“Street Outlaws” regular Jeff Lutz was filming an episode of the wildly popular TV show until 4 a.m. Sunday. The next day he was traveling with the Hot Rod Drag Week tour that stopped at Byron Dragway on Wednesday.
“I’m just happy to be part of the show,” said Lutz, who displayed his ‘57 Chevy at Byron. “It has shot new life into drag racing.”
Entering its 10th season on Discovery Channel, the program is so popular that a recent filming at Bristol Dragway drew 35,000 fans.
“We packed that place on a Tuesday night and they shut the gate and turned people away,” Lutz said. “If you would have told me 10 years ago that this would have happened I would have said you were nuts.”
Lutz said he got a phone call from Justin “Big Chief” Shearer during the tour this week and they talked about the future of the program.
“He said, ‘I hope you don’t have any plans (outside of the show).’ I know we will have a Season 11, and there are some big things in the works.”
Drag Week enjoys Byron
There is a good chance Byron Dragway will again host a stop of the Hot Rod Drag Week in the future. About 4,000 fans attended the event Wednesday at Byron.
“The history that is here is amazing and we are definitely glad to be a part of it,” said Brandan Gillogly of Hot Rod Magazine. “There is no reason to think we won’t return.”
Gough enters Hall of Fame
David Gough of Loves Park recently was inducted into the Mazon Speed Bowl/Grundy County Speedway Hall of Fame.
Gough raced go-karts for 20 years, winning dozens of national, regional and track championships. He moved into Midget cars and earned the 1997 UMARA national rookie of the year award. In later years, Gough captured national and state crowns in open-wheel cars. He still competes on a limited basis; he ran in the 2017 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
Gough was one of eight Hall of Fame inductees, including driver Eddie Hoffman, who has won four National Short…