A Fan’s Handbook: How to Enjoy Drag Racing

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It seems like it would be a no-brainer to know how to enjoy drag racing.  But such is not the case.  Enjoying the race fully is an art.  Take it from me, an avid drag racing fan, there are some tips and tricks to getting the most out of a race.

First off, know a little history about the track you are going to.  Make it a day, a week-end or a full fledge vacation.  Usually there are historical points of interest on the scene that you will find quite interesting.  There are generally other fun things to do in the area as well so do your homework and make it a memory.

Learning about the racers is important too.  Who is racing while their wife is in labor with their first child?  Who is suffering from an injury but still determined to be in the race?  It is fun to know personal details about the racers and also to have your favourites to root for.  It just makes the race all the more better.

Knowing the rules and regulations is helpful too.  It is more involved than you may think.  There are certain behind-the-scenes happenings that make it more than just a simple race and knowing the ins-and-outs will make your race watching a more enriched event.

Dress appropriately.  I have been to racer where I felt like I would burn up and some where I was sure I would freeze to death.  Races that last all day usually call for layers of clothing so you can bundle up or strip down determined by the time of day.  If there is a chance of rain, bring an umbrella for sure.

You may want to carry a set of ear plugs with you.  If you are bringing children or a lady to the event, I would certainly suggest doing so.  The races get loud and sometimes last for quite some time so better safe than sorry, in my estimation.

Bring along some extra funds for food and drinks or bring your own picnic if it is allowed.  There’s nothing worse than starving while you attempt to enjoy a race and the adrenaline flow can make you quite thirsty as well.  Find out the rules on bringing in your own cooler and food before attempting to do some and never bring glass containers in.

Sunglasses or a hat are helpful to have on hand.  I have had seating that did not allow me to even see the race due to the sun being in my eyes.  I squinted and cupped my hands over my eyes but to no avail.  Sometimes you can purchase such gear there at the raceway but it is not a given.

Being knowledgeable and being prepared will make or break your drag race experience.  It is advised to read up and search online for any and everything that has to do with the race, the raceway and the racers of the event that you will be attending.  And by all means, don’t forget your camera.  Know your stuff and enjoy the game!