While dirt track racing has been around for hundreds of years, motor racing as we know it was actually born in the United States in the spring of 1904. The very first automobile race, the 1904 French Grand Prix, was actually run on dirt. Before then, most people thought of cars as being more of a luxury item than something that the average person could actually buy. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that cars began to slowly trickle down into the mainstream. This is mainly thanks to a few iconic figures in the automotive world who were ahead of their time and knew how essential it would eventually be to have cars on the roadways.
Dirt track racing is basically what most people think of when they think of short-track racing. This is thanks to the fact that most tracks are based around dirt rather than asphalt or concrete. The reason for this is that tracks made out of dirt can be repaired and maintained much more cheaply than tracks made out of concrete or asphalt. Additionally, dirt is much easier to clean up after a race, if needed. This means that the overall impact on the environment is probably less than it would be if a conventional race were held.
The Evolution Of Dirt Track Racing
Dirt track racing was originally considered to be a stepping stone to either car or motorcycle racing. This was mainly because of the fact that there wasn’t actually any money to be made in racing cars at the time (hence the reason for the French Grand Prix in the first place). Many of the early drivers won a lot of acclaim and fame during their racing career, and many went on to become professional driving competitors. This is mainly because the sport was so much fun to watch and participate in as a spectator.
However, as more and more people got into the habit of watching cars race on television, more and more people wanted to become involved in the sport themselves. This is how NASCAR, the famous American racing league, was born. NASCAR races have traditionally been held on dirt tracks, with the exception of the Indianapolis 500, which has always been held on a combination of asphalt and concrete. With the exception of the Indy 500, which is the most prestigious American single-handedly owned racing event, NASCAR has largely replaced dirt track racing as the predominant form of short-track racing. This is mainly because of the fact that asphalt and concrete are a hell of a lot more flexible than dirt and are therefore a whole lot easier to work with. This also means that the vehicles are more consistent, and therefore, the racing is that much more predictable.
The Differences Between Dirt And Cement Tracks
It’s important to note here that while dirt track racing has largely been replaced by asphalt and concrete racing, this is far from true everywhere. There are still many, many dirt tracks around the world, particularly in Europe, where motorsport fans can still enjoy the unique culture that this amazing racing league has brought with it.
The main difference between dirt and cement tracks has to do with the surface on which the race takes place. Cement tracks are always smooth, and it is this very smoothness that gives the sport its appeal. However, dirt tracks are much more varied when it comes to the surfaces that they are made of. Typically, dirt tracks will either have a very smooth surface or a very rough surface. There aren’t that many in-between options, and this is actually part of the reason why dirt track racing has largely been replaced by asphalt and concrete in the first place.
The Overall Feel Of A Dirt Track Race
It isn’t that asphalt and concrete are inherently better than dirt, but it is that they are more practical, and therefore, much more versatile when it comes to use in modern day racing. This is mainly because they were built for use in modern day motor racing, and dirt track racing was designed for something different. Sure, the vehicles might be a little more stable, and the racing is probably a little more predictable, but the overall feel of a dirt track race is much more thrilling.
This is mainly because of the nature of the surfaces on which the races take place. While dirt tracks have largely been replaced by asphalt and concrete, this is far from true everywhere. There are still many, many dirt tracks around the world, particularly in Europe, where motorsport fans can still enjoy the unique culture that this amazing racing league has brought with it.