(Words and photos by Tommy Lee Byrd) – Although plenty of people have street raced on Interstate 40, don’t get it confused with I-40 Dragway, an eighth-mile track in Crossville, Tennessee. I-40 Dragway has been around for more than 30 years, and it’s been a hotspot for outlaw drag racing for nearly a decade. Its monthly outlaw program is called the Bounty Race, and it offers a fresh take on outlaw racing, while also offering index classes in the mix.
The 7.0 and 6.0 index classes are self-explanatory, and the rules prohibit throttle stops and state that the car must have doors, so no dragsters are allowed. The outlaw classes consist of Cheap Street, Extreme Street and Pro Street. Each class has its own set of rules, with Cheap Street being the entry-level class, Extreme Street being an X275-style, stock suspension class and Pro Street being an evolution of ORSCA’s old Limited Street rule package.
The coolest aspect of the Pro Street class is where the “Bounty” comes into play. The first race of the season goes down just like any other elimination bracket. Then, whoever wins has the Bounty on them, meaning they get a bye to the finals of the next race. This essentially creates two final round situations, as the eliminations must get down to the final two drivers, with the winner facing the Bounty car at the end of the night. It’s a cool concept, and it makes for some good racing.
We dropped in on the July Bounty Race, so check out the gallery of photos below for all of the action –