Sprint Car 101

Sprint cars are high-powered race cars designed primarily for the purpose of running on short oval or circular dirt or paved tracks. Sprint car racing is popular in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  There are two different types of sprint cars used for racing; Winged and Non-Winged.  There is another class of much smaller sprint cars, called Micro sprint, that is also used for racing.


Sprint car racing is one of the most dangerous short-track racing sports with fewer regulations, according to race experts. The lightweight but powerful winged cars drive on smaller dirt tracks at speeds of more than 100 mph. Well known sprint car drivers include three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, Brad Sweet, and Kyle Larson. One of the most prestigious sprint car races in the U.S. is the Knoxville Nationals, at Knoxville Raceway. The four-day race is the longest-running, and the winning driver is awarded $150,000.

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