The Redneck Drag Races was hosted Saturday at the Junction Airport, drawing a group of 20 cars from across the state.

“There is a lot of stuff going on this weekend,” said Joe Vinney, race organizer. The races are a chance for people who enjoy muscle cars to legally race them and drive them well over the posted speed limits in south central Utah. 

“I owned the car and wanted to race,” Vinney said. “I didn’t think they’d ever let us do it.”

Vinney is running a 1985 Ford Thunderbird, souped up with a 429-cubic inch engine. Vinney also has a 1968 Cougar with a 289 engine he takes to the races.

“They’re fun to drive,” Vinney said. The process of getting approval to use the airport runway took a while as Vinney approached the town board and Piute County Commission to gain approval. 

The races begin with “tests and tunes” Vinney said. After several rounds, the cars are then numbered and pitted against each other in elimination rounds. 

Saturday’s races were the third time the event has been hosted. 

For more information, search for Drag Racing in Junction on Facebook. 

The next race is set for Sept. 1.

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