By Austin Jackson

It’s not often for speed junkies and gearheads to get a chance to test their high-horsepower steeds against patrol cars without ending up handcuffed and in the back of a cruiser — eventually sleeping off the race in a jail cell.

But this weekend area racers will get to go head-to-head against suped-up police cruisers and emergency vehicles in a completely legal setting at the Ardmore Dragway’s 12th Annual BEAT the Heat event.

The qualifying races for Beat the Heat begins Friday alongside the usual Friday Night Fun Drags. 

The races for all the bragging-right marbles begins Saturday morning, with Beat the Heat and Bracket Races jumping off the starting line at 9 a.m. and concluding Saturday evening with the 'Guns versus Hoses' races which pits police versus firefighters on the drag strip. 

The event benefits BEAT the Heat, a national non-profit organization comprised of police officers and firefighters who conduct educational programs using marked emergency vehicle drag cars to gain the interest of the public.

The entry fee for spectators is $10 and free for kids 12 and under. 

The Dragway will wrap up festivities on Sunday with the NHRA “King of the Track” bracket races.

The fee for adult spectators on Sunday is $15. 

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