There are only a few no prep drag racing events in the midwest that draw the big players in the game and No Prep Mayhem is starting to become one of them. The event is hosted by Kansas International Dragway, a small home town track in Wichita, Ks. Six months ago my friend, Kevin Clark who runs social based Speed Obsessed, told me about this event and said he was putting a team together to cover the event. He also added Jesse Walker, a local Wichita, Ks photographer and a long time friend of mine, Shane Edwards, to aid as a videographer. As the weeks went by the hype started t build. For those of you not familiar with no prep, it is helping small town tracks remain open and make drag racing great again. No prep is essentially a controlled street race atmosphere that takes place in a safe environment that allows spectators to be apart of a ecstatic racing experience while cheering for their favorite drivers and or cars. Tracks do their best to keep the track clean but no prep is done what so ever on the tracks behalf.
The day of the race we met up at 6am to embark on the drive to the event. We took off on a road trip that involved bass drops, automotive talk, energy drinks and meowing at people, well that mainly me. I was so hyped the night before I slept 2 hours and I was doing everything I could to remain amped. The first race of the day was not just the 1st round of big tire. It was a $5000 per, straight off the trailer, bet from Carl Scott who pilots The Honeybadger and Driver Dave Hildebrand with the Boogeyman. a $10,000 purse and bragging rights was up for grabs. My main image for this race was going to be a launch image of The Honeybadger. The vehicles launched and quickly blew past me at the 60' mark. I quickly realized I forgot any sort of hearing protection as my ears screamed 'MERICA!
On the top end of the track the Boogeyman Camaro got loose and slung shot into the Honeybadger's lane, bouncing off the wall. The force of this bounce sent him back to his side of the track where he hit the wall and flipped going for one wild ride! This is a true story of why you can not put a price on safety equipment. Dave literally walked away from the wreck without a scratch, being thankful to be alive! After the jaw dropping accident it was found out the Carl Scott had issues with his car at the top end and got off the throttle. This alone saved this accident from possibly being worse. Prep or No Prep, racing can be dangerous. Trust your instincts and never cheap out on safety equipment.