A Look Into The Life Of A Sprint Car Driver

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The death of Kevin Ward Jr. introduced the country to sprint cars as hugely powerful machines, challenging to drive and run on dangerous local tracks. But there's a missing element of who these drivers really are.

Chris Forsberg actually visited a sprint car garage, meeting Brian Hosford. He runs winged and non-winged sprint cars. As it turns out, these are basically 700 horsepower engines with wheels stuck on them.

What's interesting is how much time Hosford devotes to his cars. Prepping for a race starts the moment he finishes his previous event. He works in the day, and spends his nights at the shop in Phoenix, which is still in triple digit heat.


It's an amazing look into the people who race these machines. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean.

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I've been lucky enough to see a handful of World of Outlaws (410 cubic inch engine with a wing) races. On a third of a mile dirt oval they averaged just about 100 miles per hour.

Sadly I think the only time most of us hear about sprint cars, midgets, or silver crowns is when something horribly bad happens. If more people got to see these cars in person I think it would help explain why some of the big names in motorsports have such a strong connection to this type of racing.

Also if you got the time check out the Loudpedal channel on Youtube. They do just about the best job capturing the live feelings of these races.