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National Drag Boat Association will call Oklahoma City home

The association will hold one event on the Oklahoma River this year, with two scheduled for 2014.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 8, 2013
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Calling the Oklahoma River the premiere drag boat racing venue in the country, the National Drag Boat Association announced Tuesday that Oklahoma City will be its new home.

“The Oklahoma River, America's best liquid speedway, is just one reason that NDBA now calls Oklahoma City home,” said Mike McAuliffe, president and chief executive officer of the NDBA and OKC Motorsports, which hosts events in several major cities.

The recessed Oklahoma River provides a natural wind screen for safer racing, as well as great viewing for race fans from start to finish, McAuliffe said.

“It's the perfect site for drag boat racing,” McAuliffe said.

The low water dam system controls river levels and water flow, so there is little or no current to challenge the racers. The Chesapeake Tower is designed to handle all race operations, including television production, and there are plans to erect a windscreen the length of the racecourse on the south shoreline.

Stadium style lighting is currently being installed along the river and will offer the only lighted racecourse in the country for drag boat racing.

“The race teams also like Oklahoma City's central location, easy highway access, affordable hotels near the race site and the fact the site is in walking distance to the Bricktown Entertainment District,” McAuliffe said.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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