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Menaul Truck Cutoff Road/Eubank Boulevard (Albuquerque) (1952)
Artesia Municipal Airport (1954)
Hobbs Air Base/Charioteers Dragway/Sandyland Raceway Park (1955)
Clovis Air Force Base (1956)
Gallup Municipal Airport (1956)
Las Cruces "Drag Strip" (1956)
Farmington "Drag Strip" (1957)
Fort Sumner Municipal Airport (1957)
Walker Air Force Base (Roswell) (1957)
White Sands Proving Ground (1957)
Raton "Drag Strip" (1962)
Cavern City Dragway (Carlsbad) (1963)
Albuquerque Dragway (1964)
Deming Dragway (1966)
Thomas Dragway/Farmington Dragway (1967)
Porter and Sims Drag-A-Way (Las Cruces) (1969)
Roswell Dragway (1969)
Portales "Drag Strip" (1971)
Curry County Fairgrounds (Clovis) (1973)
N.M.S.U. Drag Strip (Las Cruces) (1973)
Holloman Air Force Base (1975)
Carrizozo Municipal Airport (1995)
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Charlie Hall driving Arfons' old "Green Monster No.5" at Hobbs, New Mexico, 1960.  Photographer unknown

Albuquerque Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1964-present

This drag strip was a long time in the works. The New Mexico Timing Association tried long and hard to get a drag strip in Albuquerque. For years drag races had been held, with official approval, on city streets. But that really wasn't satisfactory, and racers pleaded with city officials to help them in their quest for a drag strip. Finally in mid-May 1961, the Albuquerque city commission agreed to sub-lease 51 acres of state-owned land to the Timing Association for a drag strip. It was located south of Kirtland Air Force Base near the city police academy on Los Picaros Road off Broadway. Two years later, nothing had happened except the land offer had been reduced to forty acres, which the Timing Association leased for $1 per year from the city. At that time, plans were to build an asphalt strip 1300 feet long by 60 feet wide, fenced with grandstands and concessions. The Association was financing the construction through the sale of bonds, $18,000 of which had been sold by March 1963. By June, the needed monies had been raised and it was expected that  construction would soon begin..  But in September, the Timing Association still hadn't moved any earth, much less laid asphalt at the not-for-profit track. Listing of it running on the first and third Sundays in the August 1963 issue of Hot Rod were premature. But work was finally completed so that the first race was held on May 3, 1964. Two hundred racers and several thousand people watched that first race. On July 5, 1964, Bob Pavioni took top eliminator in his dragster with a 132.93 MPH clocking. George Brazil made some exhibition runs in his fuel dragster, with a best of 172.74 MPH. Races were conducted semi-monthly. In 1965, newspaper reports and ads referred to it as New Mexico Dragway. On November 6, 1966, Don Garlits engaged in a match race with Ray Maurel, driver of the Fisher-Greth SpeedSport dragster and holder of the track record at 203.6 MPH. The January 1969 issue of Hot Rod called it Mayberry Dragway, operating under NHRA sanction. The track hosted its first NHRA divisional points race in 1972. At an August 1973 WCS points meet, rain and lightning halted the racing when two bolts of lightning hit the tower, knocking out the PA system and clocks. Winners were declared to be those who recorded the quickest times in competition. John Paxson's rocket dragster turned 326 MPH during exhibition  runs. In 1975, race track promoter and manager Dale Schafer sold his interest in the track after nine years of runing the operation. Schafer wrote this website that "the bonds were paid off" in 1974. Ed Martinez and J. C. Harris acquired the lease from the city to run the track then.
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June 21, 1964
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May 23, 1965
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Artesia Municipal Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1954, 1957

The first Pecos Valley drag race was held at Artesia Municipal Airport on September 26, 1954. Trophies were awarded in various classes for quarter, half, and three-quarter mile distances. Several complaints registered because of the drag racing caused officials to decide in mid-October 1954 that there would be no more drag races at the airport. In February 1956, two car clubs tried to resurrect racing at the airport again. The Road Kings from Artesia and the Carlsbad Hot Rod Club requested permission from the Civil Aeronautics Administration for permission to hold drag races at the airport. Research in newspapers found no report, so there request seems to have been denied. The Pacers car club from Artesia reportedly conducted the first drag race at their drag strip on June 23, 1957. Newspapers did not indicate if it was held at the airport, but that was the likely location.
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Carrizozo Municipal Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1995--97

Drag racing began in 1995 on a runway of the airport with the approval of the Carrizozo town council. It was an NHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile track, running every third Sunday from March through November. The Drag Club conducted the races. The first race was held on April 16, 1995. It had been scheduled to open on March 26, but delays caused it to be postponed. They had installed bleachers, fences, guard rails, and a timing tower. The "Mexican Jumping Bean" wheelstander made exhibition runs at the race in August 1995. The season ended early in 1997 because the town council decided not to renew the contract with the Drag Club for 1998.
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March 26, 1995

Cavern City Dragway (Carlsbad)

  • Years of Operation: 1963-68

Located eight miles south of Carlsbad on Old Cavern Highway, the first drag race was held at least as early as June 16, 1963. Newspapers reported that many people received speeding tickets as they were returning from the Sunday race to Carlsbad. Trophies were awarded to class winners. It was running under NHRA sanction at least by 1967 on the third and fifth Sundays, managed by Dennis Mahaffey. It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 published in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .  
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Clovis Air Force Base

  • Years of Operation: 1956

The Sandblasters Car Club obtained approval to conduct quarter-mile drag races on an old inactive runway on the base. It was 8,200 feet long, 150 feet wide, with 3,500 feet of straightaway. The pit area was 150 x 300 feet and the spectator area was 200 x 1500 feet. It was sanctioned by the Automobile Timing Association of America. The first race was conducted on November 11, 1956. Several Clovis car clubs participated including the Sandblasters, Caesars, Lopers, Flamingos, and Red Devils. Several hundred spectators, who paid 25 cents for admission, saw twenty-five cars complete for eleven trophies.  The quickest car was a 12.5 second dragster from Amarillo. Races thereafter were held bi-weekly. It is now called Cannon Air Force Base. It was listed among "inactive strips" in a 1959 NHRA Drag Strip Guide for Division 4, so it may have operated more than in just 1956..
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Curry County Fairgrounds (Clovis)

  • Years of Operation: 1973

The High Plains Auto Club conducted 1/8th-mile drag races on Sunday, April 22, 1973 at the Curry County Fairgrounds. A second race that year was held on May 27 that drew 75 entries from Texas and New Mexico. Richard Simms of Hereford, Texas, took first place in the modified division in his national-record-holding '69 Corvette. He posted a 7.58 time in the 1/8th-mile in his "Rapid Rat." By the time of the race held on Juy 29, the track had been sanctioned by NHRA. Prize money was awarded to winners in the eliminator categories. New lights were installed beginning on the race held on August 26. Research only found racing taking place in 1973.
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April 22, 1973

Deming Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1966-67

Drag races were first held on a runway at Deming Airport on April 17, 1966. Chuck Gireth of Tucson set the track record with a 170 MPH run. The strip was sanctioned by AHRA.  Lyle Fisher was the drag strip manager for what was being called Deming Dragways. 1500 spectators attended the race on May 29, 1966. The Fisher-Greth AA/FD broke the track record with a 180 MPH run in 8.34 seconds. On Sunday, August 7, 1966, jet car exhibition runs and a funny car program were featured. J. D. Zink in the "Untouchable" jet dragster had a best run of 185.06 MPH in 8 seconds. Don Garlits made exhibition runs on October 30, 1966. On December 11, 1966, Evel Knievel performed at the track.
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March 12, 1966

Farmington "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1957-58, 1964-65

The Farmington police gave tacit approval to unsupervised and unsanctioned drag racing on a stretch of old Highway 550, located two miles west of Farmington. The San Juan Basin Timing Association conducted a few of the more-organized races at this location, but mostly the racing was unsupervised. They closed the highway to any further drag racing after two motorcyclists died while racing on May 29, 1957. Those killed were L. E. "Popeye" Hester and Dairl Peterson. All newspaper reports referred to this stretch of old highway as a drag strip. It undoubtedly was used for drag racing even prior to 1957.  In 1958, organized drag races were conducted by the Shaundos and Roadrunners car clubs in cooperation with the State Police. They began racing every Sunday at least as early as July, just north of the new Kirtland highway, about 2.5 miles west of Farmington on Harper Hill. They drew about 35 entries to the weekly meets. They charged $1 per car for spectator admission and 50 cents for a racing car to defray costs of awarding trophies. In 1964, drag races conducted by the Four Corners Timing Association were held on the bluffs south of Farmington.
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Fort Sumner Municipal Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1957, 1980

The Sandblasters car club from Cannon Air Force Base conducted racing on the city-owned airport. It had 4,000 feet of shutdown area past the quarter-mile mark. They had a race on June 2, 1957. Racers from Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico were also scheduled to compete on June 16. Research has found that drag races may have been held at the airport in 1974, but more research is needed. Drag races were held at the airport on Sunday, June 15, 1980, in conjunction with the annual Old Fort Days. 250 people attended the racing.
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Gallup Municipal Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1956

The Prospectors car club conducted the first race at the old gravel airport runway, three miles west of Gallup, on August 26, 1956. They didn't charge admission to that first race. They held their first formal opening race on September 30, 1956.
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Hobbs Air Base/Charioteers Dragway/Sandyland Raceway Park

  • Years of Operation: 1955-56, 1959-present

The Paisanos car club conducted drag races in 1955 on an asphalt runway at Hobbs Air Base, located five miles northwest of Hobbs, New Mexico. There was an NHRA official assisting them at their first race held on May 8, 1955. They awarded trophies to five class winners. They also held a race on June 12. The Paisanos and Lubbock Road Dusters conducted the June 26 race, sanctioned by the NHRA. They charged 50 cents admission for cars and spectators and awarded trophies to class winners. Races continued in 1956 on a once-per-month basis. In 1959-61, the Charioteers Auto Club conducted races on the first Sunday of each month. The strip was sanctioned by NHRA. On April 3, 1960, 1,200 spectators watched 200 racers compete. At the Memorial Day race in 1962, over 600 cars were entered. The Dragmaster Dart was one of the entries. In 1963, newspaper reports of the racing were calling it the Charioteers Drag Strip or Charioteers Dragway. On January 2, 1966, Romeo Palamides "Untouchable" jet dragster turned 225 MPH in an exhibition run. The strip, then called Sandyland Raceway Park, hosted an AHRA Grand American points race on June 22-23, 1968. In 1975 it was called Air Base Raceway. The Air Base was built in 1942 and deeded to the city of Hobbs in 1948. It is called Hobbs Industrial Airpark today. The drag strip functions under NHRA sanction today as Hobbs Motorsports Park.
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August 7, 1966
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Holloman Air Force Base

  • Years of Operation: 1975-94

In May 1975, the Phantom Timing Association was formed with members from the military and civilians. It was undertaken with a goal to better morale and community relations with nearby Alamogordo. Funds were raised through such things as bake sales to launch the quarter-mile drag racing program. The first race was held on the west side of Runway 03 on the base on Sunday, July 13, 1975. They were sanctioned and insured by AHRA and awarded trophies and money to winners. Morris Calkins, a tech director at the El Paso drag strip and owner of a machine shop in Alamogordo, was in charge of the racing. General admission was $1 and 50 cents for Phantom club members, children, and military. Entry fees for racers was $5 for Phantom members and $10 for non-members. An overflow crowd of 1,500 watched the race, more than twice as many as were expected. Russ Hall of Las Cruces was top eliminator among the fifty entries and garnered a $200 prize. Dusty conditions were a problem at the first race, but the runway was cleaned for the second race on August 10. 2,300 spectators brought their lawn chairs to watch 65 competitors. Stan Jaramillo, who had been a timer at Fremont Drag Strip in California, was the race starter. Dennis Hagymasi was the announcer and club officers Bob Ivey and Floyd Stringer coordinated the activities. With the success of these first races, a total purse of $1,100 and trophies was offered for the third race held on September 14. The racing received a lot of support from area businesses that donated money to purchase trophies. In addition to regular meetings, the Timing Association also held picnics. At the race on October 12, Chuck Bella drove his dragster to a strip record 7.52 at over 180 MPH. The success of the racing program continued with monthly events. After a few years, the base decreed that they had to stop charging admission to the races, but could only accept donations. This was a hardship, but the race organizers kept things going. Drag races were held on Taxiway 9 in 1979. In 1980, they began running 1/8th-mile races. The name of the Phantom Timing Association was changed to Holloman Drag Club in 1981. Research didn't find any information about racing after 1994.
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July 22, 1979

Las Cruces "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1956-57

The Shamrockers, a Las Cruces hot rod club, conducted drag races on a stretch of highway outside of town. Reports are conflicting about the direction of this highway.  The race held on June 17, 1956, reportedly the first race conducted by the Shamrockers, was said to be on what they termed was an abandoned highway 25 miles west of Las Cruces.  It was said to be near the Lazy E Ranch. But the club's highway racing ignited a storm of controversy when residents near the area complained about it to police in February 1957. Newspaper reports then located the racing on a stretch of old Highway 70, but east of Las Cruces, not west. That report did not give the distance outside of Las Cruces. At least three races on different Sundays had been held on this latter location.  It was reportedly near Las Cruces, so it appears the Shamrockers may have changed their racing to a place nearer to town from the highway stretch where they first raced in June. They were using a half-mile section of the old Highway 70, no longer in use for cross-country travel, but still a viable public highway which the residents used to get to their homes. The residents said it was not only dangerous for them, but the road itself was not safe for racing. Half of the road was uphill and half was on a curve. More research is needed, as the racers requested city help in procuring a viable racing strip.
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Menaul Truck Cutoff Road/Eubank Boulevard (Albuquerque)

  • Years of Operation: 1952-58, 1961

Drag racing was conducted in several locations in Albuquerque in the 1950s. In May 1952, the Albuquerque Competitive Motor Enthusiasts Club (otherwise known as ACME Auto Club) announced that they would sponsor a drag race.  They received permission from the police to block off a stretch of Menaul Boulevard (also called San Jacinto Boulevard), one mile east of Hoffmantown. They held their first race on May 18, 1952. There were 43 entries viewed by 500 people. Timing was done in the quarter mile by stationing cars equipped with amateur radios at the start and finish. When a car crossed the finish line, it broke a string, sending a signal to the driver of the car at the start to click his stopwatch. Competitors were timed at both standing and flying starts (with an 1/8th mile head start). ACME officially changed its name to the New Mexico Timing Association in July. By August 1952, they decided to hold regular bi-weekly races every other Sunday. In 1952, they ran on the boulevard just east of Wyoming Boulevard and in 1953, they ran on Menaul Boulevard, but just east of Eubank Boulevard. They also built a timing stand and fenced the spectator and pit areas in 1953. In 1954, they started racing on South Eubank Drive across from Speedway Park, a banked dirt track oval. In 1957, they raced every other Sunday from May through October, the location given as Eubank and Central SE. The track record at that time was 105 MPH. The New Mexico Timing Association was composed of nine Albuquerque car clubs at that time. The Timing Association decided to discontinue drag races on Eubank Boulevard in 1958. They didn't feel that the boulevard, being only thirty feet wide, met safety standards promoted by NHRA. They halted drag racing on South Eubank to point out the need for a drag strip in Albuquerque. But when the city wasn't forthcoming, racers began racing again illegally. In late 1961, the Albuquerque Drag Association, headed by Dick Pool, blocked off Eubank and charged racers 50 cents to run, banking the income for a future strip. Read Dick Schafer's recollections of this late 1961 racing in Memories (New Mexico).
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N.M.S.U. Drag Strip (Las Cruces)

  • Years of Operation: 1973

Its location was reported as being behind the Pan American Center next to its parking lot on the New Mexico State University property. Given that imprecise description, it was probably south of the Pan Am Center. In June 1973, the track featured exhibition runs by Bob Perry's Corvette wheelstander at one of its races. Research only found information about racing in 1973.
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1973

Portales "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation:  late 1960s-early 1970s

On September 26, 1971, Edith Rehyer of Friona, Texas, won $48 in the first place drag race jackpot. It was the first time the race had been won by a girl. Bill Bradshaw, who raced there in the 1970s, remembers the strip being located on West Cherry Street. It was a 1/8th-mile track. Read Bill Bradshaw's recollections of racing at Portales in Memories .
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Porter and Sims Drag-A-Way (Las Cruces)

  • Years of Operation: 1969-70

John Sims filed incorporation papers on August 1, 1969, for the Porter-Sims Racing Association. Rex Porter and John Sims obtained permission to use part of an unused runway at the city's East Airport for a drag strip. They paid fifty percent of their net income from the endeavor to the city for its use. The runway strip was east of the National Guard Armory, near the intersection of Solano Drive and Griggs Avenue. Porter and Sims were racing partners who won the Arizona drag championships in 1967 with their "Orange Blossom Special" racer. The grand opening of the Las Cruces track was held on Sunday, November 23, 1969. Eddie "The Flying Farmer" Marcak from El Paso was booked to make runs as the featured car with his '69 Mach I Mustang. Races continued into 1970 with money prizes being awarded to eliminator winners. In the February 1970 issue of Hot Rod, the track was listed as a sanctioned drag strip. The site of the former airport is now just residential and ball fields.
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Grand Opening, ad poster, November 23, 1969. Courtesy of Dale Schafer

Raton "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1962-63

Drag races were held in Raton at least as early as 1962, if not earlier. On September 16, 1962, Tony Blea, from Santa Fe, beat five others entered in the Super Stock class with a time of 14.9 seconds in the quarter mile. It was called the Jaycee Dragstrip in the listing of sanctioned NHRA tracks in 1963 issues of Hot Rod. In mid-April 1963, more than 200 entries were expected to compete in a tri-state regional championship event. Races were also held on September 15 in 1963. Research was unable to uncover the exact location of the races or anything after 1963. Racing may have taken place at the municipal airport, located twelve miles southwest of Raton.
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Roswell Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1969-92, 1994

Drag races were held on a runway of the Roswell Municipal Airport, located adjacent to the northwest side of town. The airport was taken over by the military during World War II, but resumed civilian use after the war. The airport was closed in 1975, but starting in 1959, drag races were held. The track was then called the Roswell Boys Club Dragway. Chuck Rodery was the track director, assisted by Al Corzine. One of the first meets in 1970 was held on Sunday, April 19, under NHRA sanction. Races were conducted by the Boys Club Timing Association and proceeds above expenses went to programs of the Boys Club. The track was called Pecos Valley Raceway in 1983. The track ran under NHRA sanction up until 1991 when it switched to the AHRA. After halting racing in 1993, the race track reopened as a 1/8th-mile track. Previously it ran quarter-mile races. Rick Callaway operated the drag strip at the old airport for ten years until having to stop running there when the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation did not renew a lease in 1995 for additional property which the drag strip had been using. This forced Callaway to look elsewhere. The city council gave him permission to use a runway for drag racing at the old Roswell Industrial Air Center seven miles south of Roswell in 1995, operating today as Area 51 Dragway.
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1975

Santa Fe "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1979

In spring 1978, local drag racers formed a club, the Capitol City Street Rods club, with the aim of trying to curb street racing, particularly on Cerrillos Road. They sought approval to operate a temporary drag strip that summer at the southern end of St. Francis Drive where the road dead-ends. They were also lookiing at several possible sites where they might establish a permanent drag strip. It is not known if the club got permission to hold races that summer, but they definitely did hold races in 1979. One of the first races they held that year was on Sunday, July 22. They raced at a place three miles south of Santa Fe off State Highway 14. They awarded trophies to winners in two brackets. Admission fees were $2 for racers and $1 for spectators. Another race that year was held on August 26. Clayton Smith made some exhibition runs in his econo dragster. Those two races may have been the only races conducted by the club.
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Thomas Dragway/Farmington Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1967-82

Owned by Oscar Thomas, a former mayor of Farmington from 1962-64, built and owned this drag strip. Before he built it, he had AHRA officials look at the site located three miles east of Farmington in March 1967. The track was located on South Side River Road in Bloomfield. It was called Thomas International Dragway when it first opened in about April 1967 and during its first year of operation, but was thereafter called Farmington Dragway. The "international" aspect was a stretch. At the race on Sunday, August 13, 1967, Fred Rector of Durango took Top Stock Eliminator honors. Jack Strong was the quickest in his dragster on October 1, 1967 with an 11.45 ET and 149.98 MPH. The final race of 1967, held on October 15 with several feature cars including the Bob Perry's "Fugitive" wheelstanding pickup and Steve Bovan's Camaro funny car. Bovan clocked the top speed of 175.44 MPH in his '67 Chevy. The drag racing program in 1968 was very modest compared with the opening year. In fact, only a single race may have been held in May and an antique airplane air show. In 1969, the track, now named Farmington Dragway, opened for racing under new management on the first Sunday of each month, April through November. It was sanctioned by NHRA. On Sunday, May 4, 1969, Bob Payne had the fastest clocking in his '23 T A/A with an 11.03 ET at 127 MPH to win competition eliminator. In 1972 the track reverted to using AHRA rules. In 1973, Steve Barron was appointed the track manager and changed back to NHRA sanction. Races were conducted by the Four Corners Timing Association. Research didn't find any information after 1982.
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October 15, 1967
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Walker Air Force Base (Roswell)

  • Years of Operation: 1957-66

The Dusters, a car club based at Walker, conducted the first race on their new macadam 7,000-foot long runway 1/4-mile strip located east of the base on August 11, 1957.  The air base was located three miles south of Roswell. It was built in 1941 as a U. S. Army Air Corps flying school. The base closed in 1967, but the runways are still there as are many of the old base buildings. It is now called Roswell International Air Center and serves various uses. There were paved return lanes for the 71 cars that raced for 23 trophies. They charged 50 cents admission and 50 cents per car entry for the monthly races. The partially completed strip was confusing for pilots unfamiliar with the area so they painted a large white X on either end of the strip so planes wouldn't land there. On November 10, 1957, they scheduled the annual New Mexico-West Texas championship races for Walker Air Base. They did not permit fuel, only gasoline for the race. NHRA-sanctioned races were held on a regular second Sunday once-a-month basis in 1959 and 1960. In 1961, they were held on the third Sunday, March through October. Research was unable to find information about drag racing at WAFB between 1962 and the New Mexico State Championship drag races which were held on September 11, 1966. But since the Dusters club was still a viable organization, it is likely that races were held in those years. It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 published in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .
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September 11, 1966

White Sands Proving Ground

  • Years of Operation: 1957

The Mesilla Valley Timing Association conducted their first race on a runway strip that was 8/10 of a mile long. They were chartered by the Automobile Timing Association of America. They charged no admission and expected clubs from El Paso to attend.  The exact location of the strip is not known, but was likely held at the air base located next to and southeast of the White Sands Proving Ground. More research is needed.
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