I Can't Stop Watching These Spectator Drags Go All Wrong

I Can't Stop Watching These Spectator Drags Go All Wrong

Sometimes, racing your own car against someone else's car is a recipe for disaster.

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Sheer vandemonium.
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Spectator drags, also known as King of the Hill, are one of racing’s greatest gifts to mankind. In these (legal) heats, one Average Human races a car of their choice in a one-lap race against some other Average Human to see who has the best ride (though, while the name “drag” implies that these races are run on a straight-line course, they’re usually done on a closed oval.) Sometimes, these races are buckets of fun. Sometimes, though, things just... go wrong.

Today, we’re running through some of the most ridiculous ways a spectator drag can totally fail. Let it be a lesson to any of you looking to compete with your own car.

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Top-Heavy Machinery

Top-Heavy Machinery

This weekend, Twitter user @KGonYT reportedly convinced their local track to take part in some good, old fashioned spectator drags. It was a very immediate lesson in “this top-heavy Silverado is probably not the best vehicle for driving very fast on a dirt track.”

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No Shortcuts

No Shortcuts

Truck racing - King of the hill with a Rollover - Varney Speedway part 1

Sorry, fella. That’s not allowed.

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You Could Have Had it All

You Could Have Had it All

Spectator Drags | Birch Run Speedway | 7/29/22

You were so close to a win! You had the gap! What happened!

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From Zero to Hero...

From Zero to Hero...

Spectator Drag Racing Meridian Speedway Crash Mustang Crash

... And right back to zero.

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Only Losers Here

Only Losers Here

The Crash, Viper at KOTH, Delaware Speedway, 2010

Never trust the driver of a red car. That includes me.

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Camaro on Camaro Violence

Camaro on Camaro Violence

Spectator Drags Camaro Crash!! 2nd Gen Vs 4th Gen

The muscle car-loving part of my soul cringed into the ether with this one.

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Daily Driver Disaster

Daily Driver Disaster

Another Spectator Drag crash!

Is there anything better than watching two folks absolutely demolish their daily drivers? The walk of shame all the way home must have been horrible.

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At Least There Was Some Redemption

At Least There Was Some Redemption

SPECTATOR DRAG VETERAN CRASHES 500+ HP VETTE INTO THE WALL!!!

Listen. He already destroyed his Corvette. He might as well have some fun with it.

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Ford Tornio Fail

Ford Tornio Fail

Spectator Race CRASH Ford Torino - June 8 2019 - Shawano Speedway

Having such an impeccable paint scheme should have let you know this was going to go all wrong.

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Get Smoky

Get Smoky

‘Class B’ Stock Spectator Drags | Oxford Plains Speedway Motor Mayhem | OCT 2021

If you’re gonna beef it at the finish line, you might as well do a little donut to make up for it.

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The Wrong Kind of Tire Barrier

The Wrong Kind of Tire Barrier

Pickup Truck Spectator Drags @Beech Ridge #1 May 2017

Maybe an ultra-lifted truck would have come in handy here.

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That’ll Buff Out

That’ll Buff Out

It’s all fine! It’s all fine!

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Mustang? Makes Sense

Mustang? Makes Sense

New Mustang GT Totaled in Spectator Race

If I was bringing my brand-new Mustang GT out to a spectator race, I would simply not crash it.

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That Was Too Much Send

That Was Too Much Send

Birch Run Speedway - spectator race crash 7/29/2022

You might want to tone it down there, bud.

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Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

Spectator Drag Race Huge Crash!!

My favorite comment? “This is how fast and furious would actually turn out in reality.” You’re exactly right.

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Double Contact

Double Contact

Seekonk Speedway Spectator Drag Crash Eagle Talon vs mitsubishi 8.05.2012

These two make contact twice during their head-to-head match-up and still got out to shake hands afterward.

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No Turning Radius

No Turning Radius

Riverhead Raceway Spectator Drag Crash

It was going so well... until it wasn’t.

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Vandemonium

Vandemonium

Spectator Drags - Rockford Speedway - 07/24/2021

That ain’t your momma’s van.

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Royal Rumble

Royal Rumble

When it all goes wrong, sometimes you just need to fight it out. The video is age restricted on YouTube, but you can watch it here.

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