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Classic cars dominate Bowling Green as major annual auto event returns in July

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Drag racing, burnouts and classic cars will once again take over Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 20-21 as America’s definitive showcase of customized cars returns for the action-packed 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, presented by Holley/MSD.

The Summer Nationals offers something for automotive enthusiasts as well as the whole family, including the return of Real Street Eliminator, expanded two-day CAR CRAFT Midnight Drags, and popular annual events with daily drag racing, autocross, freestyle burnouts, dyno and more.

“We are excited to return to Beech Bend Raceway Park for the CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals presented by Holley/MSD,” said CAR CRAFT Editor John McGann. “The addition of more drag racing to the schedule will cement this show as one of the must-see events of the season. Add to that the wild burnout contest and fast autocross action, and the Summer Nationals is a full-immersion experience for the horsepower junkie.”

Summer Nationals is the country’s premier gathering of street machines and muscle cars that showcases more than 1,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 20,000 enthusiasts from across the country. It is also a fun-filled family event. Performance sponsors and vendors mingle with enthusiasts along a spectacular automotive midway, while burnout contests, drag racing, dyno pulls, a drift, and autocross challenges let the hardcore fans put their vehicles to the ultimate test amid the sights and sounds of thousands of high-horsepower vehicles on display.

“We enjoyed having CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals in our hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2017,” said Holley’s Director of Marketing Bill Tichenor. “We look forward to the event’s continued growth here and look forward to spending time with our customers and fans out at the track.”

Special features and highlights at the Summer Nationals include Midnight Drags running onsite with big-tire and small-tire classes, editors’ and sponsors’ choice awards, all-day drag racing fun runs for participants, unlimited autocross runs for participants, a drift showcase, dyno runs to test their torque and horsepower against the best, giveaways and more.

Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to show off and register their cars to be part of the show. Registration is open and costs $50 in advance, $65 the day of. Midnight Drags registration is $65 in advance, $80 the day of, and includes vehicle and one driver for two nights. Midnight Drags crew registration for both days is $20 pre-registration, $25 at the gate. Spectator tickets are available online in advance for $10-20 at http://theenthusiastnetwork.tixonlinenow.com/ccsnpasses.

For more information, visit carcraft.com/events. n