Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Day at the Drags

Yesterday, my dad and I spent the day at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. I thought I would be able to get my thoughts on the race posted once I got home, but I was exhausted and hit the sack the moment I got home last night. Sorry.

This is my dad and I. He is the reason I am an NHRA fan. He has gone to the US Nationals in Indy off and on since the 80's. This was my first NHRA event and, I must say, it lived up to all the hype. 

The very first event for final eliminations was the Top Fuel Dragsters.

They started the day with the loudest and hardest hitting class there. They were not only so loud that hearing protection was required, but also so loud that you could feel it in your chest. On top of that, the smell was unmistakable. The nitro burning classes definitely have a distinctive smell.

After the Top Fuel Dragsters was the Top Fuel Funny Cars.

Just like there bigger brother, the Top Fuel Dragster, the Funny Cars are loud and have the same smell. Both classes burn nitro-methane.

Once the Top Fuel classes where done, it was time for the Pro-mod classes. First up, was the Pro-mod cars.

Then came the Pro-mod motorcycles.

On top of these main classes, there were so many others that I could not get picture and videos of them all.  There were nitro-burning motorcycles, alcohol-burning dragsters and funny cars, factory stock classes, and the junior dragsters.  There were dragsters with small 1 cylinder engines driven by kids as young as 8 years old!

And while all this was going on, every ticket holder could go back into the garage area and watch the teams get the cars torn-down and rebuilt between rounds.

As someone that has gone to multiple NASCAR and IndyCar events each year, I must say that the access that NHRA gives their fans is unmatched in any other motor sport in the US.  Try taking your general admission ticket and get access to the NASCAR or IndyCar garage area.  It won't happen.  You can buy access to the garage area and sometimes you can buy access to the pit lane when there is no activity on the track, but that keeps access limited to the fans that can afford to pay extra on top of the cost of an event ticket.

Personally, I am going to try and get my daughter interested in NHRA.  There is so much more to do and see at an NHRA sanctioned event that I am sure she will have more fun at a drag race than at an oval track race.

That being said, I am definitely going back to the US Nationals in 2019 and will be going more than one day.  There was so much to do at the track that I didn't get to see half of it.

Thank you NHRA for an unforgettable day at the track with my dad.

Guest Post by Joshua Healton

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome to Lucas Oil Raceway

Today is my first trip to a live NHRA race. I have watched on TV since I was a small child of 6 or 7 years. I have gone to multiple NASCAR and INDYCAR races over the years but, I must say that today is the most excited I have been before a race in years. Most races I have no problem falling asleep the night before. But last night, the night before the final rounds of the US Nationals, I could not sleep. Now, my father and I are sitting just few dozen yards from the start line at a Mellow Yellow NHRA race. I will do my best to update this post with pictures and my thoughts when I get home from the race tonight. Happy Race Day, everyone!

Guest Post by Joshua Healton