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10 Extreme Motor Sports for Thrill Seekers


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Drag Racing
Even though drag strips are only a quarter-mile long or shorter, dragsters still reach speeds of over 300 mph (483 kph). Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
Even though drag strips are only a quarter-mile long or shorter, dragsters still reach speeds of over 300 mph (483 kph). Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

To some people, a drag race involves men dressed in exaggerated women's clothing, catfights and RuPaul. While that kind of drag race is an extreme sport all its own (you better work!), we're talking about drag racing as a motor sport.

In drag racing, two cars (or pretty much anything with a motor and a seat) line up to see who can cover a distance — usually a quarter-mile — in a straight line the fastest. Now, to be fair, you can start drag racing at any traffic light with the guy in the Honda Accord next to you. That's one way to get into the sport if you also like getting arrested.

The safest place to drag race is on an actual drag strip with organized races and automatic timing. Depending on the class, dragsters may have up to 10,000 horsepower and get to speeds of more than 330 mph (531 kph) [source: NHRA]. Drag races are organized by class, so even if you have an old station wagon you like to wrench on, you can find a way to compete.


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