FENWICK: Spinning Wheels

The Red Bull Global Rallycross field battles for position during a semifinal heat race Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Rhonda McCole Photo)

The Red Bull Global Rallycross field battles for position during a semifinal heat race Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Rhonda McCole Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – If one is a race fan and is looking for something totally different, we might have the perfect thing to consider.

Red Bull Global Rallycross visited The Dirt Track at Charlotte last weekend, bringing with it a completely different style of motorsports than most in the Charlotte market are accustom to.

The series features an eclectic mix of extreme sports stars, former NASCAR racers and international rally competitors. Among those who compete regularly with the series are Brian Deegan, Ken Block, Scott Speed, Nelson Piquet Jr., Rhys Millen, Tanner Foust, Patrik Sandell and Sverre Isachsen.

The racing action is fast and intense and if one blinks, they’ll likely miss something. The tracks are generally a combination of dirt and asphalt, which makes for a lot of bumping, banging and drifting through corners. It isn’t uncommon for cars to finish races minus several body parts.

That being said, the series appears to be attracting the ever-important young male demographic. A look through the grandstands Saturday at The Dirt Track saw mostly younger fans with a few older ones scattered about. It seems that the style of racing — fast and intense — partnered with the more extreme personalities is what younger fans are looking for.

NASCAR may want to take notice.

– Could someone please remind us why the NASCAR Nationwide Series is racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? It’d be nice to see the attendance numbers for that race at IMS against the last Nationwide event held at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2011. Granted, IMS holds significantly more people, but how many actually showed up to watch?

– Speaking of the Nationwide Series race Saturday at IMS, we have to give a call to Ty Dillon. The Nationwide Series rookie outran a bevy of Sprint Cup stars to win one the event. Dillon took the lead from Kyle Busch on a late-race restart and slowly pulled away to win the race. Defeating Busch in the Nationwide Series is something to be proud of. Doing it at Indianapolis Motor Speedway it is that much more impressive.

– It’s nice to see Brennan Poole get a shot to race in the ARCA Racing Series again this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Poole, a former champion of the shuttered UARA-STARS Late Model Series, is a five-time ARCA winner who by all accounts should have progressed to the NASCAR Nationwide Series by now.

Unfortunately sponsorship woes have kept the Texas native from making the jump into NASCAR. He is among the most talented young drivers in the sport, yet he continues to get overlooked because he doesn’t bring any money to the table. It’s the nature of the beast.

– Be sure to check on Thursday at 1 p.m. for the debut of a brand new weekly feature. We don’t want to give away all the details, but we will say it fits right in with the “Throwback Thursday” theme that is popular on social media.


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