Brad Worley
June 1, 2009
Photos By: Keith Keplinger, Courtesy Of Al Rogers

An autocross course will be set up on the track's infield during this event as well. The autocross course is set up and run by experienced personnel, ensuring safety and fun. Auto-crossing offers drivers the opportunity to test their driving skills on a flat, coned course. It will provide a low-speed chance to push your car's handling capability while testing the driver's skill behind the wheel. Both the fun-runs and autocross provide an excellent opportunity for participants to get a feel for open-track, road course-style events.

The night ends with the annual Mustang Week Burnout Contest! Participants line up one at a time on the racetrack to light them up for the crowd.

One fee allows you to take part in the autocross, fun-runs, and the burnout contest. Be sure to watch the Mustang Week website (www.mustangweek.com) for details on this event.

Mustang Week: Day 3
Drag Racing

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Thursday we make the trek back to Darlington Dragway (http://darlingtondragway.com) for the annual Mustang Week Drag Night! The Dragway is an IHRA-sanctioned track and is located just west of Darlington, South Carolina, at 2056 East Bobo Newsome Highway in Hartsville, S.C., 29550. Gates will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. There is as $10 fee at the gate for spectators and a $15 fee for those who wish to take part in the event.

The Drag Night event is run in the test 'n' tune format, meaning participants can feel free to take as many runs as time will allow. This gives the driver the opportunity to try out their car and their skill on the quarter-mile for fun.

In 2008, we added the Mustang Week Dragnight Shootout and it was a great success. Participation is optional for the Shootout, and it will take place in between test `n' tune runs. There will be an additional $10 fee to participate in the Shootout.

The '09 Shootout classes are Street Car (naturally aspirated), Street Car (power-adder), Weekend Warrior, and All-Out. The Street Car classes are intended for those cars that can be daily driven, have valid/current registration and tags, run on DOT-approved tires that can be driven on the highway, use pump gas, and have proof of current insurance. This class includes a 30-minute cruise around the countryside prior to the first round of racing. The Weekend Warrior class is intended for those cars that can be driven on the highway, but are typically trailered to events and may or may not have valid registration and tags. The Weekend Warrior class may run pump gas or race fuel. The All-Out class is intended for individual and shop-owned cars that typically compete in a class such as an Outlaw class or something similar.

All cars and drivers are expected to use the safety gear required by Darlington International Dragway (www.darlingtondragway.com). The Shootout should provide the spectators with some really close heads-up racing excitement! Several Mustang Week sponsors and vendors, including Pro-Dyno [call (704) 651-3807 to schedule dyno time] will be set up at the Drag Night, as well.

Of course, getting to Dragnight is half the fun! A few participants and spectators choose to drive straight to the venue, and some will come straight to the dragway on their way to Mustang Week. Most will gather just before noon at the Hooters located at Myrtle Beach Mall near the intersection of U.S. 17 and S.C. 22. Soon after lunch we will kick off an informal hour-and-a-half cruise to Darlington Dragway. To most, the cruise to Darlington has become a yearly tradition! The Mustang Week Staff will hand out directions to the Dragway and answer any questions you may have. As folks head out for Darlington, people follow along in small and large groups on their way to Darlington. There are no official lead cars, so if you haven't made the trip before, find someone before the cruise takes off and follow behind.