Monday, May 2, 2016

Pointers For Attending A Drag Race

Drag racing season is again upon us.  For the last five years, Jason has drag raced within the Midwest.  Although I can't vouch for each and every track, there are a few tips I've gained for the tracks I've visited.
 

1.  Hurry up and wait.

There are several classes of cars in a drag race, based upon type of vehicle and speed.  The track also has to be kept a certain way.  If there's been a wreck or liquid leakage on the track, be expected to wait some time before cars can race again.  And, because of the many classes, it may be some time before the cars you want to see will actually race.  It can sometimes be two hours or more between the times that Jason races, so there's a lot of waiting periods.

2.  Bring your own food.

The tracks I've been to have food for sale, but it's somewhat expensive.  And it's the basic stuff - hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, etc.  If you don't want to dole out the money on food, you can bring your own.  You can even bring a grill to cook your food.
souvenir posters

3.  Get the free souvenirs.

During the big shows (like World Fuel Altered Nationals) many of the cars will have autographed posters.  With the exception of one driver, they've always been free.  The drivers are also good about letting you get your picture taken with them.

4.  Wear comfortable shoes.

If you plan to visit the car staging areas, chances are you'll be doing a lot of walking.  Comfortable shoes are a must.  And, during the end of most races, spectators are allowed to walk the track.  It is covered in oil and sticky substances.  I learned firsthand that flip-flops are a No Go for walking a track.  They can and will stick to the track surface, leaving you to feel like you're a fly stuck in a Venus Flytrap. 

5.  Wear ear plugs.

Not all of the cars are loud, but a lot of the big ones are.  Earplugs are a must if you plan on being able to hear afterwards.

6.  Trash cans are available.  Use them.

It irritates me to no end that people carelessly throw their trash everywhere.  I've never seen a shortage of trash cans at a track, so don't be a lazy bum.  Throw your stuff away.

7.  Visit the pit area for behind-the-scenes views.

The pit areas are where attenders can talk to and interact with the drivers.  Spectators can view the crews working on the cars and see everything up close and personal.

9.  Bring a radio to hear the announcer.

Because the cars are loud, it can sometimes be hard to hear what the announcer is saying.  By bringing a radio and turning in to the specific station, you'll be kept up-to-date on happenings.
me and Adam at World Fuel Altered Nationals in Iowa last year
 
Have you ever attended a drag race?  Have any pointers you'd like to throw in?

10 comments:

Renee said...

Can't stress #5 enough. My dad took me to a drag strip when I was very young and failed to mention that I needed ear plugs. I was completely traumatized by the time we left and wouldn't go again with him. The noise and the people smoking cigarettes everywhere I turned did me in. Ha! My dad was never one to think things all the way trough but I loved him and miss him :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I've never been to a drag race, but I would think these would be great tips for a LOT of outdoor events like wearing comfy shoes and bringing your own food (if you can!)

-Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

MyKidsMom said...

Wow Terra! Great tips....now, if only I had a bestie to invite us to a drag race? I don't know of any...although I live car shows, etc.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have never been to a drag race, but I do imagine they are very loud! Good tip on the earplugs!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I've never been to one. I'm not sure I'd like it. Maybe.

mail4rosey said...

I admit, I laughed about the sticky flip flops. I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time though? :) Good tips!

Sue Hull said...

I went to a drag race yrs ago at a fair.It was pretty cool! When I was in my late 20s I went to a Nascar race.Didnt have ear plugs and got sunburned on my knees.I couldnt hear for about 3 days but it was so worth. I was in heaven.I also used to go to mud runs.I love going to car shows to.Now that Im mobility impaired I cant go to any of these types of things to much.These are excellent tips.

Sue Hull said...

I went to a drag race yrs ago at a fair.It was pretty cool! When I was in my late 20s I went to a Nascar race.Didnt have ear plugs and got sunburned on my knees.I couldnt hear for about 3 days but it was so worth. I was in heaven.I also used to go to mud runs.I love going to car shows to.Now that Im mobility impaired I cant go to any of these types of things to much.These are excellent tips.

alissa apel said...

I haven't attended one, but it looks like a whole lot of fun!

Jerry Marquardt said...

I remember going to the Harley drags in Wisconsin and Southern Illinois in the early 90's. I loved it, I would love to see the car drags one time coming up. Thanks so much for the lovely post.