It is a process akin to splitting a block of granite with dripping water. Working through hurdles, resistance, obstacles, and red tape to advance any sort of cause is hard but doing it in the name of drag racing seems doubly so. We have kept you up to speed with the dedicated group “Long Island Needs A Drag Strip” that has been working for years to get the sport back into an area of the world that was once thriving with it. There have been numerous racing facilities on Long Island over the years and now one remains, Riverbed Raceway a short asphalt track on the eastern tip of the land mass.
There are options and there are opportunities but there’s also still a ton of work to do as this Newsday piece lays out. Recently some help came in the form of a US Motorsports Association white paper that documented the potential upside of a drag racing facility on Long Island. The 22-page paper talked largely about the positive economic impact such a place could being and cited examples of other places where the results have been realized.
Not everyone’s a supporter, though as the story points out. There are a coupe of interviews with people who are resistant to the idea for the same types of reasons people are in other areas. From the traffic to the noise, they fear what would come with the addition of a track.
While the group has a long road yet to travel, Long Island Needs A Drag Strip is making the progress that we hope they will continue to make. Their cause is a good one!