Ready Set Go

Betty Martin (right) films her son racing down the drag strip with her 2-year-old granddaughter, Braleigh Martin, by her side at Beech Bend Park during the O’Reilly Saturday Night Grudge Racing on Sept. 1. Martin said her son, now 24, started racing at the age of 12. Martin said she also races.

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The high-pitch sound of car tires fiercely spinning against pavement accompanied by large smoke clouds filled the Beech Bend Drag Strip in Bowling Green during O’Reilly Saturday Night Grudge Racing on Sept. 1.  Patrons from the local region brought their automobiles of all different makes, models and years to test and tune and to race for fun. Saturday night grudge racing is one the several events Beech Bend Park holds periodically throughout the racing season.

Photos and Copy by Michelle Hanks