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Pursuit for the Cure
Calendar: Events Calendar
March 20th 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
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Where: Baileyton “Good Time” Dragstrip, Summit Road, Baileyton, AL 35019

From the web site:

"Pursuit for the Cure was started in 2008 as a fundraiser for the American cancer society’s relay for life. The location is Baileyton “Good time Dragstrip” which is a 1/8 mile dragstrip outside Arab Al. The idea was simple get racers and cops together for a day of fun at the track together not the racers running illegally on the street and raise money for a good cause while doing it. The first year it raised over $5,000 which went directly to the relay for life to help find a cure for cancer. The day not only puts police cars against the street cars it also is a competition between the different departments, different brands, and who is the best driver. The spectators have a fun day of watching drag racing, good food and getting to spend time getting to know there local law enforcement officers 1 on 1 instead of just passing on the street.

Spectators - $5.00 Donation
Participants - $10.00 (All you can race)
Children under 12 Free

Concessions Available

Valid tag and insurance required

Trophies Will Be Awarded For The Following Categories

fastest street car
fastest police car
best in show
crowd favorite"

This sounds like a fun event (racing the cops!) in great spirit for a great cause.

Rain Date for this event is March 27th.

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It was my first time out to this event, but boy was it fun. A lot of familiar faces brought out their best to have a little fun at the drag strip. Even some magazine cars came out to show that beautiful can also be fast.

It was good to see everybody again from Morgan City and Arab, as it had been years since I had been this way. And a lot of familiar faces are now carrying a badge.

Waff-48 did a story on the event earlier in the week, and also had one of their cameramen out there to shoot some footage of the police cars. Dwight from www.arab-today.com was also out covering the event. It was good to see this event getting the attention it deserves.

The spectators numbered more than in the years past, and food was gone about 4 hours before closing. The weather was sunny for most of the day with about an hour or two where we had cloud cover and the wind picked up. But it cleared up and kept the weather great for racing.

There were several very fast Mustangs and Camaros as well as a Viper that just drove off the street and onto the track to run in the high 7s. There was also a beautifully restored Chevy that was as fast as it was pretty. Some quick imports joined the mix to give some of the v8s a good run. There were even rat rods racing on replica vintage tires. There was something here for everyone and it kept spectators hanging around until the track closed.

All day long, the police cars and the police car replica--'X2' as it's known--were giving rides down the track. I'm surprised how quick the Suburban was running considering its weight and how many kids it was usually hauling. It even gave the police Charger a good run. It kinda shocked me to see the Crown Victorias only running in the 11s. The newer vehicles are substantially faster.

It is important to note that there were no tax dollars used at this event. All the fuel and other consumables for the police vehicles was donated. Usually there's more municipalities participating in this event, but they had other events tying up their cars this year. Perhaps next year Guntersville will be back to see if they can beat Arab again. Maybe even Huntsville will get in the mix.

This event has the potential to be a large fundraiser for the Relay for Life, as well as a meet and greet that allows the public to get close and personal with the people that help enforce the laws. And you get to ride in cop cars at speed--without doing anything wrong.

I want to thank Kevin and Mitch for their hospitality and putting on a great event. Be sure to check out the gallery for videos of the runs. I'll see everybody again next year.
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Some additional videos of the runs by Skillet. Thank you Skillet!
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