This week I realized that our incredible "special event season" is now at full throttle. In some ways it gets me excited as we have lots of great racing ahead of us but, at the same time, there's a lot of work to be done.
This weekend The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway sees the return of the most insane group of drag racers on the planet...the stars of the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA). This will be the third stop of the season for PSCA and the final tune-up before next month's $300,000 Street Car Super Nationals IV. This means that we'll see a lot of new cars and new drivers who are in town gearing up for that event. My good friend Larry Pfister of Horsepowerheaven.com has been keeping me updated with the huge number of cars that are heading this way from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest and there's some excitement buzzing.
If you have never attended a Pro Street event then you really should check it out. Pro Street cars are basically a pro stock or pro mod bodied car with huge motors, turbos, nitrous, blowers, flux capacitators, and plutonium. Well, I made that part up about flux capacitators and plutonium...but most of the guys tuning these cars are mad scientists. They push these things to the limit, and then some. When they go, they go fast. When they blow, they blow in a big way.
The only people that are crazier than the tuners are the drivers themselves! These guys strap themselves into full bodied rockets and the last thing they are going to do is lift. When they hit pre-stage on the Christmas tree you hear motors redlining, turbos winding, flames shooting out exhaust and then they launch. When they jump off the starting line, you just hope they go straight. They keep me on the edge of my seat hoping that they make it from point A to point B without crashing through points C, D, E and F! There have been a few days when I thought that PSCA actually stood for "PLEASE STOP CRASHING AUTOMOBILES!"
If you love fast cars and want to really increase your pulse rate, this is one show you can't miss. 230 miles per hour in a full-bodied car on small tires is something everyone should experience.
In addition to the PSCA event, we're also getting everything dialed in for the Fall Classic Open Competition at the Bullring, the huge week of activities surrounding the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals and the 22 days of racing we have on tap in the month of November. When we say it's busy season, it's busy season.