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Shred some dirt at the sand drag races

sand drag races

Waylon Wimberly of Granite Shoals in a car he built at the Hill Country Sand Drags. Courtesy Photo

If you’re looking for ear-splitting horsepower and great entertainment in a beautiful family-friendly setting, take a trip down Texas 71 between Llano and Brady to the Hill Country Sand Drags.

“I got my son a go-cart because he wanted to race,” says sand dragger Waylon Wimberly of Granite Shoals. “Then I got a car, then my dad got into it, and it became more fun than ever.”

Owner of Wimberly Construction, Waylon loves working on his cars with his son, Taylor, and father, Billy, as much as he loves the thrill of the race.

“We’re always building stuff,” Wimberly says. “Some guys run anything from 4-wheel drive pickups that they drive every day. I like to run the cars I build.” Currently, he’s running a 20-foot-long dragster with an alcohol engine.

“Anything that goes fast,” he says. “That’s what we like.”

A variety of dirt-shredding vehicles often top 100 mph on the 300-foot track in Field Creek. Located about 17 miles west of Llano on CR 415, the Hill Country Sand Drags course offers plenty of excitement from February through October. For more information and race dates, visit