TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 3) – The Throw Down in T-Town has become one of the most popular drag races in the country because it’s a race put on by racers for racers.
The final Throw Down of 2013 will be held at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park on Oct. 11-12 and will feature some of the top racers in the United States competing in 10 classes. Numerous teams will race at the Throw Down before heading to Houston for the ADRL event the following weekend.
“The Throw Down in T-Town has become one of the largest races in the country,” track co-owner Keith Haney said. “We had 152 race cars last year. It’s a free event for the customer, and we had 38,000 fans in the stands for the weekend in May. It’s just become a huge event.”
The track has a total of $50,000 available for class winners and another $35,000 in contingency money up for grabs. In addition to track sponsors Osage Casino, Lucas Oil, and RacingJunk.com, several companies have joined the track as contingency sponsors.
“They’ve all jumped on board just because how big this event has become,” Haney said. “We’re pretty excited about its magnitude.”
The fastest doorslammers in the world will be racing at the Throw Down, which will feature a no-rules Outlaw 10.5 class, an X275 class, and two Pro Mod classes: Outlaw Pro Mod (with no rules) and Legal Pro Mod. Both Pro Mod categories will feature eight-car fields with $5,000 to win in each class, but should a racer not make either field, he or she can still race in the $2,500-to-win Outlaw Doorslammers class.
“Some of them drive 1,000 miles, but if for some reason they don’t get in the show, they still have a chance to race,” Haney said.
That’s part of the draw the race has for drivers and teams across the country, as Haney and co-owner Todd Martin know how to put on a show.
The event will also feature live music throughout the weekend, prize giveaways for fans, the Tulsa County Heat Wave jet car, and a nitro Harley exhibition.
“It’s an absolute blast,” Haney said. “The fans interact here like no other. The interaction is amazing and totally off the wall. Most drag racers want to race in front of a big audience. Plus, it’s $5,000 to win in each class.”
Racing begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit TulsaRacewayPark.com.