CPD hosting drag racing on Leach Airfield


Photos by Patrick Shea

CENTER — The Center Police Department will host the inaugural “Center Drags” drag-racing event at Leach Airfield on Aug. 20, beginning with a banquet at 11 a.m. and races starting around 2 p.m.

Following a formula used in other counties across Colorado and the country, the controlled-racing event is designed to address illegal racing on residential streets and roads.

Young adults race throughout the Valley, according to CPD. As Interim Police Chief Aaron Fresquez explained to the Center Town Board a few weeks ago, in addition to a citation and potential jail time for illegal racers on the streets, racers also risk losing a new drag-racing event that has the potential to become a tradition.

Participants must register in advance — $35 early registration and $40 at the gate before 11 a.m. on Saturday. Racers must have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and license plates. Only street vehicles will be allowed to race. All participants must sign a waiver.

The standard race works like a tournament bracket with drivers side-by-side for one-eighth of a mile. Racers who lose twice are eliminated from the competition, or they can buy a one-time re-entry option for $25. Winners will receive prizes for first, second, and third place.

Another fundraiser is built into the afternoon’s activities, racers can pay $15 for a chance to race a cop during intermission. Like their bracket races, they can pay $25 for a second chance against a police cruiser, too.

In addition to a private auction and concessions for sale, all proceeds will benefit the Center Police Department. Children under 12 can watch for free, and General Admission tickets will cost $5. Volunteers are also encouraged to help with this first-time event.

Leach Airfield is located at the intersection of County Roads C and 53.