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Detroit Dragway[edit]

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! These are the words of the one and only radio commercial of Detroit Dragway. Detroit Dragway was located in Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan. [1] Detroit Dragway was located on the corner of Sibley and Dix. Detroit Dragway was opened in 1959 by Gil Kohn. The track became sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association in 1959. Detroit Dragway or the "Dirty D" as it was also known was the host of the 1959 and 1960 U.S Nationals. Detroit Dragway was a quarter mile long drag strip. It was here where hot rods, dragsters, funny cars and the weekend warriors of the motor city tested there machines in a safe fun and legal environment.

History[edit]

The track opened in 1959 and closed in 1998. In 1959 and 1960 the track hosted The U.S. Nationals. The U.S. Natonals were moved to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 1961. The national event is still held there today. Gil Kohen was the owner of Detroit Dragway. Gil Kohn and promoter Ben Christ came up with the radio commercial "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" . This ad is used to promote events to this day. The Summer Nationals of 1978 set the largest amount in prize money ever awarded at the track of $40,000. A typical weekend crowd was around 30,000 spectators. The track went downhill starting in the 1980's. In 1991 the weekend spectator turnout was around 500. The track was to be renovated with a multi-million dollar deal in 1994. Local politics never gave the track a chance to do so. The last year for the track was 1998.

Legends of Detroit[edit]

Shirley Muldowney was known as the “first lady” of drag racing. Shirley at age 16 never even knew how to drive a car. At age 18 she had learned how to drive from her husband, Jack Muldowney, and then appeared in her very first race in 1958. Muldowney got her NHRA license in 1965. Muldowney made a change in classes she ran and jumped from dragsters to funny cars. She purchased her funny car from the legendary Connie Kalitta. From 1972 to 1977, Muldowney teamed up with Connie Kalitta. She made it to Top Fuel class getting her license in 1973 and winning three national championships in 1977, 1980 and 1982. [2]

Connie Kalitta was nicknamed the "Bounty Hunter". National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers list Connie "The Bounty Hunter" Kalitta was ranked #21. Kalitta won 10 NHRA national events. Kalitta appeared in 22 finals. Kalitta recorded a personal best pass of 4.58 @ 314 mph in 1999. Kalitta no longer drives, but is still very much involved in running Kalitta Motorsports wich is based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan. [3]

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