Dwarf Car Racing

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Monday, April 17 2006 Apr 17, 2006 Monday, April 17, 2006 6:59:34 PM CDT April 17, 2006 in Sports

The cars' bodies are modeled on 1928-48 production.

"U.S. production cars," driver Justin Buchholz called them. "Back years ago, that's what they decided they wanted, that's what they made in their rules, and that's what we've got now."

Although they're only half the size of stockcars, dwarf cars at the raceway can go just as fast, up to 80 miles an hour.

"First of all, they're a lot smaller than most cars," Buchholz added. "They have motorcycle engines in them, where other cars usually have V-8, small-block engines."

Dwarf car drivers share a unique camaraderie in the pits, as action on the track puts smiles on racing fans' faces.

"All the cars in the association are supposed to have a cartoon character," noted Buchholz. "I don't know how that really started, it's just kind of one of the things that go along with it."

Joking aside, these half-sized cars move at full-speed.

"I started racing go-karts when I was about eight," explained driver Mark David. "And I raced them on and off for probably 10-12 years. Three years ago, we come down here to watch, one time, and we had to have one."

That "must race" attitude keeps these dwarf car drivers chasing after the checkered flag. The Callaway Raceway season continues until mid-September.

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