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PHOTOS: IMDRA Finals at Rockingham Dragway

Two drivers pit their cars against each other during the IMDRA World Finals Sept. 30 at Rockingham Dragway. See more photos below. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Participants from across North America revved up their remote control cars on Saturday for the International Model Drag Racing Association World Finals at Rockingham Dragway.

IMDRA President Ron Hicks said the series used to travel throughout the Southeast, but has made the Rock the home track since the COVID pandemic.

The 2023 schedule started with an invitational in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico and the Midwest Nationals were held mid-August in Lynwood, Illinois. All other events were at Rockingham.

Saturday’s race featured 113 entries in 12 classes, with drivers from 11 states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia — as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.


The classes are for both combustion and electric cars and encompass a range of scales from 1/10 to ¼, according to Hicks.

Some of the cars exceed 100 mph on the 132-foot track, which is set up near the front gate of the dragway.

Next year’s schedule will return to Puerto Rico in March, followed by more racing at the Rock.

See more photos below.

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