Thursday, March 12, 2009
By SUE WATSON
There’s a little race track tucked back under the hills just south of Holly Springs that may be lost on the locals, but it is not lost on racing enthusiasts.
The motors can be heard under the hill and the bright lights illuminate the sky over the track, which has been under new ownership for three years.
Nathan and Aileen Davis have remodeled the Holly Springs Motor Sports facility, which includes a one-eighth mile long track and 20 acres of paved parking equipped with RV plugs, according to manager Terry Forsythe. Baths and showers are also available on site.
The drag strip was recently re-polished and ground for this season’s racing.
The International Hot Rod Association will hold a race in Holly Springs on the weekend of June 5-7 this year.
Forsythe, who raced with the IHRA for six years, said he expects 200 cars to race that weekend, which is expected to be one of the biggest events for the year at Holly Springs Motor Sports.
“The motels are already filling up,” he said.
Although the track has been established for 40 years and was used mostly for motorcycle racing in the early years, Forsythe said business is good now that dragsters, Super Pro and motorcycles all compete on the track.
The track is a lot safer than some with concrete guardrails and a 50-foot wide track, he said.
Racing is a sport for the young and the old racers, and the young and the old spectators, too, he said.
To be yet announced is the date for an All-Harley and an All-Mopar race this year. To check the schedule, call 662-252-5600 on weekends or visit www.hollyspringsdragstrip.com.
Seasonal racing begins in March and runs every weekend through November (excepting holidays) with three classes of racing every weekend. Time trials are at 6 p.m. and races begin at 8 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday night, Forsythe said.
The atmosphere is family-oriented and there are always plenty of hotdogs, hamburgers and bologna ready to eat over the charcoal grill.
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