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Carolina Dragway employee Jay Runyon watches a car in the burnout box.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
Carolina Dragway employee Jay Runyon watches a car in the burnout box.

Since its opening in 1957 by L.B. "Junior" Steed, the Carolina Dragway (originally named Jackson Dragstrip) has catered to speed junkies from all over. What began on 25 acres in Aiken County is now a 250-acre facility and an award-winning track.

The dragway in Jackson, owned by Jeff Miles Jr. and his sister Angel Miles, is one of two quarter-mile strips in South Carolina. (The other is in Darlington.) Every Thursday and Saturday, the air fills with the smell of racing fuel and burning rubber as enthusiasts and racers line up their dragsters, muscle cars, funny cars, motorcycles and stock cars to show off their horsepower.

"It's about people hanging out and having a good time." says Mr. Miles, whose father, Jeff Miles Sr., bought the track from Mr. Steed in 1985. "It's fellowship and about having fun."

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crazyoldman 03/30/08 - 11:24 am
"fellowship and about having

"fellowship and about having fun" that's why Augusta needs one.

iletuknow 03/30/08 - 06:51 pm
A nice evening (with

A nice evening (with earplugs) but prices are steep.

HillGuy 03/30/08 - 09:11 pm
why does Augusta need one..

why does Augusta need one.. when the one in Jackson is just a short drive away? I doubt this area can support more than one dragstrip. BUt if you want to build one.. go right ahead.. just don't expect the taxpayers to finance it for you.

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