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.