It was a night to celebrate the past at the Coles County Dragway in Charleston on Saturday, Sept. 26. And Litchfield racer Rich Komor had more to celebrate than most.
The Charleston dragstrip hosted the Motion Raceway Alumni Race, which was won by Komor on Saturday.
From 1970 to 1983, Motion Raceway was one of the top dragstrips in the area. Located near Assumption, the track hosted both NHRA and IHRA national events and drew names like Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney to town.
For his win, Komor received a memorial trophy and the $500 grand prize from the race.
The week before, Komor was one of the racers representing Coles County Dragway at the NHRA Summit Racing Series North Central Division 3 E.T. Bracket Finals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN. Komor made it down to 11 cars when he exited the competition, going red on the starting line by just six thousandths of a second.
Still, Komor and Team Coles County Dragway did enough to take second overall at the event behind Beech Bend Raceway, beating out 12 other tracks on the weekend.