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National Sand Drag Association … Wait, SAND????

Posted in Fast Cars, Horsepower, Hot Rods, Off-Roading, Racing by Alex Kierstein | June 9th, 2009 | 2 Responses |
<i>Image: NYT</i>

Image: NYT

Possibly you’ve heard of this before, but it’s a new one to us. We’re familiar with the Top Fuel dragsters running the quarter on asphalt, as most people are, but on sand? What’s going on here? Those look like tractor tires on the back of that rig! Is this an elaborate joke? Not at all – a growing sport, the sand drags date from the ’60s.

<i>Image: NYT</i>

Image: NYT

Seems that this functions as a sort of feeder organization for the NHRA series, kind of like a minor league. Interestingly, the track is only 100 yards long, with the 6,000 HP dragsters reaching speeds of 160 MPH while scrambling for traction. It sounds exciting, but you probably don’t want to stand anywhere behind one as it starts the run unless you want the skin sandblasted from your face. Check out the National Sand Drag Association’s website for more info.

[Source: New York Times]

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  1. sketch says:

    I’d tear this dragstrip up, too, but I don’t think my stability control would let me. Ah well.

  2. Mad_Science says:

    I shudder at the idea of working on engines while in the sand.

    That stuff never comes out.