You want to know the best thing about drag racing on dirt? You’ve lessened the likelihood of parts breakage! Maybe not in the engine bay, but think about it: outside of catastrophic engine failure, the next most common area for breakage occurs in the driveline when the power and the grip turn components into neat little metallic chunks. Ever see a U-joint turn to dust? How about a snapped axle? The benefit to dirt is that the ground is going to yield far before anything in the driveline should, and if you do manage to break something when launching on terra firma, maybe you should double-check that part to make sure it’ll live again next time.
This footage comes from the drag racing section of the Extreme Off-Road Expo in Ionia, Michigan, and as far as we’re concerned, we’d take a crack at any truck you’ll see in the film. The street rigs are stout and when blower vehicles come up to the line, all you need to know is to not stand anywhere behind them, lest you wind up covered in freshly churned soil, looking like a daisy that just sprouted!