MILLINGTON, TN- On October 12-14, Memphis International Raceway in Millington played host to more than $50 million worth of racing equipment.
Drag racers from across the country were shooting for titles in the International Hot Rod Association’s World Championships.
With $200,000 on the line the IHRA’s top stars were in Millington for the event. The drivers came from near and far.
“We have racers from as far away as Alaska,” said Larry Crum, the Media Director for the IHRA, “twenty five states and five Canadian Provinces are represented.”
And there were drivers of all ages.
“We have kids as young as ten,” Crum told abc24.com, “and men as old as seventy racing for a world championship this weekend.”
That included 18 year old Mia Tedesco from Pittsburgh, who won here race in the “super gas” class; as well as her second race in the more familiar “rail class.”
“There’s an index based on the seconds that you run,” Mia told abc24.com, “whoever runs closest to that index- wins.”
Mia’s index was set at 9.90 seconds; so what did run?
“9.91,” said Mia, “just one-thousandth off.” So, she won.
All the drivers seemed to love Memphis International Raceway.
“I love this track,” said Mia, “I love this facility.”
“When MIR rejoined IHRA,” said Crum, “it did not take us long to figure out we were going to hold our biggest race of the year right here.”
Mia Tedesco and other drivers are glad they did.