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ECM Speedway 7/14/18

By Noah Washington

Seeing the cars take to the track and prepare for racing you can start to see the track evolution. Track evolution is where the dirt is most compact which determines the ideal racing line, based on the line the racers take during preparation during race day.

As the hands of the clock approach 8 pm, the track is cleared, several cars arrive at the starting grid. The starting line is made of nothing more than flour but it is still clearly visible.

The second they pass over the starting line dust is thrown into the air, the ground vibrates and a cacophony of engine sounds cover the air.

The racing is close and fast-paced, the cars reach an estimated 100mph before carefully maneuvering around the nearly 90-degree turn with minimal braking input. In this type of racing discipline, brakes aren’t very important.

Watching the cars move across the relatively small track at such a high speed is addictive, the front left tire of each car is lifted off the ground due to the cars being so light, and having such an enormous amount of grip on such a slippery surface.

After the smoke clears, the body panels are fixed, and the track is cleared a winner emerges.

Hard fought with multiple restarts due to several collisions which were caused by the close quarter combat racing found at ECM Speedway.

As each lap went by the track condition changed due to track evolution, the racers that could adapt moved up into higher places while many fell in position.

Most racers defended while some accepted they were slower and did not have a fast car.

Leaving the race track at 12 am several different classes of racing were still competing.

The races usually end at 3 am, real racers never sleep.

Article and photography by Noah Washington. 

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