JIM HARRINGTON MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE SUN MAY 22 at ETOWN RACEWAY PARK... REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND JIM...

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The Jim Harrington Memorial High School Challenge Race takes place Sunday, May 22nd at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. A special class for this date will be open to any student who graduated or will be graduating from High School in 2011. The lucky (and skilled) winner will be awarded with a Raceway Park embroidered jacket and will attend the NHRA Division 1 Summit E.T. Finals to help represent the Raceway Park team on September 22, 23 and 24 at U.S. 13 Dragway. The qualifications are as follows-- Car must be 12:00 ET or slower, must be stock-appearing, all 4 tires MUST be D.O.T. approved-- NO SLICKS, and no electronics are allowed. Street-type exhaust required, and of course students must have a valid driver's license. 17-year-olds must have a guardian or parent on premises or have a signed AND notarized insurance release form. The late Jim Harrington holds a special place in my heart. When I first began my career with Drag Racing Underground, it was Jim who would always take the time to explain to me the very basics, as well as the many subtle nuances of Bracket Racing. Let's face it, Jim was one of the most successful Bracket & Sportsman racers the sport has ever seen. Jim was a kind man with the patience to endure all my silly questions when I was first learning the ropes. He didn't have any hangups about me being a woman, Jim was "man enough" to not let that get in the way. For that I will always be grateful. Just last week, I was in the RaceZone restaurant/bar, the place down the road from Raceway Park, the establishment formerly known as Cantores and Vitalies, up on the wall was a photo of Jim to honor his memory, lots of us real racin' folks miss Jim Harrington, even the racers he used to beat round after round at the strip.