The NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals may be over, but that doesn't mean the action out at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg is slowing down because HOT ROD Magazine's Drag Week '13 will give race fans yet another fantastic reason to visit Hendricks County next week. HOT ROD Drag Week '13 is coming to Hendricks County on Sept. 9-10!  (Photo courtesy of HOT ROD Magazine) HOT ROD Drag Week '13 is a really neat event as 250 street cars go on a week-long tour of the Midwest, traveling more than 1,000 miles and racing on four different tracks in four different states over the course of five days. It's an absolutely insane schedule. The Drag Week drivers start in Bowling Green, Ky., on Monday, Sept. 9, racing at Beech Bend Raceway. Then they immediately pack up and head our way because from 4 to 9 p.m. that night, they're cruising in front of the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Metropolis Mall in Plainfield! Check out cool street cars like this one at Barnes & Noble at Metropolis Mall in Plainfield, Indiana on Sept. 9!  (Photo courtesy of Bangshift.com) That's right, you can load up the family and head down to Barnes & Noble on Monday evening and check out the street cars that will be thundering down Lucas Oil Raceway's dragstrip the next day! See the cars, take pictures, meet the drivers, get autographs and hear those engines roar! (DRIVERS:  Need suggestions on where to eat in Hendricks County? Click here. You can also learn what restaurants come recommended by NHRA drivers from our area by clicking here. Need a place to stay? Click here.) If you plan to attend the event at Metropolis, I would suggest finding Larry Larson. He's a chassis builder out of Oak Grove, Mo., and you'll likely find him near his 1966 Chevrolet Nova. What makes Larson special? He has won Drag Week five times in a row in that Nova and topped 200 mph on a quarter-mile strip. HOT ROD Magazine even named his Nova the Fastest Street Car in America. Want to see him in action? Check out this video from last year's Drag Week, where he exceeds 208 mph. [youtube]http://youtu.be/jCMUNkG1nwY[/youtube] Larson is an amazing racer and car guy, and he's definitely worth seeking out while you're in Plainfield. There's no rest for the wicked, so after the event at Metropolis, the Drag Week drivers are up and at 'em the next morning -- Tuesday, Sept. 10 -- for some drag racing from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Raceway. It's just $5 a person for spectators to come see these guys roar down the track for a few hours, which might help with the withdrawals you're suffering following U.S. Nationals. Come see HOT ROD Drag Week '13 racing at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana, on Sept. 10.  (Photo courtesy of HOT ROD Magazine) Then just as quickly as they arrive, the Drag Week drivers are gone. They have to get to St. Louis to race on Wednesday; then Memphis on Thursday; and back up to Bowling Green on Friday. As I said before, an utterly insane schedule.
Meet the Drivers
  • 4-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. 
  • Metropolis Mall, 2540 Futura Park Way, Plainfield
  • In front of Barnes & Noble bookstore
See 'Em Race!
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10. 
  • Lucas Oil Raceway, Brownsburg
  • $5 per person