Rev up your engines and catch a thrilling drag race this month at KDS Motorsports in Kinston. This legendary track features monthly races and other track activities that everyone can enjoy. Read on for info on upcoming events, track rules, and more!
About The Track
The Kinston Drag Strip was originally opened in 1960 as a simple, quarter-mile drag strip (it was reduced to a ⅛ mile strip in the early 90s). It was purchased by current owner, Bobby Smith, in 1977. Over the years, KDS grew in popularity and was officially sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association in the mid-80s. The track held it’s very first points meet in 1991 and has featured some of the biggest names in professional racing – such as Richard Petty, Don Nicholson, and Ronnie Sox. There have also been numerous world records set at KDS – though not all of them during a race. In August of 1977, “Wreckless” Rex Whitehurst set a record when he jumped 137 feet over 23 cars on a motorcycle.
Today, the strip generally holds two to four drag races every month between March and October, with the KDS Tobacco Field Nationals taking place in November.
Upcoming Races & Info
KDS features points races in four different categories, all with different payouts and awards:
For the month of April, KDS has one more race scheduled: the 252 RYWO #2 race, which will take place on April 19th. There are three races lined up for the month of May:
- 5/2/19 – List Race #2
- 5/4/19 – 252 Heads Up Shootout #1 and KDS Renegade Race Fuels/Summit Super Series Race #3
- 5/16/19 – 252 RYWO #3
You can see all of all the upcoming races by checking out the KDS schedule for this season. If you’re interested in taking part in an event, call (252) 522-955. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with the track rules before going.
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