By: Wes Wallace
Thursday night means T & T night at the Sikeston Drag Strip. It's a 'test and tune' opportunity for those wanting to take part in races held most every Saturday.
"It's fun to get out and about and watch the cars, I really enjoy the sport," says Nathan Eftink, "I'm building my own right now, but I enjoy the atmosphere of just watching."
Eftink knows about the tragic accident last weekend at the Mount Vernon Speedway. Even though it was a dirt track, and the Sikeston Drag Strip is on pavement, Eftink says there's always danger no matter what kind of racing event you go to. "Really there's not a whole lot you can do as a spectator, you know the risks, just try not to sit in the danger spot..move down the middle," he says, "I've seen a few close calls with cars running into the walls, a couple of engines flying apart, but nothing that went into the crowd or nothing too serious"
There's a concrete wall on each side of the drag strip, and a sign warning that racing can be dangerous and deadly as you pull into the Sikeston area venue. In fact, most places require you to sign a waiver upon entering. "Everywhere you go, they'll ask to you to sign in, so you know that once you're inside, you're on your own," explains Mike Burnett, a racer himself and race fan.