Hundreds drive from Mason to Onondaga to protest dragway closing

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This weekend would have been the opening weekend for Onondaga Dragway, but instead of putting the petal to the metal, drivers were doing the speed limit down US 127.

Hundreds of drivers, fans and locals gathered at a Meijer in Mason to caravan down to Onondaga Tavern. From antique cars to mini vans, as long as drivers had a way to travel, they were there.

6 News had the chance to take the cruise with well-known driver Joe Dart. He lives up the road from the track and says he would try to go everyday they were open.

“I’ve been going to the track steadily since 2013, when they opened,” said Dart.

A recent court battle has opened and closed the dragway multiple times over the last six years.

The track is currently closed due to a complaint of the track being too loud for the neighborhood, but Brad Gunnison lives in the trailer park next to the track and thinks otherwise.

“I love it, I love the rush, and I love when I can take my boys down there… at least speaking for myself, I don’t think it’s a nuisance,” said Gunnison.

The gathering was put together by multiple coordinators, including some from Blacklisted car club to bring in drivers and community members to raise awareness and support for the track.

Onondaga apparel along with raffle tickets were sold to help raise money for legal fees.

Coordinators for the event said they were overwhelmed with the turnout and support from the community.

“We started out with fifteen or twenty cars and then I thought maybe we get thirty or forty cars from Lansing and then today we’ve got over three hundred cars down here,” said one of the coordinators for the event, Glenn Williams.

For some drivers, the track is a way to reminisce.

“It brings me back to my younger days, being out here with all the guys, it makes me feel 17 again, until I have to stand up out of my chair,” said Dart.

For others, like young racer, Haizy Haindel, who races in the 10-11 year old age group, she couldn’t put her finger on why she loves racing so much, but feels happy when she’s out on the strip.

“It gives me somewhere to race,” said young racer, Haizy Haindel.

There was no question though, for everyone, drivers, fans, family or just spectators, the feeling is the same on and off the track.

“We treat each other like family, we love each other like brothers and sisters out here, if you need help or anything, someone is going to be there for you,” said track started for Onondaga Dragway, Jim Morris.

People at the event made it clear that they don’t plan to give up fighting for their track until they can open those dragway gates for good.

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