Vintage Drag Racing Video: Pit Rod Drag Racing – But Is It At Charlotte Motor Speedway?


Vintage Drag Racing Video: Pit Rod Drag Racing – But Is It At Charlotte Motor Speedway?

There are a few things that we know for sure about this video. The first one is that it is a fun watch of cars hammering down the pit road at a speedway and that those cars range from early pro stocks to gassers and fuel dragsters. We know it was made in the early 1970s judging by some of the cars that we can see making runs. We know that it is an eighth mile track, and we know that the title clams it to be Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s the one thing we don’t know. Is this Charlotte circa the early 1970s? It does not seem to be big enough for us to make a definitive claim on that front. The IHRA did hold a National Event on the pit road at Charlotte in 1974 and it was kind of a nightmare. Dale Funk won the race in top fuel but along the way Dave Anderson got killed and that kind of threw a black cloud over the whole thing.

Lots of drag racing has happened on pit roads of various tracks over the years. Even now, places like Homestead Speedway in Florida run a regular program on pit road, there were some no prep races held on the pit road at Kansas, and there have been 100ft drags held in Connecticut on the speedways in the Nutmeg state.

We are digging on this video no so much for the location but the action. Gear jamming cars of different shapes and sizes as well as some unexpected action like the close call you’ll watch of a car spinning across the track!

We’re sure we love the cars but we’re not sure about the location. Are you?

Press play below to see this awesome old video from the early 1970s in Charlotte –


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2 thoughts on “Vintage Drag Racing Video: Pit Rod Drag Racing – But Is It At Charlotte Motor Speedway?

  1. Jerry Haynes

    The 1974 race where Dale Funk won Top Fuel & Dave Anderson, plus 2 guys from SC also lost their lives, was not the only race held at CMS. I believe the race in this video preceded that race. I\’m speculating this race may have been about 1972? The car \”spinning across the track…\” was C.T. Cromer\’s 1972 Pro Stock \”Candy Man\” Vega, from Anderson, SC and was still very new, that day.

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