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George Ray's Dragstrip

Built in 1961, George Ray’s Dragstrip represents a rare and intact example of an early purpose-built dragstrip. In Arkansas and surrounding states during the early years of drag racing in the 1950s and 1960s, many drag racing meets were held at airports or airfields in the region. However, by the late 1950s and especially the 1960s, tracks began to be built specifically for drag racing. Over the years, however, most of the dragstrips in the region have been abandoned and have deteriorated, have been upgraded and modified, or they have been demolished. George Ray’s Dragstrip, on the other hand, remains virtually unaltered from the time of its construction in 1961, even though it is still actively used on a weekly basis. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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485 State Highway 135, south of US 412, Paragould, Arkansas