10.5 outlaws burn up the dragstrip at MoKan

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One of Missouri's longest continuously running dragstrip, since 1963

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — What is a 10.5 outlaw car? To most it is going to look like a nearly normal car. The number refers to the size of tire that can be used for racing. A 10.5 inch tire is pretty much a normal sized tire and therefore is going to limit the scope of what some vehicles are able to perform.

Sometimes it’s called street racing too. And it’s called “outlaw” because most usually it’s done secretly like the old days in the 1950’s on some abandoned road in a grudge match! Well that’s not what is happening at MoKan Dragway Saturday.

Watch for live! videos with Shannon Becker on Saturday from MoKan.

Saturday, October 17th, it’s the Titans of 10.5 World Finals. Heads-up and dial your own classes. Pit gates open at 9 am, racing starts at 11 am. Admission is $15. Kids 12 & under free with paid adult. Of course all events are subject to weather, track and ground conditions, please call 417-642-5599 or click here for updated information.



Jim and Ron Wilbert were two of the original owners of Mo-Kan Dragway, the oldest continuously-operated drag strip in Missouri. According to its website, it has been in operation in the same location, ten miles southeast of Pittsburg, Kansas, since 1962. The strip was located two miles north of Asbury. On October 27, 1963, Walt Arfons ran his “Green Monster” jet dragster at Mo-Kan. Arfons returned to make exhibition runs on June 21 and October 4, 1964. Races were held every Sunday. On May 8, 1966, Benny Osborn and Don Garlits were featured in a match race. The track hosted an AHRA Grand American divisional points race on May 19, 1968. The long success of this track has much to do with putting on good shows, evident in the big-names it regularly brought in. Others who appeared here in the 1960s and 1970s included Jack Chrisman, Dickie Harrell, Stone-Woods-Cook, Tommy Ivo, and E. J. “The Michigan Madman” Potter.  In 1999 Carl Blanton purchased the track from the Wilberts.


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