Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dragway Dispute Drags On.(Sports)

Byline: Greg Archuleta Journal Staff Writer

Racers Are Banished To Garages for Now

State Land Commissioner Ray Powell said Tuesday he has an agreement with Drag Racing Representatives Inc., to create a new drag-racing track on the West Side.

However, a dispute between Powell and a former operator of the Albuquerque National Dragway on Mesa Del Sol land south of Albuquerque could delay indefinitely construction of a new track near the Rio Puerco and Interstate 40.

Bob Labbate, who managed Albuquerque National Dragway for 11 years, said he cannot come to terms with the State Land Office for reimbursement for improvements he made on the track over the years. …

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