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Casper "Drag Strip" (1953)
Cheyenne Dragway (1959)
Big Horn Dragway (Greybull) (1963)
Bar Nunn Dragway (Casper) (1963)
Douglas Motorsports Park (1985)
Sundance Drag Strip (2000s)
 
Lee Fresquez collecting his trophy at the Cheyenne Timing Association (CTA) Dragway, 1959. Photographer unknown

Bar Nunn Dragway ​​(Casper)


The strip, managed by Jack Owenby, was located four miles north of Casper on Highway 87. This  the old Wardwell Field, which became the Bar Nunn Ranch in 1956. The first race was held on October 13, 1963. Races were sanctioned by NHRA. The Casper Timing Association had helped conduct the races on a volunteer basis, but they decided to no longer be affiliated with the strip in April 1964. Owenby then had to hire people to help put on the races. At least by 1965, it was being called Casper Dragway.


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June 13, 1965
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August 22, 1965
Over 2,000 people watched the races on October 13, 1963 at Bar Nunn Dragway. Photo published in ​​​​​​Casper Star-Tribune, Oct. 14, 1963
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The starter flags two racers at the 1964 season opener, Bar Nunn Dragway, March 29, 1964. Photo published in ​​​​Casper Star-Tribune, Mar. 30, 1964
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Wayne Seymore (right) drove his 1964 426 III Plymouth S/SA to victory over the '63 Super Stock Dodge with a 12.18 ET at Bar Nunn Dragway, April 12, 1964. Photo published in ​​​​​​Casper Star-Tribune, Apr. 13, 1964
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Allen Collingwood (left) drove his B/G Pontiac to a top eliminator win at Bar Nunn Dragway, May 3, 1964. Photo published in ​​​​​Casper Star-Tribune, May 4, 1964

Big Horn Dragway ​​(Greybull)

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June 30, 1963
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  • Years of Operation: 1963-68
  • Status:  5

The first drag race at the South Big Horn County Airport in Greybull was held on Sunday, March 31, 1963. Almost 3,000 people attended the race. With this interest, the Northern Wyoming Timing Association was formed. Allen Collingwood was appointed to be the strip manager.  The next race was held on April 28. As part of the annual Days of '49 celebration, drag races were held at the airport on June 8. The Timing Association obtained NHRA sanction for the  track in time for the next race, held on June 30, 1963. An FAA official was among the more than 2,500 who attended that race. The official left the track, having decided that drag races should not be permitted henceforth. The track was notified that the FAA had withdrawn permission for the race scheduled on July 28.  The official said that the racing interfered with landing planes and caused damage to the runway. A delegation from Greybull went to Denver in mid-July to meet with FAA officials. Thankfully, the FAA agreed to permit racing at the airport. After gaining the blessing of the FAA, the track held its next race on August 4. Skip Kent of Bozeman was the top eliminator with a time of 13.04 in his Ford coupe. Dick Blee of Billings had the day's fastest time with a 12.56 ET in his A dragster. At the final race of the 1963 season on September 29, 1,500 spectators saw Wayne Seymour of Casper win top eliminator.  A program of monthly races was established for the 1964 season. 2,500 people attended the final race of the 1965 season on September 5. Two cars from Denver faced off in a match race.  Jerry Wilson driving the Sprickler-Wilson AA/FD was bested by Ron Leslie in the Kenz-Leslie Special in a best of three race.  However Wilson got the fastest time with a 193.54 MPH at 8.06 ET. On August 6, 1967, Ernest Sprickler set a new track and Wyoming state record when he was clocked at 201.34 MPH. By 1967, Red Lindsey was the strip manager.  Research was unable to find any information about this strip after 1968, but Red Lindsey was the track manager that year.
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September 5, 1965
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Casper "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1953-56
  • Status:  4

A race was held on April 19, 1953, that was well attended. It was conducted on a runway at Wardwell Field, located about four miles north of Casper off of Highway 87. The old arifield had been abandoned for flying. On April 26, twenty racers competed. Gene McFarland recorded the fastest time in his '52 Olds 88 with a 16.6 second run. Racing was halted in July 1954 by the police as private airplanes were then using it as a landing field.  The Casper Drag-Goons car club conducted a race in fall 1953. In early 1954, Wardwell Field turned into a private airfield so the racers had to make arrangements with the owners to hold races there. An NHRA sanctioned drag race was held at Wardwell Field  on June 20, 1954. Twenty-nine racers competed on August 14, 1955, in which Bob Whitman set a track record with a run of 90 MPH on his Triumph. Trophies were awarded for the first time at that meet. In 1956, races were again held at the old airfield, then being called the Bar Nunn Ranch. There were at least five races held that season. At the race held on August 5, 1956. the Central Wyoming Timing Association awarded trophies to class winners. The race was run according to NHRA rules. The CWTA paid $65 for insurance for each event they held and $20 to rent the airfield. Stop watches were used for timing the cars. Cars from South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Idaho competed. 1956 was the last year that Wardwell Field permitted drag racing. By 1958, there were seven car clubs in Casper. Periodically in 1958-60, they met with city officials to discuss the possibility of getting a permanent drag strip. More research is needed.
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Bruce Moncor on the starting line at the Casper strip on Wardwell Field in his roadster. Photo published in the ​​Casper Star-Tribune, Apr. 20, 1953
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Ernie Grey crosses the finish line at Wardwell Field in his 1934 Ford with the fastest speed of the day--72 MPH . Photo published in the ​​Casper Star-Tribune,  June 28, 1954
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Dr. Leo A. Bush crosses the finish line at Wardwell Field. He was one of thirty racers competing  on June 27, 1954 . Photo published in the ​Casper Star-Tribune,  June 29, 1954

Cheyenne Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1959-early 1970s
  • Status:  Exact location unknown

The Cheyenne Timing Association conducted drag races at least as early as 1959. They held races in 1959 on June 21 and July 24-26.  Sanctioned by NHRA, they held races once a month in 1960 and in 1961 on June 11, July 9, August 5-6, and September 10. The two-day race in August was an NHRA regional race (see Hot Rod Magazine, Jan. 1962, p. 86). In 1962, races were held on May 6, June 3, July 1, and August 12. Al Farrens was the track manager in 1968. An "Old Timer" stated that the old strip was on the east side of Highway 85, just north of the Colorado-Wyoming border.
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August 25, 1985
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August 4, 1985
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August 2000