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NHRA back at US 19 Dragway

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The US 19 Dragway in Dougherty County will once again host National Hot Rod Association events, and that could give the area's economy a big boost.

Beginning this year, five NHRA points races will come to the dragway.

General Manager Tim Pafford says they'll not only attract local competitors but will also draw people from out of state.

He says as many 1,500 people will attend the races and pump money into the local economy.

"A lot of racers will be from out of town. They'll spend money within the Albany market. They will buy motel rooms, food, fuel, shopping. It will be an economic boost to the community. One of the things that's going to happen, in the past 2 years we just had drag racing in Albany. Now, being in the NHRA, we'll represent Albany when go to the Gator Nationals and to Pomona for the world title," said Pafford. 

The dragway books events 52-weeks out of the year and attracts about 150,000 spectators a year.

The NHRA Division 2 series will run in Albany and 14 other tracks in the U.S. And Canada.

The first points race is scheduled for February 26th.

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