If you go drag racing at a NHRA sanctioned track, you’ll have the benefit of gravel traps, catch nets and even water barrels to stop you if something goes wrong. The problem with driving at a busy drag strip is that it’s nothing like street racing; there’s plenty of rubber (and traction compound) laid down on the drag strip asphalt, ensuring that you’ll get a good launch. While some see this as a plus, others see it as taking the challenge out of launching your car.
Enter King of the Concrete, a reverse drag race that more closely simulates street racing. Instead of launching from the christmas tree end of the track, racers launch from the shut-down end. That sounds cool until you consider the implications: a mechanical failure or driver error means you could hit the center guard rail head on, or run full-tilt into whatever is at the top of the track (usually the timing and scoring building). In other words, if something goes wrong, it isn’t going to end well.
I won’t spoil the video below, other than saying that Opel driver Troy Scott has got some mad skills (and some incredibly good luck behind the wheel). The video is NSFW due to language, but only after the run. You’ll understand why after seeing Scott’s run for yourself.