The author of this online tribute to Oswego recalls his first trip to the track, in The author recalls that this was his very first drag race, and thus helped to give birth to his newfound love of cars and drag racing. After 25 years of stable operation, the Oswego Dragstrip was closed after the property was sold to a nursing home. Unlike the times today when everything seems so fast-paced, the Oswego dragstrip existed in a world that was all its own.
Oswego Dragstrip (former)
Oswego Dragstrip Reunion Home
Drag racing certainly had its hotspot in Southern California, but other states had plenty to offer as well. As we move eastward on the map, this chapter focuses on tracks located in the Midwest. While not as centralized as the West Coast drag racing scene, Midwest drag strips were quite popular with local racers and spectators, and offered lots of variety. The mostly flat landscape of the Midwest promoted the building of drag strips, as it required minimal ground work, and after all, that is the most important part of a drag strip, right? Owners soon learned that timing equipment, spectator amenities, and racer conveniences cost the most, but in the early days, Midwest drag strips were hardly more thana strip of pavement on a vacant piece of farmland, so none of those factors came into play. Although simple by nature, Midwestern tracks eventually caught up in terms of creature comforts.
Oswego Dragstrip In Oswego, Illinois Holds Many Drag Racing Memories
Oswego Dragway! Gruppe beitreten. Al Lewis.
Words and photos by Greg Rourke — Progress. I usually hate it. Except for central air conditioning, cable television, and tubeless tires I usually just shake my head at what we call progress. So what, you may ask? Progress is widening Route 34, the road the old track is located on.