This old video of a beaten up Chevy S-10 taking down a newish Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in an oval race has taken on a second life on the web. People are outraged. Hang the S-10 driver! Ban him from the track! The reality is: it’s the Jeeper’s fault.
Watch the video, first, without any context. Pretty crappy move, eh? Knocking out a fellow competitor who was brave enough to bring his expensive and pretty Jeep to the track is poor form. The Jeep is clearly faster and the jerk in the S-10 Blazer is taking it out on him. Poor sportsmanship. Why is the audience cheering? It’s an affront to all we hold dear.
Now, let’s add in a bit of context.
This event you’re watching is the “Days of Destruction” at Beech Ridge Raceway in Maine. As the name might indicate, the point is to destroy cars. Here’s a bit from their website:
It’s a jam-packed night of crash-thirsty drivers bending metal and defying danger. Treat the family to the Day of Destructionâ€¦ you’ll be talking about for months afterward.
Get it? And driver’s apparently sign waivers stating they expect to be crashed.
So who is to blame here: The guy who executes a legal (albeit dick) move in a crappy old S-10 or the fella who brings an $50K truck to something called “Days of Destruction”?