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Bill Jackson, left, and Joe Jackson show off their 1979 Chevrolet Monza at Pacemakers Dragway on Saturday. The Jacksons help organize the Bill Jackson racing engine superstreet series at the dragstrip.
Bill Jackson, left, and Joe Jackson show off their 1979 Chevrolet Monza at Pacemakers Dragway on Saturday. The Jacksons help organize the Bill Jackson racing engine superstreet series at the dragstrip. (Photo by Bez Saciri) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 17, 2013 10:57 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Pacemakers Dragway Park had it all on Saturday afternoon: Picture-perfect weather, fancy cars, competitors talking to other competitors and even a hint of gasoline smell in the air.

The famous track was gearing up for the third of six races in the Bill Jackson racing engine superstreet series. With an hour to go before the races began, 35 cars were registered for the event.

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Co-organizer Joe Jackson was exposed to racing at a young age, and he has had a lot of experience racing and working with cars. His parents, Mary Ann and Bill Jackson, have been racing for 49 years. Joe raced for 17 years before retiring in 1995 and is now helping put the races together.

“I like to come in and help put races on, especially this series we have today,” Jackson said. “I typically come in and help out with the Quick-32 races.”

Jackson has a bit of family history at Pacemakers. His parents raced there, and he credits them for his interest in cars and racing.

 

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