Barona Drag Strip gearing up for Match Race Madness

Elizabeth Pulido

Special to the Valley News

The one and only local drag racing event that is worthy of the title Match Race Madness, is returning to its location at the Barona Drag Strip Nov. 26. Drag racing competitors and spectators alike are anticipating another round of madness for which there is no cure. This fun-filled, family-oriented event is a time for the young and the mature alike to get out into the fresh, fume-filled air, and enjoy the sounds that only nature mixed with pure horsepower can provide. Fans are encouraged to visit with their favorite racers, to learn more about their machines and asking questions, or even to lend a helping hand.

Match racing is not a new sport, having been around since the 1960s. In an effort to bring true, heads up drag racing to the forefront of a bracket dominated sport, Steve Sherman, a no-nonsense racer himself, organized a Ford versus Chevy match race which led to a San Diego versus Los Angeles all-out 800 spectator event. Thus, the idea of 20 plus pairs of racers as opposed to one pair came to be, and Match Race Madness was born. What started out three years ago as a match race, is now a spectacular event.

Holding true to its grass roots, heads up drag racing tradition, the racer with the best two out of three races wins. Featured at this event will be AFX cars, imports and motorcycles. Every ticket is a pit pass, so fans can meet their favorite driver and see up close every car or bike that will be racing down the track. Camping is free at this family-oriented event.

To learn more, please contact Steve Sherman, Match Race Madness coordinator, at (951) 551-5118.

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