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.