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Casper "Drag Strip" (1954)
Cheyenne Dragway (1959)
Big Horn Dragway (Greybull) (1963)
Douglas Motorsports Park (1980s)
Sundance Drag Strip (2000s)
 
Lee Fresquez collecting his trophy at the Cheyenne Timing Association (CTA) Dragway, 1959. Photographer unknown

Big Horn Dragway (Greybull)

  • Years of Operation: 1963-68
  • Status:  5

The first drag race at the South Big Horn County Airport in Greybull was held on Sunday, March 31, 1963. Almost 3,000 people attended the race. With this interest, the Northern Wyoming Timing Association was formed. Allen Collingwood was appointed to be the strip manager.  The next race was held on April 28. As part of the annual Days of '49 celebration, drag races were held at the airport on June 8. The Timing Association obtained NHRA sanction for the  track in time for the next race, held on June 30, 1963. An FAA official was among the more than 2,500 who attended that race. The official left the track, having decided that drag races should not be permitted henceforth. The track was notified that the FAA had withdrawn permission for the race scheduled on July 28.  The official said that the racing interfered with landing planes and caused damage to the runway. A delegation from Greybull went to Denver in mid-July to meet with FAA officials. Thankfully, the FAA agreed to permit racing at the airport. After gaining the blessing of the FAA, the track held its next race on August 4. Skip Kent of Bozeman was the top eliminator with a time of 13.04 in his Ford coupe. Dick Blee of Billings had the day's fastest time with a 12.56 ET in his A dragster. At the final race of the 1963 season on September 29, 1,500 spectators saw Wayne Seymour of Casper win top eliminator.  A program of monthly races was established for the 1964 season. 2,500 people attended the final race of the 1965 season on September 5. Two cars from Denver faced off in a match race.  Jerry Wilson driving the Sprickler-Wilson AA/FD was bested by Ron Leslie in the Kenz-Leslie Special in a best of three race.  However Wilson got the fastest time with a 193.54 MPH at 8.06 ET. By 1968, Red Lindsey was the strip manager.  Research was unable to find any information about this strip after 1968, but Red Lindsey was the track manager that year.
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June 30, 1963
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September 5, 1965

Cheyenne Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1959-early 1970s
  • Status:  Exact location unknown

The Cheyenne Timing Association conducted drag races at least as early as 1959. They held races in 1959 on June 21 and July 24-26.  Sanctioned by NHRA, they held races once a month in 1960 and in 1961 on June 11, July 9, August 5-6, and September 10. The two-day race in August was an NHRA regional race (see Hot Rod Magazine, Jan. 1962, p. 86). In 1962, races were held on May 6, June 3, July 1, and August 12. Al Farrens was the track manager in 1968. An "Old Timer" stated that the old strip was on the east side of Highway 85, just north of the Colorado-Wyoming border.
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August 2000