Looking To Drag Race On Long Island

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THEY SAY IT WILL MAKE THE ROADS SAFER AND KEEP REVENUE LOCAL. THERE WAS A JUMP-START THANKS TO LAWMAKERS. CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF HAS THE STORY. Reporter: THE NEED FOR SPEED MORE POPULAR THAN EVER BUT FOR MOTORSPORTS ON LONG ISLAND, DRAG RACE VERSE TO TAKE THE SHOW ON THE — DRAG RACERS HAVE TO TAKE THE SHOW ON THE ROAD. MOST OF THEM LEAVE THE TOWN TO GO RACING, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, EVERYWHERE ELSE THAN LONG ISLAND TO RACE UNFORTUNATELY. Reporter: IT’S WHY HUNDREDS PACKED INTO THE SUFFOLK LEGISLATURE TO HEAR ABOUT THE CREATION OF A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY AND SCOUT A LOCATION FOR A PRIVATELY RUN DRAG STRIP. THERE’S NO REASON WHY I SHOULD BE GOING TO NORTH CAROLINA TO SEE A RACE OR GOING TO NEW JERSEY. WE NEED REVENUE AND THIS IS IT,. Reporter: LONG ISLAND ONCE HAD FOUR DRAG STRIPS WERE SOLD OFF TO DEVELOPERS. BUT ENTHUSIASTS THOUSANDS ON FACEBOOK SAY WITH THE CAR CULTURE COMEBACK, THEY NEED A PLACE TO RACE. A DRAG STRIP WOULD SPUR A COTTAGE INDUSTRY OF AUTOMOTIVE COMPANIES LIKE THIS ONE AND OFFER A LEGAL OUTLET FOR KIDS. [ ENGINE REV ] Reporter: WHO NOW TURN TO DANGEROUS STREET RACING. YOU HEAR TIRES SCREECHING AND THAT’S A RESIDENTIAL AREA. THERE ARE HOUSES ALL ALONG THE ROAD. IT’S DANGEROUS. YOU CAN RACE YOUR MOTHER’S CAR, YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S MINIVAN, ANYTHING. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL RACER. YOU’RE ON A SAFE COURSE IN A RESTRICTED AREA. Reporter: THERE’S NO ORGANIZED OPPOSITION — YET, BECAUSE NO SITE HAS BEEN NAMED. A QUARTER MILE STRIP NEEDS 100 ACRES. THIS LOCATION IN YAPHANK GOT NIXED. SUPPORTERS SAY THE NOISE ISSUE ISN’T A DEAD END. THERE’S NOW SOUND ABATEMENTS. THERE’S DESIGNS WHERE WE COULD DIG IT DOWN AND PUT IT 20 FEET UNDER THE GROUND, STAY TUNED BARRIERS. Reporter: AAA SAYS A DRAG STRIP WON’T STOP THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT RECKLESS DRIVER BUT WILL PROVIDE A SAFER LEGITIMATE OUTLET FOR THOSE WHO CONSIDER THIS HOBBY A CLASSIC. ON LONG ISLAND, CAROLYN GUSOFF, CBS 2 NEWS. AND YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE

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