You’ve seen them at ECD for their season finale last fall and you DONT want to miss them for their 2021 Southeast Gassers championship series season opener next weekend, March 19th and 20th!
These are H-pattern gear jamming, 10k rpm launching, era and class specific REAL gassers! Racing heads up for championship series points. Amidst the misery that 2020 brought their stop at ECD was a huge success and we’re expecting an even bigger turn out of both racers and spectators for this one!
Friday March 19th is a test & tune / shakedown session, track hot 5-10pm, track surface open to SEGA cars only but gates are open to everyone.
Saturday March 20th is RACE DAY, qualifying getting under way by 1pm with eliminations to follow shortly after.
$15 for Friday, $20 on Saturday or $30 for a weekend pass, as always kids 12 & under are free!
Got questions? Let us know! Email us or give us a call/text at 8506033991
Join us Friday March 5th and Saturday March 6th for DIESELS ON THE BEACH presented by Epling Garage & True Street Diesel at Emerald Coast Dragway. A weekend full of fun, shakedown passes and racing on Saturday as our friends from all around the country join us for the sunshine and premium racing surface to kick off their 2021 racing season!
There is a private test session happening Friday from 10AM to 4PM, open to anyone on a pro tire (not just diesels or trucks!). Both lanes will be radial prepped, if you want to join us on a radial let us know in advance and WE CAN ACCOMODATE! Cost is $150/car and not open to public/spectators.
Friday gates open to the public at 430PM for Friday afternoon/evening festivities including Gas VS Diesel shootout and open testing for ANYONE/ANYTHING, Friday night T&T tech card is $20, those who private tested with us earlier in the day are welcome to stay and play.
Saturday race day gates open at 9am, Q1 for all categories are at 1PM with opening ceremonies and E1 NLT 4pm!
$20/day or $35 weekend pass, kids 12 & under free as always!
BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!!! Yes – we’re also running a Sunday Funday this weekend, normal pricing & normal timing with gates open at 12PM and track hot 1-6PM, $15 at the gate and $10 for a Sunday Funday tech card. This will be our 2nd to last one of the year before we seasonally switch over to Friday Frenzies so dont miss out on this gorgeous weather!
Not at all the news we wanted to be sharing with our fans/drivers especially considering this race last year was a big hit but mother nature has backed us into a lose/lose situation with all the recent rains and forecasted temps this Friday & Saturday. We’ve decided to take the safer bet and race another day while still trying to hold onto the already scheduled private testing event happening this upcoming Sunday with Jimmy Bradshaw flying into prep the racing surface for us.
Standing outside this upcoming Saturday afternoon you’ll probably look up at the sky, see nothing but abundant sunshine, feel the cool breeze and think “we could have been racing today” and I 100% agree but there’s much more to it than that so lets go over what went into our decision;
- Excess rains and cool temps are not allowing us to scrape/clean the track on wednesday/thursday like we need to be doing.
- Friday is supposed to be testing/qualifying but Friday AM will be when we start scraping the track and hopefully can begin dragging in a surface by Friday evening (one-two days behind schedule).
- Friday night is forecasted to be a low of 26*F, with the coolest temps being just before sunrise, we wont have air temperature (or ground temperature) to work with until at least noon. Cold glue on a cold wet track does not work well.
- Sunset is at 530, which means sun behind the trees at 445pm for us, possibly a little earlier on the left lane, temps are forecasted to drop quickly after sunset to a low of 34*F.
- Excess moisture from 2+ weeks of constant rain and cool temps leave us to assume we’ll hit dew point at Sunset or shortly thereafter so if the above mentioned cool temps dont kill the surface for us, the dew will.
- Why not race Sunday? We already had a private test session scheduled and our friends at Atmore have a Sunday 28/275 race planned that was postponed from last weekend due to unfavorable conditions.
Long story short, assuming we could pull off a miracle and have a favorable racing surface ready by Saturday late morning somehow, there’s no way we can get a 2 day format race of this magnitude in before the surface is guaranteed to go away at sunset. In lieu of setting us all up for failure, lets race another day shall we? We at ECD look forward to running the SOCO275 series with two more dates this year, May 29th and October 2nd.
Two days of sunshine after all the rains as well as warmer forecasted temperatures have Sunday looking GOOD, at least for a 12PM-6PM (or later if conditions allow) private testing session with Jimmy Bradshaw from Sticky Mafia Track Services. The track will be on KILL after the two days of surface prep in advance it needed. Perfect session for those racing at Lights Out 12, giving you plenty of time to identify & rectify issues before Wednesday night Q1 session for all heads up classes. We have 6-8 cars locked in already and Jimmy has his tickets booked. Price is $250/car and MUST be on a pro-tire. We planned on a possible Monday testing session as well but it looks like the forecast has killed the chances of that one so… Sunday it is, get it in while you can! Contact ECD or Ryan Milliken direct to RSVP for private testing. THANK YOU!
Emerald Coast Dragway would like to welcome and introduce Zero In Racing as our new left lane sponsor for the 2021 racing season! Zero in Racing as well as its sister company All American Tuning & Fab are a locally owned and operated business in the performance automotive industry. They offer wheels/tires, a wide variety of fuel and nitrous and of course the tools and expertise to help you get it all going on race day.
As you may have noticed, our left lane sponsor board fell victim to Hurricane Sally (see pic below), requiring almost an entire rebuild of the back-lit sign board as it was punctured by the fence and damaged, thankfully a local business owner Mark Odom with Zero In Racing and All American Tuning & Fab reached out to us and said he wanted his name up on that board. Done deal! Look for Mark and his crew to be out at ECD as a vendor at some of our larger races and likely in the staging lanes on test & tune!
Zero In Racing / All-American Tuning & Fab
777 Hutchinson Road, Chipley FL 32428