Arkansas Drag Racing Reunion

By Rodney Knocks and Melissa Mounds

We had the extreme pleasure of covering the Arkansas Drag Racing Reunion hosted for the past five years by Wayne and Patty Styles proprietors of Centerville Dragway in Centerville, Arkansas. Wayne and Patty are hands-on owners. For over 28 years they have dedicated themselves to make Centerville Dragway a prime drag racing facility. This is truly a family affair as daughter Sunny and son-in-law Eric handle all the announcing and tower duties as well as starting line assistance. Other daughter Amber oversees the web site and electronic media. The lovely lady working the concession stand is Pattie’s mother. This year’s Reunion featured seven classes of Nostalgia Racing. Vintage Class (pre1976), Geezer Eliminator which states that every driver be at least 55 years of age and any type of race car is allowed. The very popular class is Old Timers Street Car, again requires the driver be at least 55 years old and can drive any make and model street car. For all the racers that like to power shift there is a class called Stick Shift no automatics, no electronics or buy backs allowed. Exactly how us old timers remember it! Another unique feature of this event is that everyone is encouraged to bring any type of drag racing memorabilia that they have and display it in the pits. We saw everything thing from vintage magazines, photos and fliers to crew uniforms, helmets, and every type of go-fast goodies from years gone by. This year as an added attraction Wayne and Patty booked in the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association “Paying Tribute to the Legends”. This is a very popular group that has traveled coast to coast entertaining the masses with their patented long smokey burnouts, dry hops and side by side gear banging action. Needless to say, the Mideast Nostalgia Pro Stock Association was a big hit, and the Centerville fans were on their feet every time the Pro Stockers entered the staging lanes. We at Drag World Magazine would like to thank Wayne and Patty Styles and the entire team at Centerville Dragway for putting on this “Blast to The Past” event. See you next year.

Centerville Dragway
1884 Centerville Drag strip is located in a very picturesque area of Arkansas. The view from the stands is spectac  ular.

Big shout out to the man on the mini bike world famous “Bear” Brantley. Thanks for all your help with this article.
Ray Sullins wheels this wicked roadster.
Ray Sullins of Hubert Platt, Fred Gibbs and Kelly Chadwick fame brought out some cool memorabilia.
James Hardman had the original Sundancer and Mickey Thompson US Marines Pontiac Funny Car.
Ray Sullins of Hubert Platt, Fred Gibbs and Kelly Chadwick fame brought out some cool memorabilia.

The guys and gals showing off the plaques that were given to them by track owners Wayne and Patty Styles
The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association was on hand with some of most memorable cars of the seventies and eighties.
The Phillips-Hyter Vega is now owned by Ted Battles. Phill is a member of the Arkansas Drag Racing Hall Of Fame.

NHRA Div 4 Hall of Fame member and Arkansas Drag Racing Hall Of Fame member Jack Mullinsis
still racing today and won the Geezer Eliminator class two years ago

(55Fords) Ron Quessinberry in the far lane taking on Brock Louindauski in a all Ford race part of the
Fabulous Fifties Factory Stock Shoot Out
Two Model A Fords battling it out pretty cool

NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD by Rodney Knocks and Melissa Mounds
Photos courtesy of “Bear” Brantley

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