by Paul Miller
Rumor has it that Island Park Dragway in Great Meadows has shut down for good. The land that it sits on was formerly owned by the LHR, and was used as a turning wye for the steam era. In 1962, Ed Kowalik purchased the property and converted it into a drag strip. Many stories have been told of race cars crashing through the barrier at the end of the strip and landing on or near the LHR tracks. In 1964, Don Garlits made the first officially recognized 200 mph run in drag racing history there.