Auto Club Dragway Names New Manager

Pennsylvania native joins facility with 18 years of experience


San Bernardino County, Calif. (August 5, 2010) – Mark Dawson, an 18-year drag racing industry veteran, has been named Manager of Auto Club Dragway, one of drag racing’s premier championship, quarter-mile facilities in Southern California.  Dawson will be responsible for overseeing all activities at Auto Club Dragway and assumes his duties immediately.

Dawson joins Auto Club Dragway from Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Penn., where he most recently served as Director of Racing Operations.  Dawson, a Reading native, has also worked at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dragstrip (2005-2007), as well as a three-year stint working Divisional and National events assisting NHRA’s Chief Starter Rick Stewart (2002-2004).  He began his career in 1992 at Maple Grove Raceway parking cars and working in the concession stands. 

He has also served as a consultant for various professional drag racing teams throughout his career as a track preparation specialist during off-season test sessions.

"I am thrilled to become a part of the Southern California drag racing scene at Auto Club Dragway,” said Dawson.  “I look forward to working with the great staff that is already here, many of whom I've had the pleasure of working with already, and I am eager to help promote and carry the sport forward for racers and fans alike."


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About Auto Club Dragway
Auto Club Dragway is one of drag racing’s premier championship, quarter-mile facilities in Southern California.  Located north of the Auto Club Speedway backstretch, the dragstrip hosts events nearly every weekend of the year, anything from professional drag racers competing in NHRA drag racing events to amateur drag racers in the street legal drag racing program.

No matter what the event, Auto Club Dragway serves as a popular weekend destination for families that compete in Dragway events or enjoy as a spectators in the grandstands.  Race fans looking for high-speed action thrills throughout the year, there are plenty of events at Auto Club Dragway to keep your adrenalin pumping all year round.

For more information on Auto Club Dragway, or for the event schedule visit or call (909) 429-5060.


About Auto Club Speedway
This October the playoffs go golden!  The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup roars into the Golden State and Southern California's Auto Club Speedway.  Experience a weekend full of speed beginning with NASCAR Qualifying Day (Oct. 8), followed by the NNS 300 (Oct. 9) and culminating with Southern California’s “playoff” race – the Pepsi MAX 400 (Oct. 10). 

Free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone. 



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