Date: July 8th, 2023
Type: Drag Racing – Competitive and Sportsman
Location: Silver Dollar Motorsports Park
Cost: $20 to watch (under 12 free with paying adult), $30 Test and Tune, $75-250 to join competition glasses based on previous years.
More information: www.importshowdown.com
Import Showdown Event Overview
One of the longest standing competitive and sportsman drag racing events in Georgia, the Import Showdown has been running for 20 years. Early on it was purely a sportsman event to give amateur drivers an opportunity to make drag strip passes. Over time it has grown into a highly competitive event that primarily focuses on class based racing. Another recent addition was bracket racing.
The classes for 2023 will be:
- Muscle Cars vs. World
- Modified Street
- 10.50 Index
- 11.50 Index
- Street Tuner
- All Motor
Despite it’s name it’s open to imports and domestics for test and tune as well as to compete in one of three classes.
Even with the recent addition of allowing domestics this is still one of the best places to see import racing. Elimination rounds are almost always competitive and exciting. It’s a great day at the track for relatively little money whether you are watching or racing.
If you are looking to maximize test and tune time a regular friday night series may be a better option. However, if you want to get a few passes in for fun while taking in a lot of the scene, this is a great event.
Import Showdown Schedule
For 2023 the event will be a afternoon/night race. The schedule is:
- 1pm – Gates Open
- 3pm – Drivers Meeting
- 3:30pm – Track Opens For Test And Tune
- 5pm – Round 1 Competitions
- 7pm – Round 2 Competitions
- 8pm – Round 3/Semi-Finals
- 9pm – Finals
- 9:30pm – Trophy Ceremony
As with previous years, expect test and tune time to continue through much of the afternoon and evening, including between rounds as time allows.
Go Drag Racing
We’re huge fans of Import Showdown around here. Not because we love this event, but because drag racing is one of the most accessible forms of competitive racing. Not sure where to begin, no problem, we’ve got a drag racing primer if you’re new or its been a while.
The Import Showdown Drag Day events are held at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park in Reynolds, GA. Silver Dollar Motorsports Park is a full NHRA sanctioned 1/4 mile track. SDMP features covered grandstands, concessions, race fuel, scales, a souvenir shop, water and compressed air, waste oil dump, and an RV dump. Campers with RVs can take advantage of RV hookups as well. Camping overnight is allowed at SDMP during weekend events.