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      Keokuk may be home to a drag strip once again

      A piece of Keokuk history is on the path to restoration. One Lee County resident created a fundraiser looking to restore the Lee County Dragway in Keokuk.

      Alex Peitz grew up in a life of racing, and heard tales of a nearby drag strip from the past.

      He wanted to bring these tales back to life.

      Peitz created a fundraiser online to raise money for his project.

      The new and improved drag strip will be called the Keokuk Drag Way.

      Peitz said in order for this dream to become a reality, he is going to need to raise more than one million dollars, and soon. He said there are a number of obstacles in the way beyond raising money, but is confident it will all work out in the end.

      "It's a passion of mine, and I don't want to quit. I will never stop trying to get it. It is just something I love and I want. It has been my life dream," Peitz said.

      The next step in the process is working on a way to either purchase or lease the land from the current landowner. He then plans to begin rebuilding the strip that has been out of commission since 1988. If you'd like to know how you can help bring this Keokuk pastime back to life ... visit Peitz's fundraiser page at