Spring Spectacle of Speed Roars Into Lucas Oil Raceway [GIVEAWAY]
Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:00 PM by Eric Ivie
The NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed races into Hendricks County next weekend, bringing with it a wide variety of drag racing from April 26-28 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana. If you’re like me and love chest-rattling power and mind-blowing speed, you’re as excited as I am about this event. I even have a special surprise for a few lucky readers. More on that free ticket giveaway in a moment. The NHRA offers a wide variety of drag racing classes, and almost all of them will be represented at Lucas Oil Raceway for the Spring Spectacle of Speed: Top Alcohol Dragster, Funny Car, Super Stock, Top Sportsman, and Comp are just a smattering of the classes that will be roaring down the drag strip at speeds in excess of 200 mph. They’re even going to be racing snowmobiles. Snowmobiles! All the action begins on Friday, April 26 when time trials and qualifying begin at 9 a.m. for Stock, Super Stock, Street Stock, Super Gas and Super Comp. The racing continues all day, culminating with the Pro Stock Snowmobiles hitting the strip at 5 p.m. On Saturday, April 27, the fun begins again at 8 a.m. and lasts all day. Come back at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 28 and get your fill of drag racing until the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars roll up to the start line at noon to close out the event at speeds ranging from 280 mph to over 315 mph. If you’ve never been to a live drag racing event, you’ve got to try it out. Television doesn’t do drag racing justice. I went to the NHRA’s Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway last summer, which was the first time I had been to a drag racing event in quite awhile. I had forgotten about the sights, smells and sounds that can only be experienced live. Speaking of sounds, John Force’s Funny Car taught me a valuable lesson last summer: Always wear ear protection at the track. You can click here to read about that lesson learned and also see some video of Shawn Langdon of Al-Anabi Racing. Notice how when Langdon takes off, the camera shakes. These cars are LOUD! Even when you know it’s coming, the sound will startle you. Wear ear protection! I particularly enjoy the fact that NHRA’s events, including the Spring Spectacle of Speed, are family-friendly. In fact, they encourage kids to attend by charging no admission for kids ages 12 and under when accompanied by a paid adult! All tickets double as a pit pass, too, so you get the opportunity to meet these professional racers and crews and watch them work on their incredible machines. Heck of a deal! Adults are only $20 a piece per day, and Visit Hendricks County is giving you a chance to attend for FREE! All you have to do to enter the contest is comment below with the names of the two events at Lucas Oil Raceway that you're looking forward to in May. (Need a hint? Click here!) Visit Hendricks County will choose from all the correct answers and give away Spring Spectacle of Speed tickets! Good luck, and I hope to see you at the track!