Drag Racing returns to Greenfield
It’s time to buckle up for the Nova Scotia Drag Racers Association (NSDRA) return to the Greenfield Dragway.
The association, in its 18th season, plans to compete in five races this year at its race track on Airport Road in Greenfield, Queens County. The opening weekend races scheduled for May 29 and 30 have been postponed later in the year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The opening weekend is now set for July 3 and 4.
Last year’s races had to be called off due to the pandemic, but this year NSDRA Vice President Jack Johnson said several plans were in place to move forward. Whether it’s having to work at reduced capacity, without fans, or with some fans, they’ll be ready to deliver a full slate.
“It was definitely a tough decision to undo last year, but with so many unknowns we really didn’t know how to approach a restricted racing weekend,” he said.
“We know a lot more this year and are more informed about the pandemic. They ran three weekends of racing in Cape Breton at the end of last season, and we ditched their format. They have been a great help to us.
Other scheduled race weekends are August 7-8, August 28-29, and September 25-26.
In addition to the regular points races, the association will host members of the Atlantic Drag Racing Association for two weekends and Atlantic Canada Stock and Super Stock racers for two weekends. The Bracket Bash weekend will feature the Atlantic Pro shaft featuring the best dragsters in Atlantic Canada.
Johnson said drag racers were hoping to build a great 2019, when they saw record crowds and a huge amount of competition. He said that over five events they averaged 167 cars per event.
Competitors for the race weekends come from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and occasionally Newfoundland.
Over the years, Johnson has experienced gradual growth in the sport, largely thanks to the Junior Drag Program, in which his son has been involved for several years.
“It’s a class for children aged 5 to 17. There have been quite a few who have taken the program and moved into large cars, ”he explained, adding that it is the younger ones who will keep the program going. “Right now there is a select group of them who are going to age this summer, and I believe three-quarters of them are planning to progress.”
Johnson suggested the program has been a substantial success in the years since the South Shore Regional Airport in Greenfield, thanks to spectators, sponsors, volunteers and the Queens Municipality area.
“We have had tremendous support from Queens County and the Greenfield area. The municipality has been great to work with them and they support us 100%, ”he said. “They are great to deal with and the majority of the companies in Greenfield are sponsors too, or they find their own way to support the track.”