Drag Illustrated Issue 180, January / February 2023 | Page 76



■ Next season there will be a million exciting reasons to visit the Midwest , as World Wide Technology Raceway becomes the new venue for the 28th Annual Mickey Thompson Million Dollar Drag Race on September 12-16 , 2023 .
Folk Promotions combed through countless racetracks in search of a hosting facility that would not only continue their long-running tradition but also elevate the racer experience to the highest standards . Copromoter Jennifer Folk explains , “ It wasn ’ t an easy decision to leave the south , and we are extremely thankful for all the racers , sponsors , staff , and local spectators who have added to the Million ’ s success throughout the years . But we are also very excited about our future in St . Louis !”
“ World Wide Technology Raceway certainly checked all the boxes for us when looking for a new venue ,” Folk continues . “ It ’ s a beautiful , state-of-the-art facility with all-asphalt parking , a fiber optic Compulink timing system , and hardworking staff . Not to mention the
average temperatures for the event dates show 80-degree highs and lows of around 60 degrees , which makes perfect weather for racing .”
World Wide Technology Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager , Chris Blair chimes in , “ The Folk family have done a tremendous job of not only growing this incredible event but also carrying on the legacy that was established by my friend , George Howard , in 1996 . We are honored that they have selected World Wide
Technology Raceway and the St . Louis region for the next chapter of this amazing story .”
“ One of our goals at WWTR is to always host major events that appeal to a wide range of racing interests ,” continued Blair . “ As the only track on the planet to host NASCAR , INDYCAR , NHRA , and Formula Drift , as well as the largest NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the season , our priority is to include multiple eye-catching events throughout the 2023 season . When it comes to promotional partners and big money bracket races , there ’ s only one MILLION .”
Aside from competing for numerous profitable payouts , drivers and their families can make the most of their week at The Million Dollar Drag Race by enjoying a multitude of local places of interest . World Wide Technology Raceway boasts views of The Gateway Arch and is mere minutes from all the action in downtown St . Louis . Nearby attractions include the NASCAR track , Gateway Kartplex , casinos , worldclass
restaurants , Kemp Auto Museum , Gateway National Golf Course , Anheuser-Busch brewery , Six Flags amusement park , and more ! For those drivers with a racecar waiting for them at the track , the Lambert- St . Louis International Airport is only 25 minutes away .
Mark your calendars now for the 28th Annual Mickey Thompson Million Dollar Drag Race at World Wide Technology Raceway on September 12-16 , 2023 . Arrange your schedule and show up early to make the most of your trip to St . Louis or plan to stay late and spend your winnings . Either way , you don ’ t want to miss this !
Additional event details and information will be released soon . Stay up to date on the latest Million Dollar Drag Race news by following their Facebook page , Instagram (@ themilliondollarrace ), or by visiting www . themilliononline . com .
For more information about World Wide Technology Raceway , visit www . wwtraceway . com or follow their Facebook page .
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