7211 U.S. 30, Schererville, IN
(about a mile west of 1-65)
It doesn't matter whether you're 8 or 80, there's something
inherently entertaining about watching grown men (and a few women)
crash cars, trucks, buses and trailers.
That's what the folks at Illiana Speedway in Northwest Indiana
do twice each summer. The second Crashfest of 2011 is scheduled for
My family and I have been going at least once a summer for the
last few years. It's a relatively inexpensive evening outing for a
family. Admission is $20 for adults (up from the $12 the speedway
charges for a regular stock car race night) and $10 for kids. The
track sells the standard hot dog and beer concessions, but you're
not there to eat and drink. You're there to watch the races.
At July's Crashfest, the highlight of the night was the
spectator drag races. It's just like it sounds: spectators race
their personal cars against one another in short contests. The
crowd holds its collective breath, waiting to see whether they
wreck their really nice cars.
This year, the surprise crowd pleaser was a race between two
big-rig semi-trucks. It took them a while to get moving, but once
they did, what a race.
That big rig race was a first for us. Most of the night was
filled with our regular favorites, the races that use the track's
figure eight to rev up the crowd as the cars and buses speed around
the track (usually) narrowing missing one another.
Except, of course, for the trailer race. That race is all about
the crashes. Drivers show up pulling a trailer-our favorite was the
year a guy showed up pulling a flatbed trailer with a cast iron
tub, inflatable doll and recirculating shower. He was pitted
against a driver pulling a full-size camper. Crashes are guaranteed
because the object of the race is to knock off the other guy's
trailer. It's always a crowd pleaser.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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