“If you want to make a million dollars racing start with two.” – Ken Shrader
For many years the ground that Bonne Terre Dragstrip sits on was a place to pump tailings and water from the mines. Eventually it was turned into a 300 foot sand drag strip. After a lengthy time of sand drags the track changed hands many times then finally closed down.
Then it was given a new life when Jarrod Keen purchased the property and made several improvements to the property. One of the improvements ended the chance of ever having sand drag races there again. An eighth mile track was built and a drag strip was born. That was in 2014 and it is still going strong.
“I’ve been upside down, backwards, and on fire, faster than most people will ever think of going in their life.” – “Big Daddy” Don Garlits
Bonne Terre Dragstrip is located at 7640 Blackberry Lane, Bonne Terre, MO. Presently racing is on Sunday and gates open at 10 a.m. Friday nights is “Test and Tune” and starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate. Kids 12 and under admission is free when with an adult. I have been there a couple of times and it is well run and a great place to take the whole family. They do have a cook shack and the food has been good and priced right. Make sure to check them out this summer.
The world of drag racing is very exciting and if you have never been to a drag race, by all means put it on your bucket list. Hint: You may want to take some ear plugs with you.
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