Drifting: A Fishtailing Ballet of Burning Rubber
Drifting is the art of controlling a car while it is sliding sideways. This new motorsports craze began on the mountain roads of Japan and is spreading across the United States.
¿Drifting is simply dirt-track racing on asphalt. But instead of allowing the car to slide, the driver has to make it slide,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿It¿s also a tire salesman¿s dream come true.¿
Tuesday night¿s Drifting competition begins with single-car freestyle runs during which each driver will have free reign of the quarter-mile oval. Then, all cars will perform simultaneously and the competition will conclude with each driver making a final pass in front of the grandstand. Crowd applause will determine the winner.
Donald Bond, a regular winner in the One-on-One Spectator Races, is expected to have his GMC Syclone pick-up truck on hand for the drifting competition and John Freeman, a top competitor in both the Legends Car and Thunder Roadster divisions of the Hardee¿s Summer Shootout, is also expected to participate.
A full slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing rounds out the card with nearly 160 race cars expected to jam the pit area.
The 10-week Hardee¿s Summer Shootout runs every Tuesday night through Aug. 17.
Admission is just $5 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:25. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10:15.
Contact the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS for information.