Drag Illustrated Issue 179, November / December 2022 | Page 72

CP Racing Promotions Shows Appreciation for Racers at Inaugural Labor Day Event

By Van Abernethy

It ’ s been a very busy year for CP Racing Promotions in 2022 , having scheduled in the neighborhood of a dozen bracket events around Louisiana and Texas . Cody Pollage , founder of CP Racing Promotions , scheduled events at I-30 Dragway in Caddo Mills , Texas , and also Port Allen , Louisiana ’ s State Capitol Raceway , where Pollage is the assistant manager .

Among the notable events this year was the very popular Big Buck Nationals , now in its ninth running , which usually kicks off the CP Racing Promotions roster in late February each year . This three-day event has been successfully held at a variety of venues across the state of Louisiana , most recently at State Capitol Raceway .
A much newer event that ’ s gaining popularity is the Texas Two Step , which features three $ 10-granders in Box , with No Box battling it out for $ 5k over three days of racing action . This event got a new home in 2022 , moving from the Texas Motorplex to I-30 Dragway in Caddo Mills , Texas , for the third running .
In mid-March , Pollage presented the Night of Thunder event at State Capitol Raceway , which offered a unique lineup of wheelstanders , jet cars , and a car show , along with a variety of bracket and index racing classes . The event was packaged up a little differently from the normal CP Racing Promotions event , and it ’ s something Pollage wants to continue exploring . “ Your average drag racing fan loves jet cars and wheelstanders , etc ., so we ’ d love to incorporate those attractions in with our bracket race and pack out some venues !” says Pollage .
A perfect example of this new direction was the inaugural Rumble at I-30 , a scheduled one-day event packed with entertainment , including four jet cars along with thundering Fuel Altereds to complement the bracket classes .
Drag IllustrateD visited I-30 Dragway on Labor Day weekend for the CP Racing Promotions Inaugural CAS Labor Day Racer Appreciation Bash . “ Mark Griffin is one of the partners at Compressed Air Supercharging and he ’ s raced in several of my events and has always been a good customer to me ,” Pollage says . “ We got to talking one day and he expressed a desire to get involved in what I do , and I told him this Labor Day Weekend race would be a great event to put something together .”
All involved believed this event had the makings to be the largest gathering of the year for CP Promotions , but a rapidly-changing forecast put a severe damper on the event . In fact , the first two days of the scheduled four-day meet were cancelled entirely when storms moved in and drenched I-30 Dragway . The scheduled main event of four $ 10-grand-
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