This year is the 50th anniversary of racing at Elko Speedway. We will be celebrating the events of the past much of the year, but the thing that is causing a lot of buzz to start the 2015 season is something new. The Figure 8's are returning, it's more of a rebirth of the division from the older full bodied heavy V-8 cars to the newer, front wheel drive 4cyl vehicles.The Figure 8 division was the identity of Raceway Park for decades, definitely a fan favorite. The Figure 8 races always seemed to have that extra element of danger, it seemed as though you might witness "the Big collision in the X" at any moment. The racing was always suspenseful as you waited for the cars to string out and the leader to catch the tail of the field.... would the driver at the back of the pack slam on his brakes to avoid a collision when they crossed, and just how close would these Dare Devils push the envelope? When there was a near miss, you would turn to your neighbor and say "he better back off next lap, or else!" You just had to wait one more lap and find out, who would have the guts to keep on the gas pedal, or is it the brains to back out of the gas. The collision in the "X" was rare, but when it happened it was spectacular, the crowd would gasp as one giant unit, people shared the videos on social media and talked about the crash with their neighbors. These are type of moments that get casual fans excited about racing and get them to come back week after week.
I suspect some drivers will build Figure 8 only cars and set them up to turn both left and right, other guys will race in the Hornet division all night long and just make minor air pressure adjustments from race to race. The corners are plenty wide to see 3 wide in the turns in addition to the action in the X.