Sunday, September 14, 2008

Drag racing notes

I went to my first set of drag races at Bruton Smith's new dragstrip Friday and Saturday in Concord. Setting aside the politics, it's pretty fun stuff. More intimate than NASCAR, by far. And louder. Because the crowd is about 1/5 as large as the ones at a NASCAR Cup race, it makes it a lot easier to get into and out of there, too.

I wrote a story for Sunday's newspaper about a guy they call "The Track Whisperer" because he can commune with quarter-mile dragstrips like no one else around. Here's the link.

The picture here is of Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who came into Concord having won six straight races in the Top Fuel division. That car just looks fast, doesn't it? Like a rocket.

1 comment:

Erica Ortiz said...

Glad you enjoyed the drag races! I love all motorsports, but drag racing has my heart because it is so much more personable than other forms of the sport.

There are not many chances to interact up close and personal to the drivers and mechanics during NASCAR or F1 racing. Its also much easier to get involved yourself in drag racing, as most tracks have street nights.