Sprint Car Racing tracks vary greatly in size, shape, surface type and quality of facilities. From small club-run regional tracks to NASCAR-like state-of-the-art complexes, there are thousands of Sprint Car Racing Tracks scattered around the globe.
Tracks such as Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway are big ½ mile monsters, while Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway
and Gas City are smaller ¼ mile speedways. The ½ mile tracks produce high speed racing, with “slide jobs” through the big turns common place. The smaller ¼ mile “bullrings” tend to lend themselves to “elbows up”, wheel-banging action.
The banking of a Sprint Car Racing track is important in determining the overall speed of the venue. High banking on the turns enables drivers to power the cars through the turns, where a track with little banking requires the drivers to slow the cars to manoeuvre the corners. Tracks such as Eldora Speedway have 24 degrees of banking on the turns and 8 degrees on the straights.
Clay is the most popular track surface for Sprint Car Racing, this is because, when prepared just right, clay provides high levels of grip. Just think back to your art classes at school, add a little water to the clay and it becomes very sticky. Preparing a clay surface is an art, too much water and the track becomes impossible to race on, too little water and the track can turn into a tire shredder. Other surfaces include dolomite, dirt and pavement.
Sprint Car Racing Tracks have personalities, they change constantly throughout a night’s racing. Usually starting off with plenty of moisture at the beginning of the night, the track will often be quite dry and “slick” by the end of the show. This is what makes a crew chief’s job such a important one, they must learn to predict what a track surface is going to do throughout the night and adjust the car to suit.
When a track becomes too dry it loses grip, the tires struggle to grip on the loose dry surface, which creates wheel spin.
If a track it watered too much, or is rain affected it can become “wet slick”, causing the track to become very slippery or “slick”.
You may sometimes hear a driver mention that a track is “taking rubber”, this is when a track dries out and begins to build up a layer of rubber on the racing line, usually producing high levels of grip.
When the moisture content is just right a track surface can provide heaps of grip, this is often referred to as a “hookey track”.
Sprint Car Video Vault
Experience the thrill of Sprint Car Racing!
In the Sprint Car Video Vault you’ll find all sorts of great footage from around the world, including in-car vision, wheelstands and of course plenty of rollover action.
Nothing beats experiencing Sprint Car racing in the flesh, the roar of the ground shaking engines, the crisp smell of methanol in the air and the awesome nail-biting racing, but hopefully these will tide you over until you can catch some action at your local track.
The collection will continue to grow, so be sure to check back regularly to make sure you don’t miss any of the great footage.
Donny Schatz Crash Video
This Donny Schatz Crash Video was recorded at the 53rd annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway on Thursday, September 7, 2006.
Schatz was on the final lap of the fourth heat race when he ran over the edge of backstretch and made contact with the concrete wall. As you can clearly see, the impact from the tail tank crashing into the wall set the fuel cell ablaze forcing Schatz to make a quick exit.
The video shows other drivers coming to Schatz’s aid, those drivers were Brent Kaeding, Brooke Tatnell, Paul McMahan and Randy Hannagan, and thanks to them he avoided more serious injuries. Schatz only received minor burns in the incident, and after being checked out at the local hospital returned to the track.
Sprint Car Flip Video
This Sprint Car Flip Video demonstrates that when two Sprint Cars bump wheels, all hell can break loose.
The car in the lead appears to get his Sprint Car a little sideways in the turn, the second car arrives in the turn and has to pitch his car sideways to avoid the other car, they bump wheels and the rest is history.
As you can see by the video the car gets some serious air and performs around 8 end-for-end flips, including a huge double flip.
Sprint Car Wheelstand Crash Video
This Sprint Car Wheelstand Crash Video was captured at New Zealand’s Baypark Speedway and shows just how easy it is to wreck a Sprint Car.
In the footage Jamie McDonald gets a little high coming through the turn, allowing another car to drive under him, they bump wheels, realising he is going to lose a spot Jamie gets on the gas hard… a little too hard. The car begins to wheelstand and flips heavily a number of times.
Sprint Car Crash at the Classic
This Sprint Car crash was recorded at Premier Speedway, Warrnambool, during the 2007 Grand Annual Classic. Sprint Car drivers Todd Wanless (Q61) and Ken Sartori (W47) were fighting for position in their second heat when Wanless, on the outside and Sartori touched coming out of turn 4. Sartori’s right rear tire made contact with Wanless’ left rear sending both into the concrete fence. Wanless’ Maxim was destroyed in this accident and within an hour his crew had the car stripped to a bare chassis.
Sprint Car Rollover Video
This Sprint Car Rollover Video is a good example of what happens when you get off of the racing line and end up in the marbles (the loose dirt thrown high on the track). The number 12 Sprint Car moves under the 8 car, they touch and the 8 car is pushed high. Once he gets up into the marbles he is unable to steer or slow the car down. The car makes contact with the fence and is sent into a couple of heavy flips. The fire you can see is only a flash oil fire.
Kyle Hirst Sprint Car Crash Video
This Kyle Hirst Sprint Car crash video was captured at California’s Placerville Speedway in July 2006. Kyle rides out several wild tumbles and takes out the outside catch fence. Another car flips trying to avoid Hirst, something that happens a lot in Sprint Car racing as they don’t react too well to sudden changes of direction.
In-Car Sprint Car Video
In-Car Sprint Car Video gives you a great idea of what it’s like to drive a Sprint Car. In this video, captured at Australia’s Brisbane International Speedway, Max Dumesny gives a taste of the action.
At around the 25 second mark Max passes a slower car and then reaches to remove a tearoff from his helmet’s visor. When the car hits the next turn it bikes (lifts the inside wheels off of the ground), you can see the night sky suddenly appear and then the wheels come back to the track with a thud.
Thanks to Wade Aunger from World Series Sprintcars for this In-Car Sprint Car Video.
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Diecast Sprint Car Models
Diecast Sprint Car models are extremely popular collector items among Sprint Car fans worldwide.
Ranging from simple, low detail models, to perfect 1:18 scale models, some even including the dirt! Models of most popular current drivers are available as well as vintage Sprint Cars and special edition models.
The main manufacturers of Diecast Sprint Car Models include
R&R; Enterprises (formerly GMP) and Motorsport Authentics (formerly Action Racing Collectables).
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