Prepping the track at Idaho's Firebird Raceway

Posted at 7:15 PM, May 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-05 21:16:06-04

When racers come to Idaho's Firebird Raceway, they know they'll be treated to a fast time.
That's because organizers of events like this weekend's Ignitor Opener spend days prepping the track.
When the world's best racers bring their 250 miles an hour cars to your dragstrip, the track needs to be perfect, and perfect means traction.

Spinning slicks lay down rubber but in the wrong direction. That's why Firebird invested in a special tractor attachment that spins four massive race slicks in reverse, but it's not built for speed.
When the tractor is up and running, it only moves about 20 miles per hour, but the noise it makes as it screeches racing slicks across the track is incredible.

There are only 11 devices like it in the U.S. and Firebird says it works great making it a fun, fast experience for any driver headed to the races.