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Willie Hoefer takes NHRA Sportsman Division 7 Championship

October, 10, 2016:    Irwindale Dragstrip/Team Irwindale is very proud to announce that Willie Hoefer 61, from Yuciapa, California  is the new NHRA Division 7 Champion in the very competitive Sportsman Division. 

Irwindale’s team of 2016 track champions competed in Las Vegas over the weekend on the full quarter-mile “Strip” with Hoefer besting all forty-five drivers who competed in the Sportsman class from 14 local NHRA divisions across the west. 

“We’re very proud of Willie,” said Irwindale Event Center Vice President, Bob Klein.  “He is one of the best out there when it comes drag racing, but he’s an even better friend to all racers.  Willie worked hard to win a 2016 track championship here, and all that work really paid off at the Divisionals.”

Irwindale Dragstrip is an eighth/mile, NHRA-sanctioned drag strip that operates every Thursday evening throughout the year with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.  Anyone with a valid driver’s license, mufflers, and a car that passes a strict safety check can run their car against the famous NHRA “Christmas Tree” countdown lights, and fans of great local drag racing are always treated to five hours of action and excitement.  Gates open a 4PM and the track is in operation from 5 to 10PM.  Fans pay only $10 to watch and Competitors pay only $20 to make just about all the runs that they can get in line for during the evening. 

“Drag racing at Irwindale is the real thing, this is the way that every top pro driver and top team began, at a local track, learning the right way, under safe conditions for both drivers and fans, and having a great time while doing it.”  -“Hot Rod” Bob Beck, Track Announcer