TULSA — First you burn out, smoking and spinning the tires and leaving rubber on the track, adding traction for the launch.
After that, drag racing is all about the first 60 feet.
"That’s the best part. You’ve got 700 to 800 horsepower and put the pedal to the floor and feel the G-force push you back into your seat and hold on for the ride,” Wade Metzinger said.
Metzinger has been drag racing for 10 years; about five years at Tulsa Raceway Park, 3101 N Garnett Road. Because he likes spending weekends at the track, he decided to drag his wife into racing, as well.
Abbey Metzinger said, "Before I met him, I was a lake rat, skiing and boating, and Wade was racing.
"We’re both stubborn, so neither of us wanted to give up our weekends.”
But after her season at the lake ended, he invited her to join him at the track.
"I wasn’t there 10 minutes and he put me in his car. I did a ride-along and had a blast,” she said. "I started going and hanging out at the track. He’d let me take a pass in his car and, once he put me in, I wouldn’t want to stop.”
So, she got her own car to race and gave up on the lake life for life on the track.
"When I get in my car and do my little burnout, I get that adrenaline rush, not only butterflies but kind of pumped up,” she said. "I get in there and wait for the lights to come down. Once I floor it, it’s an absolute blast.
"When I get to the finish line, I don’t want to stop. I’ll have to remind myself to hit the brakes.”
Father-son reunion at the track
Wade Metzinger got into racing because of his dad.
"My dad was into drag racing in the ’60s and ’70s. I saw pictures and heard stories,” he said. "When I got out on my own and could afford it, I started. I always had the desire.”
His father was his crew chief for a while. But after getting his wife to race, Metzinger decided to get his dad back into the sport by building him a Barracuda, the two-door muscle car manufactured by the Plymouth division of Chrysler from 1964-74.