The Earth Shook

Some Pro-Mods, that is, the truly insane drag racers, came out to Dunn Tire Raceway Park. In truth, they weren’t a true “Pro-Modifieds” class, but the class was open to, essentially, crazy cars competing for a $3000 prize.  After the second qualifying passes were completed, Nachmu the Younger took Tony aside to tell him that “they vibrate.”  They sure do. I was reminded of Psalm 18, which includes the following verses:

Can't see the craziness, can you? This car did the eighth-mile in 4.5 seconds.

Can you see the craziness now?

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.

God rides on the Wild Side, doesn't he?

These vehicles must be related to the chariots of fire.

I mean, Dunn Tire Raceway Park is known for a notorious quote by John Force, fearless Funny Car driver of many championships, who, in 1997, upon inspecting the drag strip at DTRP, turned to an official and said, “Where’s the other lane?”

The track has done nothing but deteriorate since then.

Believe it or not, the track that John Force feared has been conquered: a record was set by one of these insane dragsters, running down the strip with a competitor in the other “half” in 3.97 seconds at 163.5 mph.  Just so you know whom to avoid if you meet him in a dark alley, the guy’s name is Bob Frigon.

Lookit, any aficionado will tell you that 3.97 seconds is only respectably fast when it comes to pure speed on an eighth-mile track, but this is at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster, NY.  It’s not set up for that kind of speed.

Chariots of the Divine

To be sure, at other tracks, one cannot stand literally two feet from the car as it thunders by, so DTRP offers a unique experience, something akin to standing next to God when he makes an appearance.  One feels fear and awe, nothing less.  It’s a divine experience to feel the heat of the exhaust, hear the pounding of engine-compression, and have your heart stop for a moment because the ground is falling out from beneath your feet.

It’s comforting to know that God is angry at my enemies.