ON YOUR MARKS: Competitors line up to race at Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association’s meeting at Casino Airport.
ON YOUR MARKS: Competitors line up to race at Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association’s meeting at Casino Airport. Rodney Stevens

Drags back and better than ever

THE Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association is going from strength to strength despite an early finish at its last event due to three "lunched" engines.

After former promoter Roger Wood pulled the pin for family reasons, committee member Stephen Williams said the organisation's second race meeting was a success.

"Now it's owned by the racers, we have got a group enthusiastic people who love their racing, are racing and want to make their racing better," he said.

The NRDRA have teamed up with drag racing's governing body, the Australian National Drag Racing Association, to help promote and grow the sport.

"We're still not above Roger's peak entry numbers but they will come back very soon," Mr Williams said.

"We had increased from our first meeting because I think some people came to watch to see how it would go."

After three "lunched" engines dropped oil on the strip, Mr Williams said the NRDRA had a contingency plan for next meeting.

"Next time we have oil downs we are going to bring a truck with a broom attached so maintenance will be faster if anyone lunches their engine," he said.

Mr Williams said to streamline scrutineering, the NRDRA planned to educate competitors.

"We are writing up a pretty tight criteria for scrutineering and we hope to educate the racers to maintain their vehicles better," he said. "We'll have a checklist for the racers so they can go over their cars before we scrutineer them."

The aim is to get more runs in during a meeting for each competitor.

"We're cracking down on burnouts because if a guy takes an extra 10 seconds on every burnout that's an extra 10 seconds on every run," he said. "When you add up the number of runs over the day that makes a huge difference."

The NRDRA is currently looking at changing the racing format and classifications of cars to achieve more equal racing.

Other planned improvements include more food stalls, face painting and a jumping castle for the kids.