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Beech Bend Raceway at Bowling Green, circa 1960s. Photographer unknown

Bowling Green

  • Beech Bend Raceway, 1957
I was at Bowling Green in August 1957. They were running 1/4 mile on dirt, slight downhill and narrow, about 80 cars. There was a rail with a Ranger aircraft engine, six cylinders. The  top time and top eliminator was a '56 Chevy, just bought in So Cal.  90 mph. I was at Fort Knox, was wearing a 140 mph club jacket
and no one there would beleve a car could run 140+ in 1/4mile.
Don Jensen
  • Beech Bend Raceway, 1966
I ran at Bowling Green with my '48 Anglia.
Joe "Muggs" Tichenor
Muggs Tichinor's 1948 Anglia AA/GS at Beech Bend in 1966. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor
  • Beech Bend Raceway, 2001-14
I raced at Beech Bend Raceway in 2001 thru 2014.  Very nice facility. Prior to my racing, I worked as tech and staging lanes at Beech Bend Raceway.
Francis Libs


  • Campbellsville Dragway, 1959-70
I raced 6 or more cars at Campbellsville Dragstrip from 1959 to 1970.  I raced a 1953 Studabaker C Gas in 1964. I won many races. I got protested many times. Tear down was $75. I built a '48 Anglia. I ran it in C Gas for one year. In 1966 the Anglia was AA Gas Supercharged. I raced this car until 1970.
Muggs Tichenor
Newspaper photo of Joe Tichenor's 1948 Anglia AA/GS at Campbellsville Dragway, winning top eliminator on August 4, 1968. His car, called "Muggs' Rat Charger," was powered by a 427 cu. in. Chevy. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor
Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor

Cedar Creek

  • Cedar Creek Drag Strip, 1970-71
I raced at Cedar Creek Drag Strip in 1970 and 1971 with a 1969 red Volkswagen Beetle, V Stock Class. That's how I got the racing bug. My son is now racing one of the cars that I built in the '70's at various tracks around the Kentuckiana area. I have many great memories of racing at Cedar Creek Drag Strip.
John Pence
John Pence with his trophy-winning V/S Volkswagen, Cedar Creek Drag Strip. Courtesy of John Pence
Trophy won by John Pence at Bullit Dragway, although not the one pictured with his VW (above). Courtesy of John Pence

Clay City

  • Mountain Park Dragway, 1965-70
I sold my 1953 Studebaker C/G at the end of the 1964 season and built a '55 Chevy C Gasser. I would race Friday night and Saturday night at Clay City, then go to Somerset on Sunday. I sold  the '55 at the end of the 1965 season . I built a '48 Anglia. I ran C Gas for one year in 1966. In 1967 the Anglia was AA Gas Supercharged. I raced this car until 1970.  Won many races. I sold the Anglia and drove John Carter's '33 Willys for six months. I quit drag racing mainly over rule changes, new electronics in 1970.  Then I built a supercharged pulling tractor.  Tractor pulling was getting started for hot rod tractors . I built the tractor  in  1970.  I was one of the first with a 500 cu. in. blown engine. I won the Louisville farm machinery show pull three times.
Muggs Tichenor
Joe "Muggs" Tichenor's supercharged pulling tractor, competing in the 7,000 and 9,000-pound classes in Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor
Muggs Tichenor driving John Carter's 1933 Willys. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor
  • Mountain Park Dragway, 1960s-82
I ran at Clay City in the 60's, driving up from Ashland at least once per month. I moved to Lexington in '71 and used to run my '69 Dart Swinger 340. In 1979 I acquired a '68 Dart GTS, already built but with modified original 383. The car was later converted to a 440 but only ran there a couple of times prior to shutting down track. I ran here several times, mostly in a Mopar of sorts. The last time was 1982 in my '68 Dart GTS. I.damaged the car, hauled it home, and promptly sold it. I never went drag racing again after that.
Phil Osborne


  • Manchester Dragway, late1960s-early 1970s
My dad and uncles raced at Manchester when I was small. I remember riding there in my Uncle Bob's '69 SS 375 HP Chevelle, with a 4-speed. The good old days.
Rick King
Ralph King's 1966 GTO Tri-Power, Manchester Dragway, late 1960s or very early 1970s. Courtesy of Rick King
Bobby Schultz's 1966 Caprice 396, Manchester Dragway, late 1960s or very early 1970s. Courtesy of Rick King
Willys gasser, Manchester Dragway, late 1960s or very early 1970s. Courtesy of Rick King
1955 Chevy gasser, Manchester Dragway, late 1960s or very early 1970s. Courtesy of Rick King

Morning View

  • Thorn Hill Drag Strip, 1957-1990s
The history of Thorn Hill is very well known to me as I grew up, lived, and owned a race car shop less than three miles from there! The owner, Ralph Payne, ran Thorn Hill Lakes and the drag strip from some time in the early '50s. There is much history of Mr. Payne that I will not go into, but my family on my mother's side were neighbors of his in Dayton, Kentucky,  in the '30s and '40s.  My first memories were from about 1957 at the drag strip. Then the starter used a flag. Then he went to a traffic light, and later to a clock as a starter! The clock had a dial and hand that turned to 0 to start the run. I raced there the first time in 1963 when I was in high school. Then after the service, I built and raced a 1948 Anglia with a small-block Chev in D/A and later in a 1970 Camaro.  Upon Ralph's passing, the track was closed off and on as different people ran the track. I believe it is still running today. I sold my race car shop in 1999 and moved to Florida, but still have friends that race there.
Stan Budke

West Point

  • Ohio Valley Raceway, 1976-78
I raced a 750 green Honda nicknamed "The Frog." I won a lot of races. I got protested a few times and pulled the head on the spot . Took the money and trophy, strapped on the back and went home. I held the D stock record for awhile. I was there from 1976 to '78. I also raced in ET bracket at Harrison County, Indiana. I raced on Saturdays at night in Kentucky and Sunday in Indiana. Because of moving and not being as responsible as I should have, I don't even have one trophy. And that's a shame because I wasn't a team sport's kind of guy, but I was very good on my Honda. Here's a funny story from my late foster father--I was one of the youngest and drove to the track, winning almost every time. I really liked everyone of those guys, but to my naïve youth some of them didn't like me? I had bought a totaled bike and rebuilt it to a stock bike for about $650 and it looked new! They had thousands in theirs plus most weren't street legal, so their only goal was to win. I was just having fun.
Robert Miller
  • Ohio Valley Raceway, 1968
I raced my AA/GS Anglia here.
Muggs Tichenor
Joe "Muggs" Tichenor's AA/GS Anglia at Ohio Valley in 1968. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor
Joe "Muggs" Tichenor's AA/GS Anglia racing Honest John Carter at Ohio Valley. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor
Muggs Tichenor racing John Carter at Ohio Valley. Courtesy of Muggs Tichenor