There are few forms of budget-minded vehicular entertainment better than local short track stock car racing. This summer I took in a few evenings of action at Star Speedway in New Hampshire, and a couple of other small venues in my travels around the country. Star is an asphalt oval but I did see some dirt track action at a few dust bowls as well and it is great fun. As you’ll see in this video compilation of crashes featuring the street stock class, it doesn’t take super high speeds to produce edge of your seat action. Of course if you like 1980s G-Bodies and late second generation Camaros this video will probably have you about ready to explode as the cars are mangled by the dozens. We winced watching several Chevelles meet their maker. One of the basic things that seems to hold true in stock car racing is that if you have one straight panel of sheet metal on your car when the race begins, it will be as bent up and mangled as the rest of the machine by the time you’re done.
The one thing that surprised us about a couple of clips in this video is the airborne action a few of the cars experience. We’re talking full tilt barrel rolls, pirouettes on the nose, and destruction that leaves a few of these cars as nothing but a bare roll cage with a driver inside it. If anything it reinforces the need for proper safety equipment no matter what form of racing you are into. These cars are not exceeding 100mph in virtually any circumstance in this video but the crashes they suffer are violent affairs that could easily cause harm if they weren’t properly protected.