READY TO RACE: Round two of the JP Racing Dragfest will be held at Warwick Dragway tomorrow.
READY TO RACE: Round two of the JP Racing Dragfest will be held at Warwick Dragway tomorrow. Gerard Walsh

Horsepower in overdrive for return of Dragfest

DRAG RACING: Smoky burnouts and fast passes are set to thrill spectators at the Warwick Dragway at Morgan Park on Saturday.

Round 2 of JP Racing Dragfest will be held at the track. It will be a rerun event after being washed out in October.

Warwick District Drag Racing Association committee member Matt Loy said about 140 were heading to the track to compete.

Some are travelling from as far as Shellharbour in New South Wales and Townsville in northern Queensland.

"Dragfest is our major annual event we have every year. It's been going for 15 years and it's built itself up," Loy said.

"Over the years it's been a laid-back atmosphere and good racing."

Loy said there would be various vehicles taking to the track, from street cars and bikes to race cars.

"You'll see action from some of the big guns, which will have over 2000 horsepower," Loy said. "That's a big reason to come out and watch."

Loy said drivers would be reaching speeds of up to 280-290km/h.

About 10 juniors aged between eight and 17, known as the "young guns", will also be competing.

Loy said the winners of Dragfest, which is a two-round event, would be crowned at the end of Saturday's meeting.

A grand prize of $3000 is up for grabs for the overall winner of the series, who is the driver who ends up on top of the leaderboard.

But other drivers don't go home empty-handed.

"On the day in each category there's good trophies and plaques for first and second in each category," Loy said.

Loy said spectators could also take a walk around the pit areas and admire the cars taking to the track.

"Come out and check out the action, come and see some smoky burnouts and fast passes," he said.

Racing starts at 10am Saturday with qualifying racing until 5pm.

Racing will then continue from 5.30pm until late in the night.

After the racing there will be music and a trophy presentation for racers and crew.

For spectators, entry costs $15 for the day and children under 13 enter free with a paying adult.

A spectator camping pass costs $45.



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