Drag radial racing is about to get very interesting with news of a new series being formed at Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma and Texas’ North Star Dragway.
The year 2015 will go down in drag radial racing history with the debut of the Radial Tire Racing Association (RTRA), which will satisfy the need for a professionally run points series in the continuously growing drag radial racing scene. This association will provide racers, fans and manufacturers involved in radial racing the credibility and stability needed moving forward as well as intense championship battles, which will intensify the experience for everyone involved. Formed by Gene Nicodemus and Rodney Whatley of Texas, the RTRA series committee also includes respected radial racers Shane Fisher, Justin Curry, Taylor Lastor, Dwayne Mills and Jason Michalak. Classes being contested in the 2015 RTRA six race season will be Outlaw 315, X275 and Limited 275.
The RTRA series will kick off March 12-14th with the RTRA Texas Radial Round Up at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas, which has become a track well known to radial racers across the Southwest for it’s record setting capabilities. Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park showed no hesitation in getting involved, recognizing the potential of the RTRA, adding the series to it’s always impressive line-up at the annual Throwdown In T-Town events in May and October and Radial Revenge Tour in July. North Star Dragway will host two additional RTRA events, the TurboBullet.com Radial Rebellion in June and the RTRA Championship Finals in late October.
“Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park is thrilled to be hosting three RTRA series events this year. The drag radial scene is booming across the nation and and we feel the RTRA will be a great addition to our Throwdown In T-Town events in May and October and Radial Revenge Tour event in July. These cars are wicked fast and take precision tuning to put down the performances they do. It’s awesome racing for the fans and having a points series for the competitors will make the competition aspect even more exciting for all the hard working teams. We are excited to give something back to the racers in the form of a Championship series and look forward to what the 2015 season will bring,” says Osage Tulsa Raceway Park track owner Todd Martin.
With the six event points series confirmed for 2015, the RTRA plans to develop a northern division this year and debut the new division in 2016. With a Northern and Southern division, the RTRA series hopes to eliminate the need for teams to travel cross country to experience and compete at this level in a points program. Plans also include a North vs. South Division Showdown to close the 2016 season, additional details will be announced later this year.
“The drag radial racers and fans deserve this,” said North Star Dragway owner Gene Nicodemus. “We are dedicated to bringing the best of the best to the RTRA, giving the fans the best possible side by side racing experience, giving the quickest cars in the country a fun and professionally managed points series to compete in and keeping the drag radial movement charging forward. There is no denying the intensity of competition at this level and we will showcase the talents of these racers and tuners and bring exciting events for the spectators with the RTRA series.”
Atop the six points races, the RTRA will host a “Shootout” program at the final event of the season in October at North Star Dragway. Drivers in all three classes will earn points based on their final qualifying position at the first five events. The top eight points earners will automatically be entered into an elimination field where they will compete during the qualifying rounds of the final event for an extra bonus purse.
With the series set to kick off in just one month, anticipation is rapidly growing for the debut of the RTRA. The RTRA would like to thank Nitrous Outlet, Evolution Custom Auto, Quality Air Inc. and Salvato Designs for their support of the inaugural season. Mark those calendars and get those hot rods ready for the Radial Tire Racing Association. Membership information, rules and additional details can be round online at www.rtraracing.com.
2015 RTRA SCHEDULE:
TEXAS RADIAL ROUND UP – March 12-14th – North Star Dragway – Denton, TX
THROWDOWN IN T-TOWN – May 14-16th – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, OK
TURBOBULLET.COM RADIAL REBELLION – June 25-27th – North Star Dragway – Denton, TX
RADIAL REVENGE TOUR – July 24-25 – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, OK
THROWDOWN IN T-TOWN – October 8-10 – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, OK
RTRA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – October 22-24 – North Star Dragway – Denton, TX