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FYI WIRZ: NHRA Countdown Playoff Blasts into Charlotte ZMAX Dragway Turf

The Charlotte area may be known as NASCAR turf with most team headquarters nearby, but twice a year NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing invades the oval racing world to compete on the spectacular zMax Dragway in the suburb of Concord, N.C. Racing has come a long way for both sanctions. Motorsports began not long after the second successful automobile was built at the turn of the 20th century. Drag racing got popular about 50 years later when cars pulled up to stoplights on U.S. roads and highways and hit the gas on green lights to see who was best and fastest. In 1951, Wally Parks set up the National Hot Rod Association to give eager street racers a safer and more organized way to go head to head. Side-by-side blasts of power have thrilled fans fo...

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