King of the Beach 2010 will be the first for new track owners
COLONIAL BEACH, VA – On September 11th and 12th, it will once again be time for one of Northern Virginia's most famous races. No matter how good or bad a race season goes in years past the King of the Beach always packs the pits with plenty of race teams, and packs the stands with local fans cheering for the hometown heroes.
This years King of the Beach will be the first one under the new ownership, and management of Curtis Stewart, Mark Donavan, and Mike Koontz. Curtis, Mark, and Mike took over Colonial Beach Dragway at the beginning of 2010, and immediately went to work on making improvements to the facility. They started off by repairing the broken, and busted bleachers, upgraded the snack bar, put in a new water well and new plumbing, and painted the facility's guardrails and fence. Right before there first scheduled big race of the year they repaved the shutdown area.
"The place looks as though someone cares about it again, but we have a long way to go to have it where we envision," said Curtis Stewart.
Colonial Beach Dragway's new owners hope to be the place that Pro Mods want to race next season. With this intent the track will be steadily upgraded before the start of next year's racing season. They plan to add more paved parking, a new timing system, concrete barricades, and most important more work to improve the race track surface.
"We aren't sure about what exactly we will be doing with the track yet, but know we have to do something to get the cars we want. The guys who work for the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods are local, so we plan to get some input from them as we hope to have one of their races at our facility in 2011," said Mark Donavan.
These gentlemen are new to being track owners, and basically used this first season to get used to the daily operations of a drag race facility.
This year's King of the Beach will pay $3000 to the winner, $1500 to runner up, $800 to the semi's, $400 to the quarters, and $300 to qualify for the heads up, Run What Ya Brung Doorslammers. The guys will get three qualifying attempts Saturday with eliminations on Sunday.
"It's gonna be an exciting weekend for us because King of the Beach is a race with so much history that it consistantly draws alot of people each year with something for everyone with the Run What U Brung class, Quick 8 Bikes, Southern Outlaw Top Sportsman, and several bracket racing classes," said Mike Koontz.
These guys seem to be serious about having a top notch facility, and we ( the EOPM staff) plan to visit regularly throughout the off season to see how the upgrades are going. Don't miss the 2010 King of the Beach under new management on September 11th and 12th.
For more information about Colonial Beach Dragway visit www.cbdragway.com
Story and photo by Karon Woodward