In the past few years running 2,500+ horsepower racecars on unprepped surfaces has become a fad, and quite frankly, I don’t understand why. It all started about three years ago with Discovery’s show Street Outlaws. Ever since the public found out they were racing on unprepped runways at Airfields that have been shut down, everyone and their brother has contracted the unprepped surfaces bug, but why?
Personally, I feel that it’s just because they want to prove that they can out run everyone “on the street” without running the risk of getting jammed up. It also might be that they can’t fall out of a tree at prepped track grudge classes because of a lack of power, so they need a way to be fast. Hell, it might just be that they wanna gap Chief. Regardless of the reasoning, the downsides outweigh the advantages.
Although shelfing your buddy on a street-like track may sound fun, the risks should turn most people away. It seems like every other pass someone blows the tires off, and in about a tenth of those passes, someone scrapes the wall or has a YouTube worthy save. In about a tenth of those passes, it gets really out of hand and somebody stuffs a wall head on, or the car rolls twelve times. Not to mention, it proves no point when you beat someone because they spun at the 60 foot. Just take away the excuses and risks. Run at a prepped racetrack.
Another big downside is that leagues like National No Prep have been marketing off of these crashes and advertising them. I don’t know about you, but if my $250,000 racecar ate a wall at 150mph I wouldn’t want half the planet seeing it on YouTube. I don’t know about you, but that would kill me, personally.
Save your car, your ego, and your life. Run your 2,500 horse pro mod at a prepped racetrack.