Hear the engines, smell the nitro, feel the rumble throughout your body!
First off, let me start by saying that if you’re not a drag racing fan, you need to add an NHRA drag race to your bucket list anyway. I was not a huge fan when I got thrown into this all, BUT watching it on your television doesn’t even compare to being there in person. Once you attend your first race, you’ll be a die hard forever, I swear.
Growing up in Joe’s family, it was always a tradition to go to the NHRA drag races for the Fourth of July in Norwalk, Ohio. As he got older, he pursued his dreams of working on these fast cars. When we met, he was working on the Patrón funny car, but now he works part time whenever teams need him. Now that you have a quick back story on how I got thrown into this wonderful world of drag racing, we’ll fast forward to Norwalk, 2017.
We made our own little adventure down to the races this year, with my dad and my “Uncle” Bill. The three hour car ride was a riot with these boys, let me tell you, but when we finally arrived, it was time to smell the nitro!
The sun was shining and there was a slight breeze that made the perfect weather combination for the day. We made our way over to the pits and Joey made some small talk with some of the guys (I swear, he knows everyone, everywhere we go.) After walking through the pro pits we found a spot near the starting line, just as the top fuel dragsters were rolling in and firing up their engines. Now, this is when the experience begins! I can’t even begin to describe to you the roar of these engines, and the rumbling, thunder-like feeling throughout your whole body as these dragsters fly past you at remarkable speeds just over 300 mph. This was my “Uncle” Bill’s first experience, and let me tell you, his reaction when the first dragster flew past us, was priceless! My description just gives the whole experience no justice.. So like I said earlier, you’ll just have to attend an NHRA drag race on your own to fully get the experience. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!
So that was our fill of loud engines and fast cars for awhile.. Now we just have to wait for Labor Day weekend to smell the sweet smell of nitro again (And to get completely fried again.) Until then, watching the races on tv will just have to do!
Xo, Jennah Rae