valley Dragway has an NHRA Summit Series Points Race on the schedule for Sunday.

New England Dragway fills out their weekend on Sunday with more Top Sportsman action, plus Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Street Fighter, Pro Stock 800 Sled, Pro Mod Sled Asphalt Series, 1/8 Mile Gamblers, and the Viking Motorsports Ford vs. Chevy race. There will be no Test and Tune that day.

Winterport Dragway will host another round of their Bracket Points series.

At last, but certainly not least, New Oxford Dragway is presenting another round of Funny Cars at New Oxford Dragway. Last year’s event proved to be very popular with the fans and this year looks to be just as exciting.

So, if you are so inclined, you could head off to the New York Jet Wars on Friday, Jet Cars Under The Stars on Saturday, and the Funny Cars at New Oxford on Sunday. Your mileage may vary.

Gassers at Lebanon Valley Dragway
If Gassers are your thing, July features Gassers at New England Dragway and Lebanon Valley Dragway.
Jet Cars Under The Stars
New England Dragway ends the month of July with Jet Cars Under The Stars
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