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EARL BINNS

Cornhusker Dragway circa 1970: This is Earl Binns waiting to run in staging. Earl’s partner at this time was Creston, Ia.  star Niles Cornelison. Their biggest accomplishment was qualifying in the tough 32 car Top Fuel field at the Indy U.S. Nationals!  (Photo by Al Booton)

Other tracks in the central and west Iowa area were Ames Dragway, Humboldt Raceway, Eddyville Dragway, and NEITA, which was renamed Cedar Falls Raceway. That track, just north of Waterloo, was managed for 10 years by popular DRO Columnist, Jok Nicholson!  In 1958, I flat towed my ’58 Pontiac Chieftain to Des Moines and won Stock Eliminator. The next day at Ames, Iowa I could not overcome the lack of traction where the concrete ended (about 400’) and lost to a ’57 Chevy with dual four barrels.

ROLLING THUNDER DRAGWAY

Pacific Junction, Iowa:  Opened in 2003, this ¼ mile facility is indigenous to Council Bluffs, Ia. & Omaha, Neb., in the extreme western part of Iowa.

EDDYVILLE RACEWAY Park

Eddyville, Iowa 2006: This is the famous Eddyville 1/8 mile in action. Jerrid Halvorsen lifts the wheels on his Fred Gibb clone Camaro for the raceway crowd. (Photo by Al Booton)

In 1965, Eddyville opened with a strip of asphalt laid in a corn field. Built by the Rempe family on their farm, the track remained in their possession until 1992.This writer was there on opening day. The track has come a long, long way since then. Their largest hurdle is being far from a major highway.  My last time there was 1976, in a Pro Stock show. My best memory of that event was Tommy Johnson, Jr. riding a three wheel ATV, doing lap after lap against the ‘tree’ at age 8!

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