WDRA Affiliation Includes Participation in $250,000 Sportsman World Championships
MARTIN, Mich. – US 131 Motorsports Park, “Michigan’s Fastest Track,” begins the 2023 season with a renewed commitment to sportsman drag racers, especially bracket racers, that includes aligning itself with the newly-founded World Drag Racing Alliance (WDRA).
After operating the last 60 years under the sanction of the NHRA and more recently the IHRA, the affiliation with the WDRA marks a new era in the track’s history according to VP of Operations Jason Peterson.
“The WDRA was created to benefit bracket racers, to give them the acknowledgement and respect they deserve and to support the tracks that understand the contribution they make and that provides them with a safe racing environment, week-after-week,” Peterson said. “That fits with our philosophy at US 131.”
One of the first steps taken by founder Don Scott, former owner of Central Illinois Dragstrip in Havana, IL, was the establishment of a four-person Track Advisory Council that will include Peterson, Royce Miller of Maryland International Raceway (Budds Creek, MD), Carl Blanton of Mo-Kan Dragway (Asbury, MO) and Jeff Miles of Darlington, SC, Dragway.
A cornerstone of the WDRA’s first operational year will be the $250,000 Sportsman Drag Racing World Championships this October. US 131 will be among the tracks contesting track championships during the course of the season that ultimately will determine its representatives.
Although it stages major spectator events each season including the US 131 Northern Nationals and the Honor Credit Union Funny Car Nationals, US 131 also is one of the bastions of bracket racing in the Great Lakes area.
In addition to its highly successful Lane Automotive Bracket Series, which makes its 2023 debut the weekend of May 6-7, the track also hosts special bracket racing events like the SFG $1 Million Championship, the NMRA/NMCA Power Festival, Bottom Bulb Bash, Imports versus Domestics, Street Car Takeover and JJ’s Arm Drop.