Mo-Kan Dragway Joins IHRA
NORWALK, Ohio (November 26, 2013) – IHRA is excited to announce the addition of Mo-Kan Dragway to the IHRA Member Track family.
Located in Asbury, Mo., on the Missouri-Kansas border, Mo-Kan Dragway has been open for more than 50 years, spending most of that time as an outlaw track before joining the IHRA family earlier this month. The track is currently under the leadership of owner and operator Carl Blanton.
“We are honored to be selected to join the IHRA family and look forward to being part of the Summit SuperSeries and all of the great programs the IHRA has to offer,” Blanton said. “Being part of the IHRA gives us the status we need to keep moving forward with improvements and upgrades to our facility while adding new value to the ‘Mo-Kan experience’ for all of our racers and fans.”
Mo-Kan Dragway opened for business in July of 1962 under the guidance of Jim Wilbert, Bob McVickers and Ron Wilbert. Since then the track has hosted some of the biggest names in drag racing history in addition to putting together a tremendous racing program for its local racers. Mo-Kan Dragway was one of the first tracks to host major events during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, both of which are still going strong 45 years later.
In the spring of 1999 Blanton took over the operation, buying the track from the Wilbert family. Over the past 10 years Mo-Kan has undergone a number of enhancements under Blanton including a complete resurfacing of the track, the installation of an advanced Accutime timing system and the construction of a new timing tower with offices and a VIP suite. Other enhancements are ongoing including additional spectator seating and additional lighting.
An accomplished racer and drag racing fan himself, Blanton has an extensive background that includes several major victories and other endeavors including brief ownership of Ozark Raceway and operator of the regional bracket series the Central Drag Racing Ass’n.