Beech Ridge Spectator Drags: Semi-Civilized Lap Racing For The Delinquents Of Maine!
We return to Beech Ridge in Maine for their take on the Spectator Drags scene. If you are unfamiliar with how this system works, it’s a lap of a short asphalt oval with two cars racing in an elimination setup. The winner returns to the queue for a new paring while the loser drives back into the pits…if they’re lucky. These are cars with plates that were willfully driven onto the track surface, with the drivers knowing that concrete poisoning, engine damage, and even a bit of good ol’ boy “rubbin’ is racin’” action can all be in the cards. It’s not unheard of for a Spectator Drags driver to PIT-maneuver someone out of the way so that they can move on to win the prize of the night. and in some cases we’ve seen drivers go into full attack mode. But for every bad seed there are plenty of good racers who just want to give it a shot that night, so you’ll get a mix of machines, like a relatively new Ford Taurus that looks like it just got decomissioned from the police force, a Honda or two, a Mercedes and a BMW to bring some class to the joint, and a track favorite at Beech Ridge, a snotty and prepared Oldsmobile Cutlass that has been around for a bit now. This black G-body sounds properly snotty and has the bash marks to prove it’s worth in the ring. But does it have enough, or will the Fox Mustang with the faulty hood latch have the oats to take it on the inside of Turn 3?
We have to applaud the drivers for giving the racing a fair shot. We’d have to have a purpose-selected beater to even think about volunteering to drive into the track, ready to do battle. And it’s not always the car you expect that will win it. The spray-painted Pontiac Grand Am, on the other hand…no. It never had a chance in hell!