Arm Drop Nation turns out for second event
by STEVE LeMASTER
HAGER HILL - Drag racers didn’t let it rain on their parade over the weekend. The second edition of the Arm Drop Dragss Presented by Pop’s Chevrolet concluded Saturday night at Combs Airport. In two days, over 10,000 attended the Eastern Kentucky drag racing event.
The Arm Drop Drags continues to grow. Thousands of drag racing fans are already looking forward to another local event at the once dormant property.
“We’re on a learning curve,” Arm Drop Drags official Kent Rose commented. “We learned a lot of things this weekend that will help us make it a better event for spectators and drivers.”
The Arm Drop Nation is getting stronger everyday.
“The Arm Drop Nation is everywhere,” Rose said. “It’s amazing to go out now and see all of the people who are wearing Arm Drop T-shirts. They’re proud and we are too. We are Arm Drop Nation.”
Rose estimated that between 3,500-4,500 attended the Arm Drop Drags on Friday. The drag racing veteran said another 6,500-7,500 turned out for the event Saturday.
“Considering the rain, attendance was outstanding,” Rose added. “Now, we’re concentrating on getting the place cleaned up.”
The event was called late Saturday night after heavy fog rolled in at Combs Airport. Drivers were in agreement to call the event for safety reasons.
The latest Arm Drop Drags featured multiple improvements from the inaugural event, including barriers, fencing, lighting and additional parking (700 parking spots).
Rose said he hopes to have between 1,400-1,600 parking spots available for the next event.
The Arm Drop Drags attracted numerous big names from the drag racing world, including Jeff Lutz, Patrick Barnhill and Floyd Countian Willard Kinzer.
What’s next for the Arm Drop Drags?
“We’re in the planning stages for an event July 4,” Rose confided. “Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin and Paintsville Tourism are both excited and want to make it happen.”
Another full-scale edition of the Arm Drop Drags is in the works for September.
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