Amateur Racing

The need for speed is what participants of amateur racing state they crave. From being in the audience watching racers go against each other to being the actual racer running the track, there is definitely something about this sport that brings families together for a little outdoor fun.

There are two general types of amateur racing: round track and drag. On a round track, racers complete laps around a circular track in hopes of finishing first. On a drag strip, racers compete down a straight track with the goal of reaching the finish line first. The difference between the two types of racing is that racing on a round track allows the promoter to accept more vehicles into the race, whereas a drag strip limits the amount of racers per round. On smaller drag strips, the race promoter pairs two cars against each other per round. Then the winner of each round will be paired with another winner and so forth, until an overall winner is determined.

One of the main motivations for amateur racing is what is called the purse. This doesn’t mean an actual woman’s purse is handed to the winner, as those unfamiliar with the sport could assume. A purse in racing is the monetary prize that is given to the winner. For instance, the race promoter may advertise that the winner of a round track race will receive a $1,000 purse. That simply means that the winner will get that amount of money.

Although the racers are not professionals, they still can pack the stands with their fans. Racers that have been in the sport for several years have been known to bring in enough fans to cheer them to the finish line that would fill a complete bleacher section. Fans love the sport, and they are not afraid to get a little rowdy to show their support. Some outdoor races allow fans to bring their own seating, which is in the form of lawn chairs. Other tracks even have the option for someone to back their truck up to the safety fence and sit on their tailgate instead of taking to the bleachers.

Racing is definitely a sport enjoyed by young and old. Although the race is not considered a professional race, it doesn’t mean it is not worthy of watching. Amateur racing still requires knowledge, experience and most of all an acceptance to the risks associated with the sport.

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