While the world’s supply chain crisis has left a number of goods — from trucks to toys — with limited availability, there is no such lack of supply of drag strips for sale these days, it seems. No sooner than the digital ink was dry on our story last week regarding the impending sale of Ohio’s Marion County International Raceway, came the listing for Kansas’ Mid America Dragway. So again, if a dragstrip is at the top of your Christmas wish list, you have options.
For the sum of $1.5 million, track owner Chris Maybrier and family have listed the approximately 66-acre parcel and the entire racing facility and all of the equipment that rests on it.
Mid America Dragway is located in rural Gueda Springs, Kan. — population 185 — 50 miles from Wichita and 130 miles from the street racing hotbed of Oklahoma City.
Maybrier and his father, Jim, acquired the track in 2018 and have poured considerable time, effort, and funds into revitalizing the facility, improving the racing surface, the tower, grandstands, and other amenities and equipment.
“When we bought the track, we thought, ‘what a mess.’ It was all cosmetic, but it was doable,” Maybrier says. “Those who have followed the project know how much has been done out there, all the work, all the effort. We’ve brought it back from ruins. We’ve certainly not gone this path alone, we’ve had a lot of help. We had time, so we took our time. Everyone got behind us and the pace got picked up. We had a rough first season, with pieces of the surface shaking loose, as no one had ever used it the way we used it. We tried to buy the best equipment we could get and do the best things for the surface, and make the facility something that if I was racing, when I pull through the gate, what would I like to see. What would I expect, or how would I like to see things done? My dad and I don’t know everything, but we tried to look at it through the eyes of a racer, to a fault. We’ve tried to make everything the best we possibly can, and things are really starting to work, we have a lot going on, the car counts have been fantastic, and we had a great season this last season.”
Maybrier shared that “this sale is being brought on by some health issues, and it has been a difficult decision for our family to make. We will be more than happy to assist any buyer in operating the track for a smooth transition. The main objective here is to pass the torch on to someone else that can run with it. We don’t want to see any interruption in the track being open and functioning. We also want to be able to come and race with you guys, and to also sponsor and help support the track through our business.”
He adds, “whatever we do, we put in 100-percent, so that’s what we’ve done. What we’re looking for is someone that’s interested in investing and buying the property. We’re than happy to help the person, to get them off on the right foot. My wife and I both would be more than willing to stay on to help make a smooth transition. We don’t want to be gone from the facility. It means a lot…I grew up down there, all three of my kids were practically born there. That place is my Graceland, has been for years, and it still will be. But we had to step back, remove ourselves from the situation, and look from the outside in. And we need to find somebody to take this thing over, and maybe run faster with it than we are. Our intent is not to cut bait and run, it means too much to us to do that.”
The Maybriers are selling the facility in full, including the timing system, support vehicles and tractor, sprayers, tire-drag, tools, everything to run the concessions, and so on.
“The turn key price for the facility and all equipment is a bargain. Just the acreage alone is worth the majority of the price, then you add the equipment and buildings in, you’ve got quite a facility. And you own your improvements, unlike a lease,” Maybrier explains.
Mid America Dragway is a former 1/4-mile track that now operates as an 1/8-mile, measuring some 3,500-feet in total length. The Maybrier’s recently invested in a new concrete launch pad, which gives way to an asphalt pad after the 300-foot mark. The family also invested in concrete retaining walls, and climate-controlled concessions and bathrooms, along with stadium-style seatbacks in the grandstands.