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Venue renamed Tucson Dragway

JUPITER, Fla. (September 3, 2015) – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) has announced that three Tucson businessmen, Jon Bradford, Tom Koenan, and Jim Hughes, will take over the operations of Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) effective immediately, with Jim Hughes as Track Operator.


“IRG felt that SWIR was too remote from its other operations to devote the time and attention the facility deserves. We felt it was in the best interest of SWIR to turn it over to local businessmen that can be more hands on with the facility and help SWIR grow to its fullest potential,” remarked IRG COO Royce Miller. “This transition will benefit the racers, fans and sponsors in the long run. We are happy SWIR will be in good hands.”


With the transition, the facility has been renamed Tucson Dragway. Tucson Dragway is located at Pima County Fairgrounds, 10-miles from downtown Tucson, Arizona and features a dedicated quarter-mile drag strip. Over the last 18 years, the facility has hosted such premier events as the International Hot Rod Association’s (IHRA) Nitro Jam, Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series, Import Face-Off, and Tucson Dragway Reunion. Driving schools, professional testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events are also held at Tucson Dragway year-round.


Taking over Tucson Dragway is a great opportunity for me. It’s a new challenge I haven’t addressed yet in my life,” stated new Track Operator Jim Hughes. “I’ve lived at drag strips for the last 38 years of my life as a racer. I see this as an opportunity to stay closer to home, stay involved with Don Davis racecars and Hughes Motorhome and Trailer Sales. I believe we will make the sportsman racer experience second to none for the Tucson and Arizona community.”

The facility will be closed during the month of September for business restructuring and facility maintenance and will reopen in October. A new website page has been created to keep fans, racers and sponsors up-to-date about the activities at Tucson Dragway. Please visit for additional information.

About IRG Sports + Entertainment™

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada. The Company owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL). IRG properties promote more than 1,150 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and within its series. For more information, please visit, follow @IRGSports on Twitter and LinkedIn.

On April 10th & 11th Southwestern International Raceway will be thundering with the sights and sounds of the Old Tucson Dragway Reunion.  The event, now expanded to two big days and nights, will again feature an amazing array of cars and activities.

There will be historic race cars, fuel dragsters, nitro funny cars, a big display of hot rods and customs, old school gassers, and the wild and crazy Western Fuel Altereds, and a host of other race cars.  Cars will be testing, racing, cackling and on display in the pit area and in the big Nitro Mall, doing push starts in front of the grandstands, and staging and doing burn outs on the dragstrip.

The event on Saturday will have all of the same action from Friday night and a large number of Fuel Altereds running a full race program, the Arizona Drag Racing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and the big Nitro Blast where spectators will see a huge lineup of nitro cars parked in front of the grandstands making noise, lighting up the sky with exhaust flames and burnin’ a lot of nitro!

Come join in on the fun at SWIR and see a drag racing event like no other.  More details in the spectator and participant links on the website at on the event Facebook page at



Pat Hayhurst pushing starting Speed Sport

Pat Hayhurst pushing starting Speed Sport

The 2013 Tucson Dragway Hot Rod Reunion

Candies & Hughes


The S&E Top Fuel Dragsters

The S&E Top Fuel Dragsters




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