Garfield Avenue Drag Races Draw Big Crowd And Top Drivers

By KBJR News 1

September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Rubber smoke stuck to Garfield Avenue in Duluth like glue this weekend.
This is the annual Kia of Duluth drag race and a hundred racers from all over the Northland took to the street.
One of them was Jesse Coyle, owner of Kenwood Muffler and Brake.

"It's a 74 Mercury Comet. It's got a 421 stroker. It's about 902 horses." said Coyle while describing his car.

Horses that high make a car like Coyle's finish the eight mile in the five second range.
If this was a quarter mile track, that would be in the low eight second category.
In the muscle car world, anything under 15 seconds is considered fast.
Coyle says a driver accelerating that quickly pulls a lot of g's.

"Yeah, a lot of g–forces! It's like a jet. A little bit faster than a jet they say." said Coyle.

The Kia of Duluth drag race is put on by Kern and Kompany; promoters that also run events like the Duluth air show.
This is the only legal street race in the country.

"Duluth police say Garfield Avenue was once the home to a lot of illegal drag racing. Since the drags started here legally a few years back, the problem has gone away." said reporter Dave Anderson.

That's a good lesson in citizenship to budding young racers like Garrett Olson of Duluth.
He feels being a race fan can build even more good citizenship if kids emulate good racers.

"They can look up to the people who race and they can learn from that." said Olson.

Jesse Coyle says the first lesson racing is an easy one.

"Always wear a helmet and be safe!"

That works for Coyle who won most of his races this weekend at the Kia of Duluth drags.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

This year's results haven't been posted yet on the Kernz and Company website.
Jesse Coyle's Comet did take first in its class last year, though.
The way he was running today, he may have repeated!