Stewart Leask’s Silver Bullet Shines in Texas Lone Star Drift Series Round 2 at Texas Motor Speedway
Will Parsons clinches second place, NST President launches new Gasoline Energy Drink at Lone Star Bash to support Texas grassroots sports community
Written by Meagan Ellsworth
Photos by Meagan Ellsworth
Mineral Wells, Texas–Sporting a pink NST shirt, Jose Jasso’s young sister doesn’t know what to say about NonStopTuning or the Lone Star Drift Bash taking place at Mineral Wells airport.
Like him, the 12-year old girl has never been to a drift event before, but her brother heard about the bash from a friend, checked it out online and thought the grassroots experience looked like fun.
Hosted by Fabricated Motorsports, the bash is part one of a two part weekend and is not a competitive event. It is simply a time for drivers to have fun drifting and spectators to get involved with the sport.
On the first day, there’s ride-alongs, DJ’s spinning whimsical mixes, and a free keg for the drinkers with spirited tandem action during round 2 of the series on the next day at Texas Motor Speedway.
Initially, Jasso said he wasn’t going to make the trip to the Lone Star event because he didn’t want to travel the three-hour drive from Royse City alone. Luckily, his father and sister wanted to go too, so they made their way towards the Forth Worth area.
Mom stayed at home though.
She already gets a little scared when her son drives and living with a drag strip next door, he said she doesn’t really like the noise at events like this.
But Jasso and his family can’t get enough of it.
“I love the smell of tires burning,” he said. “It’s a nice day and then seeing these cars running around side by side, I love it. I like the colors of NST too.”
The smell of funnel cakes, hot dogs, and burnt rubber fill the air as spectators from around the nation sit in the stands, listening for the rev of two engines ready for battle.
Drunk with anticipation the excited crowd has already seen Ferraris and Corvettes among others race around the same track earlier in the day.
Now they’re eagerly waiting to see a smoke trail of horsepower drift around each clip of West Virginia’s Summit Point Motor Park’s Raceway.
It’s not Tokyo Drift. And it’s not called a race.
No, the professionals will tell you that this event is the fourth round of the 2012 Xtreme Drift Circuit series.
It’s a serious competition and it’s not a lap–it’s called a run.
Drivers are judged on their ability to over steer, lose traction of the rear wheels, and maintain control of the car as it hits the apex.