Virginia Motorsports Park becomes the first ever DragChamp Track of the Year. With over 75 tracks in the running, VMP’s passionate racers and fans catapulted them to the win with over 1,600 votes.
During the off season, the DragChamp staff awarded a number of year-end awards and contests to wrap up the 2019 racing season. Some awards were based on performance over the 2019 season while others were voted on by the racers and fans.
For the Track of the Year contest, race tracks from across the country were nominated. Fans then voted on those 75+ nominations to determine the final 10 tracks. Those tracks with the most likes on our Facebook page then faced off to see which one could garner the most likes in the final round of voting.
At each stage of the contest, the Virginia Motorsports Park fans pushed them to the top by actively voting and promoting their track. With over 1,600 votes, VMP was crowned the Track of the Year and Vice President Tyler Crossnoe expressed his appreciation for their fans.
“I want to say thank you from myself and the entire Virginia Motorsports Park family for the votes and the praise. Our team works very hard to give you all the best racing facility possible. To win an award voted on by your peers, racers, guests, opposing tracks and all around customer base is special because those people believe in what is happening at the track.”
“2019 was my first full season at VMP as well. To lead a team that barely knew me when I started, all the way to where we are now in one season is astonishing. All I have to say is – a heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted from the entire team, but we definitely are not done or letting up. This is motivation for us, not just because we won – but because we want to do it again.”
Track of the Year Final Results
- 1st Place: Virginia Motorsports Park
- 2nd Place: Mo-Kan Dragway
- 3rd Place: Byron Dragway
- 4th Place: Caprock Motorplex
- 5th Place: Ardmore Dragway
- 6th Place: Greer Dragway
- 7th Place: London Dragway
- 8th Place: Xtreme Raceway Park
- 9th Place: Alaska Raceway Park
- 10th Place: Texas Motorplex
A Detailed Look at VMP
Located in a little town called North Dinwiddie, the facility was built in 1994 and has held a number of nationally know series and events such as NHRA, IHRA, PDRA, ADRL, Super Chevy, and much more.
Tommy and Judy Franklin purchased the track in October of 2017. The new ownership took the facility to new heights and completely changed the mindset and outlook of it not only locally but nationally.
The Franklin family is well known in drag racing, especially with Tommy’s Pro Modified ’69 Camaro but also as the owners of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) series. You can find the Franklin’s at the track most weekends, whether it be with a PDRA race or a local bracket race with their girls, Amber and Ashley.
The 2020 schedule at VMP is jam-packed full of all different kinds of racing, but the two biggest events to be held this year are the 3rd Annual Virginia NHRA Nationals on May 29-31 and new for this year, Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings on April 24-25.
On top of those two major events, other events will be held weekend after weekend to keep the VMP team busy. Races to be seen at VMP this year include two Loose Rocker events, two PDRA events, the Old Dominion Duels, the Shakedown Nationals, a LODRS event, and much more.
It is no secret that Virginia Motorsports Park is a top notch facility that has big plans for the 2020 season. The VMP team is always working hard to make the track a better place for racers and spectators.
“I’d like to thank Tommy and Judy Franklin for giving me this opportunity to lead such an operation at my age. A lot of people look at me and see a young adult but Tommy entrusted me with a company that not many would. That means the world to me and they have welcomed me into their family like one of their own.”
“To my team at VMP, you are top notch. From Jason Jennings and Travis Crowder on the grounds keeping the facility clean and in tip top shape, all the way to the drag strip crew who was exceptional all of 2019, the office team keeping things rolling through the weeks and winter months and everyone in between.”
“It’s not a one person operation, it’s a team effort and with our new additions for 2020, I feel like we have the best team on the planet assembled to bring Virginia Motorsports Park a step forward in the world of Motorsports.”
-Tyler Crossnoe, Vice President of VMP
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.