Since opening in 1964, Fort Wayne’s Baer Field Speedway has provided the widest possible variety of high-speed thrills and entertainment. Known primarily for world class oval track racing with its half and three-eighths-mile tracks, the facility has also seen road course racing; drifting; tractor pulls; monster trucks; go-karts; thrill shows; demolition derbies; motocross…and now… short-track DRAG RACING!
Aimed towards street cars, short-track drag racing utilizes all the same rules and formats of full-size drag racing, but will be held on a 300-foot course. Cars will be paired up two-by-two at the head of the front stretch in turn four and will race to the Speedway start/finish line. Cars will continue to face off with the winner advancing and the loser eliminated until a “class” winner is determined. The concept of short-track drag racing is not new to the area, as it was a regular feature of the old Fort Wayne Speedway in the early 1960’s.
“Hot rodding is a part of American culture,” said Speedway promoter Jon Raney. “Anywhere you look around town, you see people with ‘tricked-out’ and ‘hopped-up’ cars. What we’re aiming to do, is give those people a place to take their rides, plus whatever else people want to bring out, and show them off and run them in a closed, safe environment and may the best man win!”
Baer Field Speedway short-track drag racing will make its historic debut on Monday, May 27, with a special “double elimination” show. All competitors will get a “second chance” and must lose twice before their day is ended.
Classes of competition will include: Open Competition, Detroit Iron, Mini-Van, Family Sedan, Front Wheel Drive, Domestic Muscle Car, Import Performance Car, Trucks, Mustang, 4wd, NOS Power, Cycles, and more. A “Burn-Out” contest will follow the racing and each program will be capped off by a “Show and Shine” car show.
Following the debut on Monday, May 27, the drag races will move to their Sunday home and will be run every-other weekend. The dates for the remaining shows will be: June 9 & 23; July 7 & 21; August 4 & 18; and September 1.
Baer Field Speedway will kick of its 50th year of providing racing thrills to Fort Wayne with the “SEASON OPENER” featuring the HOSS Outlaw Winged Sprints and a full five-division program of stock cars on Saturday, May 11.