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Donna McMurray|Daily TimesTrucks will take to the track at the Union County Dragway today as part of the “Trucks Unleashed” racing event.
Donna McMurray|Daily TimesTrucks will take to the track at the Union County Dragway today as part of the “Trucks Unleashed” racing event.
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UNION — The trucks of Union County will be “unleashed” today to race on the Union County Dragway.

Located at 178 Dragway Road (2102 Santuc-Carlisle Highway), Union, the Union County Dragway is operated by Tony Brown and Greg Robertson. Brown and Robertson took over operation of the dragway earlier this year and have since taken steps to boost racer participation and draw more people to events held there.

One of those steps is the semiannual “Trucks Unleashed” drag racing event the dragway held for the first time earlier this year. The dragway will hold its second Trucks Unleashed event of the year today beginning at 1 p.m. and Brown said he expects it to be even more successful than the first one.

“We do it twice a year,” Brown said. “The spring show was our first time and it was a pretty good success. We had a good crowd.

“This is our fall show and truck drag racing is kind of new to this area,” he said. “This gives these guys a place to see what their trucks will do. People had a good time last time and I think this will be even better.”

Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the competition gets under way at 2 p.m. with a “Show & Shine” contest with judging at 3 p.m. Brown said the top 20 winners of the contest will then cruise the track in a triumphal parade.

The parade will be followed by time trials at 4 p.m. Brown said this will be open to any truck whose driver wants to enter it.

“We’ll have the parade of the top 20 trucks from the Show & Shine,” Brown said. “Then we’ll open the lanes to anybody who wants to get down there and race. There’s no additional charge for the time trials, you just pay your $10 at the gate and come down to the track.”

Brown said trucks, jeeps and vans, both diesel and gas, will be allowed to participate. No race cars are allowed.

Following the time trials the truck bracket race will be held at 6 p.m. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and the runner-up $100.

Drivers also have the opportunity to win $100 which will be awarded during the “Smoke Rolling” competition.

“This will be where you sit in your truck and mash the gas and create lots of black smoke,” Brown said.

In addition to the truck races, the event will feature a cornhole tournament at 8 p.m. The single-elimination tournament is open to teams of two who pay a $10 entry fee. The winning team will receive $100.

Brown said that at 7 p.m. there will be a “Shorts & Boots” contest for the ladies. He said the winner, who will receive $100, will be determined by applause from the crowd.

Admission is $10 with children 12 and under admitted for free.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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