The 2019 Chonkers Halloween speedway was an absolute treat for motorcycle fans. The event is always a blast, but this year’s edition proved to be more special. The main reason behind this is that it was the first edition of the event to feature a track that is completely new to the speedway scene. This year’s track, named the Ascender, is located in Marlborough, Massachusetts and is colloquially known as the Death Star because of its shape. The track was designed by none other than the master himself, Dave Henson, and it features a unique array of challenging curves and off-camber turns that require quick reflexes and strong front engines to navigate. With the new track came a new mode of racing called the Scramble, which is a form of battle royale racing that sees drivers battling it out in a series of close combat drag races. The results of these races dictate the order of the drivers at the end of the day, and thus the series of events that take place over the course of the evening. This year was our first real taste of what the Scramble is all about, and it was an experience that we will not soon forget.
The New Track Is A Milestone For The Series
The track was constructed by the highly experienced and skilled crew at Henson Racing, and it features a host of sweeping curves and off-camber turns that stretch for hundreds of feet. The track has been a bucket-list item for many motorcyclists ever since its inception, and it is a milestone for the series to have a new full-length track for the first time ever. The track represents a significant upgrade for the series, and it will certainly be the talking point among fans for many months to come.
The Series Is Back!
The Scramble was introduced this year as part of a bid to revitalize the ailing sport of motorsport and give it a new lease of life. The initiative was borne out of conversations that Mike McGrail, founder of the series, had with several high-profile race drivers as part of his research and preparation for the series. The drivers he spoke to were more than happy to help and offered up their insight into what makes for a successful drag racer. One of the main things they pointed out was the importance of team work and communication, and this is precisely what the Scramble is all about.
Fully Stocked And Engaged Drags
The main difference between the Scramble and traditional drag racing is that there are no longer just two or three racers per race. Nowadays, there are 10 to 12 drivers per race in a bid to create a battle of wits and skill between drivers. The series has also moved away from the use of alcohol and tobacco products as fuel, which was prevalent in the sport for many years. This means that all the engines in each car are either highly modified or rebuilt from scratch, which makes for much more interesting viewing.
A Whole New World Of Drags
The world of drag racing used to be all about big-block Chevy V-8s and muscle cars, but thanks to the likes of Dave Henson and John Force, drag racing has evolved into something a little more unique and interesting. Today, dragsters and funny cars are a thing of the past as teams of engineers design and create special vehicles that can withstand tremendous forces and torque, while also being nimble and quick. These days, the main focus is on ensuring that the car is safe, reliable, and built to a high standard, while also taking design elements and creativity that were initially limited to show cars and racing machines and applying it to produce a road-legal vehicle that can be ridden and driven by the average motorist. The results are fascinating to behold and it is an area of motorsport that we recommend exploring if you have an interest in taking a closer look at the inner workings of a drag racer.
New Technology And Equipment
The field of motorsport has changed a great deal over the years, and the technology that is used to gather and transmit data is now so sophisticated that it is almost meaningless to try and compare race results from one era to another. The speeds attained are completely different, and while it would be interesting to compare one-lap racing results from the 1960s to those of today, the disparities are so great that it would be quite misleading. One key area that has changed is the equipment that is used. Back in the day, a drag racer would start with basic tools such as a hacksaw, a pair of pliers, and wire cutters. These days, a drag racer’s toolkit would undoubtedly include a whole host of technical items that are only available to those who work in the highly specialized field. To give you an idea of what is possible, take a look at some of the equipment that Pro-Line Performance Products, a company that designs and builds drag racing and off-road equipment, uses to build their vehicles. It would be fair to say that even the most experienced machinists would have a hard time putting together something as complex as what these guys create. The equipment they use is only accessible to those who work in racing and are familiar with expensive and complicated machines that are a combination of several different tools that are used to cut, grind, and polish metal to create something extraordinary. The result is a dragster that is light, fast, and handles well on the road and on the strip.
The Whole Experience
The Scramble is a unique motorsport phenomenon that has risen to popularity over the past couple of years and has established itself as an exciting alternative to mainstream racing and other forms of motor sport such as car collecting or driving recreationally. The event was designed with one thing in mind: to create the ultimate test of driver skill and reflexes, and we would have to agree that they certainly succeeded in this aim and, at the very least, gave us all a new perspective on what a drag race is all about. The novelty of the new track meant that the series this year attracted a lot of new people to the sport who may not have given it a thought, and it was a great opportunity for those who are new to the sport to experience an evening of high-octane action alongside some of the best drivers in the world. The adrenaline rush that comes with watching and participating in a drag race is something that every motorsport fan should experience at least once in their lifetime. The main thing is that we are now able to say that we have seen it, done it, and been there ourselves – it truly is a mind-blowing experience!