Racing enthusiasts throughout the coalfields and beyond are preparing to begin torturing tires and pushing their machines to the limit as the Twin Branch Drag Strip is set to host its opening “cruise in” Saturday April 23 at 1 p.m.
While the drag strip has been laid, the work in planning the construction of the bleachers and concession areas is still underway, so people are encouraged to bring their festival seating or camping chairs along with their racing machines.
Tim Bentley is set to provide entertainment and concessions will be sold.
The drag strip is located about 10 miles south of the Fountain Place Mall in Logan on U.S. 119 South.
Drivers will be able to see a large “C” emblem made of rock at the entrance for the drag strip.
In all, the track is 3/8 of a mile; however, the racing will take place over 1/8 mile with the reaming length left for drivers to have space to safely slow down.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, West Virginia state senator Art Kirkendolll explained the project was made possible through cooperation between state and local governments as well as private industry saying, “We had to bring a lot of people together. You had Consol Energy, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Mingo County Commission, the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, the Logan County Commission, and the Department of Highways…”
Kirkendoll noted the International Hot Rod Association will eventually be over seeing races in the area adding he hoped as many as 10,000 people would make the journey to Twin Branch to see professional racing.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]