Parking Lot Drags – Small Tire

December 15th, 2016

parking-lot-drags-small-tireAnyone who has ever raced in a parking can attest to the fact that it can be treacherous. This track, on this weekend, was possibly one of the most dangerous that I have ever seen. First of all, the track was an eighth-mile uphill – couldn’t find a flat place in Houston, Texas? Next, the drag strip dead-headed into a convention center. What’s up with that? Drag cars have enough problems stopping (hence the parachute) so why throw salt in the wound by restricting the landing strip to an area the width of a four-lane road? Finally, traction was nonexistent due to the fresh concrete and that dreaded “hill” going into the trap. It’s a recipe for disaster.

This is small tire racing and some of the most elite small tire racers in Texas (if not the Southwest) have shown up to NRG Stadium (previously known as the Astrodome) to claim bragging rights and take home a nice cash prize.

The first pass is symbolic of the entire first round with a Mustang knocking the wheels off out of the hole and spinning the entire length of the track. Round two delivers the first crash of the day. I really hate to see racers tearing up what they worked so hard to bring to the track. If it’s true that half of all racing spectators only want to see a crash – then at least fifty-percent of the crowd will be happy with the result. Overall, there are a few quality passes from some of the more outstanding cars and drivers.

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