Transition From Asphalt Racing To Dirt Track Racing: Challenges Involved

Sumit Bhatnagar

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In order to change venues, many drivers and teams often switch from their current form of racing to some other form. The transition from Asphalt Racing to Dirt Track Racing is considered to be the most common one. However, after experiencing Asphalt Racing, it is not very easy to learn Dirt Track Racing!

It is very important to learn about the differences and challenges involved while switching. These two types of racing experiences are quite different and it is essential for drivers to know about them in details before switching.

A few drivers who have made the switch experienced these challenges. In this article, I have tried to throw light on their perspectives on the subject.

If you try to remember, Red Farmer was a part of the ‘Alabama Gang’, which dominated the NASCAR tracks many years ago.

However, he now races at the Talladega dirt short track on a regular basis. Getting his kicks by racing his Rayburn and GRT Dirt Late Models at places such as Eldora and the Talladega Short Track has become a daily routine for him.

Talking about the difficulties a driver might encounter while switching from asphalt to dirt, Red Farmer said, “An asphalt driver is in for a world of hurt if he has no experience on dirt. "

According to him, learning how to drive on dirt will at least take a year or two!

He also added, “Drivers such as NASCAR's Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards are much better asphalt drivers because of their early dirt experience. I've seen them do things and recover from situations where strictly asphalt drivers lock up the brakes and spin out. "

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