Essay by christenCollege, UndergraduateB+, April 2003

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Drag RacingSome people may think that staying up late at night and gambling on street races is a waste of time. Out of the people that think that, how many of them have actually witnessed a race? I can honestly say, even though I am a female, that watching races and participating in the whole drag racing scene is fun and exciting. I started going to street races about three years ago. I originally went because one of my friends invited me to go. I was not expecting anything interesting but after that night, cars never were the same to me. Everything from, getting the race set to the final verdict at the quarter mile mark intrigued me. After going many times I became a "regular" and began to learn what goes on behind the scenes.

Drag racing is a straight line acceleration contest between two race cars and is conducted over a specified distance, usually a quarter mile (Chaos, online).

Every drag race starts out in certain "hang out" parking lots. People anywhere from 16 years old to 40 years old meet there to talk about cars, see what other people have done to their cars, and race. They basically go there to represent themselves and their posse. It is kind of an unstated rule that if your friends cannot make it that night or you have anyone to go with, you do not go yourself. I know I would not want to show up by myself. The group that I hang out with goes almost every night. They usually stay only if there is a large amount of people out that night. The night usually begins around ten o'clock when many of the stores are closed. This being so that there are no cars or people in the...