4/2/2019 - Central Illinois Dragway
Located in rural Havana, Illinois, Central Illinois Dragway is one of the longest running dragstrips in Illinois - featuring drag racing since 1969. This 1/8 mile, IHRA sanctioned dragstrip facility's prior names include Mason County Dragway and Midstate Dragway.
Our track surface has been completely replaced, The concrete from the water box to the 360 foot mark was replaced in April 2013. The asphalt was repaved in September 2011. Our shut-down area (finish line to sandtrap) is 1,730 feet and features a new return road completed in May 2013.
The International Hot Rod Association™ is thrilled to announce the addition of Central Illinois Dragway to the IHRA Member Track family.
Located in rural Havana, Illinois, Central Illinois Dragway is one of the longest running dragstrips in the state with continuous drag racing since 1969. Over the past decade the track has undergone a number of renovations under the direction of owner Frank Hutto and track manager Jeff Lasecke including a completely new track surface, a brand new shutdown area and a new return road with more improvements still to come.
Thanks to that dedication to the track and to the racers, Central Illinois Dragway has earned a reputation as one of the most popular racetracks in the area and one the IHRA is proud to welcome to the member track family.
Since purchasing the track in 2011, owner Frank Hutto has made improving Central Illinois Dragway his top priority. Over the past few years Hutto has made improvements to the track surface, including installing 330 feet of track cooling from 60 feet behind the starting box to the transition, track lighting, staging lanes and return road in addition to improvements to the concessions and facilities.
With the new improvements in place, Hutto and track manager Jeff Lasecke plan an expanded bracket program for racers, including bike and junior dragster competitors, in addition to continued improvements with new showers, additional spectator seating, RV parking and camping and more.
With those improvements, the track has seen its facility records lowered each season including a brand new jet dragster record of 3.76 seconds at 214 miles per hour and a brand new track record set by Don Wooten of 3.66 seconds.
“Central Illinois Dragway has entered into a new era in 2013. Track Manager Jeff Lasecke and his family are bound and determined to bring the fast cars back to Havana. Under his direction, the first 360 feet of track was rebuilt prior to the 2013 season and is as smooth as glass with a track cooling system installed to take some of the track temperature away, Prepping the track is Joseph Lasecke who learned track prep from veteran Mitch Prewitt, Joseph has spent countless hours during the winter months working on some new equipment, and work on the racing surface to give racers the best possible surface anywhere.
“We are looking forward to our new partnership with the IHRA. We have big goals for our future and we feel with IHRA we can achieve them quicker and with greater results.”