Well, I’ll apologize right off the bat to the person who tipped me off to this news recently because I lost the message but I did remember the content. North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas is for sale and the asking price is not cheap. This is a good track, not the biggest place in the world but it was a place that made lots of headlines in the world of radial tire drag racing and it’s a track that held the drag radial record off and on for several years during what we’d consider the “golden age” of that style of drag racing. Yes, there are still majorly fast drag radial cars racing week in and week out now but a few years back when the record was tumbling every other weekend North Star was one of the places that was front and center.
Sitting on dozens of acres of property, maintained to the highest levels by operator Gene Nicodemus, the place is as neat as a pin. The prep is always bad ass, the grass is always cut, the concession stand looks like it could be a professional restaurant and we’re hoping someone scoops this place up and keeps it running as a track. We don’t need to lose any more facilities, especially ones of this quality and with its reputation.
There’s 4,000ft of rail line on one side, hundreds of feet of frontage on the other, and a neighboring piece of property measuring 72-acres is all for sale. If you have never been to this track, it’s easy to get to and apparently (according to the listing) part of it is outside of the Denton city limits so we’re guessing that means you can make it into whatever you want.
The beauty of a free market economy is that you can ask whatever you want for a price on something and if the market deems it the right price, someone will pay it. For us, $5.9 million is pretty big money for any drag strip. We’re not sure there is anyone out there dying to buy a track that bad but perhaps this is a way for the track to be listed and some value can be placed on it when people make offers?
Big respect to Gene and the whole staff at North Star, we hope the place has a long history with him or fresh ownership. He’s certainly made it an awesome place to race.