National Geographic : 1998 Jun
Getting hoarse about horsepower, fans stay on their feet at Cherokee Speed way in Gaffney, South Carolina, one of the country's hundreds of dirt tracks. Steam from a busted radiator sends a signal for help after a two-car "bend up" at the East Lincoln track in Stanley, North Carolina. Heated rivalries and slippery red clay guarantee crashes. That's just fine, says a regular: "A lot of us come for the beating and the banging."