The Kia of Duluth Drag Races and Car Show expands to two days of racing as it returns this weekend to Garfield Avenue in Duluth.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with drag racing starting at 10 a.m. each day. Saturday's racing will be mostly preliminary rounds to help classify the cars; Sunday's racing will be head-to-head eliminations within the classes.

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Racing will run through late afternoon on Saturday. The racing competition will end at 1 p.m. on Sunday, but "grudge matches" will continue in the afternoon. Gates close at 6 p.m. each day.

It's the second year that organizer Kernz & Company has staged head-to-head drag racing down the eighth-mile strip of Garfield Avenue; last year's event was just a single day of racing. There were individual time trials on Garfield Avenue for several years before that.

This year's event will feature a sneak peek at one of the performers of the upcoming Duluth Airshow. The Pyro Jet Truck, capable of speeds of more than 350 mph, will be on display all day and will give a "smoke and fire" demonstration at 3 p.m. each day on Garfield Avenue near the drag race starting line. That'll be just a preview of its full-speed performance up at the airshow on Sept. 22-23.

General admission tickets to the drag races and car show are $10; $17 for bleacher seats. Kids 5 and younger are free for general admission. There's no additional charge to enter a vehicle in the car show and it's open to anyone; car show registration is from 7-9 a.m. each day.

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