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Planning commission green lights drag strip

Posted: December 18, 2013 - 1:01am

FAIRBANKS — A group trying to build Alaska’s second drag racing strip has moved closer toward its goal.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission has approved an application by the Fairbanks Racing Lions for a half-mile track adjacent to North Pole Speedway, a dirt track for stock cars.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the vote was 5-2.

The group agreed to 16 conditions. Most were to dampen sound from racers’ engines.

Fairbanks Racing Lions President Jamie Bodenstadt says construction will not be immediate and the first race is likely three years away.

Bodenstadt says the loudest drag race cars will be rare because they’re expensive to race and there’s only one in Alaska.

The state’s other drag race facility is near Palmer.

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