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Old 09-12-2019, 08:28 AM   #31
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I'll add a comment on this as I am familiar with the race that happened at and I know both drivers. That was a Colorado Street Outlaws race at PPIR in Colorado. As was pointing out, that race happened on the pit lane of the banked roundy round track. To answer your first question, both of the drivers are very skilled drivers with years of drag racing experience. The driver of the 55 has a 41 willy's and a 67 Nova outlaw 10.5 cars that have run in the high 6's in the quarter mile. The driver of the Camaro has been racing heads up races in that car for 15+ years and that car run's deep in the 8's in the 1/4 mile. Both great drivers and nice guys. I was invited to race this event but decided that it was not safe and did not want to risk tearing up my car. That being said, heads up racers and street racers are different cats and they like to go fast and take risks. Sometimes when you mess with the bull, you get the horn.....

That was a no-prep track and it was a heads up "street race" style format. Neither driver wanted to lift as they were trying to make it to the finish line first. The 55 was not a race car. That was Kelly's street car. It did not have a cage and it just had a lap belt bolted to the floor pan. I was told the bolt at one end of the belt pulled through the floor pan and that is why Kelly ended up out the window. Yes, Kelly should have lifted sooner and that would have saved the car. There were really no rules for that event and that is another reason they didn't run it at an actual drag strip. This was not a drag race, this was a street race. Not something I support but I'm a live and let live kind of guy.
I missed the above the first time around. Thanks for the clarifications. I was also running on a no prep track, although there had been enough passes and an occasional spray of glue that had it somewhat "prepped". Pretty much street racing I suppose. Not many rules, no NHRA anything. I wore a lap and shoulder belt, no helmet. Who knows if my 3 point belt would have held in the same situation, and god knows what my head would have looked like with no helmet? I had my fun, I don't see myself going back again. I hear them from my house and they don't seem to be calling me anymore. I did what I did, lived through it, and didn't wreck the car so I'll quit while I'm ahead. Just yesterday the slicks where really getting in my way, time to pull them off the wheels and get rid of them. Although tomorrow is Friday the 13th, I could give it one more go...
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