Despite the downturn of a few different motorsport series — witness the hemorrhaging of NASCAR’s fan attendance — there’s plenty of great racing on this planet. Some of it, in fact, is absolutely bonkers.
In Australia, V8 Supercars run door handle to door handle in cars that resemble production machines, just like NASCAR used to do before Brian France decided we all needed a series with confusing points systems and asinine stage racing. IMSA races are generally entertaining, with the added bonus that most of them are livestreamed, then archived on YouTube.
One of the best shows currently on asphalt? Stadium Super Trucks, the gonzo brainchild of Robby Gordon.
These 600 hp brutes are identically prepared high-horsepower trucks. The versatile off-road trucks race on virtually any surface and are this year featured at IndyCar venues, V8 Supercar tracks, and other large events to expose the great sport of off-road racing to the masses.
Thing is, the best races are not off-road. The spectacle of big-tired, long-suspension race trucks tearing around a paved road course is superb, cocking a front tire in turns and hitting temporary jumps placed in the middle of the track with gusto.
Three-wheeling and mid-air contact are one thing but the Stadium Trucks finish this year in Adelaide defied belief. Check out the truck that hits the jump and lands at a bad angle, snapping a rear wheel off. Hell bent on finishing, the driver floors it, cutting a few donuts and spinning like a Maytag full of bricks towards the finish line as the race official casually waves the checkered flag as if it’s all no big deal. Superb.
What’s your favorite racing series these days?
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