Rumors have been swirling about the future of Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip, and in all honesty, it doesn’t look too promising. For the past 17 years, Steve Longley has leased the track, and he’s been in control of operations, but this is his final year at the helm. According to the rumors, the Optimist Club is taking over operations, and plans to only run bracket races on Saturdays. No heads up races and no test and tune nights. This is not a good sign. My dad said he remembers when the Optimist Club tried to operate the track in the ’80s and it nearly went under. This time, the track isn’t carrying nearly as much momentum as it had in the ’80s, so a change in management might just cripple it to the point of closing the doors. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Either way, with the worry of being the last Tuesday Night Street Drags event, it was evident that I needed to partake in the event. Along with this, my wife decided she wanted to drive her Camaro down to her previous workplace, because she had promised some of her friends she’d show it to them before wintertime. As she left one building, and headed to the other, which is just a few miles down the road, the starter acted up again, which leads me to believe I have a faulty brand new solenoid, or a problem in the wiring. Whatever it is…it’s annoying.
After all that, she came down to Coker and hung out for a bit, and then we headed to the track. For a Tuesday, they had a strong turnout of cars, but problems with the track, and timing equipment made for a few dead spots along the way. I took some pictures of the track as the sun was almost completely gone, and it made for some cool-looking shots. Then, when it was time for the cars to run, I snapped a few more shots and we headed back to Dayton. I drove the Camaro, while she drove my S-10…thanks to a hung-open cowl vent, my right foot and leg were frozen by the time I got home, so I need to figure out a way to fix that. Enjoy the pictures, and remember that Draggin’ for Toys is coming up November 19th at Brainerd.